Big drums, Huge Bass, Massive Guitars and in your face vocals..... that's what you get when you hire me! I have worked with some amazing artists such from seasoned rock stars that have toured the world to local bands who are trying to break out... and they all get the same service every time!
I am a UK based Mix Engineer specialising in punchy and powerful mixes.
I am well known for my huge drum sounds, massive guitars and upfront vocals. My work has been featured on National Radio and Television in the UK and I have charted in the Scottish and UK charts.
I have worked with a variety of acts from old school legends, hip up and coming bands, TV and Radio stations and everything in between.
I am heavily influenced by many hard hitting mixers who provide punchy rock and indie records. I have spent a lot of time honing my talents by examining the work of the highest level of mixers. I work best with bands and artists who are looking for punch and impact in their music, driven by guitars!
I work closely with my clients to ensure they get exactly what they want. You will be advised on production before a mix starts (to ensure the best mix possible) and a vision for the mix/master will be discussed before work starts. Turnarounds can be fast where possible, deadlines can be met or discussed.
I take enormous pride in what I do. All your mixes will be done in my own purpose built mix room, acoustically treated and optimised, with mastering grade converters from Antelope/ Solid State Logic and class leading monitoring from Neumann...all designed to meet the needs of the current industry.
This in my job, not a hobby or a sideline!
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
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Interview with Jamie Turnbull
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Dogs D'Amour asked me to remake one of their albums from back in the day.... that was really scary but has some of my best work on for sure.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: An new YouTube series called 'Retro Remixes' where I take sessions from very early in my career and remix them with 12 years more experience... and compare! It's been a lot of fun!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Kris Pohl - Mastering Engineer. Used him loads!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analogue for tracking... gives great flavour Digital for mixing... far faster, more flexible and easier for corrections.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That you will get the best of me every time. No shit leaves the shop!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love working in music and with musicians. I have worked in shops, banks, warehouses.... I just HAVE to be around music all the time!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Do you know what every button on that huge mixing desk does? Yes, yes I do!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That its well paid haha!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Mostly about how well it has been recorded and what the end game for the track is.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: The recording process is the most important stage, that's where you should be spending most of your budget. Find a great studio, with a great room and loads of nice analogue gear. Have the engineer record through all that great gear so that what hits the 'tape' is of the highest quality.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Les Paul, Strat, Marshall Stack, Wah Pedal and a plectrum. If I am stuck on a desert island I am not gonna be mixing records for the monkeys. I need to make music!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Started in 2005 as a live engineer doing horrible DIY floor shows for punk and metal bands. Graduated to more established venues then went to college and caught the studio bug. Left college and worked with some pals and tried to go freelance using other studios. Got a job in a small local studio which I stayed in for 5 years and really cut my teeth. Left to start my own studio which I had for 4 years but I gave up due to building issues. Went freelance again and set up my relationship with my current studio and set up my mix room. And here I am!!!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Punchy, wide open and exciting!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Pearl Jam... because I want all there records to sound as good as the first two. Great band, great songs, terrible sounds haha
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always get a seperate mastering engineer for your project. The same person mixing and mastering is a bad idea. Getting a great master is an amazing thing. So going to a dedicated mastering engineer who is not emotionally invested in the project, hasn't heard the songs 100s of times and has a fresh perspective... is incredibly rewarding to your project.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mostly rock music. Hard rock and metal too. All guitar driven bands basically!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Energy, vibe and feel. I feel that a mix is more than just a technical exercise. It's also an emotional and artistic one too. I have to really try and put myself in the listeners position and create excitement and passion. Anyone can add compression or EQ but can everyone draw you into a mix and demand that your foot taps along?
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: As I am an analogue junky, most of the tools I use for mixing as hardware emulations that give me the analogue sound I am used to. This workflow just makes sense to me. I have a huge amount of high end analogue emulations and they are always my go to tools in a mix. I am a huge top down mixer which means I mix into compressors and EQs on busses for each instrument. This basically gives each instrument a turbo boost before I even start. I love using harmonic distortion to colour the sounds and love the energy that parallel compression and processing gives me. I like to use samples for dums but only to augment and boost them, rarely to completely replace.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My tracking studio is based around an SSL Duality console, an eye watering amount of high end outboard, a Munro Acoustics designed live room. The studio is owned by UK band Idlewild and I am one of the freelance engineers that have a relationship with them. This is dream studio territory, I love making records there. I have my own private mix room which I have been using since 2020. A lot of work has went into this small space becoming small and mighty. It is acoustically treated to a very close tolerance and I use software calibration to bring the frequency response of the room to a very near flat curve. This means I can trust that what I am hearing is exactly right. I also use high end conversion from SSL and Antelope Audio which gives me pristine digital to analogue conversion and the incredible Neumann KH310 monitors which are considered to be best in their class... and these are far from budget monitors. My plugin collection is also massive!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I really love a massive amount of music. In my opinion a good song is a good song. I can dig the heaviest of metal bands but also love good pop music too. In my heart of hearts I am a rocker and a total 90s kid. But a good song is a good song. I just dont care about anything else. I think that open minded nature has really helped me in my career. Production wise I love the work of Chris Lord-Alge and his brother Tom Lord-Alge. Chris is an instant Grammy winner whereas Tom is a bit more interesting to me. I also love modern producers/mixers such as Michael Baskette (Alter Bridge) and Romesh Dogandoda (Bring me the Horizon). Colin Richardson is another person who's mixes I love.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I tend to work with rock bands most of all. I work out of one of the best studios in the country, based around the amazing Solid State Logic mixing console and a custom designed live room. Drummers in particular love the drum sounds I get. I love the use of ambient sounds for drums and love to layer up massive guitars. As much as I love the recording process, I spend most of my time mixing for clients. This is always where I feel I shine the most. I work with a huge variety of bands from established 'rock stars' through to rising stars of the UK scene. As much as I made my name working with hip indie bands that were coming up in the uk scene, I find myself working a lot with older artists how have been around the block. These artists have done it all and know exactly what they want and they usually want it quickly. I'm really proud that these artists put their trust in my time and time again.