Greg Abate - Neon Audio

Illuminate Emotion in the Mix

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SOUND LIKE YOUR BEST SELF, NOT LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. I maximize the emotional impact of the song, from sneering punk attitude to slick jazz instrumental, or a heartfelt ballad. Whatever the feeling, I elevate it and highlight the uniqueness of the artist.

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I am Greg Abate and Neon Audio is my studio. I have over a decade of experience as an audio engineer and love bringing songs to life through mixing and mastering. I typically work in rock, folk, alt country, and jazz music and I excel at bringing greater depth and realism to recordings, enhancing the emotion in the performance.

I use a powerful hybrid workstation of analog and digital processing to deliver analog depth, width, and dimension while maintaining modern clarity and work efficiency.

The gear of course is secondary to my experience and ears. The most important skill I've developed is how to listen, both to the music and my clients. I love collaborating with artists to reach their vision. I often bring a lot of ideas to the table, and the feedback and input of my clients spurs better ideas. Together we achieve something that we couldn't do alone.

I am very proud to have collected over 100 five star reviews and the feedback from my clients speaks for itself.

Please get in touch, as I would love to chat about your music and any upcoming projects!

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

Credits

Discogs verified credits for Greg Abate (2)
  • Lowland Hum
  • Emily Bezar
  • Magnolia Collective
  • Nicolay With The Hot At Nights
  • Shiloh Hill
  • American Aquarium
  • Travis Shallow, Travis Shallow & The Deep End
  • Swelo
  • T. Gold
  • Blue Cactus (2)
  • Blue Cactus (2)
  • Blue Cactus (2)
  • Blue Cactus (2)
  • The Pinkerton Raid

141 Reviews - 31 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Dwight I.
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    Greg guided my audio ignorant self through a complex video project with tact and efficiency. It's sounds fantastic!

    Highly recommend

  2. Review by Ray W.
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    Fantastic working with Greg- he'll make a mix shine!

  3. Review by Mark W.
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    Greg does an excellent job bringing my songs to life and giving each track room to breathe. Highly recommended!

  4. Review by Nick B.
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    Greg is great. He's super patient, he's willing to talk through things, and the mix sounded fantastic. Really happy to have him work on this song and will be looking to keep working with him.

  5. Review by Romain
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    Greg was absolutely professional and dedicated much time and versions to get to what I wanted in terms of mix. The communication was great and I'd work with him again for sure !

  6. Review by Ray W.
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    Great to work with Greg again!

  7. Review by Devin M.
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    Greg was absolutely spectacular. He took a very complicated mix and made everything sound exactly how we hoped. He was patient and flexible and made the entire experience feel easy and exciting. We will definitely work with Greg again!

  8. Review by Ray W.
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    Fantastic experience working with Greg. He really engaged in the song, dove into all of the different elements, and worked collaboratively to refine the mix of the song. He's a total pro and great to work with - highly recommended!

  9. Review by Brittany K.
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    I have been working with Greg on my first ever recording project and have a lot to learn. He has been kind, incredibly patient, and provided constructive feedback that will help create a product worth mixing. As we’ve gone through a few rounds, his advice has improved each iteration. I look forward to continuing to learn from him. It’s clear he knows what he is doing.

  10. Review by Ben H.
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    Greg did an awesome job of the master. He didn't rush anything and was patient all around. He had a few tips for my mix and waited for me to correct them before going ahead with his job which I appreciated greatly. It gave the final an awesome result. Nice job mate

  11. Review by Colin J.
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    Greg was fantastic to work with. Not only a super easy going and understanding guy, but a real expert when it comes to mixing and mastering. He was able to fine tune to the exact sound and production I was hoping for! Overall a great experience and will def be working with him again.

  12. Review by alecnakano
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    We loved working with Greg on our song. He has a perfect balance of input and willingness to following the musician's vision that elevated our song, giving it a polish that we all love. Professional and timely, would absolutely recommend to anyone looking to polish their song

  13. Review by TiaLaurice
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    I had a phenomenal experience working with Greg! He walked me through the mixing process with patience, professionalism, and kindness. His communication was clear and timely. His mixing expertise elevated the emotion and depth of my song beyond my expectations!

    Also, I'm a newbie in this industry, so Greg's immense flexibility and meaningful tips/tools of the trade created a refreshing and authentic experience. It was a pleasure working with him and I'll be back! Highly recommended!

  14. Review by Jason Steadman
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    Greg mastered a full, 12-song album for me - Embers and Dawn, by Jason Steadman, if you want to check out our work. Working with Greg was one of the best experiences I've had as a musician and fellow engineer. Not only are my songs better after working with him, but my skills as a mix engineer are also much improved. He is kind, always professional, and patient. I will absolutely work with him again.

  15. Review by Jeauneil
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    I've worked with Greg on a few of my projects now, and I'm always reminded of why he's my first pick. He's patient, knowledgable and is simply just an all round great audio engineer! Looking forward to the next time we work together.

  16. Review by michael s.
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    Outstanding mastering. Highly recommended👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

  17. Review by Jason Steadman
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    Call him King Midas, 'cause Greg has the golden touch.

    Corny headline aside, Greg is an excellent mastering engineer who undoubtedly made my record better than it started. Not only that, working with him made me better at what I do. I recommend Greg wholeheartedly. Both you and your music will be the better for it!

  18. Review by Lucas G.
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    Greg was amazing! Nailed the master first try. Very easy to work with and had the consideration of giving great feedback on a critical part of the mix before mastering. Highly recommend working with him!

  19. Review by Rzn8Str
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    An amazing experience with Greg Abate at Neon Audio! He took a very creative approach to the mixing, but carefully addressed my parameters and special requests along the way. I even changed a bit at the end and was appreciative of his flexibility in that. Highly recommend.

  20. Review by Mark W.
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    Greg knew exactly what my track needed to shine. Very highly recommended!

Interview with Greg Abate - Neon Audio

  1. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  2. A: When looking to hire a mix engineer, find someone that you would enjoy collaborating with. Part of this mean that you respect their previous work, but you also have to get a welcoming vibe from communicating with them and be excited to share ideas with them. Even though everything is already recorded, I think the mixing process can still be a phase for collaboration.

  3. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  4. A: I'm a lifelong musician. I taught myself guitar and piano and studied saxophone, drums, and music theory in formal settings. I've been in and around recording studios over 15 years, and have been working freelance full time in music production for over 10 years now.

  5. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  6. A: I'm a big David Bowie fan and so perhaps in some alternate reality I can work with him. Of course his songs are great, but his approach to recording and songwriting is also very interesting to me. He really valued collaboration and spontaneity. He would gather talented people together and experiment to discover something new. I think he was very much aware that an artist, and especially a musician, will create very differently when working with others than when working alone. And the result is often more than the sum of its parts.

  7. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  8. A: Mixing is what I most commonly do, though I also do a lot of mastering work. My studio is built for all the production requirements after recording. Although I don't do much recording these days, I have a lot of recording experience in my career and frequently offer tips and advice for clients that want to improve their recordings.

  9. Q: How would you describe your style?

  10. A: My style tends to be an open and smooth sound that is natural, or perhaps a bit beyond natural (supernatural?). I love to get crazy with effects when it's called for and sometimes a song needs a more aggressive sound, but even in these cases, I always maintain dynamics so that the song can live and breath with the groove.

  11. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  12. A: Here's a quick vocal recording tip that I often tell people: angle your mic slightly down so that it's pointing at the neck or chest. This helps to reduce "ess" sounds and plosives as the sound waves hit the capsule at an angle. It also catches some chest resonance and can deepen the tone of the vocal sound. If you're in a nice sounding room and want a more airy sound, you can also try tilting the mic upwards to point at the forehead. This will capture more "air" of the room, if it's a larger room.

  13. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  14. A: Most typically I work in indie rock, folk, country, and jazz. But I've worked in every genre through my career and I enjoy working on all kinds of music.

  15. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  16. A: My promise is that I will do everything I can to make you fall in love with your music. The recording phase can be long and I'm familiar with the feeling of being tired of a song once you get to mixing. I love to inject surprises in my mixes, not just for the listeners, but for the artist themselves to remind them what they love about the song.

  17. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  18. A: I've spent years developing my hearing, both in an analytical and emotional sense. I can pick out precisely what what frequencies need to be reined in and I can also evaluate vocal takes to find the one that will most connect with listeners.

  19. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  20. A: I like to say that I "illuminate emotion" in the mix. What this means is that I enhance the performances that are in the recording and I do this in an organic and natural way. Vocalists and musicians can expect to hear the feeling and emotion in their performances heightened.

  21. Q: What's your typical work process?

  22. A: Wether mixing or mastering, I always try to put myself in the place of the audience and how they will hear the song. This sets my focus on what's best for the song. When my head is bobbing and I'm losing myself in the music, I know I'm on the right track.

  23. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  24. A: Both! Why not?

  25. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  26. A: I like to use a lot of analog gear because analog lends a depth and dimension you just can't get any other way. Plus I have more fun with analog, which keeps me inspired and creative.

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Each mix includes 3 revisions (that's the initial mix plus 3 revisions after, so up to 4 versions). Revisions beyond that are $50 per revision.

Mastering revisions are unlimited with the same mix.

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