Sam Brawner

blue dream studios

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I am the owner/operator at Blue Dream Studios in Los Angeles, CA. We offer recording, mixing & mastering services as well as film packages for live, in-studio music videos.

We offer a multitude of services:

-Production
-Mixing
-Mastering
-Live drum tracking
-Remote drum recording
-Beat making
-Time alignment for drums and other instruments
-Vocal tuning/editing
-YouTube cover recording/filming
-Rehearsal space

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

58 Reviews - 9 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Tyler P.
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    Sam did a great job on my master, per usual. I think Sam is a great choice of engineer for any project... I highly recommend his services. Thanks Sam for the amazing work you always do!

  2. Review by Keertana
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    Sam was amazing to work with. I had tons of notes and updates for him, but he understood everything I wanted and delivered the most amazing mix. So happy to have worked with him and will definitely work with him again!

  3. Review by Gary Dean Smith
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    Once again Sam brings it. Quick turn and unbelievable options...he did provide.

    He providesd 2 different takes...bot fantastic. All of a sudden it sounds like Ginger Baker is on this track.
    (And I have played with Ginger)

    I truly enjoy working with Sam. Downloaded his files is Christmas morning.

  4. Review by Gary Dean Smith
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    Working with Sam is a breeze. 2 day turnaround and 2 Quality drum track options. Thank you Sam.

  5. Review by Angie Petty
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    Sam was a dream to work with! Not only did he provide excellent work but he’s also very receptive to notes and changes I needed in my music. 11/10 would recommend!

  6. Review by Jordan P.
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    Sam did an awesome mastering job again for my latest single. Can't wait for the next!

  7. Review by Just Markus
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    Sam not only expedited a clean mix. He gave me great feed back that will surely help me in the future!

  8. Review by Gary Dean Smith
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    Sam is great! Very easy to work with and he delivered beautiful tracks. Will work with him again.

  9. Review by Grimaud
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    Amazing Engineer, very fast and easy to work with, looking forward to working together again!

  10. Review by yusuf y.
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    quick to respond and more than willing to help with any questions or concerns you might have. Definitely recommend

  11. Review by Pedro L.
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    Sam took my request to re-mix/master a track I made changes to and was super patient through the whole process! Everything came out great again.

  12. Review by Takishita Y.
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    Thank you so much for your wonderful mastering!

  13. Review by 林泰羽
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    Sam is such a great guy to work with. Done great on mixing for sure, but also willing to communicate. Great experience!

  14. Review by Yuka M.
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    It was a lovely experience! Sam is a great engineer and gave back me the data quickly. When I asked for a fix, he was willing to accept it and fix it. I appreciate it so much. Thank you, Sam!

  15. Review by Taichi
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    I have been working with him for over a year. It's really important to keep someone like him right next me. he is always on time. super easy to work with. THANK YOU:)

  16. Review by Tyler P.
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    Sam gave me back great sounding masters, I’m very pleased with how all the songs on my band’s first EP turned out. If you want quality, Sam Brawner is the one to call. He always makes your music sound great, I put my trust in him with all my audio needs!I plan on doing many more projects with him, he’s the man.

  17. Review by Shane S.
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    Sam is an amazing mixing/mastering engineer, communicator and all around cool and professional guy. He worked very hard on several revisions of our funk/RnB songs to address all of our notes with quality in a timely fashion. Huge emphasis on quality and timely! Sam is an experienced craftsman who understood the goal and vision for our project and delivered a full and crisp sound. We are so proud to release a quality record thanks to his efforts and will definitely be working with Sam again!

  18. Review by Jordan P.
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    Quick to reply + mastering quality is amazing. Would highly recommend!

  19. Review by Meinsmaster
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    I asked Sam to master a 10 song album for me and I was happy with the results. When I wanted to make changes he was really informative about the process and even gave me advice for mixing when preparing for mastering. In the end I received back professional-quality masters!

  20. Review by Jordanne H.
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    Sam was fantastic to work with. Timely and communicative, he provided a professional-grade mix and master for my single that I loved. He responded quickly to messages and did an incredible job making adjustments as notes were given. Absolutely would recommend hiring Sam for any project and would gladly work with him again!

Interview with Sam Brawner

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: Raquel Rodriguez's EPs The 310 part 1 and part 2. I recorded, produced, mixed and mastered part 1 and I did the same, minus mastering, on part 2. I worked with Anderson .Paak early on in my career mixing 2 of his records. I most recently mastered Mac Ayres' 16 track album Juicebox as well as MXXWLL's 17 track album.

  3. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  4. A: I have a studio located at my home in Los Angeles, CA. The live room is about 20 feet by 20 feet and contains a full drum set, baby grand piano, 2 Fender Rhodes suitcase keyboards (1973 & 1975), a Hohner D6 Clavinet, Hammond B3 and 122 Leslie speaker, a Fender Deluxe Reverb amp with Universal Audio OX Box, and an Agular bass rig with a 4x10 cabinet. The control room is disconnected and there is a CCTV camera in the live room that can be viewed from the control room. There is a talkback mic on the Avid C24 board and headphone cues for easy communication.

  5. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  6. A: Laptop, UA Apollo, Headphones, Mic and XLR cable

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

  8. A: I started playing piano at age 5 and drums at age 12. I went to school at the University of Southern California for jazz performance and received my Bachelor of Music. While at USC I also studied recording and engineering. I started producing in 2008 for my funk band and started renting my own studio space in 2012. My first major project was mixing Anderson .Paak's records O.B.E. Vol 1 and Cover Art. In 2015 I began construction on my home studio with my partner, soul/r&b artist Raquel Rodriguez. We opened the doors to Blue Dream Studios on January 1st of 2016.

  9. Q: How would you describe your style?

  10. A: My style is this.. There are no rules in music, if it sounds good coming out of the speakers, it sounds good. Period. It doesn't matter how you got there, as long as it sounds good.

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

  12. A: I can bring excitement, fatness, grit, space, direction, repairs, effects, etc..

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

  14. A: It all depends on the project, song and artist. The first thing I would do would be to research the artist and listen to their recent/past releases and ask them if they have any influences, reference songs, etc..

  15. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  16. A: In the mixing and engineer world I am a huge fan of Andrew Scheps. I had the privilege of working with him on a session with Raquel Rodriguez at The Village Studios in Santa Monica, CA. He produced, engineered and mixed an original song of Raquel's. I am also a big fan of drummers Questlove and Adam Deitch. I love their production work and style of playing.

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

  18. A: Recording, producing, mixing and mastering

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Terms Of Service

To start a project we require a 50% deposit and the remaining balance upon completion. Mixing rate includes 3 revisions, each revision after that is $50. Contact us for more information.

GenresSounds Like
  • Mac Ayres
  • Raquel Rodriguez
  • Anderson .Paak
Gear Highlights
  • Barefoot Footprint 02 Monitors
  • Universal Audio Apollos: 8p
  • 8
  • Twin
  • 1176 compressor
  • 2 Focusrite ISA preamps
  • 2 BAE 1073 preamps
  • Avid C24 control surface
  • Universal Audio OX Box
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