Itai Schwartz

Mixing/Vocal Production

8 Reviews
Itai Schwartz on SoundBetter

Mixing and Recording Engineer working for Atlantic Records. I've mixed several gold records, and work regularly with top industry writers and producers. I am an attentive listener and will work tirelessly to achieve YOUR vision. One of the best with Melodyne.

With a formal education in audio engineering, years of intensive experience recording and mixing for Atlantic Records, as well a background in music theory, performance, and production, Itai is a highly versatile and well-rounded audio engineer who can lend his hard-earned talents to your creative project.

Clients love working with Itai both for his refined ear and musical taste, as well as his impressive skills in vocal recording, tuning, and editing, which can elevate a performance when necessary.

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8 Reviews

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  1. Review by Ben Buckley
    by Ben Buckley

    I have now worked with Itai on 4 different projects and each is better than the last. He always manages to adapt to my style and add only what is necessary to compliment the track. Sending stems to someone you are unfamiliar with can be scary, time consuming and costly. You trust that they know what they are doing and will protect the integrity of your song. With Itai I never have to worry. He gets it right the first time. If you want high quality, clean, precise work…hire him!

  2. Review by Jonny Koch
    by Jonny Koch

    Itai is extremely dedicated to his craft and has now worked at the highest levels of the industry for years. If you want a professional and want your tracks to sound better than they have before, book this man.

  3. Review by Ervin Ablaev
    by Ervin Ablaev

    I' have worked with Itai on many projects and would recommend his services to anyone who is serious about their craft and wants to take their music to an absolutely new level. It's hard to overestimate the importance of an excellent mix engineer on your team. Someone who will go above and beyond to bring your vision to life. Itai is definitely up for the task. Very easy to work with, fast, and extremely professional engineer. If you are hesitant, just give his mixes a listen and you will be convinced!

  4. Review by Danny Does Music

    Itai is a one-of-a-kind talent. His work ethic and attention to detail are unmatched by none. Every time we work together, I know I'm in good hands. He's fast, fun to be around, doesn't waste any time, and always makes the room better. His mixes and masters are always top-notch as well. If there's anyone I would recommend for any music needs, my first choice will always be Itai.

  5. Review by Ryan Ayers
    by Ryan Ayers

    One of the best engineers I've had the pleasure of working with! Itai has a great musical sensibility and tremendous technical know-how that he uses to effortless guide you through your sessions. The atmosphere he creates in the studio is very focused and driven and yet always feel inspiring and relaxed. He's got some pretty stellar ears and fantastic sense of how to bring the vision of your music into reality! Can't wait to work with Itai on a future project!

  6. Review by Jay K.
    by Jay K.

    Where is the 6th star on this review button? Itai is an exceptional engineer and a very talented individual. He is also extremely reliable and dedicated to his craft. I have used Itai on more than a few occasions for time sensitive projects and for regular engineering gigs and he came through when the going got tough. I highly recommend him to anyone looking to procure his services. Forget anyone and everyone else advertising on this website, for similar services because they are 100% waste of your time. Itai is without a doubt, the guy you want...

  7. Review by Jonny Koch
    by Jonny Koch

    Itai is the type of person you want on your team. Always fast and extremely dedicated to engineering as well as production. Itai’s level of understanding and amount of time spent learning his craft is similar to to that you’d find in a Doctoral candidate. All this is made even better by the fact that he is still extremely young and in touch with the modern scene.

  8. Review by Bryce MacEvoy
    by Bryce MacEvoy

    I met Itai in Seattle a few years back, and we worked on a handful of my original songs. He was so hospitable and keen on achieving my vision. Itai took these acoustic tunes and polished them into vibrant, epic pop songs, just as I had heard them in my head. To this day, when I share this music with my friends, they are blown away by the quality. Itai’s work is by far the best production I’ve gotten from someone.

Interview with Itai Schwartz

  1. Q: How would you describe your style?

  2. A: I am professional, discreet, and versatile. My sound is often described as very clean and polished, but I always prioritize the artist's vision and the needs of the song, and can adapt to those accordingly. Files can be password protected on delivery to ensure file safety.

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

  4. A: During my test session when I applied for Atlantic, we recorded a really cool demo. As the writers/producers were leaving, the hard drive crashed (their computers at the time were ancient), and we lost the pro tools session and half of the audio files. I thought, "what kind of crazy nightmare is this? My big chance at Atlantic Records, and the computer completely snaps!" I offered to do my best to stitch together what we could savage of the audio files, which the head engineer hesitantly agreed to release to me. I stayed up late that night, and delivered the song back to the label at 4am in the morning. They loved it, and saving the record essentially saved me that job. I didn't think much of it, until 3 years later, when that record was released as "Lifestyle" recorded by Jason Derulo and Adam Levine, with the original guitar and Wurlitzer parts from that session! It always amazes me how things come together in this industry.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Digital. Recallable, consistent, and there are so many amazing tools to choose from. It's the ear, not the gear.

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

  8. A: I will work to achieve YOUR vision.

  9. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  10. A: The variety. I enjoy seeing all different types of creativity, and especially when a record really hits!

  11. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  12. A: Whose sound do you like? What do you want to sound like?

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

  14. A: Clarify for yourself what you want to hear. Everyone has different goals and expectations. I am always happy to figure that out alongside you, but it is good for you to clarify for yourself as well.

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

  16. A: Laptop, Sennheiser HD600, Audient Interface, and two U87's.

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

  18. A: I grew up in Seattle, making songs on Garageband before the age of 10, and building that passion into producing and engineering for local artists. I then went to college for engineering and production, followed by a few years as head engineer for iconic television composer Ron Jones. I then moved down to LA, where I began working for Atlantic Records at their A Studios facilities, where I leveled up my knowledge and abilities, and built a network of friends and connections throughout LA. I still work at Atlantic, but am now branching out into freelance work.

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

  20. A: If it feels right, it IS right.

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

  22. A: RnB, Pop, Hip-hop

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

  24. A: I make sure that I have similar reference songs and the artist's demo readily available in my session, which helps me maintain universal objectivity while also maintaining the spirit of the original recording. I find that demo's often have some magic in them, and it's so important to me to maintain that magic in the mix. Besides that, I find that an understanding of psychoacoustics is critical to maximizing how objective and productive I am, and ensures that I am doing what the song NEEDS, rather than just doing a lot.

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

  26. A: Serban Ghenea. One of the first to embrace a digital workflow and absolutely KILLS it. I always believe it's the ear not the gear, and taste trumps everything. I think Serban Ghenea is a prime example of this in action.

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

  28. A: Mixing, vocal tracking and tuning. I also have experience recording a wide variety of live instruments, and am often asked to record those as well.

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

  30. A: I bring my taste, which has been shaped by my own preferences as well as my years at Atlantic, as well as technical knowledge about audio, music, software, and psychoacoustics. I also pride myself as being an attentive listener and clear communicator, which helps my interpret and clarify a client's vision to the fullest.

  31. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  32. A: Like Serban, I embrace a digital workflow. This means all of my work happens on my laptop, and the quality of my sound comes from my taste and my ear. Plugins are amazing today, and there is no excuse for not getting an amazing sound out of your digital tools. The advantage for the client is quick turnaround, quick revisions, and quick stems.

  33. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  34. A: Danny Garcia! A good friend and standout engineer.

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

  36. A: There is no one specifically I aspire to work with. I'm thankful to have worked with the great talents that I have, and am always enthusiastic about new talents that I meet.

  37. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  38. A: Musicality and quickness, understanding the artists vision

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Terms Of Service

No limit on revisions, turn-around generally around a week, can include mastering for an additional $100.

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Gear Highlights
  • Sennheiser HD600
  • Eve SC203
  • KRK V6 Series 1
  • Melodyne Studio
  • Waves
  • Plugin Alliance
  • Black Rooster Audio
  • McDSP
  • Assorted Miscellaneous Plugins
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