Jon Manness

Mix-Ready Trumpet & Production

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Jon Manness is an international recording trumpet player (GASHI, Splice, Aleksey Vorobev), horn arranger, and multi-instrumentalist who built a custom music studio for horns, synths, and making records.

For the first time, I'm offering my recording services on SoundBetter as a trumpet player, horn arranger, analog synth programmer, and music producer.

Instruments that I can play and record:
-Trumpet (plus flugelhorn, cornet and piccolo)
-Tenor Sax
-Synths (Moog, Sequential, Roland)
-Keyboard (Nord Electro 6D)
-Electric Bass (P and J basses)
-Electric and acoustic guitar (rhythm only, no lead)
-Ukulele (plus Banjo Ukulele)

I've been remote recording for over 15 years and have recently built my own recording studio with the best analog gear for tracking any instrument.

My horn signal chain: Monheim Créme tube or Singular Audio f-48 fet>Chandler TG2 preamp>FATSO compressor>UA Apollo x6 interface.

Studio designed and acoustically treated by Andrew Monheim.

My clients will always receive dry, edited tracks, but I may also deliver an alt-track with effects that I think would add some serious vibe and production to a recording.

If you are planning on recording multiple instruments, please let me know as I play a bunch of instruments and synths and can give you a special rate for recording multiple tracks.

I always offer free consultation and listening before giving a quote for a project. If I think I can contribute and accept your project, I will absolutely give you the best horn and synth tracks you can find anywhere.

Send me a note through the contact button above.

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  1. Review by Julaiah
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    Jon is an incredibly talented musician and producer to work with, he knows how to bring a track to its full potential and make it sound unique! I am very happy how the project turned out, will definitely be working again on many more!
    He’s very professional, versatile, communicative, and a pleasure to work with. Highly recommend! especially if you want to incorporate analogue sound or real horns to your tracks!

Interview with Jon Manness

  1. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  2. A: I'm always working on my own music as an artist and currently have three songs released with no end in sight!

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: Analog for tracking and ITB for mixing.

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

  6. A: I promise to always give a shit when working on their project so we can make the best music possible.

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

  8. A: I love collaborating with artists and producers and stepping into their world for the project.

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

  10. A: Try your best to present a quality demo so I can hear a song's potential and get excited to contribute.

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

  12. A: 1. My Mac Studio (can't record without it) 2, My Apollo x6 (the plugins are just so good) 3. My Moog Matriarch (I run all my other synths into my Matriarch for tone.) 4. My Stomvi Trumpet (my main axe) 5. My Nord Electro 6D (I've never played keys so much until owning one of these)

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

  14. A: I've been playing trumpet professionally for 15 years, but since COVID, I took my production chops seriously and invested in building my own recording studio, buying instruments and gear, and releasing music.

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

  16. A: For recording trumpets, a dark condenser mic in omni with a smooth preamp with light compression will give you a great balance of detail without harshness.

  17. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  18. A: My background in composition allows me to approach each project in very musical way, especially when I arrange for a horn section but also how I program synths so that adds and doesn't take over a track.

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

  20. A: It always varies, but I try to get the tone and sound right for whatever I'm recording so that's more inspiring to play and sounds "record-ready" as I'm recording into the DAW.

  21. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  22. A: I use either a Monheim Creme or Singular Audio f48 that goes into my Chandler TG2 preamp and FATSO compressor and then into my UA Apollo x6. I use UA Luna or Logic, but I normally just receive and send audio files so the DAW doesn't play a role. On the analog synth/keyboard side, I have a Moog Matriarch, Sequential Trigon-6, Nord Electro 6D, and other mono synths that I use in productions.

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

  24. A: Jerry Hey, who was Quincy's horn arranger and trumpet player, was the best to ever do it. On the synth and production side, I've lately been inspired by Mike Dean because of how involved he is in the whole recording-making process.

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

  26. A: I typically record trumpet and horns for signed and un-signed artists. Since producing my own music as a solo artist, I've been producing and mixing other clients and am now making my analog synths available to my clients.

  27. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  28. A: Clients ask what to send me, and normally I just ask for a stereo mix of their project. If they have midi horn parts, I may ask for mixes with and without the midi horns, or just the horn stems if the horns are low in the mix.

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

  30. A: I'd love to work with Stevie Wonder because his music so much fun to play and it would be a dream to play with the man himself!

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

  32. A: Mostly pop, but also some jazzy-pop records.

Jon's Horn Reel (lofi, alt, rap, jazz, raggae, pop)

I was the trumpet player, horn arranger, and horn producer in this production

GenresSounds Like
  • Jerry Hey
  • Miles Davis
Gear Highlights
  • Singular Audio f-48
  • Monheim Créme Tube Condenser
  • Townsend Sphere L22
  • Chandler TG 2 Preamp
  • UA Solo 610 Preamp
  • UA Apollo x6
  • Moog Matriarch
  • Sequential Trigon-6
  • Make Noise Strega
  • Roland TR-8S
  • Nord Electro 6D
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