James Auwarter

Grammy Award Winning Engineer

384 Reviews (376 Verified)
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**Grammy Award Winning Engineer** & *OFFICIALLY CREDITED ON 32 TOTAL GRAMMY NOMINATIONS* I’ve worked alongside: Kanye West, Yo-Yo Ma, PJ Morton, Jamila Woods, Kirk Franklin, Kurt Elling, Adam Levine, Cowboy Troy, Tom Higgenson (Plain White Tees), Donald Lawrence, Lupe Fiasco, Hezekiah Walker, Rihanna, Anthony Hamilton, Mavis Staples, etc.

I will deliver world-class treatments for your most precious work!

+ Dolby Atmos!!

“Studio James” is known for his diversity, having the distinction of successfully working in practically every genre of music over his 15+ year career. This has included credits on Grammy nominated Hip Hop / R&B / Gospel / Jazz, while also having worked with world renowned classical musicians, rockstars, popstars (and even a Billboard-charting Country artist).

After working out of countless big studios as a freelancer, since 2016, James has owned his Chicago-based studio, branded Coda Room Audio. In 2019, James received Arts Council England’s formal endorsement for a UK Tier 1 “Exceptional Talent” visa, paving the way for a whole new adventure (and expansion) across the pond. While still retaining a presence in the Chicago/USA scene, James now also resides in London.

Feel free to check out codaroomaudio.com for more information on myself and my studio.

I generally mix and master remotely, but am available to travel as well.
Whatever YOU need!--let's chat!

PS: A lot of people like to claim that they're Grammy-winning or Grammy-nominated...but, unfortunately, many of these people are not. Check for yourself, and don't take their word for it. Simply goto grammy.com and search their name. If it doesn't show up there, it did not happen.

Send me a note through the contact button above.


Discogs verified credits for James Auwarter
  • Shawnna
  • Shawnna
  • Lupe Fiasco Featuring Jill Scott
  • Lupe Fiasco
  • Yung Berg
  • Lupe Fiasco
  • Wiley (2)
  • Great Divide
  • Laurence Hobgood Trio
  • Jamila Woods
  • Marvin Sapp
  • Joann Rosario
  • Charles & Taylor
  • Kanye West
  • Ludacris And DTP*
  • Pastor Hezekiah Walker & LFC*
  • Steve Cole
  • Marvin Sapp
  • Vickie Winans
  • Kevin Vasser
  • Donald Lawrence Presents The Tri-City Singers
  • Rihanna
  • Nick Colionne
  • Donald Lawrence Presents The Tri-City Singers
  • Shawnna
  • Coko
  • Rihanna
  • Steve Cole
  • Lupe Fiasco
  • Rob Parton's Jazztech Big Band
  • Kurt Elling
  • kanYeWest*
  • Cornel West & BMWMB
  • The Clark Sisters
  • Lupe Fiasco
  • Tim Bowman
  • Coko
  • Mark Colby
  • Various
  • DJ Khaled
  • Heather Headley
  • Various
  • Shari Addison
  • Vanessa Bell Armstrong
  • Donald Lawrence & Co.*
  • Kevon Carter
  • Various
  • Kanye West & Malik Yusef
  • Living Word Christian Center
  • Dewayne Woods & When Singers Meet
  • Plain White T's
  • Jay-Z
  • Hezekiah Walker
  • Wooden Rings
  • Brian Pettis
  • Great Divide
  • Michael Manson
  • Dewayne Woods
  • Jon Guerra
  • Showoff
  • Bassel and the Supernaturals
  • Cowboy Troy
  • Herman Little III
  • Herman Little III
  • PJ Morton

384 Reviews - 84 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Deborah S.

    Another great experience with James! He's always easy to communicate with, extremely professional and willing to apply his talents to Adeline's songs.

  2. Review by Philip D.

    The mix was already so dope I didn't think there would be much of a difference other than the volume coming up. But man was I wrong. Just when we thought it couldn't get any better, we noticed a big difference in the stereo width as well as the over all depth of the song. The clarity was enhanced without any type of added harshness. Absolutely beautiful work. If you need your song mastered, stop lookin, because what you need is James Auwarter!!! Couldn't be happier!

  3. Review by Saya N.

    I loved working with James. He was quick, helpful, professional and took my track to the absolute next level. 10/10!!!

  4. Review by hana i.

    James is an awesome
    engineer and such a pleasure to work with!! he really just executed my vision from the jump and so seamlessly. he’s an incredibly talented engineer and reachable which was so helpful in working back and forth on the song. all in all i’d definitely recommend working with him, i know i’ll be too- you’ll end up seeing your vision come to life.

  5. Review by Felysa
    by Felysa

    I have worked with James previously and my very first experience was super positive which was the reason I got back to him for the second time. This time he was mixing and mastering 6 of my live session piano + vocal recordings which all turned out beautiful. We had a very professional communication including he asked for references of the sound and feel of each songs. These saved lot of time for both of us also he nailed my tight deadline. Above all he is professional, humble and has a charm!

  6. Review by Jonathan C.

    Brilliant job by James! He 'got' the track and gave it width, power and professional sparkle. Really great, courteous and adept. Looking forward to working with james on my next release too. A Master of Mastering and audio - Thanks James!

  7. Review by Lisa B.

    James is thorough and clear, and continues to be a pleasure to work with. Thanks James!

  8. Review by Lisa B.

    James delivers quality work quickly and provides good communication and professionalism throughout. He's been a pleasure to work with and I am submitting another job to him in moments. Thanks James!!!

  9. Review by Matt N
    by Matt N

    James is the real deal. His work speaks for itself. He took our work heads above where it was, had a great ear for what we wanted, and more than delivered. He's professional, communicates well, is patient, and gets the job done. Highly recommend him.

  10. Review by Daryl U.

    Very friendly and easy to work with, and an extremely high quality delivery!

  11. Review by Nick
    by Nick

    Very good master...James

  12. Review by Drew G.

    Can't speak enough about the mastering received from James. We couldn't have asked for better. This is our 2nd time working together and as before he knocked it right out of the Park. I would recommend his services to anyone who wants there music on the next level!! YESSSSIR!!

  13. Review by Tyler M.

    Fast turnaround and quality product! James to my mix to the next level!

  14. Review by Dennis J.

    Lifesaver. Hire him.

  15. Review by Dennis J.

    Very knowledgeable on a variety of mastering techniques, as well as patient enough to make sure I was happy with the final product. Really improved the sound of my song

  16. Review by Adeline V. Lopez

    Just finished another song with James (this one finished an EP for Adeline!)- he's become our go-to for exception quality and reliable turn-around. Such a great professional. You can't go wrong.

  17. Review by Nick
    by Nick

    Great master-er. 10/10

  18. Review by Azam A.

    I Really recommend James his fast and serve the best quality for his clients

  19. Review by David Sentongo

    It was a pleasure working with James. He is extremely knowledgeable and I could tell he cared about my project and helping me achieve the sound I wanted. Before he even started to master my song, he provided some suggestions on what I could optimize in the mix to make for the best outcome. He was very responsive, and he coached me through some sound selection issues I was having as well. I am very happy with the final product and I will for sure be a repeat customer.

  20. Review by Deborah S.

    James did another great job with the latest track we sent him. He delivered everything on time, as usual, and was very responsive to our few comments. He’s so easy to work with!

Interview with James Auwarter

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

  2. A: Most commonly I'm asked regarding ADM / MFiT : - "Are you an Apple Digital Masters / Mastered for iTunes certified engineer?" - “Will this master also be acceptable and sound good on the other streaming platforms beyond just Apple?” Answers : - Yes, I am a certified Apple Digital Masters / Mastered for iTunes engineer. - Yes, of course my masters are 100% fine for Spotify/Tidal/Apple/YouTube etc all platforms, but specifically with Apple, it means that if you choose to let your distributor know when you upload, they will include a badge stating that it is a certified master (meaning a certified mastering engineer who's been approved by them did the master). Additionally, beyond the full quality 24 bit .wav, the .m4a reference file that I send is the exact format, codec, and settings that Apple will encode themselves, so it's a way of knowing EXACTLY what it'll sound like on that platform. (The other streaming platforms do not have similar programs, however there are no drastic differences in specs from one platform to the other, but all platforms do look for different LUFS volume standards, unfortunately). Long story short...it's nothing to be concerned about-- But if you have more questions on it, I'm happy to answer :)

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

  4. A: The experience that comes with being credited on 32 Grammy nominations. Knowing when to add a bit of extra flavor and when to be much more subtle.

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

  6. A: Check their track-record, and also pay attention to how quickly they respond to your messages.

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

  8. A: A different genre, with a different client, everyday.

  9. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  10. A: I personally think that with GOOD (and well-upkept) analog gear, I can often achieve the desired sound quicker. However, to then document the gear settings and to then inevitably have to recall the gear settings for mix tweaks at a later time, the overall process is actually slower than staying in the box (digital). Also, analog gear in general is much more susceptible to unexpectedly causing issues. I love analog gear. I’ll record through every bit of analog gear that’s at my disposal at the time, absolutely, but for me it just does not make sense to mix that way any more. Sonically, when a mix is done by a pro, the end listener will never know (or care) whether it was done analog or digital. It’s just a preference, not “right” or “wrong’ – but analog mixing is not part of my workflow anymore.

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

  12. A: In about 20 years: amateur, university, intern, assistant, staff engineer, freelance engineer, studio owner.

  13. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  14. A: I sometimes run in to clients who confuse the difference between the mixing and mastering process. So, mastering is the last phase of the process, done with the 1 stereo bounce from the mixing phase...whereas mixing is the process of blending every single individual element (by volume adjustments, panning, eq, compression, reverb, effects, etc) into 1 stereo file.

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

  16. A: What is YOUR goal? How can I help your music reach its full potential?

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

  18. A: I will deliver world-class treatments for your most precious work!

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

  20. A: The blending of the tech with the creative. I get to play my part in the creative process by utilizing the tech tools in both traditional and non-traditional ways.

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

  22. A: Hmmm. If just 5, I guess I'd have to go with a good laptop, my beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro headphones, Pro Tools, Melodyne, FabFilter bundle. I could still get some serious mixing and mastering done with this stripped down setup :)

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

  24. A: The Japanese House has such amazing production, and authentic emotion in her songwriting.

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

  26. A: 99% of the time, DO NOT PUT A LIMITER ON THE STEREO BUS WHILE MIXING! That is part of the mastering process. Mix while you’re in the mixing phase, and master while you’re in the mastering phase. Just cause it’s louder at the moment, does not mean it actually sounds better. Hear me now, believe me eventually.

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

  28. A: EVERY genre.

  29. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  30. A: Bringing an artist's vision to life, on time, and within budget.

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

  32. A: Nigel Godrich has always been my favorite producer/engineer. Musicians/bands/artists are too numerous to name!

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

  34. A: Mixing and mastering is what keeps me most busy at the moment, but I do recording and producing quite often as well.

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Communication is key. If you have any questions, please just ask.
Total of 3 Recalls/Revisions included.
Typically 2-5 day turnaround for mix/master (if a rush is needed, just message to inquire).

GenresSounds Like
  • Frank Ocean
  • Radiohead
  • Kirk Franklin
Gear Highlights
  • "In The Box" for mixing and mastering
  • while as analog as possible during tracking. These toys include C12
  • U47
  • LA2A
  • Avalon 737
  • Hardy M2
  • several Black Lion Audio
  • etc...Pro Tools Ultimate 2022
  • Slate Raven
  • UAD Ultimate
  • AT/Melodyne/Revoice
  • etc.
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