I have worked with Sara Bareilles, Bebe Winans, Warren Haynes, Ashanti, and Broadway hits like Hamilton and Waitress. Clients include HBO, Sesame Street, Universal, Disney, Netflix, ROKU and Amazon. So contact me now and let's make your music shine!
Hi I'm Danny. I'm a Producer & Mixer based in Brooklyn, New York.
As an award-winning New York City based Producer, Mixer and Recording Engineer I have worked with Sara Bareilles, Katharine McPhee, Bebe Winans, Warren Haynes, Ashanti, and in the jazz world, Chris Potter, Oz Noy. I have worked on Broadway hits like Hamilton and Waitress. Clients include HBO, Sesame Street, Universal, Disney, Netflix, ROKU and Amazon.
I specialize in modern sounding pop songs that stand the test of time. In addition to my state of the art mixing and recording studio in Brooklyn, I have access to the top NYC studios, musicians and singers, and I have delivered top quality mixes and productions to satisfied clients all over the world.
I want to help you make your music shine! Whether you have a full sounding demo or just lyrics and a melody, I will help you create a radio-ready song ready for all platforms. I will always stay true to YOUR vision of the song.
Together, we can take your music to the next level. Let’s make something amazing!!
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact Danny Lapidus' button above to get in touch.
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- Sara Bareilles
- Warren Haynes
- The Hamilton cast
- Waitress the Musical
- BeBe Winans
- Chris Potter
- Oz Noy
- katharine mcphee
- Mike Stern
- Donald Webber
- Universal Music Group
- Sony Music Entertainment
- Cyndi Lauper
- Desmond Child
- Living Colour
- Saturday Night Live
- Dan Zanes
- Peter Yarrow
- Bashiri Johnson
- Warner Music
- Sesame Street
- Concord Music Publishing
- Savion Glover
- Cage The Elephant
- Harry Connick Jr
- PAT METHENY
- Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers
- Pete Seeger
- Darlene love
- Leslie Odom Jr
- Alex Lacamoire
- Bill Sherman
- 5 Seconds Of Summer
- Rita Wilson
- laurie berkner
87 Reviews - 14 Repeat ClientsEndorse Danny Lapidus
Danny is the best in the game! He’s now helped me finish a single and a 4 song E.P. this year. For the 5 different songs he mixed, mastered and added additional production. Easy to work and communicate with, can’t recommend him enough!
Another amazing session on the books!
Amazing and attentive experience. Went above and beyond on our project.
Always the best, Danny and I have completed 3 songs together and I will continue to work with him. Very easy to communicate with and extremely talented
Great attention to detail and to my requests!
Phenomenal experience. Danny was careful to listen to my special requests, while also using his skills and professionalism to bring out the best in my song. I'm excited to share this one with my listeners!
Danny, thank you for another great master. I played it side by side with the other song you mastered a few months ago for me and they sound awesome side by side. I will be reaching out soon for our Bomba and Plena album.
The best, I'm 2 projects in with Danny and have more planned together. Efficient, easy to communicate with and extremely talented.
Amazing arranger. Did wonders with my song demos. Pulled together live musicians for recording - they were phenomenal. Danny is super easy to work with, extremely creative with excellent musical sense (he knows where a song should go!) Highly recommend him!
Just wrapped another song with Danny! As always, Danny is the best to work with and ensures the final product matches the vision for the track. Can't wait to release!
Danny Lapidus does a fantastic job with the mixing and mastering process! He really made my Latin jazz tracks sound awesome. I will definitely be working with him again. Highly recommended for any style!
Thank you very much Danny, your mastering session brought my song to another level. I can't wait to let the would hear it. I love it so much that i will be reaching out to you soon to master another song i have that is almost mixed.
Danny is a great professional. He respects the artistic choices but remains uncompromising on the quality of the final product. He is also very friendly. Thank you Danny!
I have worked with Danny for many years. Always a pleasure to work with amazingly great energy. He is a true artist with music and sound. Danny but also has the dedication and professionalism that is rare to get the job done on time under pressure and the final product is something everyone can be proud of. I highly recommend him.
Danny was an absolute pleasure to work with and gave my track exactly what it needed. He produced and mastered my upcoming single, offered revisions but I didn’t need them. Home run.
Danny is excellent and makes you feel right at home in his Brooklyn, NY studio. I would recommend recording with Danny anytime if you are in NYC.
This is my second song working with Danny, and second song ever to be released for me. I have a very specific sound in mind for my music and Danny is able to create and meet my expectations every time! He is incredibly professional and passionate about his work, and just overall great and fun to work with.
This is my second song working with Danny, and second song ever to be released for me. I have a very specific sound in mind for my music and Danny is able to create and meet my expectations every time! He is incredibly professional, collaborative and passionate about his work, and just overall great and fun to work with.
Danny is an outstanding musician and producer his ability to match the feeling of the film and enhance its emotions are incredible. He was able to not just come in on budget but delivered ahead of schedule. This is a very rare combination.
Danny is amazing to work with. This is my fifth song with him and im already planning for the next!
Interview with Danny Lapidus
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio is setup as a hybrid mixing/ mastering control room with a focus on being a creative writing, recording and production space. I mix in Protools 2023 Ultimate with a Pro Tools Carbon. Monitors include Dynaudio and NS-10's and a the mastering grade, room correction, Trinnov DMON system with the Trinnov La Remote. The analog part of the hybrid setup is the shadow hills mastering compressor, 3 stereo Neve 1073's, 2 el8-empirical labs Distressors. I own too many plugins to list here. MICS: Neumann U87, Pearlman TLM 47, Shure SM-7, Neumann 84, 184, and TLM 103. KEYS: Komplete Kontrol s61 Mk2, Yamaha CP88, Arturia Minilab. We have vintage Martin D-28's, electric guitars and basses and are setup for drum recording with a Yamaha Maple Custom Kit. AMPS: Fender Band Master Head, Badcat cabinet 2x12, 1964 Fender Vibrochamp HEADPHONE MIX: Furman HDS-6, 4 seperate station mixes SAMPLERS: UVI Falcon, Kontakt 5
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Benny Blanco, Amy Winehouse, Finneas, Lauv, James Blake, Childish Gambino, J. Cole, Sara Bareilles, Max Martin, Greg Wells, Jaycen Joshua, Andrew Scheps. And as a sax player...Chris Potter, Joe Levano, and of course Wayne (rip)
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Drums-Jordan Perlson. Mixing-Darrell Thorp, Yoad Nevo. Producers-Robert L. Smith. Male vocals-The Crushboys, Female vocals-Jades Goudreault and Jaki Nelson. Bass- Sean Hurley
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been a musician for 20 years, performing in and around New York City as well as several domestic tours. I've recorded in some of the finest studios without really understanding any of the process and then one day (19 years ago), a producer friend of mine could not take on a new client and told them to call me. I worked with them for the next two years and was hooked on the studio life. Routing, signal path, phase relationships...etc, I couldn't get enough of it. They would pay me and I would pay the best New York engineers to show me the ropes. I built several Manhattan studios before finally opening Pod Noise Studios with my partner Rich Mercurio on west 30th Street in Manhattan. Post pandemic, I built my state of the art mix room in Brooklyn, NY. I continue to learn on the job. It is a life full of deadlines and pressure and I love it!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Here are a few: 1. Try a dual mono compressor on your mix bus to allow dynamic moments to shine through the full panoramic spectrum. 2. Phase alignment is of the utmost importance whether it's a full drum kit, bass amps and DI's, or samples. It takes time but makes the difference between a huge sounding record and a thin mess. 3. Clean, tune and do detailed vocal rides before compressing you lead vocal. I like to keep a trim fader reading all the rides before anything else happens to the vocal. 6. Whether it's heard or just felt, try using shimmery or filtered shaker/ bell tracks for propulsion in pre's and choruses. 7. If it sounds good, it is good!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First I talk to the artist and/or producer to get an in-depth feel for their needs, goals and expectations. For a mix situation, I I listen to the rough mix (if there is one) several times to see how it complements the previous conversation all the while making notes about how I think it could be improved. Often I will comb through my library for similar sounding artists or just inspiration and keep those tracks handy for reference. Then I start organizing and importing all the files into pro tools (my mix routing is quite complicated so this process is vital), color coding everything, re-labelling, etc. If it is a vocal production, I listen carefully for tuning, timing, ambient and mouth noise and fix as needed. Then I turn my attention to the rhythmic elements. If there is a drum kit, I phase align every mic. Then I start pushing faders. Drums are usually a starting point but not always. Sometimes I start with the vocal. I print a first mix for the client's review and if it they love it I dig into more detailed work like rides, transitions, etc... Of course focus on the artist and their team's notes for the revision.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Really all types. I specialize in Pop, but, I have produced and mixed Heavy Rock, Hip Hop, Synth-Pop, Jazz, Broadway musicals, and everything in between. I've tracked Warren Haynes playing guitar and have mixed several gospel albums! So any genre is welcome.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To stick with you until the music shines. I will commit to making you happy!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Are we a good "fit" musically? If so....When do we start?
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: 1. I tracked the great Bebe Winans on a song that I co-wrote! It was the greatest vocal tracking session I've ever been a part of (and I've worked with tons of well known singers). I was the Co-Writer/Mixer/Mastering Engineer. 2. I tracked several guitar solos for the incredible Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers and Government Mule! He was the coolest and we spent quite a bit of time editing together. I was credited as the recording engineer and studio owner. It was for and Oz Noy album. 3.I tracked and mixed the vocals of Katherine McFee for the online/social promo release of Waitress the Musical. Her voice was amazing.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I love and use both. Most jobs today however stay mostly digital for ease of recall.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Big, natural, open, punchy, full bass. Radio-ready.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: In the included revisions, do you master it each time? Or is that done once after all the mixing edits are finalized? A: A considerable amount of the mastering process occurs during mixing, for example, the final Limiting is always on as it affects the mix. You can therefore, think of it as re-mastering for each revision. The final mastering process is completed after all mix revisions are complete and the final mix is approved by you. ALL masters will comply with AES streaming loudness normalization; Spotify, iTunes, Tidal etc. If you need specific masters for youtube only, or network tv only, that is a re-master and hourly rates apply.) -Q: When I first send files over, is it acceptable to include some baseline ideas I have for mixing, or do you prefer to listen to it and form your own opinions of it? A: All baseline ideas are more than welcome. It's your music! Your ideas matter to me.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That great gear and lots of plugins leads to a great mix.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The music and the people.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Communicate! Send an email with any questions or concerns you may have. Provide reference tracks and artists that relate to your songs. Music is so personal, and I want my client's music to shine so remember there are no silly questions. Prep Your Files! All files should be clearly labelled, and all edits must be final. Leave your plugins on and your routing intact. Include a rough mix of each song to be mixed.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: MacBook Pro with pro tools, Komplete Kontrol s61, my Pearlman mic, my blue ridge acoustic guitar and my Selmer VI soprano sax (but in my laptop bag would be an Apollo twin and my Ultimate Ears Reference monitors!)
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Tyler the Creator because his mind is definitely an interesting place! I think I would learn a lot.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My ability to relate to artists and bring out their best performance.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring years of music writing, producing, arranging and performing as well as vast music theory BUT I try to get to the heart of what the artist is trying to say in their lyrics and music before I determine what to bring or how much to lead them with.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I love being involved with the song right from the beginning. Artists will send me the song in a raw form and I will develop it with them start to finish. It is also common that artists and producers will send me fully produced multi-tracks and I will professionally mix and master them delivering masters that are fully optimized for streaming/download/cd manufacturing. As a Producer, I also sign artists and use my contacts to shop them to managers, publishers, and booking agents.