ehagen08

Producer, Engineer

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Experienced and professional mix and mastering engineer and producer. I am a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter myself. I have access to some of the top musicians in the world. Let's make some great music!

I have a beautiful studio in Sturgeon Bay, WI which is part of the Holiday Motel owned by Pat MacDonald, Jackson Browne and others. Fully capable studio for recording, mixing and mastering. If you are local or want to travel to a beautiful place, Door County Wisconsin is a nice getaway to make a record.

I can mix your single, EP or album from start to finish. I use a hybrid system of in the box and outboard gear. I have access to some of the best musicians in the world to make your track shine.

If you already have a mix and are looking for a mastering engineer I am fully set up for that as well. Again, a hybrid system of in the box and analog gear.

Hit me up on here and let's talk about your project and how I may be able to help!

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

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  • English

14 Reviews

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  1. Review by Luke Moller
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    Always a pleasure! Such fun tracks, quick and clear communication. I'm always stoked to hear from Eric. Until the next one!

  2. Review by Bryan Daste
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    Excellent client! Sent over a very cool, stripped-down vibey song for some pedal steel - plenty of room to work. Love it! Thank you!!

  3. Review by Deza
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    Super easy to work with and a really fun job. :)

  4. Review by Reed Pittman
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    Enjoyed laying down some organ for ehagen on a couple of tracks. He was great to work with throughout the process. Hope to do another again soon!

  5. Review by Phil Madeira
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    Just finished playing Hammond and Rhodes on 2 inspiring tracks for Eric. Great music, great communication. A total pleasure.

  6. Review by Luke Moller
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    An absolute pleasure working together. Quick and clear communication. Excellent quality tracks. I look forward to working together again in the future. Thanks again!

  7. Review by Patrick Lyons
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    Great tunes, great production, great communication. Look forward to working together more in the future.

  8. Review by Patrick Lyons
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    Always great to work together. Great songs, and great production.

  9. Review by Patrick Lyons
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    Threw a dobro solo on this tune. Really great song, and always great to work with. Looking forward to working on some more tunes together!

  10. Review by Patrick Lyons
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    More Great tunes to work on. Always a pleasure to work with.

  11. Review by Patrick Lyons
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    Another easy going project. We were able to knock this one out right away. Always a pleasure working together.

  12. Review by Patrick Lyons
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    Great working with Eric. He had a cool tune, and was a super quick and clear communicator. Looking forward to working with him in the future.

  13. Review by Hamilton McKay Belk
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    Great experience working with Eric. Many thanks!

  14. Review by Bryan Daste
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    Fun project! Great communication & tunes, very friendly and easy to work with. Would love to do more!

Interview with ehagen08

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

  2. A: Try to keep it simple. Don't over produce. Don't add things just to add them. People tend to add instruments and effects just because they think they have to. Serve the song.

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

  4. A: If we are starting from scratch, I like the artist to send me some basic demos of the song(s). Could just be a phone recording. Gives me a feel for the track and I get some ideas before hand. Once in the studio, I have them play it for me again live. That usually sparks other ideas of instrumentation, structure etc. If I'm just mixing a record, I get everything loaded up and just listen through the song several times. Try to picture what needs to be done. Each time could be different but I love making a song come to life.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: I have 3 rooms in the Tambourine Collaboratory at the Holiday Music Motel in Sturgeon Bay, WI. I have separate ISO rooms and a drum room. I work mostly in the box but I use a lot of outboard gear when recording and some hyprid work during mixing and mastering. I have a great mic locker including Neumann, Royer, Shure, Violet and more. A lot of great instruments including Fender guitars, Martin guitars and a 1973 Rhodes Piano.

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

  8. A: I am inspired by so many musicians it would be tough to name them all. I grew up listening to the classics like The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Stones etc. Now, my favorite songwriter has to be Jason Isbell. I love his story telling. And he is also a stellar guitar player. As far as production goes... I like anything Dave Cobb touches.

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

  10. A: I'm a multi instrumentalist so I play a lot of different instruments on friends and clients records. I have a studio and my work ranges from turning demos into reality for clients from start to finish, mixing tracks that clients have recorded in other studios and mastering finished mixes.

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

  12. A: I recently picked up a 1947 Presto record lathe and I have been doing some very limited run 7" records for local and regional artists. Very cool to take piece of music, EQ it specifically for this lathe, and hand cut a dozen records. Every one of them being unique. So cool!

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

  14. A: Don't look at the price so much as the person. What do they have to say? Are they compatible with you? Do you like their vibe? Do you like their work? Just because someone has worked with popular artists and is expensive doesn't mean they are right for you.

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

  16. A: I went to school for Recording Technology and Production. I actually learned on the same board that was in Smart STudios on Madison, WI that originally recorded tracks for Nirvana's Nevermind. That path didn't lead to any work, however. I ended up working 9-5's and playing my own music. After starting a family, I stepped away from music for quite awhile. I recently got back into writing, recording, working with other local artists and found an amazing music community online that has allowed me to work for and collaborate with people all over the world.

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

  18. A: I usually work with acoustic music, singer songwriters, Americana. That type of music. Although I listen to a wide variety of music including Rock, I just feel that I generate better mixes for Singer Songwriters than I do for harder music.

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

  20. A: I'm a musician at heart. So, I feel like I understand what an artist is trying to do. What they are trying to convey. I try to stay true to that. I think you'll find a lot of producers out there that can give you a "perfect" mix. But is it what YOU want? I can speak the musician's language. Have a feel for the music and take it in a direction that is usually what the artist wanted but also be able to understand them and how to translate it to their music.

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

  22. A: I recently picked up a 1947 Presto record lathe and I have been doing some very limited run 7" records for local and regional artists. Very cool to take piece of music, EQ it specifically for this lathe, and hand cut a dozen records. Every one of them being unique. So cool!

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

  24. A: Don't look at the price so much as the person. What do they have to say? Are they compatible with you? Do you like their vibe? Do you like their work? Just because someone has worked with popular artists and is expensive doesn't mean they are right for you.

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

  26. A: I went to school for Recording Technology and Production. I actually learned on the same board that was in Smart STudios on Madison, WI that originally recorded tracks for Nirvana's Nevermind. That path didn't lead to any work, however. I ended up working 9-5's and playing my own music. After starting a family, I stepped away from music for quite awhile. I recently got back into writing, recording, working with other local artists and found an amazing music community online that has allowed me to work for and collaborate with people all over the world.

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

  28. A: KISS. Keep It Simple Stupid. Cliche but true. Any time you're forcing something and racking your brain to get the perfect sound, more times than not, you make it worse. I take a simple approach. I don't use a ton of processing. I try to get a good mix with EQ, Compression, Reverbs/Delays. Adding a few things for color here and there.

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

  30. A: I usually work with acoustic music, singer songwriters, Americana. That type of music. Although I listen to a wide variety of music including Rock, I just feel that I generate better mixes for Singer Songwriters than I do for harder music.

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

  32. A: I'm a musician at heart. So, I feel like I understand what an artist is trying to do. What they are trying to convey. I try to stay true to that. I think you'll find a lot of producers out there that can give you a "perfect" mix. But is it what YOU want? I can speak the musician's language. Have a feel for the music and take it in a direction that is usually what the artist wanted but also be able to understand them and how to translate it to their music.

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

  34. A: When I get a new song sent to me I usually listen to the song a few times. I like to get a feel for it, the nuances of the performance. Try to get an idea of where I would like to go with it. Then I try to balance the mix without any processing. Just using levels and panning. That's when I start to throw on some processing. Usually with some EQ and compression to start. Drums first, then bass, guitars and vocals last.

  35. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  36. A: I have a 12x15 treated room that I use for recording and mixing. I use Studio One 4 Professional as my DAW with many plugins from Slate Digital, Waves, Brainworx and more. I mix with both headphones and near field monitors. Monitors to get a good mix going and headphones to really fine tune anything. I mix pretty much in the box at this point. While recording I do use a Presonus 24 channel mixer, a few outboard pre amps and even tape at times. But my mixing is generally in the box. Not much need for anything else these days.

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Recording and mixing turnaround times are dependent on the project. Message me to discuss.

Master recordings can be done in 3 business days. 2 revisions included. $50 extra for each revision.

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Gear Highlights
  • Neumann TLM 49
  • Royer 121
  • DBX Compressors and EQ
  • Neve 1073 EQ
  • Neve pre amps
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