Roy Merchant

Mix Engineer/Producer

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122 Reviews (105 Verified)
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Do you need your track to be more defined? More thump? More sheen? With over 25 years experience I've mixed various multi platinum selling records. How can I help you?

I started my career in Soho’s early 90’s studio boom by cutting teeth on all things sample based and beat orientated. A great time for Hip-Hop and Dance music, the beginnings of our current flavours. In the late 90’s, after spending almost 18 months moving between London, New York and Jamaica,I decided to plant my feet firmly in Brixton, South London, where I went on to produce and mix a whole host of ground breaking UK Garage and Hip-Pop artists. A multi platinum Mixer/Producer with credits that span from Coldcut to So Solid Crew and Omar to MIA.

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Credits

Discogs verified credits for Roy Merchant
  • Various
  • Fe-Nix
  • Architechs
  • Coldcut Featuring Mike Ladd + Jon Spencer
  • Upper Street
  • John Matthias
  • Roxanne Emery
  • Tricky Micky
  • Troi
  • Monica
  • Kele Le Roc
  • Matthew Marsden
  • Dreem Teem
  • (unbelievabletruth)*
  • David Bridie
  • EZ*
  • Unbelievable Truth
  • David Bridie
  • Architechs Feat. Nana
  • Lovestation
  • Jeb Loy Nichols
  • The Dreem Teem*
  • Liberty*
  • Lucas (2)
  • Big Brovaz
  • Big Brovaz
  • Big Brovaz
  • So Solid Crew
  • Lisa Maffia
  • Lisa Maffia
  • Lisa Maffia
  • Aaliyah
  • Asher D
  • Big Brovaz
  • Big Brovaz
  • The Country Soul Revue
  • Big Brovaz
  • Big Brovaz
  • Charlie (11)
  • Coldcut
  • Jeb Loy Nichols
  • Lady Sovereign
  • Coldcut Featuring Mike Ladd + Jon Spencer
  • Charlie (11)
  • Coldcut
  • The Draytones
  • Charlie (11)
  • Kano (4)
  • Roxanne Emery
  • Omar
  • Omar
  • Tricky Micky
  • Ultramarine
  • Various
  • Jhelisa
  • Troi
  • Busta Rhymes Featuring Zhane*
  • Damage
  • Gary Barlow
  • James* Vs. Nigo
  • Strike
  • Attica Blues
  • Attica Blues
  • Charlene Smith
  • Monica
  • Freestylers Featuring Tenor Fly
  • Another Level
  • Freestylers
  • Various
  • Sundance
  • Dreem Teem
  • Inaya Day
  • Autour De Lucie
  • Architechs Feat. Nana
  • Mo Solid Gold
  • The Dreem Teem*
  • Faithless
  • Architechs
  • Lucas (2)
  • Charli
  • Damage
  • Gabrielle
  • Baz
  • Lisa Maffia
  • Lisa Maffia
  • Lisa Maffia
  • So Solid Crew
  • Mis-Teeq
  • Various
  • Big Brovaz
  • Jamelia
  • Baz
  • Selwyn
  • Various
  • Jamelia
  • Fried
  • Jamelia
  • Coldcut
  • Charlie (11)
  • Coldcut Featuring Mike Ladd + Jon Spencer
  • Charlie (11)
  • Coldcut
  • Upper Street
  • YT
  • Booty Luv
  • The Draytones
  • Jakobinarina*
  • Jack Peñate
  • The Monks Kitchen
  • Jakobinarina*
  • Switches
  • Claire Martin
  • Ayumi Hamasaki
  • Various
  • Example
  • Laurie Burgess
  • Ultramarine
  • Omar
  • Tricky Micky
  • Tricky Micky
  • Various
  • Freestylers
  • Mis-Teeq
  • Coldcut
  • Ayumi Hamasaki

122 Reviews - 25 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Jake (hobomingle)
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    A master at what he does, Roy comes through yet again with amazing work. Excited to work together again!

  2. Review by Tom Hutchcraft
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    Roy made my rap verse sound more professional and clear. It works a lot better with the rest of the track now. He gave a quick turnaround, completing the job in less than 24 hours, and stayed in constant contact throughout the process.

  3. Review by Jacob M.
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    Working with Roy has been a pleasure. He was able to perfectly tune and process some vocals for me with a very quick turn around. Definitely look forward to working with him again!

  4. Review by Joshua R.
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    Very responsive, professional and made sure I had every level tweaked how I wanted it. Also even threw in his own idea which I loved and kept!

  5. Review by Joshua R.
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    Very easy to work with! Professional, knowledgable and patient!

  6. Review by Gim
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    Roy did a very nice mix.
    I appreciate his responsiveness to my requests.

  7. Review by Eoin
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    Roy is a total pro - he always delivers an expertly balanced, broadcast quality mix that serves the needs of the song at hand, with a creative flair that ensures the mix packs that extra punch. Highly recommend.

  8. Review by soykaoru
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    Great! He has understood exactly what I had in mind. Very balanced mix.

  9. Review by Solarj S.
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    Very nice and extremely competent mixing and mastering engineer, with an eye for details musical taste. Was a great pleasure to work with Roy!

  10. Review by Bernard R.
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    I highly recommend Roy for extended / multi-tracks projects where there is a larger theme in mind and track congruity and mix consistency is a must. Looking forward to the next one.

  11. Review by Isabelle V.
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    Really enjoy working with Roy, would highly recommend, another great mix!

  12. Review by Bernard R.
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    As always Roy delivered terrific results! He spends time understanding your ambitions for tracks and applying his natural affinity for what the track needs - and it always results in Roy getting the best out of your work.

  13. Review by Tim S.
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    Brilliant service as usual, prompt & effective !

  14. Review by Jonathan
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    I am a beginner artist, and I asked Roy to review my tracks and give me feedback and pointers for improvement. He came back with a lot of helpful information and useful details that I will definitely be implementing in my future tracks. Great service, very professional.

  15. Review by phillysm
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    Spot on as always. Brings out the best in the songs and always impeccable quality.

  16. Review by Keita Y.
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    Very quick to delivery a top quality service. Mix and master sounding superb. Patiently dealt will all my requests. Will definitely be using his services again.

  17. Review by Анелия А.
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    Roy is clearly a pro! Besides being highly knowledgeable and skilful in his field he was also really taking to consideration all the specifics vital to me.

  18. Review by Constance B.
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    Roy was kind, easy to communicate with and he did a thorough job. The documentary sounds well-blended, clear and crisp. I’m very happy with Roy’s work and highly recommend him!

  19. Review by Tim S.
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    Amazing result as usual, can't recommend Roy enough :)

  20. Review by The M.
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    Super nice guy and very insightful mentoring and industry knowledge. 100% recommend.

  21. Review by Amber L.
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    Roy is such a professional and I love working with him! His mixes sound great and he always takes the time to make sure I’m happy with the direction it’s going. Highly recommend!

  22. Review by Tim S.
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    Another quality mix served up with minimal fuss. Such an easy guy to work with :)

  23. Review by Paul H.
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    Another great mix from Roy. Took this one to another level completely.
    Always a pleasure!

  24. Review by SDUST
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    Top guy / top engineer

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    Great guy. More importantly: a great talent!

  26. Review by SDUST
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    We have a pro studio setup and tried mixing this ourselves. But it was a particularly tough one with a massive amount of tracks. Roy balanced the lot on his first go: not something I've experienced before. Genuinely surprised and massive respect for Roy.

  27. Review by Paul H.
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    Really great working with Roy again. I was delighted with the first track he mixed and he's raised the bar even higher with this one.

    His mixes just sound great on any system. Recommended!

  28. Review by phillysm
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    100% knows his stuff and will get your track sounding perfect. A pleasure to deal with and minimal rounds of review. Almost got it perfect in one. Couldn't recommend enough.

  29. Review by Isabelle V.
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    Awesome mix again as always!!

    Thanks Roy

  30. Review by Harry r.
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    Roy’s master of my track was top quality and he always replies fast to any messages i have.

  31. Review by Paul H.
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    A fantastic job from Roy. Very quick turnaround with great results.

    Roy knew exactly what the track needed while taking on board notes that I had, making the experience smooth and enjoyable.

    100% recommended!

  32. Review by Tim S.
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    Great to work with - knows his onions, excellent communicator and provides exactly what I cannot, a big fat juicy bottom end !

  33. Review by The M.
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    Great experience working with Roy. Very professional and experienced. Roy was quick to respond and easy to collaborate with. Roy had great suggestions and provided sonic options for consideration. Thanks Roy for making my track sound great!

  34. Review by Tarek H.
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    Its been a pleasure working with Roy. He was very professional from the start to finish. He communicated well and responded quickly to my messages. He adapted to the the vibe I was looking for and delivered an outstanding Mix/Master!
    I'm looking forward to working with Roy again
    Tarek Hout

  35. Review by Tim S.
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    Professional and incredibly competent across a wide range of musical styles. Roy spiced up my Christmas track with devastating effect - so much that I put my tree up . . . in June !!!

  36. Review by Dreadlox Holmes
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    Such a pleasure working with Roy again, whom i found after 20 years Via Soundbetter.
    Roy gave us everything we needed and more for our song "African Love" by Aosi Raina. Now we have a mix that makes the song feel ready to be re-released with the right vibe and hit with the right impact. Looking forwards to doing another in the very near future.
    Professionalism at the highest level
    Thanks Roy

    Dreadlox Holmes

  37. Review by Roger F.
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    Roy is prompt and professional. great job!

  38. Review by Aditya S.
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    Always great working with Roy. Solid mixing and mastering and communication so great as well.

  39. Review by Tim S.
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    My 1st experience with Roy and the results are A++. Being new to this game I appreciated his patience and honest responses and have learned a lot. On to the next track . . . :)

  40. Review by Steve N.
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    This was my first time working with Roy and it was a pleasure!
    He was open and transparent about the process. He provided good feedback/ideas and his revisions to the mix were fast and efficient.
    Most importantly, the end deliverable was great!

  41. Review by Isabelle V.
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    Roy is an amazing mixing and mastering engineer!!
    Great results and great overall experience, my song sounds so much better and I couldn't be happier.
    Can't wait to work with Roy again!

  42. Review by Toby D.
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    Another fantastic project with Roy, love working with him!

  43. Review by Eoin
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    Another radio-ready mix by Roy! He's mixed electro / EDM tracks for me in the past, but this one was more RnB based and he nailed it too. Aside from a great ear and skill, it's a seamless experience working with him and he's a total pro. Looking forward to the next one!

  44. Review by Cam H.
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    I’m so glad to have come across Roy! He is very efficient, creative and understanding. I am really looking forward to working with him again. Thanks Roy!

  45. Review by Dex M.
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    This is my 3rd mix project with Roy and he never disappoints. I am so impressed with his easy going way of listening to my suggestions (if any) and having no problem working with me to make sure that we have the best possible mix (and some of my projects are decades old coming out of my vault!!!) You're The Best Roy, Many Thanks !!!!

  46. Review by Dex M.
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    Roy is the ultimate professional and always makes the music sound its absolute best. I'm super confident when I send my productions to him because he is a master at his craft..... Thanks Roy!!!

  47. Review by Ashden
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    Great guy to work with, super professional creative, and knows what you need!

  48. Review by Bernard R.
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    I just finished working with Roy for a second time, and once again had a great experience. Roy is responsive to feedback and really pays attention to the details of your track. Always communicative and professional. Looking forward to working together again soon.

  49. Review by Toby D.
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    Roy took a track that was very basic and completely transformed it. I'm delighted with the finished tune and will be using him again.

  50. Review by Amber L.
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    Roy was extremely professional and I enjoyed working with him a second time. The mix sounded great, and he listened to my thoughts and what I wanted out of the song. Thanks Roy!

  51. Review by Jill S.
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    I enjoyed cooperating with him, so patient and efficient :)
    The audio quality is exquisite and spatial
    Would love to stay in touch!

  52. Review by Dex M.
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    I've waited a long time to hear my music sound the way that Roy made it sound. He has very sensitive ears and understands how to get the best out of the production while making sure that all of the parts sit exactly where they should be in the mix...Not to mention the Thump and Fatness he gets out of the bass and kick drum....Wow...He brings out the "magic" for sure and is definitely my "go to" guy from here on out!!!! Thank You Roy !!!!!!

  53. Review by Isabelle V.
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    Roy is a pleasure to work with, very professional and friendly and his skills are top quality. Will definitely work with Roy again in the future :)

  54. Review by Sean H.
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    Another job done with Roy. Very professional as always and great to work with.

  55. Review by Kimberly s.
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    Amazing work! As always.

  56. Review by Cory B.
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    This is my second time working with Roy. He took my songs to the next level, and was always able to accomplish the sound that I was going for. I will definitely work with him in the future!

  57. Review by Eoin
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    Another incredibly solid sounding mix from Roy. Roy always understands how to get the best out of a production, ensuring all the sounds sit exactly where they need to. Plus he’s a total pro and very easy to work with. Looking forward to the next one!

  58. Review by Tiyanna W.
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    Great working with Roy as always!

  59. Review by Chris T.
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    Roy did an excellent job on the mixes, they sound fantastic! He took all my feedback into consideration, asked questions as needed, and was incredibly patient as we did minor edits towards the end. Highly recommended!

  60. Review by Dan C.
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    Roy was incredibly easy to work with and professional. Only one simple adjustment after the first draft and he got me an amazing finished product within a week. Definitely recommended!

  61. Review by Aditya S.
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    I'm a regular, always great working with Roy!

  62. Review by Gregor J.
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    Fast turnaround and easy to work with.

  63. Review by Tiyanna W.
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    It was great working with Roy. He did a final mix and master for my song.
    He is very efficient, professional and he has a great ear. I will be looking forward to working with him again in the future!

  64. Review by Eoin
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    Another solid and broadcast-quality mix by Roy - extremely easy to work with and ensured every instrument found its place in a very multi layered arrangement. Delighted with the results and looking forward to working with Roy again!

  65. Review by Kimberly s.
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    Love his work! Very professional.

  66. Review by Clarke H.
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    Another great job from Roy! thank you!

  67. Review by Amber L.
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    Roy was fantastic! Very quick, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. I love how my track turned out!

  68. Review by Kimberly s.
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    Roy is very professional and made my cover song sound amazing! I was surprised of how fast he got it done too! I definitely will work with him again !

  69. Review by Eoin
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    Another track mixed by Roy. Excellent sound and really brought the best out of my track. Great to know my ideas are in safe hands when I send a track over to Roy to be mixed! Looking forward to working with Roy again.

  70. Review by Aditya S.
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    Done a few tracks with Roy. Love his style. Look forward to collaborating more.

  71. Review by Kai H.
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    When it comes to mixing, Roy is talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before... he will take your song and make it sound as good as it possibly can. He’s also really fast with respect to turnaround time.

  72. Review by Johnny V.
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    AMazing engineer!

  73. Review by Kai H.
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    This is my second time working with Roy. He's a fantastic mixing engineer and I am incredibly happy with the track. Roy took the smorgasbord of stems that I sent him, and somehow made it sound like a number one radio hit with huge production value. I have no idea how he works the kind of magic that he does, but I am glad that he does!

  74. Review by Tamyka S.
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    Lovely guy! Has done a couple of my songs now and each time the songs have turned out amazing, great service!

  75. Review by Eoin
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    I’m delighted I chose Roy to mix my EDM track, he was excellent from start to finish and brought out the very best of the track. He had some great ideas and executed them brilliantly, bringing the track to a whole new level. Brilliant clarity and power in the mix. Couldn’t be more pleased with the result. Very easy to deal with too and quick turnaround. Looking forward to working with Roy again!

  76. Review by Gregor J.
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    Roy gets you the sound you want, plus more! Roy was efficient on all changes and really worked with me to achieve a great result on the project.

  77. Review by Tamyka S.
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    AMAZING! Very communicative and helpful, always made it priority to understand what I was going for and wanted, while using he's experience/expertise to make it sound better. Lovely guy -went above and beyond! Thank you!

  78. Review by Sean H.
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    Roy was great to work with and got the job done in excellent time. Highly recommended

  79. Review by Gregor J.
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    Roy really brought my mixes to life with his professional touch. He was attentive and efficient at incorporating any changes I had.

  80. Review by Bernard R.
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    I really enjoy working with no nonsense professionals at the top of their game. Responsive, talented and collaborative - Roy is exactly that. With very little direction, he immediately heard and understood my vibe and delivered quality results. I highly recommend Roy for your mixing and mastering.

  81. Review by Sean S.
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    Roy couldn’t have been more open to my ideas and suggestions and made my song sound spectacular. I’m so proud of what we made.

  82. Review by Clarke H.
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    Roy was really quick with replies and delivered a 5* result - super happy!

  83. Review by Erik R.
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    Roy was very communicative, quick to respond and gave my track a professional mix that I was struggling to achieve alone. His work was intuitive and made sure that I was completely satisfied with the finished product. I would work with him again in the future!

  84. Review by Tommie D.
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    Roy was great to work with! He sent my song back super quick and the final product was fantastic:)

  85. Review by Cedric s.
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    He did a really good and fast job. He answered always quick and was really friendly :)

  86. Review by Jordan W.
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    Amazing job!

  87. Review by Kai H.
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    Roy was highly professional, prompt at answering messages, and most importantly made the track I sent him sound way better than I could even have believed was possible! Was very prompt with the edits I wanted. Would highly recommend his services!

  88. Review by Johnny V.
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    Awesome engineer, fantastic communicator!

  89. Review by John S.
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    Legend. Roy was fast, responsive, receptive to feedback and most importantly—did great work. Absolutely would work with again.

  90. Review by Andrew A.
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    Roy couldn't have been easier to work with! Totally understood the track and worked with me even on those more nebulous, less concrete things such as "vibe." :) Couldn't be happier with how it turned out!

  91. Review by Johnny V.
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    Super awesome to work with. Very efficient, delivers what he promises in a timely manner.

  92. Review by Mallika R.
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    Roy is incredibly talented, as well as the ultimate professional. I won't use anyone else from here on out. My sessions were a bit disorganized, and even missing some audio files; he detected where those parts were missing, I sent those files, and was super understanding of it. His mixing skills, of course, are top notch, and his attention to detail is fantastic. I threw a ton of little fixes at him, and he did each one to perfection. Communicative and kind throughout the process. Big thank you!

  93. Review by Samuel S.
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    Roy was a pleasure to work with. Our song sounds so good! I really appreciate all the hard work Roy put into our song. It was really easy to work with him, he communicated well, and he made the song come to life even more. We love the final product!

  94. Review by XMPLA
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    Roy always comes through with the goods and is someone I can trust with finishing my music to give the final touches which takes it to the next level!

  95. Review by Norbert J.
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    Professional, helpful expert!

  96. Review by nathanial c.
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    Another song and another job well done!

  97. Review by XMPLA
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    Roy initially gave a great detailed response to the proposal and knew exactly what I was looking for. Super quick to send updates and easy to work with, took the song from good to great in a matter of days!

    Thanks!

  98. Review by nathanial c.
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    Quick and easy to work with. Definitely knows what hes doing!

  99. Review by Rehana B.
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    Roy is fast, efficient and knows exactly what he does. Super nice!

  100. Review by Aditya S.
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    I've completed a few projects with Roy now. He's always fun to work with, provides useful inputs and technically very good.

  101. Review by Cory B.
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    Roy is a true professional, he took my entire album to the next level, all while keeping in mind my suggestions and easily fixing any issues I had with the mix. Roy is extremely easy to work with and always knew what elements to push to really make each song shine.

    I will certainly be coming back to Roy when I have new songs to mix!

  102. Review by Cory B.
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    Roy was a huge help in getting my song to its highest potential. Before I even accepted the project, he gave me insight on what might benefit the song and was eager to get started. During the mixing process, Roy worked quickly and kept me informed on changes he made. Not only did Roy make my song really shine, he was very receptive to any feedback I had, and was willing to work with me on some special requests. I'm beyond happy with my new mix and I'll definitely be working with him again!

  103. Review by Shuangquan K.
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    Roy is a great mixing engineer, he knows exactly what I think, and he can fix my mixing accurately, hope we can work again

  104. Review by Liam C.
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    Roy is a true gent and a fantastic mixer. He totally understood the vibe I was going for and the results were crisp and clean while maintaining the character of my own production - exactly what you're looking for as an artist. Very patient with revisions and happy to provide advice all in the name of client satisfaction. Will definitely be sending my next stuff over to him

  105. Review by Aditya S.
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    Loved his work, brought my tune to life !

  106. Review by Dex M.
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    Roy is the ultimate professional and I enjoyed working with him again on this second tune. The mix sounds great, and he knows what I wanted out of the song. He is definitely my "go to" guy.
    Thanks Roy!

  107. Review by pierre
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    by pierre

    I've worked with Roy for over 16 years doing music as a producer, co producer and rapper and i can say that the reason i still work with him is because he is a professional at what he does and also full of wisdom and knowledge when it comes to music. Roy can direct the ship or be that subtle support system in the background that you can rely on when you're stuck or need guidance. He's breadth and depth of experience is very valuable and means he can draw upon a skill set that is rear in our industry of self taught and sometimes short-sighted individuals. I've recommended him to many, people!

  108. Review by Choze
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    by Choze

    Roy professionalism is very rare to find. He always make me feel motivated to achieve the best results in a recording session. Honesty is the best policy and I receive that from Roy which I respect t dearly - Choze

  109. Review by Stephanie Gautier
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    by Stephanie Gautier

    Working with Roy was one of the most natural and easygoing processes ever! He is not only a excellent engineer but an intuitive producer who always understood immediately what I was looking for in the final mix. I worked with him on a full EP and multiple Singles and I was always thrilled with the outcome.Aside from that he is also an all around great guy and has a very professional attitude and work ethic! I would and will definitely work with him again in the future!
    Ella On The Run

  110. Review by Nick Brewer
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    by Nick Brewer

    Roy is really easy to work with, has a great ear and understanding for the music I make, my favourite mixer!

  111. Review by Joe Shyna
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    by Joe Shyna

    Roy is very professional and always does whats best for his clients. He has a good disposition
    and works with any artist big or small, known or unknown. Looking forward to many more years of working with such a fantastic engineer.

  112. Review by Andy Gardner
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    by Andy Gardner

    Best engineer i've worked with. Hands down.
    Musical; intuitive and hard working.

  113. Review by David Sim
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    by David Sim

    We have worked with Roy on various projects for at least 5/6 years. Always very professional in his approach, no detail is too small and his work is of the highest quality. Roy is also a great musician in his own right which is an attribute that is too often overlooked by producers. He even has a studio dog! Highly recommended!

  114. Review by Omar Lyefook
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    by Omar Lyefook

    I’ve worked with Roy for over 20 years now and quite frankly wouldn’t work with anyone else. He just knows how to get my work popping

  115. Review by Antonio D.
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    One of the best producers i have worked with always helpful and his ideas always in check with the vibe of the track ,Roy has worked with myself on lots of projects including a number 4 album in the uk charts and i look forward to working with him in 2018

  116. Review by The Boy in the Corner
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    by The Boy in the Corner

    Always on point with everything over the years. Great communication, work ethic and results. Props. Sick amount of kit/plugins and knowledge.

  117. Review by Lisa maffia
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    by Lisa maffia

    Most amazing engineer/mixer/vocal arranger/coach/person/friend come brother I’ve ever met. I created my entire album mix down and I’ve had numerous session

  118. Review by J-Rock
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    by J-Rock

    I have worked with Roy constantly for 18 years! Our 1st project, the “NU Flow” album by “Big Brovaz” sold over 300k copies in the U.K, and over 3million copies world wide. Roy is a real perfectionist, getting the best from soloists and groups alike.

  119. Review by Ben Kumar
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    by Ben Kumar

    Great recording / mix engineer aswell as producer, always highly recommended

  120. Review by Paolo Guglielmino
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    by Paolo Guglielmino

    The best mixing engineer that I had in years!!! Top service, excellent communications, quick delivery and great sound.

  121. Review by jethro sheeran
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    by jethro sheeran

    Great producer / mixer.. thanks for the mix Roy, very impressed as always.

  122. Review by Seb Tainsly
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    by Seb Tainsly

    Great vocal production and amazing mix! thanks so much! i cant recommend this guy enough.

    thank you!

    Seb.

Interview with Roy Merchant

  1. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  2. A: I use Protools as my mixing DAW and Ableton for programming. Hardware includes a N16 summing amp fed by an Apogee Symphony and AD/DA 16X. I have a few racks of analogue gear I like to process parts through.

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

  4. A: Import all the files at 48k then get a tempo and strip the audio so I can actually see the arrangement. Then I'll AB the balance with the ref mix so I'm starting where the producer left off, that's really important. I have some nice bits of gear, so sometimes I'll bounce things around to play with their harmonics and dynamics. There's a Phoenix N16 summing mixer that sits at the backend of my Tools session and returns via either an Alansmart C2 or Avalon 747.

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

  6. A: I love woking with Omar, he's such a great talent. Saying that, the material he hands over can be in a pretty bad shape sometimes. His "The Man" album was mostly recorded in his back garden and hearing what we managed to pull out of the sessions makes me smile. When I mixed that project we really captured his unique vibe.

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

  8. A: I'll put everything I can into your project.

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

  10. A: Mac, ATC 25a, Apogee Symphony, U87, DRS-Q4. Shame there's no power on the island...

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

  12. A: I started making tea in a studio when I was 16. Watched and learnt from many different engineers and producers. I was in-house at a studio in Soho, London, for 4-5 years then went out to Jamaica to record and mix a few albums. After that I engineered for a range of different dance producers and signed to a management company. This led to engineering and mixing for major labels. 25 years later and about 10 million records later... Here I am.

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

  14. A: Electronic.... Pop/Soul/Dance/Indi

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

  16. A: SOOOO many.. Massive Attack were and still are a huge inspiration. Mobb Deep had a great vibe and so did Dr Dre. Armand Van Helden's done a few decent tracks in his time too. Beck and the Dust Brothers have probably inspired many people without knowing. More recently, you can't knock Calvin Harris for consistency and pop sensibility. As far as mixers go Mark Stent and Tony Maserati have done some of my favourite mixes. As I said.. SOOOO many...

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

  18. A: I love hearing new tracks, hearing new ideas and new sounds. That said, the best part is seeing people stretch their creativeness.

  19. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  20. A: Both... Analogue can add a harmonic richness and digital is quick easy and convenient.

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

  22. A: Beck.. I've always loved his vibe. Folk hop? The dirt, groove and colourful lyrics.

  23. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  24. A: Patience.

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Mixing: 2 revisions;
Stems: $20 per stem
Mastering: 2 revisions

GenresSounds Like
  • Chainsmokers
  • Bonobo
  • CamelPhat
Gear Highlights
  • Protools
  • Apogee Symphony
  • ATC SMC25a
  • Neve 1073
  • Neve 2254
  • Urei LA4
  • Wes Beta76
  • Avalon 747
  • Smart C2
  • Phoenix N16
  • Moog
  • MPC 3000
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  • Joe Meek???Jan 28, 2022

    On a whim I got a SC2.2 off Ebay... Why I hear you ask. Well, it's different I give you that. 


    I bussed a drum kit and put the LA 4 over it, not bad. Then used the Joe Meek SC2.2 as a parallel and WHACK. This thing will come in handy...!!!!!

  • New gearAug 17, 2021

    Just added the Wes Audio Beta76 to the studio. A fantastic rework of the classic Urei 1176. A beauty..!!!!!