Looking to help out motivated up and coming artists get the sound they want at an affordable price. I love to make connections and forge lasting relationships with my clients!
My name is Jordan, and I am a mixer, producer, engineer and artist from Toronto, Canada. I specialize in indie pop and rock with an emphasis on electronic elements. I mix entirely 'in the box', meaning that I use primarily plugins and software when I mix, and have tons of plugins from top brands like UAD, Slate, Soundtoys, Waves, Melodyne and more. I am fully equipped to mix however your project requires.
I mix in Pro Tools, but if you are using another DAW/ software to record, that's not a problem. I have developed some guidelines for you to follow to make the transition to me as seamless as possible.
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3 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Jordan Shew
Jordan is a wealth of knowledge. This was my second song project working with him and it won't be my last. SoundBetter has been a weird experience for me with trying to find out who's actually capable of making music and being educated in audio engineering, and thankfully, Jordan is both. If you have a song project with a focused creative vision, Jordan is the person to hire. He respected my creative boundaries and never tried to write on my song, which is RARE these days in the industry!
Fast turnaround, impeccable taste in mixing/mastering, highly communicative... beautiful work all around! I highly recommend!
Jordan Shew knows what he's doing and is extremely professional. I was looking for an open and communicative audio engineer/ producer to help me co-produce my song, and he walked me through the entire process of taking my song from a ruff acoustic demo to a fully produced completed song. Jordan let me explain all my production ideas to him, worked with me over Zoom to capture exactly what I was looking for, and due to his well-crafted musicianship, added elements that made the song better.
Interview with Jordan Shew
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I believe that I bring really great value to the artist. As a musician myself, I understand the effort and care that gets put in to every single song that is made. I treat my clients' songs like I treat my own- with uncompromising attention to detail and a creative passion to bring these songs to life. I try to focus on elements that make the artist unique, and develop sonics around those elements.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Before I bring anything in to Pro Tools, I listen to any reference mixes that the artist provides me. This helps me plan the sonic palette for the song and identify the general vibe. After importing the tracks in to Pro Tools, I carefully listen and organize the tracks based on content. This makes it a lot easier for me to identify roughly how the song was produced, and where the main mix emphasis should be. I then arrange, buss and colour code all of my tracks so that I know where all of the sounds are (and where they are going) in Pro Tools. Once everything is organized and identified, I then begin my premix levelling and EQ, where I seat the elements in the mix (usually starting with the low frequencies, moving up to the higher frequencies). Once I am comfortable with that, I mix in effects and automate as needed. Once I am happy with a mix, I send it along to the artist for their feedback. If there are any revisions required, I address them, and if not, I then release the song to the artist.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I run an "in-the-box" setup, meaning that all of the audio is mixed using software. I mix in Pro Tools and use a wide array of plugins including UAD, Soundtoys 5 bundle, Slate, Steven Slate Trigger, Waves, and many more. I mix though a UAD Apollo Twin (including an 8 core Satellite) and Neumann KH120 monitors. I have been mixing through this setup for a few years now, and have found that the mixes translate beautifully across to all sorts of headphones and casual listening environments. Compared to other setups that I have worked in and owned, I believe that this is the most accurate setup that I have mixed through.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The majority of my work is mixing and editing (including general cleaning up, vocal tuning, removing clicks and pops etc). I will sometimes master the song as well if the artist prefers.