Neel Erickson

Master of Loudness

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Loud, clean, and professionalized masters at a competitive price. Numerous placements on Spotify's New Music Friday! I care about my clients and love working with all genres of music :) Each and every track is unique and deserves its own unique attention. Additional credits include placement in Warner films and Topsify & Spotify playlists.

WHO I AM
> My name is Neel Erickson, and I'm a music producer based in Denver, CO. I'm the artist behind the Harmonee Project, and I'm an instructor for Icon Collective and EDMTips. Through my experience as a producer, teacher, and coach, I've mastered hundreds of tracks for artists across the globe.

MY PROMISE
> I don't use presets, I don't use "mastering assistant", and I custom-tailor every single master to the song at hand. I believe each song has its own personality and requires its own unique approach. I'll give your track the attention it deserves, and if you're not fully satisfied with what I deliver, I'll happily refund the project.

WHAT I DO
> I provide professional mixing and mastering services, and I can deliver your songs in the file formats and loudness standards you're looking for. If you aren't sure, I can help guide you in the right direction for your song and genre.
> I can also provide stem mastering services for 5 or fewer stems.
> I'll mix or master your track in two days or less, so you can get your song back quickly.

Thanks for checking out my profile, and please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or just want to chat!

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

171 Reviews - 31 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Sadie
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    Very nice, thank you!

  2. Review by Zoa
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    Neel once again did a fantastic job mastering our song. Working with him is always an excellent experience resulting in wonderful masters. Highly recommended, full 5 stars!

  3. Review by Noel S.
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    Thank you for the very detailed feedback.

  4. Review by Sadie
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    Very nice work!
    Thanks for the patience I am very happy with the result.

  5. Review by Noel S.
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    Thanks for the detailed feedback and great suggestions.

  6. Review by Zoa
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    Collaborating with Neel is always an absolute pleasure. His top-notch mastering skills and effective communication make our collaborations highly valuable and enjoyable. A 5-star recommendation!

  7. Review by Ismael C.
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    Neel is Always a gentleman.knows exactly what you need in your mix and in your master. A pleasure to work with.

  8. Review by SOLO G.
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    I appreciate Neel being so patient with me in the process. He mixed and mastered until I was completely satisfied.

  9. Review by Noel S.
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    As always thank you for the great feedback and scheduling me in.

  10. Review by Sadie V.
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    Neel is very responsive and fast.
    He did a very good work and is also very nice and ready to help.
    I recommend.

  11. Review by Trevor B.
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    Neel is incredibly professional, he is patient and waited for me as I took longer than expected to get back to him than I expected, he is very friendly and helpful and provided critical pre-master feedback that allowed me to make a few necessary changes, and the final results speak for themselves as the songs are brighter, warmer, deeper, more sonically cohesive and louder than the were. I would absolutely use Neel's services again and recommend to others. His services are also very affordable.

  12. Review by SOLOMON GRIMMETT JR
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    Definitely did an awesome job mastering on my songs....Thank you

  13. Review by Raj S.
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    Neel nailed the master! Very easy to communicate with and fast turn around time :) Thanks a lot for putting in the time and effort into our song!

  14. Review by Zoa
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    Working with Neel is always a great pleasure. His top-notch mastering as well as communication skills make our collaborations very valuable and enjoyable. I highly recommend him, full 5 stars!

  15. Review by Noel S.
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    Thank you for the quick turnaround and the great feedback.

  16. Review by Ismael C.
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    It’s always a pleasure to work with Neel . He’s a straight up professional. Quality work every time.

  17. Review by David S.
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    Great as always.

  18. Review by IGOD
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    You will not find someone more willing to guide/teach you. Neel is a real one, so don't miss an opportunity to work with him, you won't regret it.

  19. Review by Yigal
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    Neel did such an amazing job again turning a kind of rough and quite poorly sounding mix into a thumping dance floor filler...

  20. Review by Noel S.
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    Neel's suggestions always make the track better.

Interview with Neel Erickson

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

  2. A: I produced a debut album for a singer and songwriter who wanted to tell his story of immigrating to the USA. The recording session was deeply emotional and loads of fun, and it’s been wonderful to help him share his story.

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

  4. A: I’m co-running a Masterclass, starting a label, building out my own artist project, and loving every bit of it!

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: I’ve got a handful of suggestions, depending on your genre and what you’re looking for! Feel free to ask and I can happily point you in the right direction :)

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both! Each has something to offer- analog gives us character and warmth that simply can’t be captured digitally in full, but our digital processing allows is the precision to take full advantage of the analog character.

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

  10. A: I’ll give you the best master on SoundBetter, guaranteed. Music means the world to me, and I know your music means the world to you. I won’t give up until you have exactly what you need, and I won’t cut corners.

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

  12. A: I’m beyond grateful for the opportunity to work with so many inspiring artists and musicians out there. I’ve heard thousands of songs I would have otherwise never been exposed to, and I’ve been lucky enough to take part in some truly emotional projects.

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

  14. A: I get a lot of requests to make synths, bass, and drums sound bigger, fatter, punchier, and fuller - and I’m all for it. That’s what I’m here for, after all :)

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

  16. A: That mastering (and any kind of music work for that matter) is all about technical ability. Sure, that’s a big portion of it, but the tools don’t make the artist. Really, it’s all about listening carefully and being able to determine exactly what the track needs to reach its full emotional potential.

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

  18. A: I’m always interested in hearing who your inspirations or references are - if there’s a track or artist out there that you’d love to sound like, I’d be excited to help get you there.

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

  20. A: Honestly, this is a scary process if you haven’t done it before. It’s tough to trust your music to someone else if you haven’t worked with them previously, and don’t hesitate to be open about that. I’m always happy to guide my new clients through each step of the process before anything is formalized, just so you can know exactly what to expect.

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

  22. A: Of course my laptop and trusty headphones- but outside of that, I’d bring my OP1 synth, my Code61 midi keyboard, my guitar, my preamp interface, and my drum machine.

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

  24. A: Right out of college, I was set to pursue a career as a business consultant in healthcare - and let me tell you, that certainly wasn’t my calling. Two years into it, I made the decision to drop everything and pursue music full time. I attended Icon Collective to master my technical and creative ability, and since then I’ve been self-employed full time in music. Now, I co-run my own artist project, a budding label, a production Masterclass, and a course at Icon Collective.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: In two words: future retro. Music of the past has so much to offer- both in the compositional ability and in the textures of older synths, samples, and drum machines. I love bringing those nostalgic textures to a futuristic production and a crystal clean mix, with as much groove and danciness packed in as possible.

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

  28. A: I’d love to work with Illenium. His early music inspired me to get into production, and I love his creative approach to building an idea.

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

  30. A: I mostly work on electronic dance music alongside songwriter/pop styles, though I also do a lot of work with live instrumentation and ambient music. That said, I've worked on pretty much anything, so don't hesitate to reach out if you're curious.

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

  32. A: The Chainsmokers, Daft Punk, Rufus du Sol, Flume, Odesza, Quincy Jones, Jon Bellion, ILLENIUM, BAYNK, and Sofi Tukker - among many more!

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

  34. A: On SoundBetter, I provide professional mastering services. Locally in Los Angeles and Denver, I produce for my own project and a variety of singer/songwriters. I’m always open to working remotely on any kind of project!

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

  36. A: It doesn't matter what tools you have - what matters is how well trained your ears are.

  37. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  38. A: My ears are my strongest asset and skill - I can recognize exactly what's right or wrong with a track, and I know how to use my tools to get the sound I'm after.

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

  40. A: I'm highly attentive to each and every track I work on. I never use presets, and I master each track with my professionally trained ears and workflow.

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

  42. A: In mastering, I always start by considering the emotion and intent of the song, taking time to identify the most important moments and elements in the track so I can emphasize their existing magic further. I then move through a "corrective" phase of mastering, treating any muddiness and sound quality issues I might notice. Next, I treat the song with a series of analog gear and plugins to create the best sense of space, glue, shine, and character for the track. Once I have the song's characteristics in the right spot, I move to a final phase of loudness mastering, where I push the track to professional loudness standards (and louder, if you'd like).

  43. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  44. A: I've built my own acoustically treated studio, and I do a lot of work on my Sennheiser HD650 headphones. Most of my work is done using a mix of professional VST software and analog hardware. I'm an instrumentalist and producer, so I've surrounded myself with keyboards, synthesizers, guitars, and drum pads :) I also have access to the mastering studio at Icon Collective, a professionally treated studio with multiple monitoring options. It's perfect for ensuring that any masters I create sound good across all sound systems, whether you're listening on an iPhone or a set of festival speakers.

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