Sara Carter

Rock & Indie Mixing

11 Reviews (9 Verified)
Sara Carter on SoundBetter

A background in BBC radio in London and working with multi-platinum artists means I have a wealth of experience and know what it takes to turn your rock and indie tracks into a professional sounding, radio-ready mix. Credits include KT Tunstall, Corinne Bailey Rae, Girls Aloud, The Zutons, Klaxons and more.

BBC and SAE London trained. I'm a professional sound engineer with 20 years experience working both in professional studios (Abbey Road, BBC Maida Vale) as well as more modest home studios. I'll shape the sound of your recording using EQ, dynamics, saturation and effects until you're 100% happy.

I offer a free consultation before any booking. I can tell you where I feel your song needs sonic enhancement or even a re-recording of certain tracks.

As a professional mixing engineer, my talents lie with balancing your recorded, arranged, tuned and edited tracks into a punchy, clear and upfront mix. The production work should have been completed on any project you'd like me to work on. I work entirely digitally or "in the box".

Finally, you'll find me very friendly and easy to talk to with a genuine desire to make your music sound the best it can possibly sound.

You can hear me talk more about my story on the Working Class Audio Podcast #194 and the Recording Studio Rockstars Podcast #204.

The credits below list the artists I have worked with at the BBC either recording & mixing or as an assistant engineer.

My commercial releases are on Discogs here: as well as, and my website

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

11 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by Edwin M.

    Working with Sara was great - she was very quick and clear with communication, had a fast turnaround time, and was very patient with unexpected delays on my part. Highly recommended!

  2. Review by Shawn H.

    Sara is exceptionally talented, thoughtful, and articulate. Her instincts are on point, and her mastery is undisputable. Having such high caliber talent contribute to one of our songs was simply incredible.

    I can't wait to work with Sara again on our next material!

  3. Review by Christoph L.

    Sara did an amazing Job Mastering my 10 Track Album. She was highly professional, very patient and did every single revision I asked for to make a result beyond my Expectation. I really didn't know my Music had this potential. We will work together in the Future for shure!

  4. Review by Aidan T.

    Speed, expertise, precision -- all things that lead to a super sweet master from Sara!

  5. Review by Eric B.

    Sara came through again! The work was completed in a very timely way, and my tracks were all perfect. Thanks Sara!

  6. Review by Eric B.

    As I said in my earlier review, Sara really did come through for me! She's absolutely professional, and she knew exactly what to do to make my songs sound perfect. She exceeded all of my expectations, and I'm happy that I found her!

  7. Review by Tandem.Unicycle

    Great experience. Sara allowed us to get exactly what we wanted out of this mix!

  8. Review by Juan Z.

    Sara is a wonderful mixing and mastering engineer. She demystifies all aspects of the process in a clear, thorough, and professional manner. Furthermore she listens to every request one can make and isn't finished until you're completely satisfied with the result. Sara is a pleasure to work with and I look forward to working with her again!

  9. Review by Olly W.

    Sara was absolutely wonderful to work with and made sure we were completely happy with the master. Her work was incredibly professional for an affordable price. I definitely recommend her if you're looking to bring your recording to the next level!

  10. Review by Eric B.

    Working with Sara was fun, because she is always very professional, and she pays close attention to details. She’s not afraid to introduce her own ideas; they are always subtle, but very perfect and precise. You can really tell that she’s had lots of professional experience and training. She knows exactly what is needed to make your music sound wonderful!! On looking back, I would have gladly paid twice as much for the product I received!

  11. Review by angie joseph
    by angie joseph

    Sara is very professional and she has made an amazing job!
    I was a little bit scared to work distance but she has been there to reassure me. she works she works methodically, and it's very effective! She has made propositions and at the end, I've got an amazing EP, with an amazing sound! Thank you Sara, hope to work with you again ;)

Interview with Sara Carter

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

  2. A: Ask as many questions as you need to feel you're getting the right mixer for your music and listen to their portfolios, compare their work.

  3. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  4. A: Patience

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

  6. A: I like to get a commercial reference track from clients and a rough mix so I get a clear understanding of their needs before starting work

  7. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  8. A: I work entirely in the box using plugins from UAD, Waves and Soundtoys amongst others

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

  10. A: I love to make music bring the goosebump factor. My goal is to make the song sound awesome on your hifi, iPhone, laptop whatever, so good it can't be ignored.

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

  12. A: My MacBook Pro, Focal Clear Pro headphones, my iPhone (to tether the macbook to for the internet), some sort of solar powered electricity generator, and a second one in case it breaks down! (Ever prepared)

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

  14. A: An artist with great songs that give me goosebumps. I particularly enjoy working with female bands and artists because I feel they are under-represented in the music business and I'm big on promoting the bands I work with, wherever and whenever I can.

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

  16. A: Usually, it's rock, punk, indie or alternative because that's the music I listen to however, I also really enjoy working with funk 'cos it's groovy.

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

  18. A: I started in the late 90's following a desire to record myself practising guitar, playing along to backing tracks then the recording bug took over. My home studio grew and grew, I had an 8 bus mixing console, outboard effects and recorded to a Fostex 16 track hard disc recorder. In 2001 I jumped into changing career and went to SAE in London for a couple of years then landed the dream job at the BBC in 2003. After 6 years there, I decided to take a break to pursue a different passion (beer!) and have returned in the last couple of years to set up another home studio based around Apple computers, Pro Tools and plugins by Waves, Soundtoys, Fabfilter and many more.

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

  20. A: It's not finished until you're satisfied.

  21. Q: How would you describe your style?

  22. A: Easy to work with, super attention to detail with a relaxed approach. I'm easy to talk to and see the funny side in most things yet I'm very serious when it comes to music and seeking my clients satisfaction.

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

  24. A: Take the time to get great sounds recorded, don't rush it. You don't need expensive gear, just take to time to place the mics so they pick up the best qualities of the instrument as it sounds in the room.

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Terms Of Service

I am able to offer mixing and mastering to SB clients with 3 revisions, average turn-around per song 5-7 days depending on the project, location, track count and workload.

GenresSounds Like
  • Skunk Anansie
  • The National
Gear Highlights
  • Pro Tools
  • Wavelab
  • Neumann and B&W 805s Monitoring
  • UAD
  • Waves
  • Soundtoys
  • Fabfilter
  • McDSP
  • Sonarworks plug ins
  • Focal Clear Pro headphones.
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