Nicholas Penny

Mixing & Recording Engineer

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Looking to help new, up and coming artists from the GTA and Kitchener-Waterloo area and beyond grow and refine their sound.

It's my job to assist you in mixing your songs, offering creative feedback and helping you as an artist create and fine tune your sound.

Services:
Mixing (Vocals, MP3 beat)
Mixing - Premium (Vocals, Instrumental track out)
Vocal/Dialogue Editing
Vocal Tuning/Correction
Creative Consultation
Custom Hip-Hop Production
Amature Mastering

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

Credits

Languages

  • English

Interview with Nicholas Penny

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

  2. A: I've recorded and mixed a 4 track ep for a friend and frequent collaborator and helped them create their Spotify account and put out music for the first time.

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

  4. A: I am a university student working part-time mixing songs for independent clients.

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

  6. A: I am new to the SoundBetter community so not yet. I am eager to get to know some other mixing engineers and build those types of relationships!

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Digital, because of the simplicity and accessibility to any artist. For a client who doesn't have the analog gear to still be able to start to understand and play with effects, eq's, and compression themself is a big deal. I believe in the consistency and ease of collaboration and learning over the warmth of analog processing.

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

  10. A: I promise to understand you and your song for what it is and what it strives to be. With that, we will work together to capture that energy and reflect it in the music.

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

  12. A: I love the creativity in taking unique songs and helping mold them into an even more unique and amazing sounding reflection of the energy they had while recording.

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

  14. A: Q: Can you mix my song(s) for X price? A: Always yes, provided the product is truly good music. I value great work with great individuals at the end of the day over money.

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

  16. A: That templates could replace the job of a mixing engineer. Each song is different, and even similar style songs have subtleties that will surely be unattended to with a template and make the job of a mixing engineer essential. Start with a template to record, but always seek a mixing engineer to refine your song!

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

  18. A: How long have you been working on this song? How open are you to criticism and suggestions? What is the feeling you want listeners to get from this song? Who/What has influenced you in the making of this song? How quickly do you need the song finished? And any other song specific questions to keep up strong communication with the client.

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

  20. A: If you are looking for someone to not only engineer your songs but also provide input and constructive criticism to develop your sound and help us both grow as artists I'd strongly suggest reaching out!

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

  22. A: My Laptop, Audio Interface, Microphone, Studio Monitors, External SSD

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

  24. A: I've been developing my mixing/recording/mastering skills for over 2 years and have worked on my own personal music for over 4 years. I am currently in university and using SoundBetter for more music and audio engineering work while studying.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: I am a communicative engineer that has a strong passion for good music. My number one goal is to craft the sound that you envision and will make sure to let you achieve that.

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

  28. A: Drake would be my number one collaborator since he is from Toronto like myself and is the personification of the Hip-Hop and R&B music we have all enjoyed over the past decade.

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

  30. A: Take breaks when working on your craft. Your ears can lose focus when overloaded with stimulus for extended periods.

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

  32. A: Hip-Hop Rap Trap R&B Pop The majority of my experience has been with Hip-hop and Rap music.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: I believe my ability to sense the creative direction of a song and with that give strong and effective criticism and suggestions to move the song forward is my biggest skill!

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

  36. A: I bring an experienced ear that can help diagnose a track and look for new directions for your song to take to stand out and become the best song it can.

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

  38. A: I typically listen to a song on repeat a couple of times to get a feel for it. Then I attend to the instrumental and fix any problems that may be present. After, I take the vocal to a place where it can properly shine as the focus of the song while still fitting within it. All the while looking for new creative ways to improve the song at all times.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I am now working remotely. I have a laptop with all the software and plugins listed on my profile. I currently have two studio monitors and Audio-Technica headphones to mix with and Audio-Technica and Rode mics for local recordings.

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

  42. A: Hip hop acts like Drake, Young Thug, Travis Scott, Juice WRLD, Lil Baby, and Post Malone are huge inspirations and demonstrate the genre's creativity and uniqueness that I seek to expand on every day. Engineers such as MixedByAli, Dave Pensado, and Bainz have helped me learn to craft sounds and navigate creatively within every new song on my audio engineering journey.

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

  44. A: Mixing Engineer Producer Creative Consulting Mastering Engineer

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Terms Of Service

3-5 Day Turnaround (typically)
Up to 3 Free Revisions
Any extraordinary requests may incur added costs

GenresSounds Like
  • Travis Scott
  • Lil Baby
  • Young Thug
Gear Highlights
  • Pro Tools
  • FL Studio
  • Reaper
  • Antares
  • Auto-Tune
  • Waves
  • Izotope
  • Soundtoys
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SoundBetter Deal

Flexible with pricing if collaboration is smooth with good communication, and you are making good music that you're serious about.