Sam Schimek

Great Mixes at Great Prices

6 Reviews (3 Verified)
Sam Schimek on SoundBetter

2,500,000+ Spotify streams. Creating clarity, impact, and emotion for clients in all genres — without spending all your money! I love helping emerging artists reach the next level with their sound, with a specialty in indie/alternative rock, indie pop, and hip-hop/R&B.

If you want a polished and expressive sound without breaking the bank, I'm your guy! I'm truly passionate about mixing and production and have spent years honing my craft in my dedicated, acoustically treated studio. I've worked with artists all over the country, from LA to Chicago to NYC, as well as internationally. I'm proud to offer exceptional attention to detail, with an artist-first approach that elevates your creative vision to the next level.

Communication is everything when it comes to creative collaboration. That's why I offer a 20 minute Zoom consultation upon request at the beginning of each project, included in the price of your project. You also get two free revisions per mix.

Send me a message and let's start the conversation. I look forward to mixing your music!

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6 Reviews

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  1. Review by Ben Etter
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    Another successful mixing project for Sam. His material is always top notch and the results speak for themselves. Highly recommended!

  2. Review by theRave

    Sam has single-handedly saved my entire album. I was having difficulty finding a mixer who could handle a project with different genres and varying track counts, but Sam was the best- HANDS DOWN. He has a clear and innate ability to separate each track so that every element is audible in the mix. He has fantastic communication, asks for clarity if he's uncertain about something, and delivers professional quality work. I will definitely be working with this incredible mixer in the future.

  3. Review by Ben Etter
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    It was a true pleasure working with Sam and his band. The production he delivered was top notch and made my job easy. Excellent communication, highly recommended!

  4. Review by Matty Bedrosian
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    Sam is a talented, friendly, and communicative human! Good times briefly working together. Would recommend :)

  5. Review by Lori B.

    Sam was an absolute joy to work with and really delivered the pro sound and results that I was hoping for on this track. Amazing mix/master at a reasonable price, quick, efficient. if you're in the market for a great mix, Sam is the guy to talk to!

  6. Review by Vinay K.

    We entrusted Sam with mixing our entire debut EP, and we couldn’t be happier with the results. Besides his incredible mixing expertise, he was always patient, friendly, hardworking, and communicated clearly. Sam listened carefully, helped us create a clear vision for each song, and then elevated each one to that next level. Highly recommend, especially to anyone in the indie rock/alt rock space

Interview with Sam Schimek

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

  2. A: What feelings are you trying to capture? What are your top two reference tracks (songs with a similar feel or sound to yours)? Do you want me to mix "transparently", or do you want me to add a noticeable "vibe/warmth/crunch/polish" that might take the sound in a different and exciting direction?

  3. Q: How would you describe your style?

  4. A: My mixes have lots of clarity and excitement! When the situation calls for it, I place a lot of emphasis on sense of space and bringing out unique sonic textures. But this all depends on the song itself.

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

  6. A: A single I'm proud of is "adjust" by echo - its 200,000+ streams are a testament to making the most of a home-recorded lofi/bedroom rock sound while bringing energy and character to a mix!

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

  8. A: Wrapping up mixing an entire album for an artist who sounds like John Mayer meets The Weeknd.

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

  10. A: Nacor Zualaga Morelo does great work with hip-hop artists (assistant to Alex Tumay/Young Thug).

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

  12. A: I promise to treat your music like it's my music - with care, attention to detail, and enthusiasm!

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

  14. A: Mixing is where discipline and craftsmanship (which can be taught) meet artistic expression (which can't).

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

  16. A: Fancy tools are important, but also look for someone who takes an interest in you as an individual artist. Compassion and empathy translate into a finished mix that sounds like you, not like someone else.

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

  18. A: Any artist with a fresh and singular vision in any genre: Esparanza Spalding, King Krule, Caroline Polachek, Nathy Peluso, and Samia have all caught my ear recently.

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

  20. A: "Does this need to be rerecorded?" Sometimes, this is a great question to ask. I'll answer you honestly either way and have no problem putting a project on hold for a couple weeks until we have the best possible ingredients ready for the best possible mix. For example, a recent client recut all of the group vocals for the chorus section in the middle of the mixing process, and we both agree it was a great call that resulted in a better mix.

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

  22. A: Some people think mixing doesn't require any training or practice, but those aren't the kind of people who read soundBetter profiles.

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

  24. A: I'd take my new M1 Pro laptop, try to keep the sand out of it somehow, hook up my interface and monitors, and bring a Towsend Labs Sphere L22 mic. Then, I'd create my own sample library by banging rocks together and make bongos out of coconuts. When I make it off the island, I'll be selling that as a sample pack called STRANDED SONICS on and never going to the beach again... wait, what was the question? :)

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

  26. A: I'm especially well-suited to mix indie/alternative/classic rock, mainstream/indie/art pop, and hip-hop/R&B. But I listen to all kinds of music, from Björk, The Roots, and Deee-Lite to Snarky Puppy, Prince, and The Strokes. This helps me orient myself in new sonic territories to create amazing mixes, regardless of genre.

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

  28. A: Organization is key! I use a custom workflow in Ableton and Pro Tools for production and mixing. I think of the mixing process as an ongoing conversation between artist and mixer, rather than you just sending me files and then getting your mix. I like it when clients ask for revisions, or, more commonly, want to share their thoughts and hear my input before proceeding to the final.

  29. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  30. A: Both. It's all about what you're comfortable with and what you have available. Modern technology (software) just gets better and better, so you're seeing top-level mixers like Andrew Scheps work completely in-the-box (aka digital) by choice.

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

  32. A: I've been playing the drums for almost two decades, producing since 2008, and studying mixing professionally for almost five years. I'm grateful that exceptional programs like and Mix With the Masters allowed me to quickly hone my craft with exposure to resources and curriculum that didn't exist just ten years ago.

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

  34. A: Saturate your bass! And, if you're feeling fancy, learn the difference between even- and odd-order harmonics.

  35. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  36. A: My ability to listen, both in a technical sense and listening to the needs and vision of the artists I work with.

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

  38. A: Specialized expertise, great ears, a true love for music, and a genuine passion for crafting the best sound possible!

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I mix 100% in-the-box (this is mixing-speak for no outboard gear) with my favorite pair of EVE monitors in an acoustically-treated studio space (GIK Acoustics panels and bass traps plus Sonarworks calibration for maximum accuracy). Some of my favorite software tools for mixing include Soundtoys EffectRack, oeksound Soothe2, tape emulations like iZotope's Vintage Tape and Waves Abbey Road J37, and Valhalla DSP's VintageVerb (so good!). I use Melodyne, VocAlign and RX 8 for precise and natural vocal touchups, Acustica virtual preamps, Sonnox Inflator every so often... should I go on? It's all about knowing the right tool for the job. There are no magic buttons!

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

  42. A: I've studied the wisdom of many industry veterans, and have learned from and received direct coaching from two audio legends: Bob Katz (4x Grammy winner) and Andrew Scheps (mixed Adele and Red Hot Chili Peppers). Other inspirations include Fab Dupont, Darrell Thorp, Manny Marroquin, Emily Lazar, Dave Pensado, Jaycen Joshua, Mick Guzauski, CLA, Jeff Ellis, and Serban Ghenea, just to name a few.

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

  44. A: Transforming your demo or rough to a polished, finished product that captures the sound you've been hearing in your head from the very beginning.

Redline (Subway Dreams) by Bonfire Vanity

I was the Mixing Engineer, Producer in this production

Terms Of Service

Each project includes a free 20 minute Zoom consultation (upon request)
2 free revisions per mix, each additional revision is $25
Vocal comping and tuning offered separately at a discount with mix

GenresSounds Like
  • Tame Impala
  • The Strokes
  • Wolf Alice
Gear Highlights
  • EVE SC207 Midfield Reference Monitors
  • 3rd Gen Focusrite 18i20 Interface
  • 2021 MacBook Pro M1
  • Custom In-The-Box System With Dozens of World Class Plugins
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