Mix/recording engineer with a background in live sound. Mixed at the Mann Center, Philadelphia in summer 2021. Known for client satisfaction and going above and beyond.
Hey! I’m Dan!
I’m a freelance mix/recording engineer with a background in live sound. I can work out of a few different studios here in NJ, but do most recordings remotely. I’m happy to provide live audio services as well. I also play guitar/bass for my band, Analog Beach and do our engineering/mixing. I specialize in anything rock or with synthesizers. I would hire me if you’re looking for someone who will go the extra mile for your project.
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Interview with Dan Synn
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Probably either GeoVoc (synthwave) or my own band, Analog Beach. I love working on something that is inspiring and fresh to my ears. I do his mixing and also additional production/engineering. For my own band, I do all the crazy experiments that come out sounding pretty cool. I do the production (performance related), mixing, and most of the engineering on my own. A lot of the time I add stuff into the final version of the song that wasn’t in the demo.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Indie pop, synthwave, and indie pop/rock!!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not currently!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Hybrid workflow is more efficient and less costly. Analog going in, digital in mixing.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will do anything I can to make your song become everything you’ve imagined it to be. I will go the extra mile.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love watching someone’s face light up when they hear their baby come to life.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: Can you do “this” (insert request here)? A: Probably!! Q: How did you do that!? A: Oh, you know, -insert very technical answer here- Q: Can we do another song with you? A: I would love to continue being part of your journey!!!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I can fix bad recordings- I really can’t.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you looking for? Are you wanting just a mix or some additional production/instrumentation? Are you wanting to record a whole song? What’s your budget? What’s the deadline? Want to we be friends :)? Because as much as it’s work, it’s not magical if we aren’t homies at the end of the day.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don’t judge my expertise based on how long I’ve been doing it- look at the results.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My computer, interface, monitors, acoustic guitar, and some headphones.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I’ve been a freelance mix engineer for nearly a year, but have a background in live sound and have interned in several studios over the last 2.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: 3D, articulate, and clean.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Any artist who trusts that I care for their work as much as they do.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The better it sounds being recorded in, the better it sounds mixed.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, pop, indie, and synthwave. Can work on anything though. If you have some specific thing you like done for your style of music, just let me know.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: No being afraid to make suggestions, but making sure it’s what the client wants at the end of the day. Levelheadedness and approachable.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Finesse in mixes. An open mind and whatever is necessary for a happy client. I try really hard to approach mixing songs as if they’re alive, but just need some shaping.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: For recording it really depends on studio availability. I haven’t got my own room for drums yet, but there are a few places I can work out of. Depends on the project and also what the client wants. For mixing, it depends on the song but, but I’ll usually ask the client what they’re looking for - whether it be just a mix or added production.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: M1 Mac Mini 16gb ram/1tb storage Mics: Neumann TLM 107 Gauge ecm 87 Sennheiser md421 Sm57 Sm7b Beta 52a Monitoring/outboard: Amphion one18s Avantone mix cube Sennheiser hd650 Antelope discrete 8 UAD LA-610 MKii UAD 4-710d Neve Portico 511 Bass: 5 string lakland skyline 55-01 j bass 5 string fender precision bass American professional 90s Japanese PJ active bass Guitar: 1970 Les Paul deluxe (modded for humbuckers) Elliott ET telecaster 1964 Stratocaster Epiphone casino Seagull entourage parlor Martin d28 Martin om28 Amps: Trainwreck Liverpool (vox/Marshall blend) Trainwreck songwriter (vox fender) Komet (fender black face deluxe) Hiwatt custom 50 (modded by Ken Fischer) Vintage vox cabs with vintage silver/greenbacks/blues Vintage fender cab with altec + mesa boogie Vintage ‘65 fender black face deluxe reverb Drums: Pearl masterworks (African mahogany, birch/maple) 10/12/13/14/16/22 + 14 snare Ludwig 70s (maple kit) 13/16/18/24 Ludwig black magic 8x14 snare It’s also almost all in my bedroom haha.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Craig Bauer, Andrew Scheps, and Ryan Tedder.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing, recording, additional production, additional engineering, track editing, vocal tuning, and live sound.