Thaine Smith

Mastering & Session Guitar

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Trained by a Grammy-winning mastering engineer (Blake La Grange), I want to get your music finalized! Anything from tracking to mastering I am actively looking for work and would love to work with you to finalize your music. I will take all genres, and can promise unlimitedly music mastering revisions and a true analog standard.

I am a music mastering engineer and jazz guitarist. I've been playing guitar since age 12 and have a passion for all kinds of music. Moreover, I love connecting with people over music and would love to work on your project to maximize its potential!

Custom quotes available.

Mastering services (48 hour turnaround):
-Individual tracks or singles
-EPs & Albums

Includes: mix consultation, mastering from streaming, CD, Vinyl, unlimited free revisions, a true analog standard, and a high quality WAV and mp3 deliverable. Your audio will pass through top performing industry analog gear.

Session Guitar (in a pinch bass too!):
I love all styles but am most comfortable with jazz, funk, pop, & R&B. Details on turnaround for tracking will very by project, dependent on your schedule. Let's play!

Would love to hear from you. Click the contact button above to get in touch.

Interview with Thaine Smith

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

  2. A: I worked extensively on my first full length album VISIONS, which is set to come out in April-May of 2022. I did all of the production and mastering from the record. Not only that, but the project features all original songs in the style of fusion/straight ahead/acid jazz. Getting to see so many elements come together was a real pleasure.

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

  4. A: I'm working on a jazz singer and guitarist (duo) EP of standards. I played guitar on the record, and want to get my friend on the vocals into the professional music world with his first release! He's got a great voice! I am doing all of the production, and mastering for the EP. Should be out in Feb 2022!

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Both! Digital has so many conveniences when it comes to recall. The quality of plug-ins has also improved a lot. Analog simulations via plug-ins are also getting good, but they are by no means the same. Analog will always be analog and give you a certain richness and depth that is extremely hard to get 100% accurate, although some plug-ins do come damn close!

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

  8. A: My promise is to ensure your satisfaction with the final product- both quality and ease of service. This includes being honest if there is something I cannot do or am unable to do. I pride myself on being upfront and easy to communicate with.

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

  10. A: I love working with audio of any kind. Being around music fulfills me in a way no other job can. It is simply my passion and always has been!

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

  12. A: Mastering: Timeline, budget, expectations, mix vs mastering, state of the project Tracking: lead sheets, groove, feel, timeline, budget.

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

  14. A: Reach out to me directly and I will be honest in what I can do for you! I will not court your business if I don't think I can meet or exceed your expectations.

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

  16. A: My Boden 8 (eight string guitar), a vintage tube amp, sm57 microphone, audio interface, as an analog saturator for recording.

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

  18. A: I've always been around music, but recently pursued world class training as a mastering engineer, both for my own music, bust most importantly for my future clients! I know how frustrating it can be to feel your music is missing that final level of finish! I love the attention to detail that music mastering requires.

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

  20. A: Make sure that you have an accurate monitoring environment or your tracks won't pass the car test!

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

  22. A: I have the most experience with jazz, but am comfortable playing any chord changes and can pick up the feel or groove of a tune quickly. All genres are great!

  23. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  24. A: Custom mastering studio, tuned and isolated. Yamaha HS8 monitors. SSL Fusion and Black Box Analog HG-2 saturators.

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

  26. A: I love mastering music and tracking guitar! I love being thrown into a new project and getting the exhilaration and excitement when I get to see what other people are working on. Especially, I love it when I can communicate with my clients and get them the sound they have in their hand and speed them along in their musical process. All too often I see people getting bogged down in the production side of music when it may make sense to outsource it! As a result they may never actually get to the final release of a song or project, even though it has a great message or personal meaning. I am here to bring your projects to fruition!

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Terms Of Service

A 48 hr turnaround time is typical for mastering work. Free mix consultations are included for music mastering. Mastering for streaming, Vinyl, DDP/ISRC imaging all included, and quality WAVS & MP3s.

Gear Highlights
  • SSL Fusion
  • Black Box Analog HG-2
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