8 years of experience recording, producing and mixing music to a high industry standard with regular airplay on BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 1.
I started recording music when I was 15 with Yamaha AW16G, and since then that's all I've wanted to do. As a musician, I've worked with amazing artists, including Gruff Rhys, Eleanor Friedberger and Gruff Ab Arwel. However, recording and mixing in the studio brings me the most satisfaction. After studying Music at Liverpool University, I returned to Wales in 2014 and began recording professionally.
Since then, I've built up a good list of regular clients. These include Bitw and Melin Melyn who have been included in the NME list of "essential emerging artists of 2022". The Bitw album that I mixed also received a 4 star review in Mojo magazine.
Here more examples of my work on my website: www.llyrpari.info
Working with such great musicians and artists has given me a huge amount of confidence when it comes to making records. If you would like me to contribute to your project, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
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It was a real pleasure to work with Llŷr. His professionalism and attention to detail was second to none and he really took on board everything that we asked - and doing all this also in a short space of time.
He's a very talented and experienced producer with a great ear and translated perfectly what we manifested into our sound as a band. We have to praise him also for his patience, going back and fourth with us as fussy musicians - we can vouch to Llŷr's very personable character!
We'd highly recommend working with Llŷr and we thoroughly look forward to working with him again.
Llŷr is the best sound engineer I have ever worked with. His love and passion for music shows in his work. It’s not often you’ll find a producer that goes above and beyond to get the perfect sound. Llŷr does this every time.
He is easy and fun to work with.
I can guarantee you won’t find a better sound engineer.
Top class recording experience every time. Informal but organised and hard-working, he figures out your 'sound' quickly and pulls things together very very efficiently, to a consistently high standard. Can also play almost every instrument under the sun, which can be a bonus when recording!
I’ve had the pleasure to work with Llyr as both an accompanying artist on established artists’ records and as a solo musician. Whether you’re recording a long record or a single, he fully commits and immerses himself into each project with extraordinary attention to detail.
He’s certainly the ‘go to’ for many artists and I would highly recommend him to anyone.
I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Llŷr in helming any recording. His professional attitude, attention to detail and judicious decision making bring every track to life. More than just a sound engineer, his production technique, oodles of cool equipment, experience and second to none ability as a multi-instrumentalist mean your project, whatever the style, will be in the safest of hands.
Llŷr is a musical wizard, very patient and an all round great guy!
His excessive knowledge of all elements of production and engineering are second to none, making working alongside him an easy and enjoyable process.
Many artists that I look up to recommended Llŷr as someone we should work with, and we are delighted to have listened to that advice!
Would not hesitate to use him again or to recommend him to others.
I have commissioned Llŷr on numerous sound design projects for my animation company (Young) - where he has composed original music and provided the sound effects. The speed at which he works is incredible, and quality is never sacrificed. Working with Llŷr is an absolute joy, and he has now become our go-to sound designer for all our animation projects.
We mixed our forthcoming album with Llyr. It has been a pure delight to work with him. His work is wonderful, he is very talented and has brought something special to the songs. In addition to his great technical ability, he is a joy to work with. He is very patient and kind. Would highly recommend.
Bethan Mai, from Rogue Jones
Llŷr has mixed dozens of tracks for me and he would absolutely be the first person I’d approach for any future work.
His mixes always sound great straight off the bat but he is equally open to more leftfield requests and translating these into sound. His musicality and taste mean his mixing is sympathetic to the music in a way I have struggled to find with other engineers.
Similarly, I have rarely worked with someone who devotes so much time and attention to delivering the perfect mix for their client.
Most importantly, he is easy to work with and even easier to get along with.
Interview with Llŷr Pari
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I mixed Bitw's debut album which was all home recordings. It received a 4 star review in Mojo magazine.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: and EP that has a great drum sound!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I'm afraid not.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! Analogue for the sound, digital for the workability.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I'll be honest and that I'll work with you until you are happy with the results.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Hearing incredible music that nobody has ever heard and getting to emphasise it's best qualities. Looking forward to for other people to hear it.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Why do you put saturation on almost everything? - Because it's like EQ and compression at the same time.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That the small details matter, almost always the mix is won or lost in the important elements (emotion/groove/feel) the rest is down to taste.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is you reference track/artist and why?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I think it's better to work with different people, try and avoid using your producer to mix and avoid using your mixing engineer to master.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Soothe 2, Decapitator, Saturn 2, ProQ3, Valhalla.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 8 years however I've been playing music with bands for 17 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Clean and emotive.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Big Thief - one of those bands who seem to have an unlimited amount of good ideas.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If you make every decision based on how it makes you feel, everything tends to come together quickly.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Having a background in media music as well as recording artists means I have worked with and mixed countless genres of music. These include Pop, Indie, Shoegaze, Electronic, Experimental, EDM, Neo Classical, Hip Hop, Country/Americana. The only genre I've never worked on is heavy metal which I would love to try.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Achieving a nice tone and working closely with artists.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Experience. An ability to recognise what is the most important aspect of the song and the skills to get it to work.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I start with a static mix (my Avantone mixcube helps with this) then slowly start to build everything out from the drums and main vocal. I tend to take regular breaks away from the mix as I find that the moment where I come back with fresh ears is worth the time spent doing nothing. Once i feel I have the "heart" of the mix working I tend to send the mix to the client early and work with them to finish things off.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I mix from my home studio where I have a treated room. I work 'in the box' using an extensive collection of plugins. My outboard collection is growing slowly, I've recently started sending tracks into my pedal board which can yield interesting results!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Anyone trying to do something unique and willing to explore the full potential of music.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing both home recording projects and studio recorded projects.