Garrett Spoelhof

Mixing, Keyboard Player

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My goal is to be a completely musical mix engineer, and to uplift the songs and albums I work on through critical thought and care. I have the expertise and knowledge to bring any song to the next level, and use my skills to enhance what already exists in a song when I start mixing it. If you have music that needs mixing, let's talk!

My name is Garrett, and I'm a mixing engineer living in Chicago, IL. I have a BS in audio engineering from the Jacobs School of Music, where I also studied jazz piano performance. I have high level experience both as a musician and an audio engineer, which gives me a very musical perspective when it comes to my audio engineering work.

I am primarily a mixing engineer, however I am a very capable tracking engineer, editor, mastering engineer, and session keyboard player. I primarily mix within the jazz and indie rock genres, but have experience with folk/country along with hip hop, pop, and heavier music. I bring enthusiasm, care, and thought to every project that I work on and have spent a lot of time focusing on and honing my skills in communication between an engineer and an artist. My number one goal is for the song or album that I'm working on to be the truest representation of the band or artists vision.

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Interview with Garrett Spoelhof

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

  2. A: There's an album by a band called Finding Frances that is currently releasing singles (full album out in August), that I'm super stoked about. The band is 8 people, almost all tracked live with a few overdubs, and we did the whole thing in 3 days at Russian Recording in Bloomington Indiana. I tracked and mixed the record, and I think it really sounds great and has so much spirit.

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

  4. A: Right now I am producing and mixing a record that I recorded in the woods with my friend Cai. It's a very intimate and thoughtful album, and I'm really excited to see where it goes as we move forward.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Both! I think knowing how to use the tools at your disposal is a far more valuable asset than the value of the tools themselves. I have worked in state of the art studios as well as just on my laptop - feeling confident in the gear and plugins I was using always led to good results, whether it was all digital, all analog, or a mix of both.

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

  8. A: I typically work on indie rock/folk/pop, country, and jazz these days, but I have experience in most genres. I cam up working on electronic and hip-hop music, and have been involved in some heavier metal/hardcore music as well.

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

  10. A: I have a very musical approach to mixing - and I also have a deep understanding and respect for the differences in vocabulary and musical definition between musicians/artists and engineers. I've been on both sides of the glass plenty of times, and I know how to communicate patiently and effectively to craft an end product that is exactly what the musicians/artists want for the song.

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

  12. A: I like to begin a mix by building a thorough understanding of what my client wants out of the song. Discussing reference tracks, feel, vibe, emotion, etc really helps get everything going in the right direction. After that, I take what I know about the end goal and begin organizing the session, doing any further editing that might be required, and making sure I have everything I need to start mixing. Mixing starts with all the faders at 0, and going up from there! I often start doing delay and reverb and other vibier processing early on - it helps me envision the final product and better understand what instrument is taking up what space.

  13. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  14. A: I work out of my apartment, in an acoustically treated room using Sonarworks Sound Reference to further improve my monitoring. I have a desktop interface/monitor controller which is connected to a rack of preamps and 500 series gear. Most of my mixing happens in the box, and at the end I run everything through a hardware compressor and preamps to give the mix an analog console feel. I also have a 1978 Rhodes Stage 73 piano, along with an 88 key midi controller that I use for all keyboard tracking.

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

  16. A: I'm inspired by Big Thief, Hiatus Kaiyote, Shawn Everett, Mark Ronson, and many more incredible musicians and audio professionals.

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

  18. A: I am most often in the position of mix engineer, however I often work as a producer and keys player as well.


Terms Of Service

I typically get a mix to where a client is totally satisfied in 2 revisions, but my policy is unlimited revisions within reason. Turn around time varies, usually will have a mix within a week.

GenresSounds Like
  • Big Thief
  • The Districts
  • Immanuel Wilkins
Gear Highlights
  • Izotope Neutron 4
  • Soundtoys plugins
  • Plugin Alliance plugins
  • UA plugin bundle
  • 500 series bus compressor
  • optical style compressor
  • and preamps
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