Bruce Balensiefer

Bassist, Producer, Mix/Master

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Versatile, educated musician-engineer-producer providing bass and guitar parts, mixing, and work-for-hire recordings

Hi I'm Bruce. I am a bassist, guitarist, engineer and producer with a bachelor's in Music Engineering Technology and formal training in Jazz performance and arrangement. I've played bass for over twenty years and engineered for about ten. I offer bass tracks and parts as well as full instrumental works-for-hire and beats. I also do rhythm guitar work.

I specialize in modern direct/digital recording techniques and "in-the-box" DAW mixing. I specialize in hard rock styles but I am comfortable working in the styles of jazz, fusion, and R&B, with some electronic elements. I enjoy making highly dynamic productions with lots of emotional range and poppier tracks with earworm melodies.

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  1. Review by Matty G.
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    Bruce did a fantastic job at mastering a metal track for me, he's a very patient guy and get's to work quickly to help deliver you the best sound out of your track and he really knows his stuff! 10/10 would work with again

Interview with Bruce Balensiefer

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

  2. A: Demo production, bass tracks, mixing, mastering

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

  4. A: Rock, metal, jazz/blues, and electronic styles like EDM and synthwave

  5. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  6. A: Versatility. I enjoy making a jazz recording or blues recording or a metal track or something more electronic all the same.

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

  8. A: The Contortionist, Tesseract, Tower of Power, Rick Rubin, Tom Lord-Alge, Jon Brion, Prince, Bassnectar, and more

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

  10. A: The producer's mindset: A willingness to serve the project rather than my own ego as an instrumentalist or composer.

  11. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  12. A: I have a compact, simple, but modern recording setup: A fast Focusrite Clarett interface, Live 10 running on Windows 10, JBL monitors, a 48-key keyboard, and a load of good plugins. For instruments, there are a Warwick bass, a Carvin bass, and Ibanez 6- and 7-string guitars with digital modeling amps and plugins for the guitars and synth effects for the bass.

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

  14. A: I arranged, produced, mixed, and played on a cover of "Son of a Preacher Man" with a full staff of musicians in the studio, then published it on a compilation album alongside other local artists' tracks.

  15. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  16. A: Digital. As a multi-genre musician, I'm hooked on the versatility and convenience of having thousands of instruments and effects in one box- and they sound pretty good now too!

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

  18. A: Receive files from the client via Dropbox, communicate here on platform or Slack, deliver also to Dropbox

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

  20. A: Synthwave songs and covers

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

  22. A: Have as clear a vision of your project as possible and be clear about the requirements and acceptance criteria- or be willing to let the provider bring as much of that themselves as is necessary.

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

  24. A: Acoustic guitar, double bass, piano, alto saxophone, and a cocktail kit. The Island Jazz band is born.

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

  26. A: I attended university for a degree in Music Engineering and Computer Science. I worked in the tech world for a number of years while continuing to practice and produce music on the side. I self-release singles and collaborate with friends on new tracks and remixes. I am now shifting my focus back to music production and freelancing opportunities.

  27. Q: How would you describe your style?

  28. A: Strong fundamentals of jazz, blues, rock, and R&B supporting an interest in more experimental styles of hard rock and electronic music

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

  30. A: Imogen Heap. She has an amazing sense of play, discovery, and innovation in music and technology.

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

  32. A: Go easy on the compression! The loudness wars have gone on long enough.

Terms Of Service

Two revisions allowed, one-week turn-around for a bass track, or stereo master.

GenresSounds Like
  • Blackmill
  • Killswitch Engage
  • Intervals
Gear Highlights
  • Focusrite Clarett audio interface
  • Ableton Live
  • Warwick Corvette bass
  • Carvin LB 5-string bass
  • Synth effects
  • Ibanez 6- and 7-string guitars
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