WITH IVO SOTIROV
I'm a mixing engineer based in Watford/London, UK. Over the past 11 years of living in England, I've gained priceless experience working alongside some of my heroes. Now, I spend most of my hours making music or making the tools I need for music.
While this website focuses on my mixing services, I am also an active producer & recording engineer.
In my spare time, I review gear, consult tech companies, and design my own equipment. On the About page, you can find out more.
My attitude towards studio work is that of old-school engineers. I believe what we do is a craft that needs thousands of hours to develop. Before I became a professional engineer/producer, I spent years educating myself and working as an assistant, which I still do today!
AT THE FRIARY STUDIOS
I’m a huge believer in mixing with high-quality analogue equipment. I prefer rotating big knobs and staring at an old VU meter rather than a laptop screen. Thus, my workflow is that of a hybrid engineer - I use loads of vintage gear to shape the sound with analogue warmth, thickness and richness. Yet, I have all the flexibility of modern DAWs.
Even at live recording sessions, where most engineers would bring a compact digital mixer - I like using tall racks of heavy old tube preamplifiers. My philosophy is that capturing sound quality, character, and nuances comes before the engineer's convenience. That is why you’d never see me mixing on a laptop with headphones or recording through the built-in preamps of an audio interface. That’s not me…