Mixing & Mastering

Easily hear the difference a professionally mixed & mastered track can make. With so much music readily available, a professionally mixed & mastered album ensures your music is not lost in the mix.

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Special Offers for Local Lawrence Bands

If you are working on your first album and live in Lawrence, KS then we have special pricing for you! If you are interested please contact us today to find out more information.

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Everything starts at the root which is why capturing the raw sound determines the final result. I adhere to the mantra, "The mix is only as good as the recording". From this, your music will be the best it can be. My workflow utilizes old/new techniques and modern/classic equipment. With so many recording methods, let us plan it out together!

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Setting the levels and panning tracks are just the start to mixing. The true art is buried beneath the instruments: hearing what most do not and bringing it to the surface. Your band’s greatest songs and most unforgettable albums come from that unique spark hidden within. As an avid musician and passionate audio engineer, I highlight that special something for the people that matter most: the fans.

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Although I claim mastering is where all the magic happens, there is a science behind it. Your band’s one-of-a-kind sound deserves recognition and a trained mind to find it. My mastering techniques ensure your album meets industry standards for volume whether online or physical release. No one can fully appreciate your album’s depth and complexity until it has gotten a touch of “magic” through mastering.

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Podcast Editing

Successful podcasts rely as much on presentation as content. If it sounds like an amateur garage recording, then it distracts your audience in all the wrong ways. Professional sounding audioscape keeps listeners laughing, crying, and coming back for more! I clean up podcasts so that they sound great, but not sterile. What you made has a message and story behind it, let my attention to detail bring it to life.

  • We had such a great time working with Don in the studio and on the mixes the first time that we are back now working with him on our new album!

    Horned Wolf

  • We had Don master and mix our recording and they came out perfectly.  We weren't aware that we could actually sound that good! Thanks again, we will definitely use his talents again in the future!

    Pit Hag

  • I love working with Don from Pretend Machine. He listens well and seems to effortlessly understand exactly what I'm going for with a song and is great at honing in on that dynamic. He makes helpful suggestions to take my work beyond my original expectations. Working with Pretend Machine is relaxed and enjoyable, the production process is satisfying, and the results speak for themselves.

    Scurvy Rickets

  • You can’t ask for a more professional and down to earth engineer than Don at Pretend Machine. His talent as a musician is only surpassed by his talent as an engineer. Pretend Machine is the best thing you can do for your band or project. You will come out of it with a professionally mixed and mastered project without breaking the bank. We couldn’t be happier with the experience that we have had with Pretend Machine. Don will help you realize your vision and wont stop until you are happy and satisfied with the mix. So quit wasting your time and get ahold of Pretend Machine! You’ll have a quality record on your hands in no time.

    The Instant