John Davis is a mix engineer and producer based in Brooklyn, NY. John's seemingly paradoxical passion for both electronic abstraction and acoustic purity has helped him to establish a unique position in the music scene today. His approach can be aggressive and extreme when needed, or completely transparent when appropriate, and this has allowed him to float between the worlds of pop, electronic, jazz and classical effortlessly without imposing an inappropriate aesthetic on the music. The stylistic diversity of his discography and his ability to combine the acoustic and electronic is a testament to his fluency across genres.
John mixes exclusively in the SSL Mix Room at The Bunker Studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This mix room was designed by Northward Acoustics and features ATC SL110 main monitors, an SSL 4040e mixing console, and an amazing selection of the best analog and digital outboard gear. The monitoring environment is incredible accurate, allowing for decisions to be made quickly and with complete confidence in regards to translation. John does not mix 'in the box' and believes that the sound of computer mixing is still far from the depth, power, and musicality of an analog mixing console. According to the aesthetic of the music, mixes are captured on a variety of formats: 1/4" or 1/2” analog tape, DSD digital, and/or PCM digital (print back into ProTools).
process & medium
Drawing inspiration from Marshall McLuhan's 'The Medium Is The Massage: An Inventory Of Effects', John believes that the choosing the correct process and recording medium can help to convey the artistic intent of a musical work, and in some cases, the process/medium IS the statement. For electronic music and other non-linear styles where the artistic concept and creativity live in a world of editing, looping, and digital manipulation, John is fluent in modern computer based engineering and production techniques. For jazz, rock, and other music where capturing an emotionally meaningful live performance with the best sound possible is paramount, John is a strong believer in both the aesthetic benefits and technical limitations of analog tape. As the owner of a Studer A80 2" 24 track machine (with Dolby SR noise reduction) as well as a Studer A810 1/4" 2 track deck, John is extremely well versed in tape based recording techniques, whether in a 'track and dump' analog/digital hybrid situation or making 100% analog records that stay on tape until the mastering process. Regardless of format, John records in Studio A or B at The Bunker, which offer the ultimate tracking spaces for any type of music.