Some time last year, I stumbled across a website that professed to be the answer to the problem of any musician who is looking for audio engineers, but may not live in a city big enough to have good, quality mixing. The website was SoundBetter.com – a “marketplace for musicians to find and hire Recording Studios, Mixing Engineers, Mastering Engineers and professional Session Musicians.”
I was a bit skeptical but thought, “Hey, what’ve I got to lose? It costs nothing. I’ll give it a shot.” I posted my resume on the site with a short bio and samples of my mixes and thought if anything, this could be fun or cool and I might get a client or two. Before long, I actually had a good number of clients contact me explaining that they loved how my mixes sounded and that they wanted to hire me to mix their music. Awesome!
The site basically allows musicians to post a job, and then invite mixers that they think would be a good fit for the project to bid on it, kind of like Freelancer.com. Engineers can also browse jobs and submit to them using credits which you can purchase, (again like Freelancer,) but I rarely, if ever, do this, and I imagine other professional mix engineers don’t do this either. Because when you’re busy mixing and you’ve got clients coming to you, it’s hard to justify the time (and credits/money) required to “bid” on jobs. Not only that, but any professional mixer is going to have rates that are going to get SO lowballed by non-professional mixers, that you rarely get the job anyway, because some guy with a laptop and an untreated room is going to outbid you and say he’ll mix the project for 30 bucks lol.
SoundBetter.com was founded by Shachar Gilad, the site’s CEO. Which kind of makes sense how such an awesome site came to fruition, because Shachar was actually behind marketing projects for both Waves and Apple before he launched SoundBetter. No surprise then, that he could recognize the need and then act on it and create a 500 Startups company.
SoundBetter.com is something that was needed in the industry for a long, long time. This is something that I have shared with Shachar in my excitement about finding the site. Before the site was launched, there wasn’t really a way for musicians to connect with audio professionals to get top flight mixes done. It’s kind of like MusicXray.com, except MusicXray is for musicians looking to connect with executives, and people on the administrative end, managers etc, whereas soundbetter allows you to connect with audio professionals on the creative end.
If you’re someone who realizes you might benefit from collaborating with other professional level musicians, producers, engineers, etc, I highly suggest you give the site a try. It’s free to sign up and browse, and you will undoubtedly find someone there who can help bring your musical ideas to fruition.
Have you used SoundBetter.com? I’d love to hear your experiences!