of the best engineers in L.A.! Period. Working with Hans was
a great experience for me. My album sounds fuller, as loud as
mainstream hip-hop albums and all the levels are consistent.
He was able to give each song what it needed... from neo-soul
to my rock tracks he definitely had the ears and expertise to
polish the Bentley.”
Octavia Harris www.octaviaharris.com
"Actually, the mastering engineer made this record listenable. I mixed it myself, and I did the best that I could. But Hans DeKline, for anybody out there who's looking for a great mastering engineer--I'm not kidding... if you heard the mixes versus the record... I just don't know how he did it. I didn't want anyone else to have their hands on it. I just wanted to try and do the best that I could. It's funny when I listen to the mixes now, it's like, "Holy s**t. How did he do that?" I'm serious. He may as well have been a player on the record. Hans is great."
Matthew Ryan www.matthewryanonline.com
(as quoted in the Huffington Post
"Hans Dekline is a gem for recording artists of any level. Knowing what a profound impact a few hours of mastering can have on the overall sonic result, Hans is sensitive to the artist's vision and coveys a genuine, ego-less desire to help the artist achieve it."
Conrad Korsch (Rod Stewart's bassist) www.conradkorsch.com
"I've worked with hans for over 15 years. when it's up to me, he masters everything I produce. He's the master of mastering! He's got great ears and knows exactly what each project needs in order to sound
amazing, no matter the style of music. And some people say he is the only person on earth that can actually polish a turd. But that's just
what i've heard."
Greg Richling, Music Producer www.myspace.com/gregrichling
"I had the invaluable experience of getting to work for Hans as an
assistant shortly after I graduated college. Not only was I
appreciative that he was willing to PAY for an intern (if you're a
sound engineer you know what I'm talking about) but I was excited that
he was willing to teach me what he knows... Why do I keep using Hans?
Because he is first and foremost, a music lover. Second, he is an
honest dude. Third, he does amazing work for a great price. I use Hans
for every release I do. You should too."
Justin Bates, Producer/Mixer www.justinaudio.com
"I have had the ability work with dozens and dozens of mastering
engineers in my 11 years of making records. Most mastering engineers
are neither here nor there, some are disappointing, and the rare few
"wow" you. Hans is definitely the latter. Additionally Hans provides
the best value I know of. I recommend him without hesitation to all of
my clients, which is putting my neck on the line, and they always come
back to me with glowing happiness. Having Hans as a part of my record
production team makes my services more valuable, makes me look good!
Bryan Cook, Engineer/Mixer www.juicemonster.net
"Choosing your mastering engineer is like choosing your surgeon-- you
want the most talented guy you can find, and you want the results to
be an improvement on the original but otherwise invisible. Hans is my
Jonathan Leahy, The Broken Remotes, White Sea www.thebrokenremotes.com
"Being introduced to Hans has been a game-changer for me as a producer
in L.A. He's a top-rate mastering engineer who understands both the
challenges of mastering in the to-the-max digital age and the
necessity for and value of headroom. Every project I've received back
from him has greatly and noticeably benefitted from his work. In
these times of multi-studio, budget-challenged projects, it's very
comforting to know that there's somebody at the finish who is going to
tie the whole thing together with skill and class."
Aaron Tap, Producer www.aarontap.com
"I had the privilege of utililizing his expertise in mastering an
album. First off, his mastery in the art of mastering is topnotch. I
had auditioned about 4 other competitors prior to hiring him. The
quality of his results is immensely superior to other competitors in
Los Angeles (and mind you, the other companies were charging twice or
thrice more than Hans' rate). He makes a good recording sound
Ritchie LaPaz www.myspace.com/missionhillofficial
"Hans DeKline has mastered my last three albums and working with him
is a pleasure. Not only are his mastering skills flawless, but his
communication during the process makes the whole experience stress
free. I will be using his services for any future projects."
Helen Austin www.helenaustin.com
"After being thrilled with the job my producer and mix engineer
Michael Eisenstein did on my solo record, I didn't think much more
needed to be done. Michael suggested hiring Hans DeKline at Sound
Bites Dog to master the record and frankly I wasn't expecting any
major noticeable difference; I just knew that the record had to be
mastered as a matter of course. The masters we got back put my
expectations to shame. With Hans' touch, they were transformed from
great mixes to stellar radio-ready tracks! Sound Bites Dog has a
repeat customer in me. Many records that I produce or perform on are
now sent to Hans to apply the finishing touches. Masters always come
back with well defined bass response, midrange that hits you where
it's supposed to, sparkly high end, and essentially that extra shine
that makes a recording stand out. Above all, respect is always given
to the artist, the mix, and the idiom."
Seth Freeman www.sethfreemanmusic.com
"I loved our mixes before Hans got his hands on them....but I REALLY
love them now! Quick and easy and our record is complete!"
Eric Holden www.basstracks.org
"Before working with Hans my experience and expectation of good
mastering was cleaning up my tracking and mixing mess as best as
possible, reigning the album in 'till it didn't sound as reckless and
gaudy as I had made it. Hans gets it. That's the best way I can put
it. He immediately recognizes the bold strokes on an album and makes
them beautiful while tucking away any short comings with gracious
discretion. His uncanny ability to know just what to do makes me
wonder if he has had the tracking and mixing rooms bugged throughout
the record. An impeccable professional, Hans is honest, flexible, and
a real pleasure to work with through the logistics of post
David Kuwabara, producer/mixer of Alexander Fairchild & Royal www.alexanderfairchild.tumblr.com
"Hans is great! This is the second album he's mastered for me and I
can't say enough positive things about his work. He's knowledgeable,
patient, dedicated and delivers exactly what the customer needs at a
reasonable price. One of the few places in LA where you can get this
kind of respect and care when it comes to making your tracks shine the
way they were meant to."
Jon Mack/Auradrone www.reverbnation.com/auradrone
difference between my un-mastered and mastered songs is phenomenal.
Hans has transformed my collection of songs into a cohesive
and beautiful EP."
is great, no bullshit. He mastered our album for us in LA while
we waited at home in Dublin. We've never met the guy but we
would like to think that he is now one of the Lebowski familly
and we will come back to Hans for his advice, mastering, and
Buzz Lebowski www.myspace.com/lebowskimusic
"Hans has been doing a great job mastering some of my music over the years.
He's always professional, always has a quick turn-around, and is a pleasure to work with."
Susie Suh (singer-songwriter) www.susiesuh.com
"Hans runs the best mastering house we have worked with to date. And we have worked with many. The rates are reasonable, and Hans takes the time to finesse mixes, rather than just run them through a box. You can hear the difference. I would trust his ears on any project we have."
David Greene (president of Black & Green Records) www.blackandgreenerecords.com
"Hans, You are greatly appreciated. Thank you so much. We value the direction and recommendations you were able to provide regarding the many subjects we threw your way. You're the quintessential professional and I could only be so lucky to have our bands future endeavors go as smoothly as they went with you and Sound Bites Dog. We're glad we found you and we couldn't be happier with the results of our project, it turned out great! Thanks again, we look forward to working with you soon."
working with Hans I thought that big mastering only comes from
big studios. When I contacted Hans I wasn't completely sure
what to expect. Now, I don't ex-pect, I re-spect! His attention
to detail and flexible approach allowed him to work effectively,
while incorporating my opinions within the process. Hans has
taught me that big sound comes from big knowledge, not big studios.”
Da Shiek www.myspace.com/dashiek
"Hans seems like one of those guys who, despite the declining state of the industry, just loves music. His attitude and professionalism transformed my collection of songs from a great sounding indie record into a big label sounding indie record (if such a thing exists). I would absolutely recommend him to anyone."
"So I f-ed up big time on my last album and went with some dude at Sterling Sound... You're not even allowed to talk to the person working your project, they have a secretary for that. I guess the guy does good work since he did Clutch's last album but its was weak compared to the album you did. I learned the hard way that staying with your roots is the only way to go, you crushed it on High Noon"
Ajay Malghan www.theundercovermonks.com
"Hans was a pleasure to work with and delivered all requested materials on time and in perfect working order. And his skills as a mastering engineer are on par with the best in the business. Would definitely recommend hiring him for any mastering gig.”
Derek Dressler/A&R at Shout! Factory www.shoutfactory.com
had no idea how bad the $200/hr mastering houses were ripping
me off until Sound Bites Dog. Hans, you are truly a talented
engineer. I appreciate you catering to my meticulous taste.
The masters are actually a better quality than whats up on the
top 40 charts! I look forward to more business in the future.
Tape Club www.mobonix.com
“When I was looking for someone to master my cinematic piano CD, I submitted music to several companies that offered a free master of one song as a way to hear their work. While most companies sent back an overly-processed, artificial sounding master, Hans DeKline created a natural, clean master that was just right for my new age music. At that point, I knew I needed Hans to master my CD. When I later submitted the finished product to Hans, he worked closely with me over several revisions to get the sound just right. I'm extremely happy with the results and would recommend Hans to anyone.”
Marc Enfroy - Cinematic Piano www.MarcEnfroy.com
hard not to gush about this man Hans. I live 6,000 miles away
and he treated me like a neighbor talking over the fence. When
it came to the music we exchanged thoughts and out of the mastering
came exactly what I had hoped for. Exactly. It was amazing.”
Andy Fosberry/Ironlight River www.myspace.com/ironlightrivermusic
“Working with Hans is such a pleasure. Not only is he extremely professional, but he actually cares about each project he takes on. That makes a huge difference in the end result. Don't think twice about Sound Bites Dog & Hans DeKline. He is simply phenomenal!!!”
Don L Castor www.donlcastor.com
“Hans DeKline is the MAN. He brought an incredible power to my mixes, met and in most cases EXCEEDED my anal expectations, delivered in RECORD time, for an OUTSTANDING price ... and did all of the above with a great attitude and outstanding flexibility. Thank you SO much, Hans!!”
The Invisible Kid www.theinvisiblekid.com
"I hired Hans to master my record and he did a great job. He was fun to work with and he made my partner and I feel like we could trust him with our record. I tend to be very detail oriented and a perfectionist about my work and Hans did not stop until we were completely satisfied."
Silas Hite/Project Parallel www.projectparallel.com
“Hans really brought out the best from our mixes and raised the track levels up without compromising dynamics or tone. He helped smooth out troubled spots and gave our record consistency and balance. Having worked with a number of mastering engineers before, I believe Hans holds his own and brings A-list quality into reach for all of us."
David Rice/Executive Producer at JSM Music www.davidricemusic.com
“Hans mastered both my demos and my final album, "Dirty Mind," for Nettwerk Records. On both occasions he came in on deadline, within budget. He worked with me to get the exact result that the company and I were looking for. The record shines! THANKS, Hans!!!!”
Sara Melson/Nettwerk Records www.saramelson.com
“I got the hard copy-masters in the mail yesterday and just wanted to thank you again for how great they sound. I'm really pleased with how they came out; plus, the turnaround time was unbelievable. The next time I have a recording project I'll definitely send it your way!”
Ian Wilson www.ianwilsonmusic.com
new to the art of mastering, we needed someone who could walk
us through the process. Hans did just that -- he made sure that
the final masters were exactly what we wanted, letting us listen
to before-and-after samples until we were satisfied. The final
tracks were professional and radio-ready: one of the songs he
mastered was played on Indie 103.1 only days after we mailed
it. I would recommend him to all of my musician friends, and
plan on having him master our next recording. Thank you Hans!”
“Hans has delivered great work each project I've brought his way. He is super fast and his rates are reasonable. And he always seems to "get it" in terms of the directions something needs to go when I hand it over to him. He is a pleasure to work with.”
Darren Korb/Audio Fiction www.audiofictionband.com
“Thanks again Hans. Your expert advice/tips, patience along with an excellent end product make you an indispensible asset to the home/indie studio owner. See you on the next project!”
Tyler Tingey/Shadowland Recording www.myspace.com/shadowlandrecording
can’t believe the difference in the feel and overall sound
quality of our mastered songs. Hans gave our music that full,
powerful, commercial-quality sound. All in all, he is VERY talented,
easy to work with, and will make your music sound much better.”
“Hans mastered a 5 cd box with roughly 75+ tracks in record time for a fair price and with great results. He also took some pretty nasty sounding recordings off cassettes and made them sparkle. I would definitely work with him again.”
Stephen Light/Composer/2 Skinnee J's www.2sj.com
sounds so wonderful. So, considerable thanks go to you. Working
with you was very easy and you gave me exactly what I was
looking for. I've worked with
mastering engineers who completely missed the idea presented,
decided to add this or that, or what have you. Your work will
be completely transparent to the audience, which I think is
a key element of a good Mastering Engineer.”
Hans - firstly, thank you very much for your speed - I was shocked
to see your email saying they were done.... Secondly, the tracks
sound AMAZING....I cannot believe how great they sound! (You
must have invested heavily in that 'Studio Magic' button). Thanks
again for an incredible job and on such short notice.”
SOUND BITES DOG