I have a broad palette of top-shelf instruments, microphones, preamps, and compressors to dial in exactly the tone we want whether it be modern or vintage, hi-fi or lo-fi.

With years of experience making albums, I can help you plan, organize, and run your session. I typically take a producer role in projects by offering feedback and direction on song structure, arrangement, parts, tone, performances, etc. But I’m content to just engineer if you already know exactly what you’re going for.

Recording sessions are by invitation and referral only. Feel free to reach out for mixing and/or mastering.


The goal at the mixing stage is to balance the elements of a song and give the song the best sonic space in which to tell its story. All of the tracks should combine in a coherent, compelling way that enables the listener to be completely immersed in the song without any elements of the mix poking out at them. Sometimes that means enhancing tracks with processing like EQ, compression, reverb, delay, imaging, modulation, etc. Sometimes it means leaving a track well alone because it’s already perfect. Knowing when and how to enhance a track in the overall context of a mix is the key.

I have experience mixing in a variety of genres from pop, to folk, indie, rock, EDM, R&B, Hip-Hop, blues, and funk.

I can go experimental, add interesting textures, and make a mix sound larger than life, or I can get a song to sound as natural and organic as possible.

In addition to the extensive Logic Pro stock plugin and sample libraries, I have access to and experience with a whole host of third-party plugins and software instruments from Soundtoys, Softube, Output, Waves, Elysia, ValhallaDSP, Thephonoloop, Soniccouture, and Circles Drum Samples. I often patch in outboard gear or re-amp guitars for a more “realistic” sounding character.


Mastering is the last step in the production process. Mastering brings balance between songs within an album to give the album a coherent sonic character. The goal is for the listener to experience seamless transitions between songs, not be distracted by pronounced disparities in tone, volume, and dynamics.

Mastering also brings balance between the album and the rest of the world of music that already exists so that the album can be enjoyed alongside other albums in the same genre or playlist. Mastering gets the song sounding great in every playback environment.

One component of mastering is loudness. My goal is to strike the balance between loudness and dynamics that the client desires. I am mindful of the loudness war and the loudness normalization processes implemented by the various streaming services and can guide the client in crafting the most compelling and musical balance. If the client wants it loud, I have the tools and experience to deliver loud masters in the most dynamic and transparent way possible.


For recording and mixing, my hourly rate is $60/hr., with a 2-hour minimum. My day rate for an 8-hour day (excluding meal breaks) is $420.

For mastering, I charge $50 per song for albums with 5 or more songs, $75 per song for albums with less than 5 songs, and $100 for singles.


I’m David Lipps. I started playing percussion in the 6th-grade school band. I was classically trained and have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of music theory. I’ve played drum set for a number of bands in a variety of genres including indie, folk, rock, blues, and funk. I appreciate all genres of music with a leaning toward indie folk.

I’ve been recording, mixing, and mastering music since 2002. I have a passion for music and building community in the music scene.

A previous client described me in his album credits as the “doula” of his album. I think this is a powerful metaphor because birthing one’s creative ideas into the world can be a difficult but rewarding process. I love to support artists through that process.

I am fully engaged with each project and am kind, caring, empathetic, a clear communicator, direct but diplomatic, patient, and laid back. I have meticulous attention to detail (some might say OCD), a finely tuned ear, and the dedication and focus to bring a project to completion.

On an emotional level, my goal is to provide a welcoming, safe, positive container for my clients to fully express themselves through music. On a technical level, I want my clients to feel inspired by the sound that’s coming through their headphones so they can deliver the most genuine performance of their art. And then, after the song is mixed and mastered, I want my clients to feel like the final product is exactly what they had in mind, if not infinitely better.

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Gear List


  • Neumann M147
  • Neumann U87
  • Neumann KM85 (x2)
  • AKG C414 (x2)
  • Blue Baby Bottle
  • Sennheiser MKH 416
  • Groove Tubes GT55
  • Oktava MK219
  • AKG C1000 (x2)
  • Shure SM7
  • Coles 4038 (x2)
  • AEA R84
  • Royer R121
  • Beyerdynamic M160 (x2)
  • AKG D112
  • Audio Technica Pro 25
  • Sennheiser MD-421 U
  • Sennheiser e604 (x3)
  • Shure SM57 (x4)
  • Shure SM58 (x3)
  • Shure Beta 57
  • Shure Beta 58
  • Shure Beta 52


  • Universal Audio 4-710d
  • Universal Audio LA 2-610
  • A-Designs Pacifica (x2)
  • Cloud Cloudlifter (x2)
  • Soyuz Launcher
  • TEAC Model 2A


  • ADL 1000 Opto Tube Compressor
  • Empirical Labs Distressor (Stereo Pair)
  • DBX 160xt VCA Compressor (x2)
  • Universal Audio 4-710d (x4)


  • API 5500 Stereo EQ

Conversion / Recorders

  • Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt 8-channel AD/DA
  • Universal Audio 4-710d 4-channel AD
  • (Total of 16-channel simultaneous tracking)
  • TEAC A-110 Cassette Tape Recorder


  • Yamaha HS8s
  • Avantone MixCubes
  • Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro-80 (headphones) (x3)
  • Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro-250 (headphones) (x2)
  • Behringer Powerplay P16 (x3)


  • DW Collector's Series 5-piece maple drum set (fusion tom sizes)
  • Ludwig Downbeat 3-piece maple drum set
  • No-brand vintage 3-piece drum set
  • An assortment of Paiste and Zildjian A, A Avedis, K, K Custom, and K Constantinople cymbals
  • LP Aspire 3-piece conga set
  • Remo djembe (x2) (14" and 16")
  • Cajon (x2)
  • An assortment of shakers, tambourines, and other percussion accessories
  • 88-key MIDI keyboard (x2)
  • Taylor acoustic guitar
  • Gretsch Boxcar resonator guitar
  • Fender Stratocaster (MIA) electric guitar
  • Gibson SG electric guitar
  • Fender Active Deluxe Precision bass guitar

Guitar & Bass Amps

  • Fender Princeton Recording Amp
  • Orange Crush Pro 60
  • Ampeg BA-115

Guitar Pedals

  • Strymon Capistan
  • Strymon Flint
  • Strymon Riverside
  • TC Electronic Ditto
  • Dunlop Volume X (Mini)
  • Dunlop Cry Baby
  • MXR Dyna Comp (Mini)