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- A few of our favorite mixes -

  • Hamilton Mixtape mix engineered by Niko and Rob

    Hamilton Mixtape

    The Hamilton Mixtape debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with 187,000 album-equivalent units. Niko and Rob mixed Usher’s song “Wait for it”.

  • Rebelution-Falling Into Place

    Falling Into Place is the sixth album by Rebelution. Niko and Rob mix all the songs except “Pretty Lady”

  • kehlani sweetsexysavage mix engineered by niko and rob

    Kehlani Sweet Sexy Savage

    Set to release Jan 27th 2017. Rob and Niko mixed “Keep On”,”Get Like”,”Personal”, and “Too Much”

  • Usher Looking for Myself

    The album debuted atop the US Billboard 200 chart becoming Usher’s fourth number one album in the country.

  • Pitbull Hotel Room Service

    It was released to both iTunes and mainstream radio on June 16, 2009.[1] It peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it his second top 10 hit

  • T.I. Whatever You Like

    The song peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, giving T.I. his second US number one. It is T.I.’s most successful single to date.

  • Eminem Space Bound

    “Space Bound” is a song by American rapper Eminem. It was released as the fourth and final single from the album in February 2011 and was certified gold by the RIAA.

2017 Trey Songs TBA
2017 Kehlani Sweet Sexy Savage
2016 Rebelution Falling Into Place Mixing
2016 Dirty Heads Dirty Heads Mixing
2016 Michael Franti Soul Rocker Mixing
2016 Khalifa Wiz Khalifa Mixing
2016 Islah Kevin Gates Mixing
2015 Strictly Roots Morgan Heritage Mixing
2015 Maestro Ky-Mani Marley Mixing
2015 General Admission Machine Gun Kelly / MGK Mixing
2015 L.S.D. A$AP Rocky Mixing
2015 Sirens Sublime With Rome Mixing
2014 Amidst The Noise and Haste SOJA Mixing
2013 International Takeover, Vol. 1 Mr. 305 Mixing
2012 The MF Life Melanie Fiona Mixing
2012 The Stoned Immaculate Curren$y Mixing
2012 Glass Girl Conor Maynard Mixing
2012 God Forgives, I Don’t Rick Ross Mixing
2011 Killer Love Nicole Scherzinger Mixing
2011 Planet Pit Pitbull Mixing
2011 The Remedy Jagged Edge Mixing
2011 Revelation, Pt. 1: The Root of Life Stephen Marley Mixing
2010 Goon Affiliated Plies Mixing
2010 Love.Live.Life N-Dubz Mixing
2010 No Mercy T.I. Engineer
2010 Raymond v. Raymond Usher Engineer, Mixing
2010 Recovery Eminem Mixing
2010 Still Standing Monica Mixing
2010 Versus Usher Engineer, Mixing
2009 The State vs. Radric Davis Gucci Mane Engineer
2009 This Is Us Backstreet Boys Engineer, Mixing
2008 Cash Money Records: 10 Years of Bling, Vol. 2 Producer
2008 Paper Trail T.I. Engineer, Mixing
2007 Rockstar Mentality Shop Boyz Engineer, Mixing
2007 What Is It Baby Bash Engineer
2007 Greatest Hits Nas Assistant Engineer, Audio Engineer
2007 Haterz Everywhere B.o.B Mixing

2014 Blacc Hollywood Wiz Khalifa Mixing
2014 Cadillactica Big K.R.I.T. Mixing
2013 Excuse My French French Montana Mixing
2013 Long.Live.A$AP A$AP Rocky Mixing
2013 M.O. Nelly Mixing
2013 The Charioteers Collection: 1937-1948 The Charioteers Composer
2013 Trap Lord A$AP Ferg Mixing
2012 Chapter V Trey Songz Mixing
2012 God Forgives, I Don’t Rick Ross Mixing
2012 Looking 4 Myself Usher Mixing
2012 Maybach Music Group Presents Self Made, Vol. 2: The Untouchable Empire
2012 New Life Monica Mixing
2012 O.N.I.F.C. Wiz Khalifa Engineer, Mixing
2012 The Female Boss Tulisa Mixing
2012 Tomahawk Technique Sean Paul Mixing
2012 Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head T.I. Mixing
2012 Two Eleven Brandy Mixing
2012 Wild Ones Flo Rida Mixing
2011 American Idol Season 10 Highlights Lauren Alaina Mixing
2011 Conquer Carl Thomas Mixing
2011 Formula, Vol. 1 Romeo Santos Mixing
2011 Greatest Hits N-Dubz Engineer, Mixing
2011 Here I Am Kelly Rowland Engineer, Mixing
2011 I Remember Me Jennifer Hudson Mixing
2011 Killer Love Nicole Scherzinger Engineer, Mixing
2011 My Life II…The Journey Continues (Act 1) Mary J. Blige Mixing
2011 Radioactive Yelawolf Mixing
2011 Rolling Papers Wiz Khalifa Engineer, Mixing
2010 5.0 Nelly Engineer, Mixing
2010 Back to Me Fantasia Engineer, Mixing
2010 Love.Live.Life N-Dubz Engineer, Mixing
2010 Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager Kid Cudi Mixing
2010 No Mercy T.I. Mixing
2010 Now or Never Tank Mixing
2010 Recovery Eminem Engineer
2010 Rise Up Cypress Hill Engineer, Mixing
2010 The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted Gucci Mane Mixing
2010 Trunk Muzik 0-60 Yelawolf Engineer, Mixing
2009 D.N.A. Mario Mixing
2009 Guilt MIMS Audio Engineer, Engineer, Mixing
2009 Hotel Room Service Pitbull Mixing
2009 Pitbull Starring in Rebelution Pitbull Mixing
2009 R.O.O.T.S. (Route of Overcoming the Struggle) Flo Rida Engineer, Mixing
2009 The Boss of All Bosses Slim Thug Mixing
2008 The Reason Lemar Mixing
2008 Thr33 Ringz T-Pain Audio Engineer, Engineer
2008 Total Club Hits, Vol. 2 Engineer, Mixing
2008 iSouljaboytellem Soulja Boy Tell Em Engineer
2007 Cyclone Baby Bash Audio Production, Engineer, Mixing
2006 All I Got Is Love Shin J Engineer, Mixing
2006 Danity Kane Danity Kane Engineer, Mixing, Vocal Recording
2006 Like Father, Like Son Birdman Engineer
2006 The Return Ruben Studdard Mixing
2005 Slogans Bob Marley & The Wailers Mixing

NIKO

Niko Marzouca is an American born recording / mixing engineer influenced by a number of musical styles and backgrounds, but rooted primarily in R&B, Pop, Reggae & Hip Hop.

Niko has mixed for Bob Marley, Jim Jonsin, Pharrell, Usher, Rick Ross, Supa Dups and recorded for American Idol, A$ap Rocky, Mary J Blige, Pitbull, Damien Marley and more.

In his teenage years, Niko Marzouca was a reggae dancehall DJ. He graduated from Full Sail Real World Education in April 1997. In 1999, he joined Circle House Studio (owned by reggae band Inner Circle) and became an essential part of the team, working with Lenny KravitzJulio IglesiasEnrique IglesiasJosé FelicianoMobb DeepCash Money and others.

Niko Marzouca gained notoriety while recording at the Marley’s Studio ,Lion’s Den, for his work on Damien Marley’s LP “Welcome to Jamrock” which won Best Reggae LP Grammy in 2005. Continuing his work with Stephen Marley he participated on several Grammy Award Winning LP’s and even mixed Bob Marley’s “Three Birds” remix for the Legend Remix LP and  Hyndai Ad campaign.

In 2011 Niko teamed up with “Lollipop” producer Jim Jonsin to work in LA ,at American Idol, recording Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, and Haley Reinheart.

Although highly technical in his approach, Niko has a relaxed manner and a personal connection to his clients that helps him truly understand where they want to take their projects. He has recorded, mixed and/or remixed for just about every major label in the American music business and over twenty-five of the music industry’s top producers, including Jim Jonsin, Pharrell, Steven Marley and Damien Marley, who are recurring clients. Niko Marzouca has worked on numerous gold and platinum recordings.

ROB

Robert Marks (born March 18, 1977) is an American producer/mixing engineer. He grew up in Central Florida with an eclectic taste in music, from Zepplin to Jodeci and everything in between, helping define his sound.

He moved to Gainesville, Fl in the mid 90’s and became entrenched in the house music scene, DJing across the state at influential clubs such as Simons and Firestone. This is where Robert discovered his ability on the technical side of the music world, being at the forefront of the exploding dance scene.

Robert Marks moved to South Florida and began working as an assistant at Circle House Studios where his career took a turn more to the commercial side, working with some of the biggest artist on the planet, such as Korn, Lil Jon, Mariah Carey and Usher to name a few.

After working his way up to engineer, Robert was introduced to Producer Jim Jonsin, part of the Unusual Suspects at the time. The relationship would involve millions of albums sold and a few Grammy Nominations along the way, working with such artist as Backstreet Boys, Ludacris, Beyonce` and many others.

In 2007 Robert moved to Atlanta to work with the biggest producer/writer/artist in the industry at the time, T-Pain. Robert Marks not only worked with Pain, he lived at his residence and went on tour with him, as they would work nearly 24 hours a day. Working on projects for Jamie Fox, Chris Brown, Jennifer Hudson and many, many more.

In 2008 Robert would move back home to South Florida and set up shop. Continuing to build on his relationship with Jonsin, while bringing on new clients like Grammy Winning producer/writer/artist Rico Love. Mixing hits such as T.I.’s “Whatever You Like”, Pitbull’s “Hotel Room Service” and Nelly’s “Just A Dream” to name a few.

2010 would see Robert Marks earn an Album Of The Year nomination for his work on Eminem’s Recovery, while continuing to bring his sound to some of the biggest artist in the world.

2011 would be more of the same, except Robert would take his talents to Los Angeles. Robert was brought out to LA to work on one of the most watched television shows in history, American Idol. Mixing various releases as well as stems for their performances. Doing this while continuing his work with other acts like Mary J Blige, Romeo Santos, Kelly Rowland and many more.

After Idol, Robert came back home, this time to his own room where he continues to work to this day. Mixing for artist like Wiz Khalifa and the band Rebelution, still showing his eclectic taste in music, his mixes continually heard across the globe.  Located in Parkland,Fl, the Parkland Playhouse is a state of the art, 3 room facility able to handle any project.

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Mix Engineer Insights Vol 1: Kehlani - SweetSexySavage

February 7, 2017 12:55 am

Hey guys! Welcome to Volume 1 of Mix Engineer Insights with Niko and Rob. Niko here, today I’m going to take you behind the scenes of Kehlani’s SweetSexySavage, which was released on January 27th by Atlantic Records. It’s R&B artist Kehlani’s debut studio album, and Rob and I were stoked to be a part of the project.

Rob and I mixed the tracks “Keep On”, “Personal”, “Too Much”, and “Get Like”. These songs were all mixed in an SSL room using Protools and outboard gear. Then the outboard effects were recorded back into Protools for easy tweaking. This made recalling mixes a lot easier.

Here is a list of the gear we used:

  • SSL 4000 G+
  • Lexicon PCM 42 delay
  • Sony V77 reverb
  • Ensoniq DP 2
  • Roland SRE 555 tape delay (My new favorite toy! More on this later.)
  • Neve 1081
  • Tube Tech CL1B compressor
  • UAD plugins

Mix Engineer Kehlani - SweetSexySavage

Kehlani SweetSexySavage

Track 2 – “Keep On”

“Keep On” is one of my favorites. It starts off the album driven by a four on the floor kick drum pattern with a funky live bass line. Jahaan Sweet produced it. I believe he’s gonna be one of the next big producers. I started with my usual female R&B vocal chain on this joint. It’s a Massey Deesser going to an Rvox, then C4 with a lot of air added around 15k. Rob ended up putting an L2 on after, which really made it in your face. Love how it came out. Right around 2:36 I automated my PCM 42 the old school way, by hand, and recorded it back in. Then I put it through a Soundtoys Panman and put one side out of phase. All in all Kehlani just sounds awesome naturally so I didn’t have to do much!

Track 7 – “Personal”

Jahaan Sweet also produced “Personal”. It is reminiscent of a 90’s R&B song. The cymbal swells in the beginning go to a Sony V77 set to the “rolling left to right” program. The reverb throws on Kehlani’s vocal were sent to Waves Manny Marroquin plugin set to a large chamber. I feel that gave it a bit of today’s feel. At about 2:56 I went crazy with Metaflanger on the backgrounds. I love doing that! Towards the end of this mix, the snare echoes off into a UAD Re201 set like a dub delay. They can take the Jamaican out of Montego Bay but they can’t stop the damn echoes. LOL. I was also very happy with the way this song came out.

Track 13 – “Too Much”

“Too Much” is sick. I love the panning Rob did on the guitars that start it off. Big ups to the Picard Brothers who got that classic SP 12oo ring sound on the drums. I put some quarter note PCM 42 delays on the verses that I feel make it sound really authentic when the track opens up. It kinda feels Aaliyah-ish, with huge banging drums and an awesome Moog synth line.

Track 14 – “Get Like”

“Get Like” was produced by Boi-1da and Sven Thomas . It has the feel of the 90’s earthquake reggae dancehall rhythm, but with updated production. It’s really cool how the clap and block have added attack from the parallel compression. Rob said he had a hard time getting it to have just enough attack and still maintain the reverb from the ruff. He ended up recreating the reverb himself so he could control the attack. That man is a genius!

In conclusion, the entire Kehlani album is a great listen and we’re very honored we got to mix these records. Big props to Kehlani and Atlantic every time!

Brainworks Bx_Digital V2 CPU Spikes

April 17, 2016 2:56 pm

Brainworks Bx_Digital V2

Brainworks Bx_Digital V2

Hey Guys,
Just want to let you know about an issue I discovered where Bx Digital V2 causes CPU spikes that crash protools with an AAE 9173 error. If you upgrade to Bx_Digital V3 this resolves the issue. I hear some people say if you put an Avid plug in in front of the Bx_Digital V2 in your chain it will fix the issue also. I’ve tried that and while it seems to have helped reduce the number of Protools crash occurrences, it does not resolve the CPU spikes completely. Also check out the eq settings I have on my master. Pretty cool trick to roll out everything off the sides buss and clean up the low end in the overall mix. Hope this helps some of you who are having this issue. Maybe you wont spend an entire day trying to figure out whats causing the Protools AAE 9173 crash!