About Ryan Kelly

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Currently based in New York City, Ryan Kelly is an audio engineer who brings an unique approach to album production and live mixing.

Beginning his studio career at the age of 13 he has been addicted to audio ever since.

I started my career out in Seattle and have since worked in studios across the US, Europe, Asia & South America. So far I’ve  worked with artists from every continent (with the sad exception of Antarctica though hopefully the researchers will get back to me…)

Legacy Recording Studios in Manhattan gave me my first opportunity at working in a major market. Legacy gave me the chance to work along side of and learn from some of the greatest producers and artists at a premier recording studio which was the best follow up education to my time at Full Sail University I can imagine. From my first day there I was thrown into the heart of New York’s music scene, I made coffee on a film score and a couple days later was hanging out with Wu Tang Clan while they made 8 Diagrams. This was the first of many musical quick-changes that I’ve enjoyed throughout my career. It is far more common for me to track a rock album, mix a rap single and then jump into a film score than it is to stay with one genre for too long.

This back and forth has allowed me to take approaches from each style and artist and try it out in a different setting. Who knew that the massive drums from Rock of Ages would come in crucial to Beyoncé’s “I Care”? Or that Pop vocal production techniques would help with IKILLYA’s massive vocal sound? It is incredibly useful for Rock artists who want to add a string section or Orchestral groups experimenting with electronics and layering to have an engineer who knows how to deal with syncing LFO’s as well as choosing the right room and mics for a Decca tree setup.

My work at Legacy also introduced me to Nico Muhly, through his score for “The Reader”. I began programming performance rigs and then moved on to mix at the Barbican Theater when his collaboration with the Stephen Petronio Company (“I Drink the Air Before Me”) toured. From this start I have since mixed Front of House, Monitors, Backline Teched and RF coordinated for artists ranging from the Philip Glass Ensemble to Solange. The introduction of Live Audio into my workflow helped tremendously with planning and organizing sessions as well as to emphasize the importance of getting great sounds fast so artists can get straight to creating rather than worrying if things are really going to sound better in “the mix” rather than during their performance.

After four years at Legacy Recording I went freelance at the age of 21 and have been enjoying the hell out of it ever since. Regardless of language and genre, from Black Metal to Jazz, Swedish to Japanese I love working with artists to ensure that every piece conveys its message.

From recording a single, EP or full length album my contacts at studios around the world allow me to make sure we find the best space for your project at a budget that makes sense.

  • Knowledge of both analog (let’s break out the tape machines!) and digital recording systems workflow.
  • Experience in studios ranging in size from bedrooms to 3500 sq ft scoring stages including how to get those big album sounds on deli budgets.
  • Whether recording a single overdub or a full Rock Space Opera I’ve dealt with almost any instrument and setting you can imagine.

Mixing from a private, custom built mix room designed by Frank Commentale based around a PT HDX system  allows me to take the time to get every mix right rather than worrying about how much time we have left in the studio before our budget runs out.

  • Have a project you’ve already recorded that needs mixing? No problem! Send in your files in any DAW format and I’ll get straight to work.
  • Live streaming of mix progress via Pibox so no need to deal with emails for every tiny change. Hear your song come together in real time no matter where in the world you are.
  • Collection of outboard equipment and effects including optional Analog Summing guarantees you’ll avoid the “Mixed in my parents basement on a single Apple earphone” sound (unless that’s what you’re into, in which case I have a great cassette machine to ruin everything!)

Starting a new album or looking to wrap up your own project? I offer production services for every step of the process and the experience to get it done on time and on budget.

  • Finding, coordinating and booking the right musicians, studios, orchestrators, and collaborators.
  • Writing vocal and instrumental arrangements, coaching musicians and getting the right performances out of everyone. Especially you.
  • Settling band fights, booking dinners and keeping everyone happy all the time.

Whether you need a concert or performance piece designed and mixed, a monitor engineer who can keep 9 divas happy at once or you simply want your band to sound as good they do in your head I can help.

  • Experienced on a wide range of consoles and have mixed in theaters around the world for both one off dates and sustained tour cycles.
  • I can setup playback and synchronized systems along with monitoring for the performers to help you bring that 80 piece synth choir on the road and keep them in time.
  • Match your studio effects and presence to make sure the concert experience plays into the overall sound and presence of the band which means no more “I missed the way it sounded on Spotify” comments.