A 25-year recording industry veteran, Ian Schreier is an engineer, mixer, producer, acoustics consultant, and studio systems integrator. Ian has engineered, produced, and mixed artists across a broad spectrum of genres—from pop, rock, blues, country, folk, and hip hop, to jazz, a cappella, symphonic, and classical music. Ian was engineer and mixer on the Grammy-nominated That's Right (Alligator Records) by Roomful of Blues. He has mixed a number of albums for hip hop icon 9th Wonder, tracked Velvet Revolver for the Fantastic 4 soundtrack (Wind-Up Records), and produced Sarah Shook & the Disarmers albums Sidelong (Bloodshot Records) and Years, which was named the #1 album of 2018 by the Chicago Tribune and NPR's Sound Opinions and ranked 14th on Saving Country Music's "Greatest Country Albums of the Decade" list.
His work has also been featured in films—he mixed surround sound for Overland, winner for Best Documentary at the 2020 Breckenridge Film Festival, and mixed the concert film/Thelonious Monk documentary In My Mind: Monk at Town Hall 1959, featuring Jason Moran, as part of the Jazz Loft Project.
Ian opened his first recording studio, Grooveworks, in 1997, and eventually merged with Osceola Recording Studios. He worked for 10 years as chief engineer and in-house producer/mixer at Manifold Recording. He has also freelanced in such iconic facilities as Abbey Road #2 and the historic Columbia/Sony Music Studios in New York. In the booth and beyond, Ian has also been a teacher and mentor to other artists and engineers.
Ian has honed his craft of engineering, mixing, and production while working with successful artists including Bela Fleck • Jimmy Herring • Sarah Shook & the Disarmers • Hindugrass • Roomful of Blues • Alex Machacek • Branford Marsalis • Gary Husband • Rhiannon Giddens • Zuill Bailey • Shana Tucker • Jason Moran • Frederic Chiu • Wayne Krantz • COC • the dB's • Archers of Loaf • Clay Aiken • Gnarls Barkley • The Beast • Lost in the Trees • Vienna Teng • Annuals • Anoop Desai • Slash • Joshua Bell • Joey Calderazzo • My Three Sons • and top producers including Nile Rodgers • 9th Wonder • Chris Stamey • Jaquire King • John Custer and influential labels including Sony BMG • Yep Roc • Alligator Records • Shady/Interscope • Hollywood Records • Mammoth • Zenph Sound Innovations • Anti Records • Alias Records • Mercury • and Bloodshot Records.
What Colleagues and Clients Say
"Ian is a perfect mix of incredible ears, a dedicated work ethic and above all, someone who honors the artistic process. He's at the top of my A-lists as a professional and artistic force. Always the best results, always a great collaboration and always a good time."
—John Custer, Producer/Musician
"Ian and I broke a Guinness book of world records of how many GREAT mixes you can do on one record. Try 8!!!"
— 9th Wonder
"I had the pleasure of playing piano and organ on a record that Ian produced and engineered. As a producer, he was a joy to work with—very positive and able to painlessly extract the performance that the song needed. The engineering never got in the way of the music, and the tones he got from the piano and B3 were second to none."
— Jim Crew/CrewCuts
"Ian was not relegated only to the technical aspects of the recording, being a fine musician himself. His opinions were insightful and helpful as we built various parts of the recording on-site. His experience as a drummer in particular came in handy as we decided on the spur of the moment on a detail for the final Dervish that really got me so excited! The presence of a drum in the studio got us onto a discussion of the score, where certain pieces included a part for "daff" or skin-head drum. Ian got on the case, setting up the drum and adjusting the head to get the right sound, placing it in various parts of the room to experiment with perspective and distance. I couldn't have wished for a more perfect addition to our team."
—Pianist Frederic Chiu, on recording Hymns and Dervishes, music by Gurdjieff / De Hartmann, presented in altered tunings imagined by Frederic Chiu.
"He's a Pro Tools master but doesn't overuse it. I'm mostly impressed by the nice warm drum and bass tones he gets."
—Evans Nicholson, Drummer/Percussionist, The Letter Jackets
"His knowledge and ability to make my clients sound like they do in their heads is amazing."
— Dave Sperandio, Producer & Founder, Vocal Mastering
"It needed to be mixed like a record, which is a special skill that few of us in the audio post world possess. When he sent the tracks back to us, we were all blown away.”
— Jacques Boulanger, dialog and re-recording engineer for documentary film Dear Governor Cuomo
"We brought The Never's "Antarctica" to Ian as a collection of interconnected songs and he created a sonic world where they could exist as a whole. His contribution was that of a fifth band member."
—Will Hackney, Trekky Records
"While it has been consistently written that Ian has great ears, is a great listener, and knows his craft extraordinarily well, my favorite thing about Ian is his ability to think about music production at its highest level. This appeals both to the artist in me and the engineer/systems designer. 'What's really going on here?' is a great question to ask, not just in getting towards a better result (for the song, for the mix) but also in challenging and improving the methodology in his own, or his clients' or his colleagues' processes for making that thing we all want: great music, experienced greatly."
— Eric Hirsh, pianist/composer/producer
"He has an unparalleled sense of creativity and musicality and his technical knowledge is second to none. He knows just the right touch to put on every mix and can coax such incredible music from the raw material. He is generous with his time and knowledge, eager to help young, aspiring engineers find their way, and it has been my pleasure to know, learn from and work with Ian."
—Carl Taylor, Owner, Liquid 5th Productions
"His thoughts and ideas on song structure and tone made our songs even better, and I doubt you will find anyone who is better at nailing that perfect guitar tone."
—Lenny Terenzi, Guitarist, Mighty Lester & the Blues Kings
"I've worked with many top audio professionals and Ian is easily among the best. His attention to detail and engaging demeanor bring a laid-back positivity to every situation."
— Greg Elkins, Producer/Engineer/Composer/Mixer at Pershing Hill Sound
"Ian is not only a master of his craft, a wizard at the mixing table, but also an incredibly hard worker. I've collaborated with him on many projects, and there is no one better at working efficiently with your time, explaining what he does as he goes along, and of course providing high-quality engineering."
—Pablo Vega, Composer and Lead Sound Designer at Arcen Games
"Ian and I sort of tacitly bonded over a shared perfectionist quality, and that really showed in the precision and detail of his engineering and mixing work."
—Laura Tsaggaris, Singer/Songwriter
"Ian understands that mixing is an artform and he pays the attention to the details."
— Purple St. James, aka YahZarah
"His mixes are bright with a solid low end perfect in today's hip-hop music."
— Black Jeruz, Producer