EP 112: Jay Ruston – Mixing Rock Records With Feel

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Jay Ruston began his recording career in Canada in the early 1990’s, training under legendary producer Jack Richardson (Alice Cooper, Bob Seger, The Guess Who).  In 2003, Jay relocated to Los Angeles where he quickly fell in favor of producers such as Desmond Child and Peter Asher.  Since then, Jay has produced or mixed records for Anthrax, Steel Panther, Diana Ross, Wilson Philips, American Idol, Stone Sour, Meat Loaf, Better than Ezra, Killswitch Engage, Everclear, Bowling for Soup, Theory of a Deadman and many others.  Jay currently works from his studio in Sherman Oaks producing, mixing and mixing in 5.1 surround sound.


  • Stacking vocals & creating harmonies
  • Pushing singers to get great performances vs relying on tuning
  • Lessons learned from famed producer, Jack Richardson
  • Working for free to start your career
  • Working with Steel Panther
  • Writing lyrics with artists
  • To recording with click track or not
  • Tempo mapping
  • Preserving natural feel vs hyper-editing
  • Top-down mixing
  • Vocal compression for rock music

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