Ken Andrews

Producer / Engineer / Mixer / Composer / Multi-Instrumentalist

Failure, Paramore, M83, A Perfect Circle, Beck, Nine Inch Nails

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Producer, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Ken Andrews began his career as a recording artist in the early ’90s after meeting fellow songwriter and musician Greg Edwards.

The two Angelinos formed Failure and were signed shortly after they began performing their brand of heavy alt-rock in clubs around L.A. After enduring a creatively unsatisfying experience while working on Failure’s debut, Comfort, Andrews felt that the group would be better off if he were to produce their future recordings himself. He was right; the Andrews-produced follow-up Magnified was far superior to Comfort in terms of the material, the musical structures and arrangements, and especially the blending of instruments — what might be called the sonic packaging.

The production prowess displayed on Magnified was not lost on fellow musical artists and other recording professionals, and it wasn’t long before Andrews was being asked to give guidance to young musicians in the studio as they developed their material. Additionally, Andrews was often given control of the recording console in order to get the right combination of sounds and instruments, as his ability to sonically compliment alt-rock and pop tunes had been clearly established on Magnified. Most notable among these early Andrews production projects was Blinker the Star’s exceptional Bourgeois Kitten.

Around this time, Andrews joined forces with some friends and recorded a one-off release of cover tunes under the moniker Replicants. The group’s self-recorded Zoo release boasts some interesting, heavy treatments of classic rock songs like Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl” and John Lennon’s “How Do You Sleep.” Failure’s third and final record, Fantastic Planet, was released in 1996. A lush and highly crafted recording, Fantastic Planet is a musical and production masterpiece that manages an epic scope with a minimum amount of instrumentation. If there were any doubts about Andrews’ studio skills, Fantastic Planet crushed them, and the musician’s transparent, subtle production was now in serious demand. This was fortunate timing as Failure broke up about a year later. Over the last part of the ’90s, Andrews maintained a busy producing/engineering schedule with artists like Ednaswap, Skycycle, and Blinker the Star (who invited Andrews back to record their sophomore effort August Everywhere).

In 2000, Andrews’ solo project ON released a debut for Epic Records entitled Shifting Skin. A major departure from Failure, ON was heavy on layered synthesizers and electronic percussion and light on the incredible guitar-based material Andrews had conjured up in the past with Edwards. While ON sputtered, Andrews remained very busy in the new millennium, producing and mixing for the likes of Creeper Lagoon, Sense Field, and Tenacious D. The musician even contributed vocals to Air’s 2001 release 10,000 Hz Legend. The career development of Andrews (from just another post-grunge songwriter in an almost indistinguishable band to respected rock artist, in-demand producer, engineer, mixer, and musician) is an amazing testament to his intelligence, talent, and commitment to recording rock music at only the highest level.

Artists

Autolux
Autolux
Band

"Soundtoys plug-ins generate all kinds of unexpected melodic disasters at the extremes." – Greg Edwards

Tom Elmhirst
Tom Elmhirst
Mixing Engineer

Adele, Amy Winehouse, Cee Lo Green, Florence & The Machine

"Once you start using all of these plug-ins you find it hard to stop."

Son Lux
Son Lux
Band

Lorde, Woodkid, Sufjan Stevens, Busdriver, Nico Muhly

"In creating Son Lux's music, we make regular use of every Soundtoys plug-in." - Ryan Lott (Son Lux)

Ariel Borujow
Ariel Borujow
Mixing Engineer

Notorious B.I.G., Kanye West, Lucius, Chromeo, Justin Martin, Prinze George

"Soundtoys has helped me to achieve "In-The-Box" what I was used to when mixing on analog desks."

Marc Urselli
Marc Urselli
Engineer, Producer, Mixer, Sound Designer

Lou Reed, Nick Cave, John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, Joss Stone

"Soundtoys plug-ins help me come up with tons of alternate ideas and sonic palettes that I might have not otherwise thought of."

Clean Bandit
Clean Bandit
Band

Sean Paul, Anne-Marie, Marina and the Diamonds, Jess Glynne, Zara Larsson

"I've used Crystallizer, Little AlterBoy and EchoBoy on more or less every track that I've produced in the last three years." – Jack Patterson

Moderat
Moderat
Band

Apparat / Modeselektor

"EchoBoy is not just a delay plug-in - it adds life to your sound."

Scott Hansen
Scott Hansen
Composer, Songwriter, Producer

Tycho

"It's really inspiring as an artist to see developers who are as passionate about true hardware sound as I am."

Fab Dupont
Fab Dupont
Writer, Mixer, Producer

David Crosby, Isaac Hayes, Shakira, The Dø

"Soundtoys plugins bring the vibe to every single one of my mixes. No Soundtoys, no mixing."

Greg Wells
Greg Wells
Musician, Producer, Songwriter

Katy Perry, Adele, Keith Urban, Twenty One Pilots, Pharrell Williams, Rufus Wainwright

"Soundtoys has the most unique and useful color palette out there, and all the plug-ins are suited to my needs as a record maker."

Laurent “Tippy I” Alfred
Laurent “Tippy I” Alfred
Musician, Producer, Engineer

I Grade Dub, Midnite, Pressure, Lutan Fyah, Dezarie

"[Soundtoys] are an integral part of how I create space and manipulate time in my mixes and give me the tweakability that I need as a dub mixer."

Will Clarke
Will Clarke
Producer, DJ, Radio Host

Shiba San, Riva Starr, Dirtybird Records

"MicroShift is a secret tool I use for my vocals - it adds an amazing wideness but doesn't lose the vocals in the mix."

Jad Abumrad
Jad Abumrad
Radio Host, Composer, Producer

Radiolab

"FilterFreak's lowpass sort of defines the Radiolab sound."

Qmillion
Qmillion
Producer, Mixer, Composer, Songwriter

Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge, Chris Dave, Billy Preston, Seun Kuti

“Soundtoys put a wide palette of colors in my hand to paint with!”

Wye Oak
Wye Oak
Band

"Without these tools, we would be a much different sounding band."

ESKMO
ESKMO
Producer, Composer

Brendan Angelides

"Soundtoys have made a wonderful collection of plug-ins that are downright musical."

Scott Jacoby
Scott Jacoby
Writer, Producer, Engineer, Mixer, Multi-Instrumentalist

John Legend, Vampire Weekend, Sia, Cory Henry

"Soundtoys found a way to put soul, feel, grit and warmth into the digital world."

Tim Kelley
Tim Kelley
Producer, Songwriter

Michael Jackson, Madonna, Beyonce, TLC, Boyz II Men, Sia

Zedd
Zedd
Musician, Producer, DJ

Ke$ha, Hayley Williams, Skrillex, Selena Gomez

“The Soundtoys 5 bundle is a must have in my plugin arsenal."

Jack Garratt
Jack Garratt
Songwriter, Producer, Performer

"The Soundtoys Plug-ins were absolutely necessary in the completion of my album, Phase."

Lido
Lido
Producer, Songwriter, Artist

Cashmere Cat, Chance The Rapper, Banks, Halsey

"Soundtoys plug-ins sound absolutely incredible and I use them all the time."

Glass Animals
Glass Animals
Band

"I’m constantly using them in the studio and on stage."

Trent Reznor
Trent Reznor
Producer, Remixer, Artist

Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, David Bowie

"Calling EchoBoy a delay plug-in is doing it a disservice. It has become the first thing I turn to for treating a wide variety of sources."

Peter Katis
Peter Katis
Producer, Engineer, Mixer

The National, Interpol, Jonsi, Trey Anastasio

"I love Soundtoys plug-ins. They’re practical, creative, fun and effective. I use them all, and a few…I couldn’t live without."

John Hill
John Hill
Producer, Songwriter, Mixer

Aluna George, BØRNS, Wavves, Rihanna, Santigold, P!nk

"These plug-ins are amazing. They get used on every song I work on."

David Sitek
David Sitek
Guitarist, Producer

TV on the Radio, Jane's Addiction, Yeah Yeah Yeahs

"Decapitator RULES!"

MNDR
MNDR
Artist, Remixer, DJ

"My favorite plug-ins, hands down, are Soundtoys EchoBoy, FilterFreak (1 and 2), and Decapitator."

Dave Tozer
Dave Tozer
Producer, Songwriter, Musician

John Legend, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake

"Soundtoys plugins are a part of every record that I make.”

Yeasayer
Yeasayer
Elite Middle Eastern-Psych-Snap-Gospel Band

"The Crystallizer and EchoBoy are in constant use, I’m literally obsessed!"

Ade Fenton
Ade Fenton
Producer, Engineer, Remixer

Gary Numan, IAMX, Parralox, Motor

"I’m very, very impressed."

Dave Clarke
Dave Clarke
Remixer, DJ, Producer, Radio Presenter

The Chemical Brothers, Chicks on Speed, Fischerspooner, Moby, Depeche Mode

"Soundtoys are absolutely essential to my production work."

Jamey Scott
Jamey Scott
Sound Designer

Gears of War 1, 2 & 3, Unreal Tournament, Daxter

“I’ve become increasingly dependent on Soundtoys."

John Paterno
John Paterno
Producer, Engineer

Lustra, Soraya, Robben Ford, Eros Ramazzotti, Bonnie Raitt, Badly Drawn Boy

"Soundtoys plug-ins have proven that analog effects can be attained in the digital domain."

Gerald O’Brien
Gerald O’Brien
Songwriter, Composer, Producer

Martina McBride, Hall & Oates, Trace Adkins, Dr Phil, NFL SuperBowl

"They have become my ‘go-to’ plug-ins."