What is MixCoach?
Hey friend! I'm Kevin Ward, the founder of MixCoach.com. Are you constantly asking yourself these questions?
- "Why am I never happy with my mixes?"
- "Why don't my mixes sound good in my car?"
- "Surely there are shortcuts to learn to mix better!"
- "Can I create professional-sounding recordings and mixes using home studio gear?"
If these questions resonate with you, then you've come to the right place! Whether you're a semi-pro or a late-night home studio adventurer, or someone who has waited long enough to learn to mix... We can help you make your next mix your BEST MIX EVER!
Let's explore how MixCoach.com can help you create better-sounding music right now!
Studio gear is more affordable than ever... and more portable. When I first started mixing, the investment was overwhelming... But today, I literally mix radio singles on my 5-year-old laptop! and you can too!
Gone are the days of having to take out a second mortgage to buy the gear needed to learn to mix well. What used to cost thousands for one unit now comes free with many Digital Audio Workstations.
Chances are, you already own what you need to get started.
You just need a coach... a MixCoach!
You can access to my years of hard-knock schooling, training, recording, mixing, and learning from failures, all distilled into the most proven methods, tactics, mindsets, and philosophies. I can help you transform your lackluster recordings into mixes you are actually proud of!
I would love to be your MixCoach!
About Kevin Ward
Kevin Ward was born in Anniston, Alabama, a small town located between Atlanta and Birmingham. He discovered his passion for music at a young age and picked up his first guitar when he was only six years old. At eleven, he stumbled upon two cassette tape recorders and taught himself the art of multitracking and overdubbing instruments.
In 1991, Ward began his musical journey at HearHere! Studios, now known as Crossroads, in Asheville, North Carolina. It was here that he made his mark, working on numerous projects, including the award-winning album "Wish You Were Here" by The Kingsmen Quartet. During his time at HearHere!, Ward had the opportunity to collaborate with renowned artists such as Anthony Burger, Tony Rice, The Isaacs, Karen Peck and New River, George Beverly Shea, Bill Gaither, John Bowman, and Ralph Stanley. He also contributed to the music for the film "The Last of the Mohicans." Ward's tenure at HearHere! resulted in over 170 recorded, produced, and/or mixed albums.
In 1996, Ward relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, to work with his friend and mentor, Kevin McManus, at Oak Valley Studios in North Nashville. It was during this period that he formed a partnership with producer and arranger Wayne Haun. Together, they established Haun and Ward Entertainment and swiftly signed artists such as Janet Paschal and The Lewis Family. In 2007, Ward received his first Dove Award for producing the song "Flyin' High" by The Lewis Family. While primarily recognized as an engineer, Ward's initial Dove Award nomination was for his songwriting on "Teach Me to Love Like That (Lord Song)," which was nominated for Bluegrass Song of the Year in 1998. Notably, he was bested in this category by Ricky Skaggs, one of his musical idols.
Ward eventually founded Vine Records alongside Wayne Haun. The label quickly gained traction, signing artists such as Calvin Hunt, Lillie Knauls, HisSong, and the Nelons. In a remarkable collaboration, Ward and Haun joined forces with emerging bluegrass artist Lizzy Long, who worked on an album through Vine Records with longtime friends Roy Lewis and the legendary Earl Scruggs. In 2006, Ward co-authored the book "Pro Tools 9: The Mixer's Toolkit" with his close friend Nathan Adam, a highly accomplished Pro Tools engineer. The book gained recognition and was featured on Amazon and in Sweetwater Magazine.
In 2012, Ward received a Dove Award nomination for Urban Album of the Year for his production work on "Change the Atmosphere" by The Christ Tabernacle Choir of Queens, New York. He has also produced notable songs such as "Give Yourself Away" by the legendary group Newsong, as well as "Soul Food," "My Good, Your Glory," and the widely popular "Wandering Heart," all featured on the "Record From LordSong" album. Ward also worked on "The Message" and "Time Machine," both of which launched The Browders' careers with multiple number one songs. Additionally, he has engineered and mixed "The Cathedrals Family Reunion" record and produced numerous recordings for Hope's Call.
Throughout his career, Ward has collaborated with an array of noteworthy artists, including Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Judy Collins, Dolly Parton, Boots Randolph, J. Mark McVey, The Jordanaires, Sandra Payne, Jessica King, Connie Smith, Russ Taff, Mark Lowry, Russ Lee, Bonnie Bramlett, Ben Tankard, Jerry Springer, Vassar Clements, Bryan Sutton, Ernie Hasse and Signature Sound, George Younce, Jason Crabb, Doug Anderson, Devin McGlamery, The Perrys, Little Roy Lewis, Ryan Seaton, Ty Herndon, Sam Bush, The Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Rhonda Vincent, and Richie McDonald of Lonestar.
Instruments: Ward is skilled in playing bass guitar, acoustic and electric guitar, piano, keyboards, and harmonica.
Awards and Nominations: Kevin Ward has been recognized for his contributions in various award nominations and wins, including Dove Awards and Southern Gospel Music Guild (SGMG) awards. Notably, he received the SGMG Creative Support Award in 2006 and won the Engineer of the Year award at the SGN Music Awards in 2008. Ward's work on "Flyin' High" by The Lewis Family earned him the Dove Award for Bluegrass Album of the Year in 2007. He also won the Absolutely Gospel Music Engineer of the Year award in 2014. In 2023, he added a Telly award for his Musical Direction on a documentary.