Nick Poortman is a Freelance Audio Engineer and Producer, who has built a reputation as a highly-skilled and respected industry professional.

Based in Los Angeles, Nick Poortman is a Freelance Audio Engineer and Record Producer with a rich history of working in a range of large format recording studios throughout the USA, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the Czech Republic.

Nick previously worked as the in-house engineer at Auckland’s York Street Recording Studios, followed by Modern World Studios in the United Kingdom.

Upon his return to New Zealand in 2011, Nick established himself as a sought-after freelance engineer, and has since built a recording studio in Auckland.

In 2017, Nick relocated to Los Angeles, California, working as a freelancer between a range of studios.

Although being based in California, Nick is regularly taking on sessions throughout the USA and New Zealand, whilst maintaining ongoing relationships with studio managers and session musicians on each side of the Pacific Ocean.

Looking for help?

Nick can assess your needs and arrange the appropriate professionals to complete your project.

Specialties
  • Production
  • Mix Engineering
  • Record Engineering
  • Audio Editing
  • Arrangement
Recent Clients
  • Ciaran McMeeken
  • Ekko Park
  • Jason Kerrison
  • Chinaski
  • Skinny Hobos

Large-format studio training

International experience

Analog workflow, digital convenience

Having trained in large-format analog studios, Nick is well versed in classic analog recording techniques, whilst also embracing conveniences found in modern digital technologies. A combination of these two elements presents a hybrid workflow which allows Nick to work quickly and effectively, ensuring lush analog warmth throughout recordings yet mixes with the quickest and precisely accurate recalls.

Audio Engineering

The technical side behind the music – operation of the studio equipment, choosing and placing microphones. Involved in every step of the recording and mixing process.

Mix Engineering

Send files from anywhere in the world and have them mixed remotely on a hybrid analog/digital system, using gear from some of the industry’s most renowned companies.

Production

Overseeing the entire project, both creatively and managing. Everything from pre-production, rehearsals and arrangements, to booking studios, session musicians, mastering.

Ciaran McMeeken – That Feeling

Ciaran McMeeken – That Feeling

Ekko Park – “Going Uptown”

Ekko Park – “Going Uptown”

Ciaran McMeeken – Which Way Shall We Go?

Ciaran McMeeken – Which Way Shall We Go?

Skinny Hobos – Suburban Living

Skinny Hobos – Suburban Living

Skinny Hobos – Jokers And Fools

Skinny Hobos – Jokers And Fools

Shayna King – Calling You

Shayna King – Calling You

Hipstamatics – Stop

Hipstamatics – Stop

Feeling The Street – Thank You

Feeling The Street – Thank You

Chinaski – Vino

Chinaski – Vino

Marcus Bonfanti – What Good Am I To You?

Marcus Bonfanti – What Good Am I To You?

Skinny Hobos – The Merchant Of Tirau

Skinny Hobos – The Merchant Of Tirau

Jason Kerrison – #JKEP1

Jason Kerrison – #JKEP1

Ekko Park – “Know Hope” Album

Ekko Park – “Know Hope” Album

Fungi – She Can’t Come In

Fungi – She Can’t Come In

Katie Thompson – Moving On EP

Katie Thompson – Moving On EP

Ciaran McMeeken – That Feeling

Ciaran McMeeken – That Feeling

Ekko Park – “Going Uptown”

Ekko Park – “Going Uptown”

Ciaran McMeeken – Which Way Shall We Go?

Ciaran McMeeken – Which Way Shall We Go?

Skinny Hobos – Suburban Living

Skinny Hobos – Suburban Living

Skinny Hobos – Jokers And Fools

Skinny Hobos – Jokers And Fools

Shayna King – Calling You

Shayna King – Calling You

“Greg Haver and Nick Poortman…

… The Production Dream Team”

     – NZ Musician Magazine

My sessions with Nick Poortman are always creative, innovative and highly enjoyable. This is due to Nick not only being an excellent engineer, but in his ability to make producers, musicians and artists feel at ease and engaged in the art of recording.

Greg Haver – Record Producer(Mel C, Chinaski, Onirama, The Make Believe)

Nick is a remarkable combination – he's meticulous to a forensic level but he also has a great vibe & a deep well of creativity. When he's on the session things flow in a very natural way & everything is done before I ask for it, making for a much more creative & easy vibe. He's a massive asset to any project!

Dave Eringa – Record Producer(Manic Street Preachers, Roger Daltrey , The Who, Kylie Minogue)

I had the pleasure of working with Nick on the inaugural New Zealand Music Producer Series at Roundhead Studios in Auckland. I immediately knew we were in safe hands. Nick exuded a quiet confidence that put me at ease as soon as I got to the studio. Seriously talented, but not too serious... A winning combo!

Guy Massey – Record Producer(The Beatles, Ed Sheeran, James Blunt, Spiritualized)

My sessions with Nick Poortman are always creative, innovative and highly enjoyable. This is due to Nick not only being an excellent engineer, but in his ability to make producers, musicians and artists feel at ease and engaged in the art of recording.

Greg Haver – Record Producer(Mel C, Chinaski, Onirama, The Make Believe)

Nick is a remarkable combination - he's meticulous to a forensic level but he also has a great vibe & a deep well of creativity. When he's on the session things flow in a very natural way & everything is done before I ask for it, making for a much more creative & easy vibe. He's a massive asset to any project!

Dave Eringa – Record Producer(Manic Street Preachers, Roger Daltrey , The Who, Kylie Minogue)

I had the pleasure of working with Nick on the inaugural New Zealand Music Producer Series at Roundhead Studios in Auckland. I immediately knew we were in safe hands. Nick exuded a quiet confidence that put me at ease as soon as I got to the studio. Seriously talented, but not too serious.. A winning combo!

Guy Massey – Record Producer(The Beatles, Ed Sheeran, James Blunt, Spiritualized)

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