Dan Tinkler

Studio Engineering & Mixing

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My goal is to bring the music from your mind, to the masses.

Studio engineer with 5+ years of experience and a B.S. in Audio Production from The Illinois Institute of Art. While finishing my degree I worked as an assistant under Matt Allison at Atlas Studios. Atlas has worked with some staples in the Chicago punk community including Alkaline Trio, The Smoking Popes, & The Lawrence Arms. After gaining experience with professional gear and clients, I began to take on my own projects. I am currently working with new and past clients at Atlas. I take pride in every project that I work on and strive to make artist's vision come to life.

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Interview with Dan Tinkler

  1. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  2. A: I am finishing up mixing a full length for the band The Falcon.

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: I like to mix them. I prefer tracking with analog gear to get the sound that I want, and then editing and mixing in a DAW. DAW's give the most flexibility and have some really great sounding plugins.

  5. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  6. A: Working with new artists and seeing the songs that they have worked hard on come to life. A happy client is the best compliment I could receive.

  7. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  8. A: Communication is key. Being able to communicate with an engineer before, during, and after the session will make the entire process run as smoothly as possible.

  9. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  10. A: I have been working as a freelance engineer for 5+ years. I want to continue to work as an engineer at Atlas and bring in new artists to the studio.

  11. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  12. A: I am very proud of the work I did for Red Scare Records 10th Anniversary Compilation record. It was a long process and I was able to pull it all together by the deadline to get the record finished. I tracked and mixed several artists on the record out of Atlas Studios.

  13. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  14. A: I would love to work on a session with Wilco. They are great song writers, they are all extremely proficient musicians, and they're hometown Chicago boys.

  15. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  16. A: Listen. Before making a decision on an EQ or effect, take a minute to actually listen to the sounds you are recording.

  17. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  18. A: I usually work on punk rock but have a strong background in jazz and hip-hop.

  19. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  20. A: My strongest skill in the studio is getting the right tone and perfect take. This makes for a better product in the end. Spending more time while tracking will assure the artist will get the best mix possible.

  21. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  22. A: I like to bring my own flavor to a song. The artist has a vision in mind and I want to stay as true to that as possible. My work on a song comes in the mix, whether it be a unique section to fit the song or playing with dynamics to make the song move.

  23. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  24. A: We have selection of preamps and microphones from API, Presonus, Manley, Wunder, Telefunken, Shure, and Sennheiser. A Digi 192 running Pro Tools is at the heart of the studio. In addition to all of the great gear, Atlas has one of the best sounding live rooms in Chicago.

  25. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  26. A: I am extremely inspired by other Chicago-based engineers such as Matt Allison, Jeff Dean, Matt Jordan, Steve Albini, & Justin Yates. Hard working musicians such as Brendan Kelly, Terry Morrow, and Neil Hennessy keep me inspired to continue working with artists.

  27. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  28. A: I work on tracking, editing, and mixing in studio. I like to work on pre-production and briefing with the client before entering the studio. This ensures the best studio experience and product possible.

Gear Highlights
  • Pro Tools
  • API
  • Wunder
  • Telefunken
  • Shure
  • AKG
  • Avantone
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