Mixing engineer with some of punk rock's best in his credits.
Dan Tinkler is a lifelong musician whose passion for performance and musical study led him into the world of audio engineering. Since 2010, he has engineered more than 40 projects and mixed many others, including albums for renowned national acts and Grammy-winning artist Frank Catalano. He currently and manages and engineers out of Chicago’s iconic Atlas Studios and is pursuing a master’s degree in Audio Arts at Northwestern University.
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Interview with Dan Tinkler
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on mixes for Grammy winning artist Frank Catalano and anthem singer Jim Cornelison.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I mix almost all ITB. It's convenient and fits best with my workflow. I love the sound of analog gear but the cost and convenience of a digital system outweighs that for me.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
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.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
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.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been working as a freelance engineer for 7 years. I want to continue to work as a mixing engineer and greatly expand the artists that I work with.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
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 a hometown Chicago band.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Listen. Before making a decision on an EQ or effect, take a minute to actually listen to the sounds you are recording.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on punk rock but have a strong background in jazz and hip-hop.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is getting the band's sound to come through in a mix.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
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.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I run Pro Tools 11 and use plugins from Waves, Steven Slate, and FabFilter.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am extremely inspired by other Chicago-based engineers such as Matt Allison & Justin Yates. I am also an avid follower of Will Yip and Jay Maas' work. These are all incredibly hard working engineers who continue to release killer records.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
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.