Mix Engineer and Producer
I'm Will. I have a degree in Music Business and am currently working on another in Audio Production. I have full capabilities to mix and record nearly all types of instruments and genres. I bring years of experience along with an affordable rate to bring the music you've worked so hard on to the masses.
I started out recording simple demos on a Tascam 4 track for bands I was in. From there I've expanded to 16 track audio interface, full professional DAW, several 3rd party plug-in bundles, and more microphones than I need in most sessions.
I've worked with nasty, dirty grindcore bands; super eager punk groups, and classically trained professional operatic singers. Along with countless things in between.
I may not have 20 years of experience under my belt (yet), but what I do have is focus, determination, and the knowledge that you are in love with your art.
I just want to make that art sound the best it can.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
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Interview with Will Swearinger
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I've been inspired by numerous people over the years, just like anybody. Primarily I take a lot of inspiration from the works of Eddie Kramer, Jack Douglas, Rick Rubin, Kurt Ballou, Graham Cochrane, and Joe Gilder
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: If I have to settle on one, digital. It provides the options analog just can't. Having said that, I try my hardest to put analog touches into the digital realm. Using saturation plug-ins, channel strips, and tube preamps to give the digital recording a more "dirty" feel.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: When you have the finished project, you'll love it. If you don't, it isn't finished yet. My art is to take your art and make it the best sounding that it can be.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Everything. Even when I have an unprepared, egotistical client, I can find joy and make a learning experience out of it. My worst day in the studio is still better than my best day at any other job I've had.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you hoping to get out of the project? What type of instrumentation do you plan to use? How well practiced are the songs? What are your (or each band member's) 2 favorite albums for it's sound quality/production?
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't ever try to just fix it later. If the track isn't what you wanted right after you finish recording it, you have to do it again. Don't rely on trying to fix the problems with editing or during mixing. It won't work.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I most often work with hard rock and punk bands. I also get the occasional hardcore and heavy metal band.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I currently run Studio One on a Mac with a StudioLive 16.4.2ai as my interface and for monitoring and to use the onboard channel strip for some of my mixing. My monitors are KRK Rokit 5's.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of the work I do is for mixing albums and EPs. After that I most often produce/record for my clients. Normally, if I record a project I also mix for the client as part of a single rate.