25+ years doing audio engineering. Recent work just hit 4M views on YouTube for my clients The Lacs/Nate Kenyon and was added to Apple Music's "New Music Mix". Just finished mastering for Grammy-winning/Multi-Platinum producer Jim Jonsin. Constantly striving to improve my craft and help clients take their music to new levels.
If you ask anyone who knows me, they'll describe me as PASSIONATE about my work as an engineer. I'm probably one of the few people who wants your project to sound better than you do.
I've invested heavily in an acoustically treated mixing space with tons of analog outboard gear and a collection of the best plugins on the market, but it's my own sonic signature that differentiates me from other engineers. You should be coming to me because you like MY sound. I only accept projects that I think are a good fit for both of us - I can't give 100% if I'm not passionate about your songs.
I mix in Pro Tools and master in Wavelab. Mastering projects come with a 100% money back guarantee. All mixes include FREE "single mastering" suitable for promotion, marketing, radio play and sales as a single song. You'll get the un-mastered version as well which should be given to your mastering engineer to be included as part of an album.
I've worked with Prodigy (of Mobb Deep), Xzibit, Terrace Martin (Kendrick Lamar), Suga Free, Short Khop, Techniec (of the LBC Crew), Big Tray Dee, E-40, OG Kokane, B-Legit, Bad Azz, Mausberg, Ms. Toi, Paul Wall, N2DEEP, Rappin' 4-Tay, Baby Bash, West Coast Stone and MANY more.
I give discounts on multiple songs for both mixing and mastering. Hit me up and lets work!
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Interview with Dave Fore
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Dirt Rock's "Dirtbagz Vol.1" album. It's Southern Hip Hop but has taken on the moniker "Hick Hop" among the listening masses. I mastered this album which has a lot of country flavors mixed with Hip Hop. The track "Dirt Road Dollars" just passed 4M views on YouTube and was added to Apple Music's "New Music Mix". I love to see my clients succeed!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rap, Hip Hop, and lately Southern Hip Hop and some Coffee House.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Making the low end on mixes have authority. Rap and Hip Hop REQUIRE this to be effective contenders. I even get modern country artists seeking me for this reason.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I am musically, as well as technically, trained so I understand both harmony, melody and rhythm as well as understanding frequency, dynamics and signal processing. But most importantly I understand how sound can impact the listener and increase the emotional response and connection to the experience.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use a hybrid approach that includes both outboard gear and a carefully selected set of plugins. Everything I own has been specifically selected to add value to the rig.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: EP for a development artist produced by Grammy-winning/Multi-platinum producer Jim Jonsin.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not anyone who is better than me, nope! =)
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog *AND* digital. For obvious reasons.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: On mastering, it's that you'll "Love it, or your money back!". For mixing, it's that I bring a lot to the table and you've chosen me because you know and love my work and with that, if I didn't turn down your project, then I'm excited to work on it and I'm ALL IN!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Setting my own hours! Seriously! Would you want me working on your project at a time when I HAVE to rather than a time when I WANT to? I try to maintain a healthy work-life balance and focus on doing projects during my most productive times of the day.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can I mix a song that has a 2 track instrumental with vocals laid over? The answer is yes, but it will almost ALWAYS limit the sonic potential of the track. Even if it was mixed exceptionally well, it still may not be perfectly suited for your voice. Many producers are great at making music but they're not experts at engineering so if you're serious about your craft, pay the extra to get the track-outs from them. Otherwise you're already at a disadvantage out of the gate.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's easy or fast. I've been doing this for more than 25 years and still learn new things all the time.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I generally just ask to hear a couple tracks - rough mixes, so I can get an idea of their sound and if it's something I think I'm a good fit for. It's not uncommon for me turn down a project if I don't think I'm the right guy for the job. Honestly, you want to hire an engineer who is passionate about your music, otherwise they won't be able to give you 100%.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Get to know my sound. That should be extremely high on your list - finding an engineer who's a good match for your style of music and production. There's 1000's of us to choose from, so if you choose ME, it should be because you like the sonic signature I put on my product.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1) A power generator. How are you going to run any equipment without electricity? =) 2) Pro Tools with a UAD Apollo interface. 3) 500 Series Lunchbox with Shadow Hills modules. 4) Analog Design's Black Box HG-2. 5) Ultrasone 550 headphones.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I took an interest in drums at age 4, was taking apart electronics by age 6 (to see how they made sound), singing, playing piano and sax by the age of 10, buying my first mixer, drum machine and synthesizer by age 13, then hitting Musician's Institute for Keyboards when I graduated high school, followed by graduation from Los Angeles Recording School with honors. From there I began a long run of studio work in the early 90's up to today, cutting my teeth on a Neve V3 console and 24 track tape to where I am now with a hybrid setup and DAW.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Aggressive, punchy and colored.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Kendrick Lamar or any of the TDE artists. They're on that next level.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Yes. Pultec EQ is generally awesome on kicks, snares and synth basses.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I'm really flexible for mixing sessions. I mix in Pro Tools and master in Wavelab. I am a proponent of not doing both processes to the same song if it's going to be included in an album, but generally when I master my own mixes, they're suitable for promotion, marketing and even sales as a single.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I really like Derek Ali as an engineer. He does fantastic work and really embraces large format analog console mixing with tons of outboard gear which, without getting into an analog vs. digital debate, is a very cool process on it's own. Kendrick Lamar's last two albums are some of my favorite albums to listen to and reference with.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I tend to do a lot of single or EP mastering for clients, but I really love to sink my teeth into a heavy mix if it slaps, grooves and has soul.