Are you looking to record an demo/ep/lp? Or better yet, have you already recorded your material and still need somebody to mix edit or master it? I can help bring your tracks to life. I offer recording, editing, mixing, and mastering services and my focus is to work with you to create a recording that you and your fans can enjoy.
Octave Studios was an Idea created by Nathanael Bohnet. That Idea was to create a Recording Studio focused on working with musicians to help them bring their music to life. Starting as a stage hand for local underground shows in 2012, Nate started finding his passion working alongside bands to help produce and promote alternative styles of music, going from stage hand, to sound tech and all around go to guy for putting on heavier shows. In 2014 Nate started getting into recording, and started finding his passion for creating music grow even more. While still putting on the occasional show, Nate has now had the pleasure of recording Ep’s and Lp’s for a few local artists, as well as producing/recording/mixing a solo album featuring 10 artists he had the pleasure of meeting over the years. Live Sound Credits include: Without Mercy, Mad Child, Snak The Ripper, Damage Inc, Citizen Rage, Mortilary, Crimson Shadows, Preveil, Expain, Slagduster, Exes For Eyes, Endast. Recording Credits Include: Crimson Caliber - Manufactured Genocide (2018), Tokey - Tha Bear (2018), Nate Bohnet - Therapeutic Destruction (2018), Nuclear Oath - Toxic Playground (2018)
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Interview with Nathanael Bohnet
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The last two EPs I worked on were alot of fun and I am excited for both of them to drop. For Crimson Caliber I felt I was able to push them to try their best to produce a follow up to their previous ep that would show hoe much they have grown as a unit. For that album I recorded, mixed, and mastered the record. For the Tokey EP, it was just awesome to work on a 6 track rap record. I primarily did vocal production and helped Tokey refine his attack and creativity. I also mixed and mastered the vocals into the beats provided. I also helped setup online distribution for both bands.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I just wrapped up a new Crimson Caliber EP as well as a Rap EP for another local artist called Tokey. I am currently working on some school mixes before recording a local grunge band.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet, I am new to this platform but I would love to meet more people.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I like a combination of both if I can get away with it. I like to mix in the box but I try to use analog pre amps on my drums because I love the warm rich sound that they add to the mix
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise that I will make sure you are happy with the end result and that it comes out how you envisioned it.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love bring other peoples songs to live and helping immortalize them.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you tune our drums if we use them? Yes, yes I can
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It takes a lot longer then you think to setup a live room for recording, I dont just keep things the same.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What style of music do you play? How many people are in your project? How many songs are you looking to record? Do you require Live Drums? How do you want the songs to sound?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Practice your stuff. Know it like the back of your hand. You will save yourself a boat load of grief and stress while recording.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: If we are not counting the computer I would have a set of A7X Monitors, 1 sm 57, 1 sennheiser condesor mic, a focusright 2 channel interface, and a xlr cable.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been working in audio for about 8 years now. I started dabbling in recording in 2010-2011, and started doing sound for live events regularly around 2013. I then started recording live bands as well as my bands in 2014, but didnt really dive head first into it until 2016, in which I went hard into online education and mixing as much as I could to hone my skills.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I like to create clear punchy mixes.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Devin Townsend. I feel he has such a way of expressing himself that is unique, and I feel there is a lot I would learn from working alongside him.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Get it right at the source
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I generally work on a variety of metal and hardcore, as well as Hip Hop
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I believe my strongest skill is my vocal production
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I like to think I bring an open mind and motivational drive to help the artist bring out what they need to create what they want to create.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: -Live Pre Pro (run through each song) -Find tempos (if not already provided) - Record Guitar Scratch Tracks -Have band practice to scratch tracks -Record Drums -Edit Drums -Record Guitars -Edit Guitars -Record Bass -Record Vocals -Add Extra FX and post production (if needed) -Mix and Master a song -Get that mix approved -Mix the rest of the record
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a live room that is capable of recording drums as well as bands in a live scenario. I run mics through my tac scorpion and than into my tascam us 1800. For guitars I usually track DI guitars, but I do have the ability to mic cabs (though at this point in time I do not have an amp that I would consider record worthy)
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Devin Townsend, Jens Borgen, Joel Wanasek, Eyal Levi, Billy Decker, Joey Sturgis, Nolly Gutgood, Daniel Bergstrand
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I provide Recording, Mixing, and Mastering services