Music producer, Audio Engineer

SO IAM on SoundBetter

Over 20 years of experience in music production and audio engineering specializing in hip hop, R&B, and gospel. Credits include MTV, Glasses Malone, UGK Records, Knoc'turn'al, Power 92, and Services include exclusive & custom beats, mixing, and mastering.

Starting out in 2001 as an artist who loved creating but couldn't afford beats or studio time I took the long road to learning the ins and outs of making great sounding music so that I could not only produce myself, but also so I could help other artists fulfill their music vision as well, many of whom are in the same boat I was back in the day :).

As a producer, engineer, and artist I bring over 18 years of experience to the studio and have been blessed to worked with many talented artists and musicians.

I want to help you maximize the potential of each and every song you create. I can help you with everything from pre-made beats and custom music production (including pre-cleared sampled beats courtesy of Track-Lib's library), remixing/remix production to audio engineering including mixing, 2-Track & stem mastering, and album sequencing

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Interview with SO IAM

  1. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  2. A: I have worked with Yukon from Blue Oak Mastering for a song I produced and mixed (Samjlowkey - "Lowkey Like Me") and we are very happy with the results.

  3. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  4. A: I would say show mixes are the most common request and I can easily do that, for mastering only clients it would require the appropriate stems or mix versions to be sent in.

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

  6. A: You! I do this to help people chase their dreams and pursue their God given purpose. I love it, and can't wait to work with you!

  7. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  8. A: Mojave MA-200, Klark Teknik 1176-KT 1176 clone, Focusrite ISA One, RME Babyface, Yamaha HS80M through Sonarworks SoundID (tuned), Avantone Mixcube, Logitech 'grotbox', Beyerdynamic 7770 & 880 run through Sonarworks SoundID Headphone tuning, acoustic panels, Bass Traps, PreSonus FaderPort, Samplitude Pro X Suite 6, Pro Tools 2021, Magix Acid Pro 10 Suite, Wavelab 8.5, Magix Sound Forge 14, Waves (Horizon, API, SSL, Restoration, Center, In-Phase, NX), Slate Digital Everything Bundle, Plugin Alliance-All plugins, Metric Halo Channel Strip, FL Studio 20, Omnisphere, thousands of sounds

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

  10. A: Production (beats, custom beat production), recording, mixing, and mastering

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

  12. A: Making new beats for the artist community, developing my EP, continuing to build on my 10,000 hours and skills

  13. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  14. A: My answer has changed in the past year, I've done work in and interned with larger analog (integrated with PT) studios but the emulations are excellent at this point and based on the way music is consumed now, the cost benefit of using high end emulations and saturation with the plugins far outweighs using analog. I am intrigued by the company that lets you rent and run analog gear virtually though

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

  16. A: Starting out in 2001 as an artist who loved creating but couldn't afford beats or studio time I took the long road to learning the ins and outs of making great sounding music so that I could not only produce myself, but also so I could help other artists fulfill their music vision as well, many of whom are in the same boat I was back in the day :). As a producer, engineer, and artist I have about 19 years of experience

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

  18. A: 18 years of experience as an engineer and producer, an obsession with making great songs having studied them and those that make them, the lessons learned interning at a top studio and at their studio manager & engineer's studio. All of this applied to bringing the most of out of an artist and their song

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

  20. A: Leave space in the instrumental/beat mix for the artist to shine and build the track around them. Also mic selection is key.

  21. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  22. A: That I am an all in and will do everything possible to help them make the best song possible each time

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

  24. A: Creating finished songs and helping bring out the best in artists

  25. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  26. A: The goal of the project/session/song/etc - for fun, mixtape, album, video, etc? Performance tomorrow? Do you need stems (TV/Show, instrumental, etc)? MP3? Direction, time frame & schedule, desired services, favorite reference mix, etc.

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

  28. A: Pay attention to the reviews, try to listen to a demo on a playback device that you know the sound pretty well on, look for transparency on the website or ad, know what you want to accomplish before going in and hearing the pitch, know your budget and the difference between high value low cost and low value low cost services/providers, consider your options to manage price - for example I recorded one of my tracks at my studio ("free") then took it to a well known studio in the area for analog mastering (expensive but paid off) - our services are an option from many viable ones in AZ and online - find what is best for your project and budget, experience matters look for some type of credits and time behind the boards...but also don't rule out a student at the conservatory or MCC. Also try to plan your session, know your lyrics/practice ahead of time if possible (or plan and prep for a write to the track then record type of session). If you're sending a mix to someone, make sure they can accept your format (ie Pro Tools session, OMF, Acid Zip, WAV, AIFF, etc), they probably can but make sure, having to send in a different format or tracking out can sometimes lead to unexpected surprises. Consider the studio/engineer's list of genres, many of us can mix cross genre, the greats are great across the genres, my experience in the valley with this has been a mixed bag. Try to make sure they actually mix your style well, and are not just capable of recording and mixing your genre. As an artist I have had some expensive and frustrating surprises not checking before hand. Having said that, the great engineers I know are great across genres, you just have to find them, listen to samples, read reviews, look at the credits. This also applies for engineers/producers specializing in a particular genre or smaller range of them, this is not a guarantee for quality either :) do some homework first.

  29. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  30. A: I have to assume an absence of power on the island, so I would say none of it so it didn't get ruined for no good reason (can't use it anyway) lol. Also if there was power, I would have to assume a limited supply and can't imagine using it for powering energy hungry equipment is prudent (wouldn't be...prudent).

  31. Q: How would you describe your style?

  32. A: Adaptive

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

  34. A: Rap/Hip Hop, R&B, Gospel, Pop

  35. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  36. A: Production and creating a complete, great sounding song and/or album

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

  38. A: Quincy Jones, Timbaland, Dr. Dre, The Neptunes, Just Blaze, Kanye West, Bradley Nowell, John Williams

Samjlowkey - Lowkey Like Me

I was the Recording Engineer, Mixing Engineer, Producer in this production

GenresSounds Like
  • Lil Wayne
  • Lecrae
  • 50 Cent
Gear Highlights
  • 1176-KT
  • Mojave MA-200
  • ISA-One
  • RME Babyface
  • Waves (Horizon
  • API
  • & SSL)
  • MH Channel Strip
  • Slate Digital & Plugin Alliance All plugins
  • Samplitude Pro X Suite
  • Acid Pro Next
  • Yamaha HS80M tuned by Sonarworks
  • Avantone Mixcube
  • Beyerdynamic
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