Work your songs to the top with Top 20 music producer and mix engineer; with care and speed to save time and money. I am Julian Chown and run Joules Productions recording studio in London. I started the studio in 2004 for singer-songwriters and producers. I am a keyboard player, producer, songwriter and mix engineer and mastering engineer.
At the heart of the London recording studio, you will be working with an established music producer that takes care of everything in making music ideas and bespoke tracks ready for release.
Julian's creative experience stems back over 2+ decades in studios as a professional musician and technician. Wearing many hats as a keyboard player, producer and engineer; he has prepared major acts in preparation for music releases and tours. Whilst gaining true knowledge of what the masses you know you're working with someone that really knows what they're doing to break music through.
Technically his recording studio was inspired by Bunk Junk and Genius, Raezor Recording Studios and Metropolis, which was where Julian spent most of his time in his younger years as tape-op.
Joules Productions recording studio will always add the warm analog tone to make music fat, warm, clean and dirty; alongside using modern-day digital tools for high-speed work and detailed mixing.
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Interview with Joules Productions studio
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What music do you love and listening to regularly? What's your music background?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Always have a direction that you want by ideally having 3 released references in mind, then we can chase that and add your own spin to it.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Acoustic combined with electronic, R&B with a crossover of Dance and Acoustic/Rock arrangments and mixing of these..
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Hard to say, though am told it's mixing vocals, vocal harmonies and arranging ok songs into great songs. Others say it's as a mixing engineer; as I work musically, which adds movement and dynamics to songs that repeat and drive one crazy.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A fat, warm sound of dynamics that makes people want to hear more. I like taking music on a journey.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Once I am in it, I totally get the plan. Starting with looking into the writing and tweak whatever doesn't work in order to move the track dynamically. Followed by cleaning the recordings, mixing, then on to applying detail.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Quincy Jones Pharrell Williams (though he's inspired by the above) Avicii, as many asked me to create a similar sound at times. He certainly innovated some great things in his music combinations. Charles Reeves with his wizardry as a sound engineer.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: *Arranging and developing a production. *Writing chords to fit Melodies. *Making the drums to suit the music production. *Vocal editing - tuning, timing + mixing *Vocal Harmony arranging - this can be done with a single lead line and also I can sing new rhythms over the lead and send them back for a singer to re-record. *Mixing anything from 5 to 150 tracks with my analog and digital studio to radio and release quality
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Assuming there's electricity: *a Fender Rhodes suitcase piano with a life worth of spare tines *Bechstein grand piano *Fender Telecaster guitar 1961 *My computer with everything in it right now *A stereo U67 microphone (if they exist) Oh, I need headphones or/and some nice speakers too if that's allowed..?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have always moved in this genre, right from my school days, being 14.. loved playing and jamming. Been working in pro studios since 1991, almost 3 decades!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: At the route of what I do, I am a funky mf.. I love improvisation, which I therefore find ideas easily with. I do not work with a single style, though saying that, once i have found a sound for a track, I work it within that genre. I enjoy crossing over genres which is always useful to reach out for other listeners...
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Damion Albarn because he is out of the box and has always been fresh.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Vocals are the most important part of a pop song and have to sound amazing. I would never go without my Neve 1073pre and EQs!! For mixing a vocals effects channels, on the aux send effects us a 1/32 delay to fatten the tone, a subtle short 1/8 cross delay to widen the sound along with a plate reverb with .bpm ms. Automate effects on certain words to keep things moving - long reverbs, 1/4 and 1/8 delays. My usual pallette...
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: This Chelsea recording studio is filled with the best vintage analog and award winning mixing tools, allowing tracks to be produced with ease to radio-ready quality. If you are a singer in need of guidance, music production, musicianship, arranging and mixing; this is the place to be. The studio has all the necessary high-end equipment, which includes 1950s and 1960s tube microphones and console strips that ensure world-class quality. Gear includes: MONITORING EQUIPMENT Yamaha NS10M 15Hz - 200Hz Sub Auratones COMPUTER SYSTEMS Windows 10 64bit Tower: 32GB RAM 3.4GHz i7 CPU Macbook Pro: 16GB RAM 2.7GHz i7 CPU DAW Cubase 8.5 Pro FL Studio 12 ANALOG OUTBOARD GEAR RME Fireface 800 interface Midiman 8x8 channels Steinberg CC121 Arturia Beatstep Pro Tranzporter Mackie 16:4:2 ART Tube MP Neve-1073 tube pre Teletronix LA2A tube compressor BBE-862 Sonic Maximizer Lexicon-MPX100 reverb MXR-M175 delay ADAT-8 channel Tascam DA20mkII DAT MICROPHONES Telefunken AK47 MKII C12 - 1950's custom Beesneez Arabella U47 Beesneez Mahalia U67 Rode NT2 Neumann U87ai Shure SM7B Shure SM58 ADK SC1 KEYBOARDS & PIANOS Fender Rhodes 73 mk1 Wurlitzer 200a Yamaha CP5 88 Studiologic SL-880 Jen SX1000 Ensoniq SQ80 Nord Electro 3 Roland SH101 Akai MPX Mini GUITARS Gibson S1 1971 Japanese 1991 Fender Squire Telecaster 1970s Nylon Acoustic AXL Delux Bass with Humbucker Crybaby 535Q fx Boss pedals... HANDHELD PERCUSSION Singing bowl Tambourines Shakers Cuban Scraper African shakers and Rain Stick Djembe ... beyond plenty of plugins SOFTWARE INSTRUMENTS Korg Legacy Collection MS20/ Monopoly/ Polysix Spectrasonics Stylus RMX (Drums and percussion loops) Xfer Serum JP6K NI Massive NI Una Corda NI Vintage Organs Absynth 5 Arturia Analog Lab Arturia ARP Arturia 2600 V Arturia CS-80 V Arturia Jupiter8 V Arturia mini V Arturia modular V Arturia Oberheim SEM V Arturia PROPHET V Arturia VOX Continental V Arturia Wurlitzer V Arturia Solina V Arturia Matrix12 V Arturia Classics V East West - Colossus East West - Rar (Eastern Instruments) East West - Storm Drum (world percussion) East West - Symphony of Choirs Steinway Piano Percussion Adventures Bosendorfer Piano NI Abbey Road Modern Drummer NI 1960s Drums Stylus RMX Trilian Sylenth Massive 808, 909, 303, 606 etc Unlimited "Sample Magic" Loops/Rex files and hits Yamaha cp5 Ensoniq SQ80 Nord Electro 3 Absynth Drum Lab Phasis Pro53 RA JP6K Bass Trilogy Hybrid Orchestral Companion Sylenth Serum .. much more..... MIXING PLUGINS ARC 2 Sample Magic - Magic AB IK Media - Amplitube 4 XFer LFO Tool FabFilter Pro-Q2 FabFilter Pro-R FabFilter Pro-L FabFilter Saturn FabFilter Pro-C FabFilter Pro-MB FabFilter Pro-DS FabFilter Pro-G FabFilter Timeless FabFilter Volcano FabFilter Simplon FabFilter Micro Izotope - Stutter Izotope - Vocalsynth Melodyne Slate Digital - RC-Tube Slate Digital - VCC Slate Digital - VBC Slate Digital - VTM Slate Digital - Revival Waves - Abbey Road Plates Waves -Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter Waves -API Collection Waves - C6 Multiband Compressor Waves - CLA-2A Compressor / Limiter Waves - L2 Ultra Maximizer Waves - Renaissance Maxx Waves - Gold Bundle Waves Non linear Summer Waves - Scheps 73 Waves Trans-X Waves - X-Noise Waves - StudioRack Syncro arts - Vocalign SPACEY TOOLS 1950s Theramin E-MU e6400 Akai S3000XL Boss Dr Rhythm