I am Amner, 28 years old. I´have been playing guitar since 13 years old and started as a serious audio engineer in 2013 even though i had some insight back in 2008, i have a recording studio and you can check out all of my work at: www.youtube.com/amnerhunter and this is my website: http://amnerhunterstudios.wix.com/ahstudios I'd love to serve you
Recording studio, Session Guitarist, Remote mixing & Mastering, Music Producer, Backing tracks, compositions and more.
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Interview with Amner Hunter Studios
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: most of the time i do mixing for clients and consulting. Mastering is something i do very often.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: i am very inspired by rock and metal musicians, always music with lot of melodic content, i am very inspired also by classical music, jazz, blues, fusion and movie soundtracks. when it comes to audio, i am very inspired by joe gilder and Graham cochrane by the recording revolution and also by big names in the industry like Butch Vig, Dave Pensado, Chris Lord Alge.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a brand new power windos computer loaded with cubase 7, i have plugins from, slate digital, waves, softube, nomad fatory, Variety Of Sound, Toontrack, SPL Audio, IK Multimedia, Brainworx, Soundtoys, Fab Filter, Izotope Inc, two recording interfaces which are a presonus 4 channel and a tascam 8 channel, high quality sampling rate, Fostex Monitors, 1 microphone shure sm57, 2 condenser mics MxL, 5 Drum mics samson, 1 Bugera 333XL Infinium tube amplifier 120watts with Bugera Cabinet, Guitar pedals from Boss, Ibanez, Morley, Behringer guitar bass processor, 2 jackson guitars, Korg midi keyboard.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: i take a lot of time for recording because if you get it right at the source, you are not gonna have problems mixing, take the time in mic placement to get the sound we want, in mixing i spend a lot of time balancing the tracks, before applyting eq or compression, then i jump to EQ, then compression, then effects and finally i do automation to make the song more alive and i like to put my input on the arrangements, doing interesting mixing stuff that makes the song cooler than what it is. i reference a lot my mix with commercial mixes, same as mastering. I am very careful with loudness wars, i deliver a song with clarity, punch, fatness, dynamic and loud aswell, but without crushing the life.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: i think i can do cool arrangments to the song, that fit the music and the vibe, to make it more interesting than what it is.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: i think as a producer, i have my strongest skill, i´m always with ideas in my mind to make a better song, make cool arrangements.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: rock & metal music
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Get it right at the source, don't wait til the mixing phase to solve issues, solve them in the recording phase, make the best performance that you can, be very prepared in the recording. Try to make arrangmentes in the song to make it more interesting from start to finish, and take the listener to a journey.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: a lot of artists, from all genres i think, like for example, metallica, iron maiden, Maroon 5, Hans Zimmer, Megadeth, Children Of Bodom, Dream Theater, The killers, among others, cause i think they are very talented people, i think i might learn a lot from them and also cause they seem very professional at what they do, and because i love their music
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: i think it is kind of a melodic metal style, hard rocking to the core.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: on the first EP that i produced from the rock girls from Baby Dollz band, cause i was there in the whole process of producing, recording, i mixed and mastered it too, we didn't use any of virtual drums or instruments, everything was real, we mic the drums, the guitar cabinets, it was very professional, and we are very happy with the album. I think we accomplished something unique and they have a style very different from other girls bands, i think they have they unique sound. I´m very proud too cause i didn't have nor the gear or the knowledge i have know, yet, it came up awesome.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: i have been serious about audio engineering since beginings of 2013, but i have background knowledge from 2008 when i was recording an album with my band, and i launched my guitarist solo project in 2013 so i wanted to record myself and be in charge of the production and all, that's why i started learning and pracicing this craft, and when i got a little better and had money to purchase gear, i though in making this for a living with my studio, since i love it, it´s not work at all
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: computer, audio interface, my jackson guitar, my bugera amp and the shure microphone.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: to listen to their previous work always.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: well, i try to get to know them on a different level other than business, i involve with them like in a friendship level and i´m interested in who they are, what they do, what are their goals in music, what they want to accomplish. what is their vision on this music they want to create,
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: that we audio engineers are going to fix a song, we don´t fix things, we enhance what is already there.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: how i get the results i get with mixing or how can i play guitar like this, my answer is always, practice and perseverance.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: i enjoy a lot to get to work with different bands and projects, i learn a lot in each project, enjoy meeting hadworking musicians and talented people, i love working with sound and music. I love the art behind a song, i love to express the emotions through this craft.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: i will deliver a i deliver a song with clarity, punch, fatness, dynamic and competitively loud with commercial releases
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital, because technology is amazing these days and it can replicate analogue, we don´t notice difference between analog and digital these days, also, cause it's more practical to work in the box.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: i don´t know anybody at soundbetter
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: on a local band called Trigger, they are going to record a 5 song EP with me.