I specialize in Experimental and Electronic music i.e. Down tempo, IDM, Techno, Post Rock, Shoe gaze. However I'm not limited to or stuck in any specific genre. I will take on and own any project that has creativity and passion.
I'm the audio engineer for my department at the University of Oklahoma, as well as producer and mix/mastering engineer at my personal studio Cold Frame Recording. At current I'm mainly working with labels and artist stem mixing and mastering. I'm registered with Apple/iTunes as a MFIT (mastered for iTunes) engineer. I specialize in electronic and experimental music however I will work with any style. Well known credits include NPR, OU, Big K.R.I.T., MTVmade, HGTV, Oklahoma City Ballet as well as many local and regional artists and clients. I started out programming on samplers and sequencers, later attended The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Tempe AZ. From there went on to work freelance from my own studios until I was hired on at The University of Oklahoma as a Field recordist/engineer and really all things audio. I have worked with every style imaginable from Hip hop/pop production to Native American drum circles and Church choirs. I will gladly take on anything at least once.
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Henry is a killer guy with an awesome ear. Recorded a few times there for for various projects and I always had a fun, professional, and inspiring time. Go see this man!!!
Great mixing and mastering engineer. Listens to what the client wants and does revisions when necessary. Highly recommend Henry!
Henry is an excellent sound engineer!! I have recorded 3 full albums at his studio. He also mixed and mastered all 3 albums. He made me sound AMAZING!! His creativity is top notch, his professionalism is A+, and his overall service is the best in OKC!!!
Go book him now!...............J-Law
Interview with Henry McMinn
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of my work is stem mixing and mastering for clients via online delivery.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Sylvia Massy, Rick Rubin, Noel Summerville, Robot Koch,
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio setup is a streamlined modern Hybrid between Digital and Analog workflow. I work within Logic Pro X and make use of plug ins such as SSL, Softubes, Native Instruments and Izotope. I use Lynx Aurora (n) convertors an Audient 2802 summing console which has an amazing bus compressor, Empirical labs Distressor's, Yamaha HS8 with Zen pro mods. I also have an assortment of analog synthesizers.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When it comes to stem mixing and prepping the song for mastering I usually pull in all the tracks/stems, make sure all the labelling makes sense and then compare the overall stem mix to their reference track. From there I decide what needs EQ and or compression and other tweaking. From this point it's just diving into the mix itself and figuring out what if any deficiencies exist. Once I'm happy with the initial mix I send a reference to the client to see if its going in the direction they're wanting. Rinse and repeat if necessary.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Clarity in most cases and my personal flavor of mixing. When it comes to production aside from mixing and mastering I feel I offer an off the beaten path approach and a bit of an experimental mindset. As I tend to get bored with the same formula over and over when it comes to writing.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill in my opinion would be an experimental approach to song writing and sound design. I like to create a feeling when it comes to sound, like a memory from the past or something familiar that's also new at the same time.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Personally I work on a lot of Downtempo electronic tunes as well as Techno/House based mixing tracks. When it comes to clients it's usually various genres of electronic as well as hip hop. I do however prefer post rock/shoe gaze when it comes to traditional bands.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Find a groove and build on it.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Boards of Canada. I'm intrigued with their sound design and ability to stay current without being wrapped up in the humdrum of the industry/touring/trends etc.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Eclectic and open.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I wanted to be a touring musician, and then got more into the production side. I've been working in the industry for 20 years.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Does the island have electricity? if no, a piano, various percussion, xylophone, handpan, my voice. If there's electricity I'd take a computer, a Moog One, mic, interface, monitors.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Talk to the provider to figure out if you're on the same page musically/creatively, listen to a few samples. Be open to criticism and be realistic with expectations.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your goal/vision. What kind of budget or you working within and what's your timeline.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it can be fixed in the mastering.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Do you have autotune, Lol just kidding sort of.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Giving someone a finished product that exceeded their expectations. Also being able to work with a creative person and learn something.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will do my best to help you achieve your goals with the project.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! Because they're both amazing tools and each have qualities that can be enhanced by the other.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working with various clients on album mixing and mastering as well as singles. Also always working on my personal music.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I worked on a legacy documentary for our retiring President at The University of Oklahoma. I was responsible for capturing, editing and mixing all the audio as well as music selection and online targeting and boosting. The documentary aired and was #2 in ratings rankings in the nation on PBS.