Hi There, my name is Dylan, I am the proud owner of Solitude Mix Studios Solitude Mix Studios is a purpose built dedicated - Online Mix Engineering & Mastering Service - no matter where you are - where you recorded the track - I can help you take your track to the next level, mixing your track here in my studio to give you a polished track.
I have been mixing albums for the last 20 years, I have worked in numerous studios both as a House Engineer and Artist Mix Engineer. I have worked with too many artists to list them all here, but a few highlights include: Richard Marx, Fall Out Boy, Nigel Kennedy, Tony Bennett, Leo Sayer & many others.
Let me help you get your mix and track sounding great. I provide you with a radio-ready/online mastered ready to go track set for release. My mix studio is a dedicated acoustically designed studio using the best of both Digital & Analog equipment.
Apple Quad Core Intel set W/ Protools & Wavelab (1) Digidesign C24 Control Surface (1) Digidesign HD96 System (2) Apogee Big Ben Digital Clock (1) Apogee Rosetta D/A Converter (2) Focusrite Liquid Channels (2) Analog: Amek / Neve Mic Pres (4) Focusrite ISA110’s (3) API Quad Pre’s (1) Rupert Neve Portico Bus Compressor (1) Smart C2 Stereo Compressor (1) Avalon Design 747 Stereo Compressor / EQ (1) Avalon Design 737 Mic Pre / Compressor / Eq's (2) Orban 412a Optical Compressors (3) TL Audio Valve EQ's (3) DBX / UA / Urie (2X2) Summit Tl-100 compressor (1) Effects: Eventide Eclipse (1) Lexicon PCM91 (1) TC Electronic 2290 Delay (1) Sony DPS-D55V Reverb(1) TC Electronics M4000 Effects Unit (2) Monitors: Meyer HD1's , ATC's, Yamaha NS10's
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
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Interview with Solitude Mix Studios
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Tony Bennet - No explanation required!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Right now? Canadian based Rock outfit releasing there 3rd album with a label.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Im new to the online sector, my studio has just been purpose built for websites exactly like soundbetter!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: both. analog - soul Digital - workflow
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Revisions as required until you are 100% Satisfied Prompt, Open & Timely communication A Great Sounding Track! 100% Money back guaranteed if you aren't satisfied with my work
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I Love it! I love making an artist happy with there very own personal creation.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What was your favourite band to record so far? Honest answer - the next one! I live & breath this - Im always excited to be working on the next project. The excitement never stops!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Im not a DJ!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you have equal length wave files for each track? Whats your vision of the song? List 2-4 songs that have a similar sonic vibe as your looking for When do you require it by?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Prepare your material. Know your vision. Commit to recording the sound, sometimes 'fixing it in the mix or mastering' is not always the best approach. Record the guitar w/Reverb! Record your vocal with subtle eq! with this approach your leaving your mixing engineer to polish the job to perfection within the time-frame.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1) Macbook W/Avid Native HD 2) Apogee Symphony 3) ATC Monitors 4) U67 Mic 5) Summit TL-100 Compressor
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 20 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My Sound? It's being described as: Huge Punching Area Drums, Big Wide Guitars, with Clean vocals sitting centre top.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Jack White, Muse, Royal Blood.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: think outside the square. Try signal chains you think wouldn't - Secondly - know the sound/flavour/soul of each piece if equipment/instrument you have. Sometimes just having a compressor in-line but no compressing brings a track within a song to life.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Generally in the past I have always worked on either Rock, Jazz & Folk Genres. However lately with the up-rise of remote online mixing services etc I have been seeing alot more indie, hip-hop & EDM music as well.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Being able to understand not only customers/artists requirements, but there artistic impression and vision for the project as well.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Fresh Perspective, Fresh Ears, 20 Years of Experience including mix techniques that have taken years to develop and perfect.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Depends on the job at hand, the type of content within the track and also very much the genre of music. I like to connect with the emotion of the song, and find the natural space in the soundstage for each instrument and/or vocal.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I Use a digital workflow using Protools with a HD system as an interface, however I use an Apogee D/A Converter for my monitoring and print of sessions. I Use a Digidesign C24 control surface. As I do not track my studio, the I/O simply interfaces the large amount of analog gear at my disposal inc: Focusrite ISA, Amek Purepaths, Smart Research, Rupert Neve, Summit Audio, Avalon Designs + More. Monitoring is: Meyer HD1's, ATC SMC20 & Yamaha NS10's
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: No where enough here space to elaborate on the large amount of people that have influenced me, taught me, inspired me, both fellow engineers and artists.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: 80% of the work I do at my mix studio is for an Artist who has either recorded themselves or used a local studio to track the song - but want a fresh set of ears to mix & master the album to take it to the next level. The other 20% is generally Jingle, Video Advert, Audio Mastering for Online content etc.