What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working on my own projects, and continuing to study and complete practice mixes to make my skills better. I try to pick projects, or contests, for stuff to work on that take me away from my normal routine.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
I ran across this site learning from Graham Cochran who hosts the Recording Revolution. He has inspired me to take the leap. I learned I could make great music with what I have available.
Analog or digital and why?
Right now I am fully digital; however, I see how great some analog gear sounds. I am also aware of the vinyl revolution taking place. There is a pressing plant that has opened in a nearby city. Looking into learning some about tape and how recording for vinyl is different. From what I understand it needed to be that way due to limitations. For instance, I heard you want your softer material on the inside as the grooves distort somewhat.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I promise that if you are not satisfied with the results, I will try to make it right. I realize that no matter what I think the project should sound like, it is the artists vision that should matter. The client should be happy with the results.
What do you bring to a song?
I try to bring my experience as a long time musician and instrumentalist skills to make a song into an experience. I like to call it the "Disney" factor. I try to add things that will bring an emotional response from the listener. After all that is why we listen and enjoy music.
What's your typical work process?
Record or obtain all the parts first. Then the mixing begins. I like to start with drums and bass and get the sound needed first. Then I like to add organ or any keys or synths needed. Guitars next. Then any chorus parts backup singin. Adding lead vocals or guitar solos last to make them sit in th e mix right. Last I will add anything else needed to polish; such as, intros, endings, sounds needed, to make the mix in what I feel like would be something I would like to listen to.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I am currently recording myself or single artists, so I do not need much. I am using the audiobox usb with Studio One Professional for recording and mixing. Senheiser HD 280 pro headphones, Cakewalk digital monitors. For microphones I have a the standard SM58 and an AKG condensor. A Roland A 30 midi controller keyboard, Yamaha tone generated if needed. Other instruments are a Guild B302 bass, MAKO BC Rich copy guitar, A Yamaha acoustic, and a Gibson C-2 classical model.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Bass is my main instrument so I like Victor Wooten; However, I am also inspired by the music of Eric Whitacre. Engineers I admire are Pensado, Mr Lord that worked with Peter Gabriel, Alan Parsons, Craig Anderton. I am humbled by early Beatles recordings, all done on 4 tracks while we have unlimited.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Besides mixing completed tracks, I have worked with local artists to complete projects they are working on. Most clients have guitar and vocals. I add the bass, drums, synth or maybe piano or organ to fill in the blanks. I then mix it all together and add anything needed from a production standpoint. When done it is ready to master.