Let me help you to turn your Stray Thoughts into Impactful Recordings!!
Hey! I'm Austin, I run a small studio called Stray Thoughts Recording. I specialize in various forms of work with audio including recording, editing, mixing, and mastering, but can also do any editing, re-amping, or tuning that could be required for a project. With an extensive background in music and a degree in audio technology, I rarely encounter a job that I can't work through. I have a strong drive to see projects through to their final form, and pride myself on the ability to provide quick turn-around times. In the event that a client is unhappy with the initial work, I make it a point to provide a final product that everyone can be proud of.
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Interview with Austin Blaine
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital - The ability to pick back up where you left off with very little hassle is a convenience that is unbelievable
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Acoustic guitar, microphone, interface, computer, pro tools. The make/model don't matter much to me, more so that I retain my creative perspective.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing in bands as a young teen and began recording those bands. A few years after high school, I went to SAE Institute of Atlanta where I got a degree in Audio Technology and Music Business. Now I run a studio as well as freelance as a live sound engineer. I have been full time with audio work since 2013.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I'm very organic in my workflow. If something isn't working, I'm okay to start over and try from another angle.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Ryan Adams. He is so prolific and really seems to let the creative nature of things run it's course.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If the song isn't good in it's simplest form, it's usually not worth working on.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Generally I work with more rock-based music, however as a lover of most music, I enjoy the opportunities to immerse myself in new things.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Honesty and patience. Much of the audio process can be learned fairly easily, however I think it's incredibly important to be transparent with clients and let them know what you think about where the project needs to go. Similarly, some things take time, and it's my responsibility to ensure that the quality of work does not suffer under time considerations.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I am able to objectively be the first reaction to a song. I understand the songwriting process and how personal it can be. I see it as my job to react to what I'm hearing and bring any critiques to the table in a way that serves the song and the client equally.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work in a OSX based digital setup. I use Pro Tools 2018 and everything interfaces through my Universal Audio Apollo.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I generally work as a full production studio. I begin at the songwriting process with clients and see them all the way through the release, outsourcing steps where necessary.