Mixing and Mastering based in Northeast Ohio, at Soothsayer we want your ideas to come to life on a grand scale. My main focus at Soothsayer Audio is to overdeliver great results to happy clients. As a musician I understand that not only should your music sound great but the process should be fun! No egos, no pressure, just great music!
Want to turn those great ideas you recorded in the studio or at home into a song that shows the world what you have to offer? We specialize in turning your creativity into a reality. We really value working with the client to understand that vision and then to take our technical and musical expertise and help realize that vision and turn a great recording into a great song!
Simply put mastering paints you the artist or producer in your best light. Not only that, but having a second set of fresh ears and perspective is invaluable in making your music it's best.
The goal of mastering is to ensure that your audio will sound the best it can on all platforms. Music has never been consumed on more formats and devices than today. Even if you are recording and mixing in a million dollar studio, or recording in less than ideal conditions, you still need the final quality check of mastering. This ensures that your sound will be heard the way you intended it to be.
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Interview with Soothsayer Audio
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: WHY MASTERING? The goal of mastering is to ensure that your audio will sound the best it can on all platforms. Music has never been consumed on more formats and devices than today. Even if you are recording and mixing in a million dollar studio, or recording in less than ideal conditions, you still need the final quality check of mastering. This ensures that your sound will be heard the way you intended it to be. DO YOU MASTER FOR VINYL? Yes I do! DO YOU CHARGE FOR REVISIONS? In the extremely unlikely event that you feel your masters doesn't sound amazing, I will make free mastering revisions until you're happy with my work as long as it's within 30 days of the original master.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What music they are referencing in the songwriting/recording/mix stages, and ultimately where will this product be delivered (cd, digital, vinyl etc).
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Feel free to communicate, I want to know your artistic vision, maybe you've had bad experiences from other heavy handed engineers but I want you, the customer, to ultimately be happy with your results.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Suhr Telecaster Kemper Profiler Universal Audio Apollo Focal Monitors MacBook Pro
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started as a musician, then a live sound engineer, and decided to combine both and dive head first into audio education and applying what skills I learn. And I haven't looked back yet.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Aggressive in the since of making the song larger than life, but restrained in that I value the artists opinion and to not step on the emotion of the song with too much production tricks.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My home church Faith Family Church in Canton, OH was producing a single under the label of SAINTS and I was able to mix their latest song. It definitely had some issues going into the mixing stage but I think we were able to help them achieve their best sound yet and it was very fulfilling because those people are such a huge part of my life and it was an honor to be a small part of their story.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am mastering multiple projects for a new studio in the Netherlands a lot and helping him get off on the right foot where he feels his mixes translate for his new clients.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. Analog sounds great but the convenience of juggling multiple projects and quick revisions makes digital superior in my opinion. And it passes those costs back to the client.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is to overdeliver on the price they are paying and that when they are done they love the song in their hands.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to meet and communicate with all different people from around the globe and hear their music. It's never boring.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception comes in mastering. I don't just make things louder. Anyone can do that, but it's all the small moves around the edges that make a song work in the vast sea of music as a whole.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: The 1975 I feel like they are one of the most unique and innovative acts in modern music right now.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Do whatever it takes to gain objectivity. Take breaks, go for a walk, listen to other music in your room, reference tracks. Don't allow the long hours to become a negative to the quality of your work.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: My main expertise is in the CCM/Worship and Pop/Rock genres but I am seeing extensive growth in the Hard Rock/Metal genres as well.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mastering to help bring out the clients dreams to a final product and make them the best version of themselves. And when I mix it's the musical taste to put the songs best foot forward and to glue it all together into one cohesive unit, so it doesn't sound like a collection of instruments but a song!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Objectivity and Passion.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to talk with the customer and find out what they are looking to get out of the song, maybe even find some of their musical influences for the production and mix. That helps me to try and nail the song without any revisions. Understanding the customer is as important as understanding all the technical aspects of the craft. I then listen to those influences in my room, the source material I'm working on, and then craft a plan of attack and get to work making their song the best it can be.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work in an acoustically treated and balanced mix/master room with great monitors. When it comes to mixing and mastering that is what matters. It allows me to work quickly, objectively, and accurately. And not having the overhead of racks of gear I don't use helps me to pass along low cost and value to the customer.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: On the rock side of things Taylor Larson has some of the biggest sounding mixes out there and is able to scratch my itch for larger than life sounding drums. On the lighter side of things Michael Brauers is unmatched. Musical and classic but still modern, and his mixes never get harsh. When it comes to mastering I love Mike Kalajians ability to get loud in your face masters without them sounding overcompressed and dull.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mastering for clients all over the globe artists and mixers really trust me to be a second set of ears and take their mix to the next level so they can be confident the public gets to hear the best version of their work. Remote Mixing is also a very popular service right now because so many artists are doing a good job recording their music but have a tough time taking it from a great song to a finished product.