I am a Producer, Recording, Mixing & Mastering Engineer from Chicago, IL.
I provide music production, mixing, mastering and recording services. My rates are affordable because I want to help independent musicians get their work out without the stresses of large budgets. My work speaks for itself and I have experience working within all genres. I am a musician, and I approach engineering in a very creative way. The song always comes first.
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Interview with Doug Saltzman
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Denmark Vessey`s, "Martin Lucid Dream". I was the primary mixing and mastering engineer. This project gained critical acclaim and made it on Rolling Stones top Hip Hop Albums of 2015 list. Features production by Denmark Vessey, Exile, Azarius, T-White and features from Guilty Simpson, Tanya Morgan, Black Milk, Mosel,and Stretch Money.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Denmark Vessey, B Forrest, Sam Trump, Gia Margaret
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. I enjoy the total recall and flexibility of digital but frequently bounce my mixes to analog tape.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will give you an extremely high-quality product along with my touch of creativity at a price point that wont drain your pocket.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to work on music, what could be better?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I just press buttons.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What their vision is.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Lets bring your project to life!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1176 compressor, SM57, a good pair of monitors, UA610 preamp, and an external hard drive.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been playing music for 11+ years and I have been engineering and producing for 7+ years.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Try something which seems like it shouldnt work.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: HipHop, Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Folk, Electronica, RnB, Experimental
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My attention to detail and creativity.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Creativity and a sharp attention to detail. I want my work to stand out, but at the core of what I do is catering to what emotion the song brings me. The song always comes first.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I run a predominantly ITB setup with numerous plugins by Waves, Universal Audio, SoundToys as well as a few outboard compressors and equalizers. I also provide the option to bounce mixes to tape on my 1/4" Akai Stereo machine. On the production end I have a vintage Fender Rhodes, Juno 106, electric guitars (G&L, Fender) several acoustic guitars (Larrivee, Fender, Seagull), a Korg MS2000b synthesizer, an Alesis Micron Synthesizer and numerous microphones by Miktek, Shure, AKG.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Russell Elevado, Andrew Scheps, Dave Pensado, Ryan Hewitt, Bruce Swedien, Mixed by Ali, Stones Throw Records
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing - Mastering - Production