A producer, mixing engineer and composer who approaches every project from a musicians perspective, giving each detail the personal attention it deserves.
Ben is a recording & mixing engineer, producer, and composer based in Leeds. His experience as a songwriter led him to explore recording and production in his early teens, and this later developed into an interest in recording other bands and musicians. As a producer, he’s worked with a number of artists at various stages of their careers, including Grammy nominated musicians and artists signed to major record labels.
Ben has a keen interest in live recording, and is a firm believer that some of the best records are those that were recorded live. This informs his approach both in and outside of the studio, and has more recently seen him work as a the sole engineer on a number of live sessions with his production company Square One.
Currently working as a songwriter & composer for TV, a live sound engineer, a recording and mixing engineer, and the recipient of a Masters Degree with Distinction in Music Production in addition to being awarded The Solid State Logic Prize for Top Achieving Music Students, Ben is always seeking out new opportunities to expand and develop his knowledge in all areas of music production.
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Interview with Ben Whelan
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The variety. Being able to focus on one area of music production for extended periods is really useful, but having the opportunity to broaden my outlook on any given day keeps things fresh and often informs other areas of my work.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: It's often said that a good song will always be a good song. I firmly believe that the most important part of any song isn't the music or the lyrics, but the songwriter themselves. If you can truly connect with and understand that person, what follows in the recording, arranging an mixing stages will be improved tenfold.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio allows me to record overdubs as well as working with solo artists but is also largely focused around creating a comfortable and neutral sounding mixing environment. This is because the majority of artists I tend to record will be recorded in a larger performance space or on location via my own fully mobile recording setup. That said, my studio also serves as an extremely flexible creative space for composing and arranging and is supported by a number of Class A Pres, high quality converters, multiple sets of studio monitors, and a vast selection of instruments.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: A large portion of my recording work tends to be focused around live performance. This ranges from everyone playing in the same room and live shows, to larger and more developed arrangements based around a solo performance or live guide track of some sort. My mixing has included work on rock and indie, acoustic and folk, and also crossed into commercial mixes for television.