John Pennington

Record / Mix Engineer, FOH Mix

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I have been a sound engineer for 34 years and have brought the techniques I learned as a recording engineer into the live music scene for clients such as New Order, MOBY, and X Ambassadors to create results not many realize could be achieved in a live environment.

Pro-tools 2023.
Logic Pro X.
Ableton 10.
Reason Suite 11
DSP Quattro
Isotope RX8
Apple Mac Based.
Ample Sound Guitar Software
IK Multimedia
Melodyne 5
Native Instruments Suite
Spectrasonics Omnisphere & Suite

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Interview with John Pennington

  1. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  2. A: Royksopp, New Album

  3. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  4. A: nope

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Digital. Easier to Manipulate and less Connections to set up anywhere.

  7. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  8. A: Professionalism.

  9. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  10. A: the Product. and the Journey.

  11. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  12. A: How Long Will it take. As long as you want it to take.

  13. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  14. A: Auto Tune will Sort it out...

  15. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  16. A: What is the Budget?

  17. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  18. A: Look for someone Who has enough Experience in the Field You need.

  19. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  20. A: A Generator, a Midas Pro x, Genlec self-powered speakers. Neumann U67, a Chair.

  21. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  22. A: I started in Manchester in 1986 and was an assistant engineer for a year till I got the chance to work on my own Session. after 5 years of recording some of the finest English artists I went freelance and Worked with many different artists in the Live and studio Domains. I worked with moby from 1993 and stayed working with him for 20 years. I now work with many other Electronic and and Pop bands. in studio and Live.

  23. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  24. A: The Smiths "Queen Is Dead." Album It was part of my Formative Years as and Engineer. I was still learning but I learned All I needed from Working with them and Hearing the results of My work 25 years on and it still stands up.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Organic but Powerful

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: U2, Because they are always innovation and Using new Tech. Plus... they have all the Money. :)

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: Go for feel not Tuning perfection. and Don't Record tracks too hot.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: Electronic based rock pop.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Production. and Sonics.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: I bring Depth, Power and a sense of energy.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: I work up the songs in a rehearsal format and then I plan how I will record the song/s. then set up the drums to sound how we want, then we record with everyone playing together. (drums being the main focus but listening to the music and keeping what isn't rough.) then Work up the Backing track and then Vocals. then I'll go through and clean up (if I haven't already (While tracking)). then I'll mix. and listen back. then do a final mix.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I have a Behringer X32, Protools 11,

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: there are lots of Artists and Musicians that Inspire me. mostly The New EDM stuff is fun But I also Love the Traditional rock Avenues Which involve Guitars and Real Vocals.

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: I have recently been Recording my clients Live Shows via My Midas FOH desk in Multitrack format into Protools and then Mixing them out to Stereo Audio Files and selling them at shows. producing a huge profit for the artist. (No record Company involvement.)

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GenresSounds Like
  • New Order
  • Röyksopp
  • Alesso
Gear Highlights
  • Protools 11. Logic Pro X. Waves Plugins 12
  • Ableton 10. Reason Suite 11
  • DSP Quattro
  • Isotope RX8
  • Melodyne Suite.
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