David LaLone

songwriter/ musician/ producer

David LaLone on SoundBetter

I am a singer-songwriter with a passion for the recording process. I have produced and recorded my own music. I designed my home studio for optimal sound quality and creative productivity.

I would love to help you with whatever project you are working on. I can help with just about any aspect of the process. Producing my own music has forced me to develop in multiple areas of music making.

Writing is my first love. I would love to help co-write a song for you.

Instrumentally I am most skilled in piano and guitar. I love to play ambient keys creating a soundscape for the listener. I employ the keyboard as a MIDI controller and take it to new heights with samples and plugins. The guitar is another beautiful instrument that can sound great acoustically or plugged in. I love to hook up to my amps or directly into my audio interface and see where it leads.

I love to experiment; so, if avant-garde is your flavor I can experiment with you.

I am also a spoken word artist. I would love to be featured on your song.

I fell in love with the mixing process. I would love to mix your song. The mixing process is more than a technical step in the process. Mixing requires technical and artistic skill.

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

Interview with David LaLone

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

  2. A: I am working on a few spoken word albums.

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

  4. A: no not really still new to SoundBetter

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: I respect both, but I have more experience in digital. The reality is that digital is cheaper and still holds up to the quality of analog.

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

  8. A: I promise to give it my best.

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

  10. A: The new challenges that I face everyday.

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

  12. A: how long will it take? can you fix it in the mix?

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

  14. A: people think that audio engineers rely on gear to do it all.

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

  16. A: What sound are you looking for? What do you want your listeners to feel after hearing this song? what inspired this? what songs should I use to reference this song? what artists inspire you? what is your story? what is the story of this song? What do you want?

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

  18. A: Know what you want and make sure you get it. Don't settle for less.

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

  20. A: If I am on a desert island I want to make music, so no electronic gear just acoustic instruments. I would take a cajon, bongos, classical acoustic guitar, straight acoustic, and a piano.

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

  22. A: I began in my early twenties as a singer-songwriter that as I began recording my own songs I fell in love with music production.

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: my style is listen and react and then create a methodical path forward. My focus is problem solving.

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

  26. A: There are so many.

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

  28. A: trust your ears and your taste.

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

  30. A: I mostly work on singer-songwriter and hip-hop.

  31. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  32. A: As a musician my strongest skill is song writing

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

  34. A: I'm always looking to bring out the rawness of the song. Where is the most emotion? I want that to be the drive of every song.

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

  36. A: When I work with a client I like to ask good quality question that get to the core of what they are looking for. If I can pinpoint a problem I can solve than I can focus on that as priority one.

  37. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  38. A: I have a cozy home studio in my attic. It is a private intimate space that suits all my purposes. It is sound proof from most indoor and outdoor noise. It is acoustically treated to create a quality balanced sound. It is also creatively inspiring with bookshelves and art on the walls.

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

  40. A: I draw inspiration form a wide group of musicians from Kanye West to Ed Sheeran. I gravitate towards authentic deep lyric writing of Connor Oberst and Tom Waits. I also love a good pop tune from bands like the Ting Tings, or MUNA. I'm inspired by other music production professionals that I read in Tape Op magazine and other articles and blogs I subscribe to.

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

  42. A: I typically mix and record for my clients. I serve a broad base of genres but I lean more into folk, singer-songwriter, rock and hip-hop.

This Is An Outlet

I was the artist, producer, and engineer in this production

Terms Of Service

I expect healthy and clear communication of expectations. I will do my best to communicate effectively and fulfill your request in a professional and creative manner.

Gear Highlights
  • Ableton 10
  • M-audio M-Track audio Interface
  • Audio Technica AT2020 P48
  • Blue Spark condenser mic
  • and handful of dynamic mics.
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