Mixing and Mastering Extreme Metal
At Prather Audio we specialize at taking your music to the next level. We specialize in mixing, mastering, and full production of extreme metal. Our primary goal is to take your song to the next level and give it the raw aggression it needs to stand out in modern metal.
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Interview with Prather Audio
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing, mastering, editing, and production. Prather Audio is a collective of musicians and engineers that strive to help artists make the best music possible.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing and Mastering.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Record as if there is no mixing. Always get the best source tones from the start, and always remember that a great mix starts with a great song.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Between the Buried and Me. They are amazing musicians that make music that can drag you through different worlds and make you fully immerse yourself in the soundscape.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I recommend getting on the phone with an engineer to discuss your project as well as checking their portfolios to see how their style matches up with your end goal.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I always want to know what drives the artists I work with, sometimes getting to know what makes them do what they do can allow me to help them further.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People often believe that any take can be fixed through software, but nothing beats an amazing performance.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Many people ask me about why I like recording bands rather than playing one, but the answer is simple. I love helping people make their dreams become reality. When an artist hears the final mix, I want them to feel like they are on top of the world.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love helping artists create amazing songs.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I offer a satisfaction guarantee and will work on the track until the client is happy.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! I feel each side has its pros and cons. I love mixing the two because you can get the best of both worlds.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I am new to SoundBetter, but would love to meet other engineers through the service.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Kurt Ballou, Dave Otero, Joey Sturgis
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: We have a very comfortable space that allows artists to let their creativity flow freely.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: We like to look at artists past work (if applicable) and our clients will take a short survey so that we can get an idea of what they have in mind for the final product to sound like, which can include references and prioritization of specific instruments in the song.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Extreme Metal
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I mix through a live console in a hybrid setup with Cubase 10.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I was an early adopter of playing in bands around town at the age of 13, and through recording my own music I have found a passion for engineering. I have been recording professionally for 4 years.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Distressor, API 512c, Midas Console, Focal 65's, and a set of API550b eqs
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am finishing up my second album with Jared Smith of Heliocentric. He recently traveled 14 hours up to Ohio from NC to do mix revisions.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I was very proud to be apart of Our Common Collapse's new single. I mixed and mastered the track, they had a very specific goal in mind and I was happy to be apart of a project with just great musicianship.