Prather Audio is the perfect production company for your next project. We will take your music to the next level with our high-quality services, and low prices. We have worked with the heavy-handed djent group Our Common Collapse which they have just started touring and making a name for themselves. I mix a hybrid of analog and digital.
At Prather Audio we specialize at taking your music to the next level. We specialize in mixing, mastering, and overall song production. Our primary goal is to make your song sound how you envision it, we take time to realize the artists goals and direction of the song to make sure we deliver the best product possible.
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Interview with Prather Audio
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. We are now working on their EP.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently mixing a Djent EP for a band across the country.
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: 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: 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: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love helping artists create amazing songs.
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'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 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 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: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Distressor, Great River Mp-NV50's, Neve Console, Focal 65's, and my API550b eq.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I was a touring musician, and through recording my own music I have found a passion for engineering. I have been recording professionally for 6 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I mix mainly in the box, but I work hybrid using some of my favorite gear to bring my mixes to life.
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: 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: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Metal, Rock, and Pop Rock.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing and Mastering.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I have played in touring bands so I know the hassle of working with producers so I always prioritize the artist's vision and I use my engineering abilities to bring their dreams to life.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: We like to look at artists past work (if applicable) and our clients will take a 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: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: We have a very comfortable space that brings an amazing vibe in the studio with a low lit room with colored mood lighting. Gear: Console & Monitoring 32 Channel Neve 8108 Mackie 824 Yamaha NS-10 Preamps API 512c (2) PAU Audio 805 Avedis MA5 (3) Great River mp-500nv (2) Vintech 573 (4) Burl BD1 (2) Class A - D-Pre Preamps DAWs Avid Pro Tools 12.5.2 Logic Pro X Reaper Cubase 9.5 EQ's Great River Harrison Speck ASC-V API 550B EQ (2) Microphones Audio-Technica 4050 (2) Pearlman TM1 Tube Microphone Blue Mouse AKG D112 (2) Sennheiser 421md II (2) ElectroVoice RE320 (2) Neumann KM184 (2) Shure 52 beta (2) Shure 57 (6) Shure 58 (2) Shure 57 beta (2) Shure SM7b (2) Beyerdynamic m201tg Rode NT5 w/Joly Mod Capsules (2) Rode NT1 Tube Microphone Royer Labs 122 Ribbon Microphone Cascade Fathead II Ribbon Microphone (2) sE Electronics VR2 Ribbon Microphone Dynamics Empirical Labs Distressor (2) DBX 165 VU (2) Lindell Audio 7x-500 (4) Converters & Computer Mac Mini, i7 Quad 2.6 GHz, 16g RAM, 2 TB drive (2) Avid Pro Tools HD 16x16 AD/DA (2) TB Guitar Amps Mesa Electradyne Scarborough LRS Dr. Z Combo Kemper Profiling Amp Cabs Marshall 1960a 4x12 Mesa Oversized 4x12 Blackstar 4x12 Ampeg SVT-410 Mixing Space DAWs Reaper Cubase 9.5 Preamps Class A - D-Pre (4) Interface Steinberg UR44 Converters & Computer Mac Pro - 3.0Ghz, 16GB RAM, 500GB SSD Burr-Brown Converters
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Kurt Ballou, Joey Sturgis, Eyal Levi, Dave Otero, Krus Krummet.
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.