Hi. My Name's Frank, born 1983, recording since 2001. I work from my Störsender Studio in Sirnach, Switzerland, where I produce, record and mix bands top to bottom.
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Interview with Frank Acklin
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Hybrid Setup with Lynx Aurora 16 into Tonelux OTB summing device. Hardware: Fireface UFX, Lynx Aurora 16, API 3124 Preamps, API 2500 Bus Compressor, Dramastic Audio Obsidian Stereo Compressor, Pendulum Quartet Tube Pre/EQ/Comp, API Lunchbox with 550B EQs. Software: Studio One Monitoring: Barefoot MM35 Mics: Brauner Valvet, sE RNR1, sE RN17s, Coles 4050 plus all the other usual suspects
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Creating while interacting with people.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, because I can.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll do my level best to help you create something you're proud of.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "Can we fix that afterwards?" "Nope, do it again."
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Go with your gut. Don't overthink - that's what your producer is for.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Diesel-Generator, Diesel, Macbook, Sunscreen, XLR cable. Oops, that's 5.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Started as a drummer in 1994, recording since 2001. Built my own place in 2011 and been working steady since then.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I try to get everything right in tracking, the less I have to edit, the better. Plus you actually do the band a service in NOT pretending that everything can be fixed at mixdown.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Get the sources right - everything affects everything.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, Metal, Punkrock
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Whatever I think it needs
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of my work is done with bands - Preproduction, Recording, Mixing. I also play drums since 20+ years and frequently record tracks for other people.