I specialize in alternative metal music. I use Pro Tools as main DAW, I have also mixed for other genres like classical, jazz, blues, country and folk/bluegrass music. I have been doing this since 1998. I very easy going, clean recordings, organized, and detailed oriented. I am helpful and also an educator.
I taught music & worked as Sound Engineer for various auditoriums in the Denver/Boulder area. I have worked with over 100 recording clients since 2003 when I first created my recording business. I played trombone, piano, sang bass in choir from elementary to college. I have a BA in Music and worked as a Digital Music aide in college to teaching Digital Music classes. Also I taught guitar, choir, band and orchestra. I have many experience in voice recordings to large jazz band recordings. I also produce young music group in hard rock, alternative metal, and punk.
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Interview with Anthony Crank
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mainly produce music with bands and sometimes a solo artist. I work with them from the sound they want to arranging music to make the most impact. As I grow as a producer, I find that the tools are creativity and keeping a clean mix.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I listen early Bob Rock from Metallica's Black Album to Andrew Scheps' Red Hot Chile Peppers Stadium Arcadium album is truly inspiring.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have home studio where I do most of the work and for tracking drums or full band I find myself going to local studios.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I do lots of pre-production at first - listen to their demo of what works and what is not working for me. I keep in mind the focus of the end product of where this song is going to. Then based on that I hear songs they suggest the production should sound like. I never prolong a session for me - in other words, I keep the session moving forward and keep others in this process with me to finish the project. I have in the early days let a session go because the band broke up, but that was on them.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring new sets of ears, experience, creativity and most importantly keeping things organized and archived.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My organizational skills and clean mixes.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I love metal music and hard rock.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Yes, keep backing up your work!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work new upcoming artist in the industrial metal music genre.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I have a creative flow that comes from a dark angry feel but yet positive and refreshing.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 30 years of work as a music producer and part-time educator.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My fender strat guitar, fender amp, classical guitar and iPhone with solar power.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Look for someone that is just as passionate about your type of music and has a tracking record.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is goal with this song? Who is listening to this? For personal use? Family &Friends? Radio? A contest?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I am your producer and not your friend that does things for you for free.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How much do you charge? I charge enough to make a decent living and above those that are just learning my trade.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love hearing & trying new ideas if they sound great!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I get it done!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. I need them to be track with great tools that sound awesome because starting with a great product is the basic of all your tracks.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I know several people in the area and would highly recommend them for certain types genres.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Working on a song with a person from Nepal that has a hard rock ballad.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I had many experiences but my favorite was Signal 99, a local regional band from New Mexico. I started my career with their success to my recordings and production skills as music producer. This led me to hundreds of other projects in area.