Veteran Emmy Award winning producer/engineer/composer with multiple Grammy noms. Billy works across diverse genres from rock to Americana and hit Broadway cast albums, and has recorded a wide range of artists including Bruce Springsteen, XTC, and acapella legends Rockapella. Remixes produced include Bob Marley & The Wailers "Roots, Rock, Remixed".
Integrated audio production services from pre-production through to mixing and mastering and specialize in recording and mixing kick-ass live drums to add to your project.
Billy's work is on television every day in many countries worldwide, and he collaborates remotely with artists globally from my fully equipped Pro Tools studio.Billy is also available to travel to you and work in the studio of your choosing, and as a remote recording engineer he has recorded everyone from Miles Davis to AC/DC. The studio here has have an extensive vintage gear collection which is available to clients on all sessions.
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Interview with Billy Straus Music
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Dan Lanois is a producer whose style and approach are very inspiring to me. Lots of air, and an organic approach to making music.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a great combo of real vintage front end with a Pro Tools HD setup. Awesome old mics are the key: U48, U67, Telefunken 250. Then vintage mic pres from Neve (including a pair of pristine 1084's from Bruce Swedien that he used on MJ records!) and Neve & DBX compressors feeding an Antelope clocked HD setup. It's the best of both. Big tracking room in my barn with a Tama drum kit, mic'd up and ready to go.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Neumann U48, Neve 33609 compressor, 1957 Gretsch 6120
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I do a lot of production from the ground up, working with artists on song structure, pulling in A list musicians where needed to make a track really shine, honing arrangements and capturing a great performance. I also do a lot of mixing of files that are sent to me where people want my objectivity and ears on the mix.