Paul Bennett

Producer, Mixing Engineer

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Let's get some raw, emotional energy on your next record. Be vulnerable and your fans will connect with your music on a deeper level.

For the better part of my life, I've played in local bands. We always wanted to record our own music but never had the money. So, I picked up an 8-track recorder and started setting up microphones. After our first set of demos, I was hooked. I knew I wanted to do this for the rest of my life and decided to attend Berklee College of Music.

While at Berklee I studied under Sean Slade (Radiohead, Dinosaur Jr.) and learned a lot of neat tricks. But I discovered I really enjoy making a record the "old-fashioned" way: get it right at the source, make weird sounds outside your DAW, and EXPERIMENT. I graduated from Berklee with a Bachelors in Music Production in early 2018 and started producing bands immediately.

I specialize in rock, punk, indie, and guitar based music. While I enjoy producing, my true passions lie with recording and mixing. I also offer my services as a session guitarist. Other session musicians include a string quartet, session bassist, and multiple session drummers.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Interview with Paul Bennett

  1. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  2. A: People think songs just appear out of nowhere. Sometimes we could work on a song that we KNOW can be a banger, but it doesn't sit right yet. Then a week later we figure out what the problem is, and BAM! It works.

  3. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  4. A: What're your goals with your music? Do you want this to be your only source of income?

  5. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  6. A: Are you ready to work harder than you've ever worked before in order to get your music in front of the right people?

  7. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  8. A: My Roberts tape machine, DIYRE Colour Palette, Eventide H9, Aston Element, and my iPad.

  9. Q: How would you describe your style?

  10. A: Honest and vibey.

  11. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  12. A: I would love to work with Metric because they have such a unique style and sound. They're connately reinventing their aesthetic and I love that idea.

  13. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  14. A: Saturation is occasionally a cooler tool than compression or EQ!

  15. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  16. A: I enjoy subjectively listening to tracks and songs in order to bring out the best elements for the song. Whether it's the raw tracks or adding effects to bring new life to a track, I love the process of manipulating audio.

  17. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  18. A: I officially started P/B Recording after I graduated from Berklee in 2018. However, I've been working on my craft since late 2016.

  19. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  20. A: I typically work on varying types of rock music. My favorites are punk rock and indie-rock.

  21. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  22. A: I will usually bring some excitement in the layers. When I produce, I will add vocal layers to fill out the chorus and make it sound wider. After adding vocals, I'll add guitar licks and patterns to slowly build the song section by section.

  23. Q: What's your typical work process?

  24. A: When mixing, I will start with whatever the main part of the song is (typically drums). From that "heart", I'll then add bass to fill it out, then additional guitars in order to add the upper midrange. After that, I'l throw vocals on top, add so air to those and then rebalance the cymbals to fit in the song and not cloud the vocals.

  25. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  26. A: Everything starts with my Antelope Audio Discrete 8 which goes into Pro Tools 12. When tracking and mixing, I will use a blend of outboard hardware and the Antelope AFX to get the best of both worlds. When in the full mix down stage, I will sum the entire mix through my vintage Biamp console that is loaded with API 2520 transformers.

  27. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  28. A: I am very inspired by my former professor Sean Slade. Tom Lord-Alge is also my preferred Lord-Alge because, I feel, he adds more personality to his mixes.

  29. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  30. A: My most common work is mixing. They just seem to like the vibe I have because I just like my mixes to have a little hair and angst. I also usually record their entire project and offer some production tips.

Terms Of Service

I usually allow as many revisions as it takes to get it right. Typical turn around time 2-3 days for a mix.

GenresSounds Like
  • Queens of the Stone Age
  • Dawes
  • Daisyhead
Gear Highlights
  • Universal Audio Apollo
  • Roberts 770X Tape Machine
  • API
  • Various DIYRE kits
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