I am a well travelled versatile studio engineer with more than 10 years engineering experience. Worked with International acts and many professional studio software programs, VST plugins, outboard gear. I understand recording techniques, EQ, Limiting and Mastering. I am currently available to work with artists.
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Interview with Joshua King
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I worked for a Swedish Rock band in 2017, in a live application and recording project. I was the live engineer and analysed vocal and guitar tracks in the post-production stage at the studio.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A few EDM and Pop tracks, as well as 2 singer songwriter tracks.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: not at present
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. Though I have recorded with Analog in times past as a musician, (and the sound is warm) there are now however, great digital VST plugin emulators available to give an analog feel to a song. Analog is generally a much longer process, no flex editing, no changing recorded files from source sound.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will listen to your instructions during the creation process and see that you get what I can give you.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q. Can you make me sound like.....? A."I may be able to make you sonically sound like..... but don't you want to sound like, YOU?" Q. How much will this song cost? A. What am I required to do (create full backing track, just mix stems, record vocals, vocal tuning, How many instruments and vocals are we doing, Mastering?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I can bring so much with such a small set-up.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is the recording for?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have an expectation and vision for what you are wanting to achieve.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Macbook, USB interface, Condenser microphone, headphones
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: more than 10 years
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I do not have a specific known artist that I have aspirations to work with, but I would like to work with any artist that truly loves their gift and uses it faithfully.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Big warm fuzzy lows on Bass and Kick, everything else run through a Hi Pass filter.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: EDM, Electronic, Pop, Rock
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Sound Analysis (EQ on Mixing and Mastering) and Song Structuring (production)
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Good balanced dynamics, attention to EQ on each instrument, Big Mastering level.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Starting with a backing beat, then bass, laying down melodies and live instruments, vocals, sorting out compression and limiting, effects and EQ on channel strips, bringing up a master track and getting the overall EQ and limiting hot, making any required adjustments on individual EQing, check Master on mulitiple sources, (Monitors, Headphones, Car Stereo) etc.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Currently have access to and work with GarageBand, Ableton and Mixcraft
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Session players, Bedroom engineers (very motivated).
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing, Vocal Tuning, Mastering, Backing Tracks, Recording