Tony Barclay

Audio engineer studio owner

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Ok you worked your butt off making great music and now it’s time to hand it over to someone who knows what to do with it! With a full pro home studio a degree and a few pro tool certifications and a love for music I got you covered mixing, mastering, editing and a bit of production! What ever your needs are I’m sure we can get it done!

Funny I got into this for my music but it seems I’m better at working on music for others!

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

Interview with Tony Barclay

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I did a cover of the shine down song ( save me ) brought in a drummer and did the guitar parts the bass and even did the vocals with my guitar! It’s an ok pice but it helped me to understand many aspects of my studio, acoustics, monitor calibration etc,

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: A wonderful singer songwriter that has been blessed with some pipes! And an ear, its a simple pice at the moment drums, keys, vocals, in a soulful balled! I’ve had to up my game for this one! So ya I’m excited

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Not that I know of not yet

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both! Digital has a sterile sound to it and analog sounds so much better ( warmth) and by the time it gets to protools it’s all digital but it’s in how you capture the music

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: That one way or another you will grow from the time we work together and that I will do everything in my power to turn out some great tracks for you!

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: At the risk of sounding corny everything there’s always challenges to rise to. I get to listen to music on the job and I get to meet some very cool people!

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: For the most part I stay on top of everything and explain the proses to my clients as we go so they don’t have to many questions. But I do hear what are your rates? Can I hear your portfolio? I explain my rates and send them my sound cloud link.

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

  16. A: That I can fix a bad performance! For the most part ya I can but if you send me bad files well I can only do so much with that and you might not be happy with the end product, if it’s to bad I’ll send it back to you and ask you to re do it so that we can move on.

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

  18. A: Do you have any recording or online work I can here? What are your expectations for the music we will be working with? Do you have a deadline you need to make? Are you comfortable with my rates? Are you practiced up on the pice we will be working on?

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

  20. A: Listen to your engineer he can be your best friend in this proses!

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

  22. A: A guitar a fully loaded laptop, a mic setup and a keyboard. To make music!

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

  24. A: Early to mid 90’s started to get my music out to the masses but got so caught up in it and went to college for audio engineering, love the comrade of other musicians and being apart of the proses. Now I run my own studio here in Sacramento part time and love everything about it.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: I like a clean finished product with all elements audible and in their place with a nice sheen

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

  28. A: Adel because she is one of those artist that knows what she wants to here long before she inters the studio that makes life easier for me and allows me to do what I do best also for the musicality

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

  30. A: Learning the hot keys for your DAW is a must! It will save you so much time in the studio

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

  32. A: hip-hop/Rap, Singer-songwriter, rock, blues.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Only one wow! Um ok I’d have to say mixing. I love working with the Raw music files and watching it develop into a cohesive pice of music

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

  36. A: Clarity to the hole track Sweetening and I do everything I can to glue all elements together for a quality product

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

  38. A: Tracking, rough mix, ( for the artist benefit) editing fixing timing issues re amping vocal pitch correction etc,mixing, mastering

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: Converted grage with acoustic treatments,raven Mti2core station, focus rite 8 channel interface linked to a barringer 8 Chanel adat unit, many extras in the rack, protools2019, abelton 10, electric drum kit Simmons, electric piano studio 90, keyboard Yamaha,

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

  42. A: Spector! Lol! No just kidding around. Randy roads, SRV, Clapton,

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

  44. A: Tracking, editing, vocal comping, mixing, some production,re amping, drum programming, mastering, pitch correction,

  45. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  46. A: I did a cover of the shine down song ( save me ) brought in a drummer and did the guitar parts the bass and even did the vocals with my guitar! It’s an ok pice but it helped me to understand many aspects of my studio, acoustics, monitor calibration etc,

  47. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  48. A: A wonderful singer songwriter that has been blessed with some pipes! And an ear, its a simple pice at the moment drums, keys, vocals, in a soulful balled! I’ve had to up my game for this one! So ya I’m excited

  49. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  50. A: Not that I know of not yet

  51. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  52. A: Both! Digital has a sterile sound to it and analog sounds so much better ( warmth) and by the time it gets to protools it’s all digital but it’s in how you capture the music

  53. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  54. A: That one way or another you will grow from the time we work together and that I will do everything in my power to turn out some great tracks for you!

  55. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  56. A: At the risk of sounding corny everything there’s always challenges to rise to. I get to listen to music on the job and I get to meet some very cool people!

  57. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  58. A: For the most part I stay on top of everything and explain the proses to my clients as we go so they don’t have to many questions. But I do hear what are your rates? Can I hear your portfolio? I explain my rates and send them my sound cloud link.

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

  60. A: That I can fix a bad performance! For the most part ya I can but if you send me bad files well I can only do so much with that and you might not be happy with the end product, if it’s to bad I’ll send it back to you and ask you to re do it so that we can move on.

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

  62. A: Do you have any recording or online work I can here? What are your expectations for the music we will be working with? Do you have a deadline you need to make? Are you comfortable with my rates? Are you practiced up on the pice we will be working on?

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

  64. A: Listen to your engineer he can be your best friend in this proses!

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

  66. A: A guitar a fully loaded laptop, a mic setup and a keyboard. To make music!

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

  68. A: Early to mid 90’s started to get my music out to the masses but got so caught up in it and went to college for audio engineering, love the comrade of other musicians and being apart of the proses. Now I run my own studio here in Sacramento part time and love everything about it.

  69. Q: How would you describe your style?

  70. A: I like a clean finished product with all elements audible and in their place with a nice sheen

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

  72. A: Adel because she is one of those artist that knows what she wants to here long before she inters the studio that makes life easier for me and allows me to do what I do best also for the musicality

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

  74. A: Learning the hot keys for your DAW is a must! It will save you so much time in the studio

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

  76. A: hip-hop/Rap, Singer-songwriter, rock, blues.

  77. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  78. A: Only one wow! Um ok I’d have to say mixing. I love working with the Raw music files and watching it develop into a cohesive pice of music

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

  80. A: Clarity to the hole track Sweetening and I do everything I can to glue all elements together for a quality product

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

  82. A: Tracking, rough mix, ( for the artist benefit) editing fixing timing issues re amping vocal pitch correction etc,mixing, mastering

  83. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  84. A: Converted grage with acoustic treatments,raven Mti2core station, focus rite 8 channel interface linked to a barringer 8 Chanel adat unit, many extras in the rack, protools2019, abelton 10, electric drum kit Simmons, electric piano studio 90, keyboard Yamaha,

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

  86. A: Spector! Lol! No just kidding around. Randy roads, SRV, Clapton,

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

  88. A: Tracking, editing, vocal comping, mixing, some production,re amping, drum programming, mastering, pitch correction,

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