10+ streams on music i have mixed/engineered. i will make your music sound cool & professional at the same time.
i have engineered/produced for caroline records, universal, epic, atlantic and capitol records.
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Interview with stephenrayger
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: mixing engineer
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: dave pensado, tony maserati, alex tumay
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: AKG® BX 20 Spring Reverb Plug-In Ampex® ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder Plug-In API 2500 Stereo Bus Compressor Plug-In API 550 Parametric EQ Plug-In API 560 Graphic EQ Plug-In API Vision Channel Strip Plug-In Bermuda Triangle Plug-In Brigade Chorus Pedal Plug-In Cambridge EQ Plug-In Century Tube Channel Strip Cooper® Time Cube Mk II Delay Plug-In CS-1 Channel Strip Plug-In dbx® 160 Compressor / Limiter Plug-In DreamVerb Room Modeler Plug-In Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor Compressor Plug-In Empirical Labs FATSO™ Jr. Tape Sim. & Compressor Plug-In Empirical Labs FATSO™ Sr. Tape Sim. & Compressor Plug-In EMT® 140 Classic Plate Reverberator Plug-In EMT® 250 Classic Electronic Reverb Plug-In EP-34 Tape Echo Plug-In Fairchild® 660 Compressor Plug-In Fairchild® 670 Compressor Plug-In Fairchild® 670 Legacy Compressor Plug-In Fender® '55 Tweed Deluxe Plug-In Galaxy Tape Echo Plug-In Harrison® 32C Channel EQ Plug-In Harrison® 32C SE Channel EQ Plug-In Helios™ Type 69 Legacy EQ Plug-In Helios™ Type 69 Preamp & EQ Plug-In KORG® SDD-3000 Digital Delay Plug-In Lexicon® 224 Digital Reverb Plug-In Lexicon® 480L Digital Reverb and Effects Plug-In Little Labs® IBP Phase Alignment Tool Plug-In Little Labs® Voice Of God Bass Resonance Plug-In Manley® Massive Passive EQ Plug-In Manley® Massive Passive Mastering EQ Plug-In Manley Variable-Mu® Limiter Compressor Plug-In Manley® VOXBOX Channel Strip Plug-In Moog® Multimode Filter Plug-In Moog® Multimode Filter SE Plug-In Moog® Multimode Filter XL Plug-In MXR® Flanger/Doubler Plug-In Neve® Preamp Plug-In Neve® 1073 Preamp & EQ Plug-In Neve® 1073 Legacy Classic Console EQ Plug-In Neve® 1073SE Legacy Classic Console EQ Plug-In Neve® 1081 Classic Console EQ Plug-In Neve® 1081SE Classic Console EQ Plug-In Neve® 31102 Classic Console EQ Plug-In Neve® 31102SE Classic Console EQ Plug-In Neve® 33609 Compressor Plug-In Neve® 33609SE Compressor Plug-In Neve® 88RS Channel Strip Plug-In Neve® 88RS Legacy Channel Strip Plug-In Ocean Way Studios Dynamic Room Modeling Plug-In Oxide Tape Recorder Plug-In Precision Buss Compressor Plug-In Precision Channel Strip Plug-In Precision De-Esser Plug-In Precision Delay Modulation Plug-In Precision Delay Modulation Long Plug-In Precision Enhancer Hz Plug-In Precision Enhancer kHz Plug-In Precision Equalizer Plug-In Precision K-Stereo Ambience Recovery Plug-In Precision Limiter Plug-In Precision Maximizer Plug-In Precision Multiband Plug-In Precision Reflection Engine Plug-In Pultec EQP-1A Passive EQ Plug-In Pultec MEQ-5 Passive EQ Plug-In Pultec HLF-3C Passive EQ Plug-In Pultec EQP-1A Legacy EQ Plug-In Pultec-Pro Legacy EQ Plug-In Pure Plate Reverb Plug-In Raw Distortion Plug-In RealVerb Pro Custom Room Modeler Plug-In SPL® Transient Designer Plug-In SSL® E Series Channel Strip Plug-In SSL® E Series Channel Strip Legacy Plug-In SSL® G Series Bus Compressor Plug-In SSL® G Series Bus Compressor Legacy Plug-In Studer® A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder Plug-In Studio D Chorus Plug-In Teletronix® LA-2A Gray Classic Leveler Plug-In Teletronix® LA-2A Silver Classic Leveler Plug-In Teletronix® LA-2 Classic Leveler Plug-In Teletronix® LA-2A Legacy Leveling Amplifier Plug-In Teletronix® LA-3A Classic Audio Leveler Plug-In Thermionic Culture Vulture® Plug-In Trident® A-Range Classic Console EQ Plug-In TS Overdrive Plug-in UA 1176LN Legacy Limiting Amplifier Plug-In UA 1176SE Legacy Limiting Amplifier Plug-In UA 1176 Rev A Classic Limiter Plug-In UA 1176AE Classic Limiter Plug-In UA 1176LN Rev E Classic Limiter Plug-In UA 610-A Preamp & EQ Plug-In UA 610-B Preamp & EQ Plug-In
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: my mixing process consists of combining a multi-track recording into a standard stereo track. ... During the mixing process I do three main things: Balance the levels of the different recorded tracks, bring out the important elements in each section and make the song feel cohesive.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: industry standard / hit potential
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: my strongest skill is making music sound cool
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: hip hop / alt rock
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: have no limits
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: all the artists i want to work with have passed away. however steven tyler would be amazing i have always looked up to him.
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: i have been managing and playing in california bands and on national tours since i was 15 years old. it wasn't until i was 18 years old i decided to educate myself in music production/engineering. i have been doing this for about 8 years.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: guitar, piano, bass, microphone & my recording equipment
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: if you want to sound cool and actually get people to say what song is this i would hire me to mix your music.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: tell me exactly what you are looking for. if you want it to sound a certain way i can make it happen for you.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: dogsh*t cannot be polished. send me quality music and i will turn it into gold.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: how do you make it sound the way you do? a lot of trial and error over the years and learning how a live crowd is going to react and engage when listening to your music.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: everything. this is all i know how to do. i live and breathe music.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: i promise you i will make your music cool sounding.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: analog would be the dream and i have used analog equipment in major studios in hollywood. i use state of the art digital equipment and its great. but i wont lie analog is the way to go if you have the time and money. if you are on a budget i would recommend having someone like me mix your music the way i do and i can refer you to an analog mastering engineer in hollywood or even nashville for that matter.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: i work remote so i do not know anyone else unless i have seen them in the studios.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: i am working on all kinds of music. i recently have been digging into the country pop market, songwriting/producing/engineering for artists on sirius x the highway. that has been a lot of fun because usually i have worked with hip hop, reggae and alt rock artists.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: when i work on a project i usually work with my team of songwriters/producers/engineers. its usually all of us emailing different versions of the same song and we pick and choose what we like and dont like about each one until as a group we all decide that this is whats best for the song/project.