Professionalism and client satisfaction comes first. I can read music, improvise, and learn music by ear, so I'm happy to work with whatever you provide me with. As a mixing engineer, I work quickly and strive to fulfill the artists vision of the song.
I am a bassist and audio engineer(mixing/recording). I have a home studio, with a lot of experience collaborating remotely with artists. I have quality basses, bass amps and recording/mixing gear. I have a lot fo experience with Jazz, Reggae, and Indie. I especially love working on anything unique and creative. Thanks for reading and let's collaborate!
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Interview with Richard Lueras
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Jazz standards, musicals, pop sessions, avant garde jazz, singer/songwriter originals .
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Computer is a 27-inch 2017 iMac.My DAW is Logic X, and I also use Reason for synth bass programming. My interface is an Apollo x6, and an Arrow for mobile recordings. Midi controllers include a PadKONTROL and iRig Keys Pro. I use Universal Audio plug-ins, mainly. Bass amps include Mesa Boogie, Gallien-Krueger, and SWR.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listen to the song multiple times; ask myself what the song needs/doesn't need from the bass....step away. Come back to the song, sing some parts. Attempt to craft my performance based on my first instincts (what I sang). Record a scratch take, take a break. Come back and evaluate my scratch take. Make adjustments and begin the master take. Make edits and mix after that.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I try to serve the song. I don't want to take up any unnecessary space. I just want to fill in the bottom end and make the song feel good. If more is needed, then I will add it, but I generally don't want my parts to take over the tune.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I am a hard worker and won't rest until I feel that I've done my best work.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I produce music on my own, as well. I do a lot of dub, hip hop, and electronica, as well as remixes.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Take breaks! It's easy to lose perspective on what is working and what isn't when you have been mixing/practicing for hours. Take a break and go for a walk...get some coffee, etc.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Anyone on this site! I think this is so amazing that we can collaborate with "strangers" via the internet and create a work of art. The future of music is now...
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Laid back, yet focused.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I am a music teacher (elementary school), recording engineer, and bassist. I've been doing this for about 10 years, but I am new to SoundBetter!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Upright bass, acoustic electric bass, melodica, drums, piano.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I appreciate professionalism and manners. Treat other as you would like to be treated :)
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What kind of bass tone do you prefer? Can you name some reference recordings? How would you describe the bass style of the tune? What kind of emotional vibe are you going for in regards to the bass? For the tune?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Playing a simple bass part the right way is not easy.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Collaborating with other artists, and getting paid to be creative while doing what I love.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I prefer digital because it has come such a long way and sounds much cleaner. I do like analog emulation plug-in's, especially those by universal audio.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently working on a Shaed trip-hop remix.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I recently recorded a piano trio and received an email back from one of the artists who said I was the best recording engineer that they knew, and their musician friends felt the same way. That made my week!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Dr. Dre is a big inspiration for his minimalist, clean style. I also am very influenced by dub engineers, as they allow the mixer to become part of the music. King Tubby and Lee Scratch Perry are two of my biggest dub inspirations. Bass playing inspiration includes Ray Brown, Andy Gonzalez, Aston Familyman Barrett, Robbie Shakespear, Charles Mingus. Jaco Pastorius, and Larry Grenadier, to name but a few.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Satisfaction guarantee. I want to make sure that your track feels special to you!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: “ Can you play upright bass also?” The answer is yes! I play upright, electric, and synth bass.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: No but im admiring many of those professional profiles.