JERRY STARTED HIS AUDIO CAREER OVER 3 DECADES AGO. HE HAS WORKED AS A RECORDING ENGINEER, A ROAD TECH AND A LIVE SOUND ENGINEER FOR A LONG LIST OF MAJOR ACTS INCLUDING... AREOSMITH TIMMY-T ELVIN BISHOP TOWER OF POWER COLD BLOOD EDDIE KENDRICKS (OF THE TEMPTATIONS) THE POINTER SISTERS BABY BASH
JERRY WORKED FOR SEVERAL YEARS IN LOS ANGELES BEFORE RELOCATING TO FRESNO
TO START FRESNO'S FAVORITE RECORDING STUDIO, PYRAMID RECORDING.
JERRY PLAYS GUITAR AND HAS WORKED WITH SEVERAL REGIONAL TOURING ACTS
HE RECORDED HIS FIRST SINGLE FOR KEYNOTE RECORDS IN 1979
HE CURRENTLY HAS 7 OF HIS OWN ALBUMS AVAILABLE ON RETROSPECT RECORDS
AND HIS NEW GROUP "EVE'S BURDEN" HAS RELEASED 2 CDS ON S.M.G. RECORDS
JERRY ALSO TEACHES RECORDING ARTS FOR LOS ANGELES RECORDING CONNECTION
HE STARTED PYRAMID RECORDING IN 1988 JERRY SPECIALIZES IN ROCK, METAL AND RAP
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When our band, Mirage, decided to record our first CD, we searched for a studio capable of delivering of full, rich sound. Ultimately, we ended up using Pyramid Recording. We recorded, mixed and mastered our CD, Yarus, there. Approximately a year later, Yarus took first honors at the Independent Music Awards held at the Galaxy Theatre in Anaheim, C
I chose Pyramid Recording & Mastering after interviewing most of the other top recording studios in town. Jerry helped me get my book "The Ex-Con and The Italian Princess" into audible form for ex-offenders who do not have the capability of reading. Thanks Jerry. We spent over a year on this project and are now breezing through the Mastering phase.
On behalf of Foreigner Unauthorized we would like to extend our profound thanks for an outstanding recording experience with your studio "Pyramid Recording and Mastering" and the expert advised we received during our sessions from you and Rik Willmitch. 6 tracks were recorded in approximately 5 days. The mastering process was a key factor i
Interview with Pyramid Recording & Mastering
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I really consider my self to be a catalyst for the artist.. I will offer my opinion but you have to ask for it.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Robert Plant because he can keep reinventing himself and is always very creative
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: always been a guitarist but started doing recording as a job in 1977
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Sm 57 mic, La2a compressor, Macbook Pro computer, my guitar, a generator full of gas
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How much do you charge? answer not enough (lol)
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: meeting interesting people and helping them rise up in the game
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: not yet but Ill keep you posted
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: dialog editing this Thursday, Vocal overdubs tomorrow morning, acoustic guitar and vocal duet in the afternoon Wednesday, drums on Friday mixing a song for my next project when I have time
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I primarily specialize in rock, country and rap. The thing I have done the most of is mixing followed by vocal production and guitar production and drums, lots of drums.I produced my first record in 1975 shortly after that I got hired as a recording engineerin a studio in Los Angeles... over the last 35 years in the music business there is not too much that has not crossed my path.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: While working in L.A. studios some of my friends who were way ahead of me in the recording game were usually working on some big name acts like REO Speedwagon, Sammy Hagar, Michael Jackson and Foreigner to name a few so I was always hanging around the various studios where these records where going down and picking up on every bit of info and techniques that I could.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: For a vocal chain I have a dedicated ISO booth with a selection of large diaphragm mics including Neumann, Shure and Lawson with API mic Preamps and a selection of limiters. For tracking and recording I have a large format analog console by AMEK and I also have a 2 inch 24 track recorder by Studer and of course a Pro Tools HD setup with all the smoking hot software. For analog mastering, I have a Manley Vari-Mu tube compressor and a Manley Passive EQ . as far as outboard gear goes I have a Universal Audio LA2A and a rack of other compressors EQs and other goodies.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It is all over the map, usually first Ill get with the client and plan a detailed strategy then depending on what type of project it is we will start knocking out the basic parts and then fill out the production as needed the bottom line... do what it takes to make a good record!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Vocal production, Mixing and Mastering
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: once again its all over the map most of what i do is rock and rap
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: keep things simple and well rehearsed oh wait that's 2
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: loud, clean and punchy
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: call and ask lots of questions don't text it is way to detailed for that
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Ill usually ask something like ...if you heard your song on the radio what other artists might be heard on that same station? I find that this gives me a better idea of what market they hope to hit without me asking something like who do you sound like?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: that a person can do 10 songs in an hour or do it at home and sound like the pros
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am proud of everything I do
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: it really depends on the situation I have lots of the best sounding analog gear at my fingertips but sometimes software wins and plus it has "UNDO"... I use both regularly