Cooperative, competent, creative, and technically adept. The bottom line: It's all about your project.
I'm Grant Turley, a freelance audio engineer based in Houston, TX.
I started off my music career playing bass in rock bands as a young dude. I began recording in a home studio environment not long afterward, then moved on to receive formal training and intern in local studios. Because of this varied experience I am adept and both digital and analog technologies, giving me the skills to carry the heart of your project from the mic through the board into the computer and back out through the speakers.
Working together I can assist you with recording material, editing (including tuning and adjusting timing/quantizing), mixing, live sound, or even tracking bass parts for you.
Working on other people’s music can be an almost magical process. Music has incredible power, and it can be a challenge to translate that accurately into the bits and bytes that people will listen to. To me, fulfilling your creative vision for your music is key. My job is to capture and polish the ideal version of those songs so that your creative product goes out into the world in its best form.
I’d love to chat about the specifics of your project and whether I’d be a good fit to help you accomplish your goals.
I look forward to working with you!
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Interview with Grant Turley
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly track acoustic sources (drums, guitars, vocals, etc.) and mix music. I also do quite a bit of live sound work.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started out working in a home studio environment recording my own music. I was immediately hooked. After a couple of years I started recording friends' bands, and began trying to make a career of recording music. I eventually went to audio school to sharpen my skills so I could work in the pro studio environment. I also took on a couple of internships in order to learn further and gain relationships with local studios. I'm currently a freelance recording, mixing and live sound engineer. If you have more questions about me and my journey, feel free to message me.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I am a freelance engineer, but work primarily out of Sound Arts Recording Studio in Houston, TX. This facility has a Trident 80 Series console and a Neve BCM console. The studio also has well API and Telefunken outboard preamps, several Urei 1176 compressors (Rev. D and Blue Stripe), as well as DBX 160, Urei LA-2A and LA-3A compressors, Burl and Cranesong AD/DA, all running into and out of Pro Tools. There is an extensive microphone collection, including several vintage Neumann microphones (U47, FET47, U67, U87). The studio also has an extensive guitar and amplifier collection, with approximately 50 guitars and 20 amplifiers. The studio can handle tracking entire bands live as well as multitrack overdubbing. If you want to know more about what is available there, please contact me. If that setup is not ideal for your project, other accommodations can be made that are more suitable.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: In tracking, I take time to set up everything and get microphone positions right before EQing and compressing into the DAW. I try to get things sounding like a record going in. I prefer to track basic tracks live, and overdub vocals and other extras. In mixing, I start by editing and cleaning up each track, then apply EQ, expansion, compression, other effects, panning and automation to make the song gel and for the individual tracks to blend into a cohesive whole. I usually use a hybrid approach that uses the best of analog and digital tools.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I believe that the song is king and that it is my job to make sure that it is presented in the best light possible. Usually this means making sure every source is captured and/or mixed in such a way that the message of the song is clearly presented. Because I believe so strongly in making the songs as perfect as possible, I try to take time to understand an artist's creative vision before I begin my work. This proves as a framework for everything I do. Ultimately, the songs are the artist's creative work, and their satisfaction is tantamount.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If possible make sure you have the arrangements to your songs worked out and that you can play everything as it's supposed to be. This will save you a ton of time, money and frustration when you are in the studio.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: It would be a dream to work with Tera Melos. I think that their approach to rock music is fresh and exciting. I love their work with crazy effects pedals, and the fun and futuristic sounds that sometimes come about. That said, I think that they are solid songwriters and arrangers as well. They also seem like they'd just be super fun dudes, from my previous interactions with them.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I want to know what your creative vision is for the sound of your project. I also want to know, as much as possible what the concept is behind it. From there I want to understand instrumentation and arrangement so we can figure out what it will take to bring that to life. Finally we'll talk budget, and come to an agreement on what the cost will be.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: It's just a dream to work in the studio. It doesn't feel like work most of the time.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. There are amazing tools in both the digital and analog domains. Digital tools impart an amazing amount of precision with editing and cleaning up sound, and have nearly infinite adjustability. Some of these tools would be impossible or impractical to create in the analog domain, but are amazing everyday tools for me. However, the analog audio equipment generally gives more of the sound and vibe that makes a song sound like a polished record. Plus, they're more fun to play with. By using both I can provide you a finished product that will compete with any big name in your genre.