I strive to be the guy, (where in this day in age where everyone can get a laptop and software), who takes pride in the art of mixing, and can give my clients a lifelong physical and audible memory of the amazing music they created. I’m a bass player and engineer, let’s connect to take your music to the next level.
Clear, focused, and energetic, are just a few words used by listeners to describe mixes and mastering projects emerging from Frankie P. Studios. It's not about how we want a project to sound, it's about how the artist wants it to sound. At Frankie P. Studios, I’m about more than just audio engineering - I am dedicated to the art form that is music.
I have been involved in audio for over 15 years and specialize in the art of mixing. I mix everything from my studio and love working with all different types of music. Using Pro Tools, an abundance of world class plugins and some outboard gear, taking your songs to be radio ready, is my number one goal.
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Interview with Frankie P.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Actually I mixed, one of my best friends record but became a slight role in producing as well because as we were mixing we started changing some of the aspects of songs and as I mixed it I became really proud of my work because I got to mix stuff that I had a part in writing and for me, that was very humbling.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on a lot of pop mixes due to the fact its almost spring and artists are getting ready for summer releases
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I just saw Andrew Scepps is on SoundBetter and he is an amazing mix engineer and one of my idols.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both but mainly digital. Personally, I think that a great mix engineer can make anything sound amazing and radio ready. Yes, there are different nuances when you record to tape, but in this amazing world we are in today, you can make an amazing sounding record with the right people who know what they are doing.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Excellent work and great communication throughout the mix process
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to hear music as it could be not as it is. Many people listen to things at face value. A demo to someone may sound bad simply for quality but I listen to it as what the song is and could be.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What do I charge, asking for past mixes, and turnaround time for mixing
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I move faders and adjust volume levels
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I ask about deadlines, advertisement for the work I will do to make sure I am credited, and if they are signed or working with a manager that needs to be brought into the conversation. I will also ask what is the sound they are looking for and will ask examples of music that they want to sound like or sound similar to.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: There's a lot of engineers who can be cold, or not personable, what you get with me is someone who understands not only audio, but the creative process and musicians. I am one of the easiest people to work with and with hiring me, I not only want to create great music, but life long and repeating clients.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My bass, My hard drive, My Sansamp pedal, anything else can be replaced
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I want to keep improving my craft of mixing and continue creating life long clients that feel as though I am their last stop before release, or a mastering engineer. I have been doing mixing for over 10 years and I feel as though I am always learning and improving
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I take music and the arts very seriously. Time is money and time should be valued on both ends of the spectrum. If you're someone charging a lot of money to mix a song, don't take forever to mix it. I am punctual on my mixes, and I set deadlines for almost anything I do. My philosophy is work smarter not harder. You won't find me grabbing plugins on every single track, if I think a sound is good straight from a client, I am not going to fix it if it's not broken.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Brendan Urie. He is an amazing composer, songwriter and producer. He is the front man for Panic! At The Disco and I never knew how talented he was honestly until I heard Death of a Bachelor and then did my research. (Also saw him on his first night of Kinky Boots on Broadway)
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Its all about gain staging and levels. Many times people will run and grab the nearest plugin or buy the newest plugin because it made your track louder or sound different and all of a sudden you have level problems. I take pride in spending a lot of time leveling my tracks and gain staging before I even touch a plugin. Lastly know what the plugin does to its fullest extent.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on Rock, but lately its been a lot of HIp-Hop/rap
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is cutting the mud. Being a musician, as well as someone who has a bachelors in music education, I had to learn to play over 15 instruments, this helped me understand where many instruments sit in a mix and their frequency range. I use this skill to perfectly EQ instruments to blend together to glue into one song.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring life, clarity and punch to your mixes. I take something and create a piece of music that is ready to compete with the music on the radio and streaming devices today. I want the artist to feel confident and that when they hire me, they get anxious and excited to know the next time they hear their music, they are thrilled about the quality it transformed to.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My first day of getting the session is anything and everything that has to do with mix prep. Gain staging, organizing tracks, routing different track components, track coloring, and comping. I take the first day to do that so the next day my ear is refreshed and all I have to do is focus on the most important thing...the music.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I am an in the box mixer using plugins from waves, slate, the CLA bundles, plus much more. I exclusively work in Pro Tools.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Chris Lord Alge, Andrew Schepps, Dave Pensado, Michael Brauer, Steven Slate, Graham Cochrane, Rich Keller, Ed Sheeran, John Mayer, Billie Joe Armstrong, Brendan Urie, Shinedown, Daughtry, Butch Vig, Dave Grohl
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing music to create a lasting piece of artwork that the artist can be proud of