I help creatives focus on what matters most and ditch all the tech overwhelm by providing you with the specific mixing services that you need to get the exact sound you are looking for.
Creativity matters. And I believe that technology is there to support it. In the last 30 years, I have been studying the development in recording and mixing technologies thoroughly and consistently. What I came to realise is that today, you don´t have to spent a fortune on tech/equipment to create high-quality sound results. You don´t have to collect vintage gear or high-class analogue equipment either. You absolutely can if you like - I like that stuff, too, and I especially admire the achievements of tech pioneers like Willi Studer.
To me, the optimal way to ignite creativity and support creatives best is to reduce gear and software to the minimum you're happy with (including all your favourite stuff that you just cannot let go of), and master and leverage all the features these pieces of gear provide you with. This way, you don't get lost in the overwhelm of having too many options so that in the end, none really suits your wanted outcome. Just think about the early rockstars of our time - The Beatles, Pink Floyd ... didn't have any of the equipment that is available to us
now, and still - or even because of that - they created ground-breaking masterpieces of sound and music.
I choose my equipment wisely based my experience so that optimal results can be created and to give free rein to creativity.
Looking forward hearing from you!
Contact me through the green button above and lets get to work.
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Interview with Olav Knies
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Conny Plank. Please have look at Wikipedia to get an impression of this past visionary. Steven Wilson. He is a creative genius and full of ideas.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Music und sound are my passion. I gained experience by self studying for mpore than 30 years. I was fascinated by the sound of many productions in the early 80ies and wanted to know how was this sounds made. During school I had first encounter with synthesizers. I gathered lots of them and spent whole nights with developing sounds. In parallel I recognized my interest for recording and mixing. So I gained my experience and knowledge by self-studying for 30 years and mixed a lot of live music. In my opinion live experience is one of the most useful skills for mixing in the studio. As a live mixer it is my responsibilty to transport the bands mood to the audience. And I like to implement an similar feeling in my studio mixes.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: As I am launching my business right now please let your project be the first in long row that I will be especially proud of.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I recommend Aubrey Whitfield.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital, because it´s easy and offers all you need. Mixing ITB has become the standard production method. It´s comfortable and economic. Nevertheless I grow up with dreaming of big consoles and 24 track Studers and I would gather some old high end gear analog desk, a Studer A827 and staff for maintaining if I would win the pools. Of course there is a difference in working process and sound. Concerning sound it´s a matter of taste if you prefere analog or digital. I respect people very much who run fully analog studios, but for me personal the pragmatic and economic way to reach my goals ist digital mixing ITB.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Getting the best individual sound of the artists tracks by analysing the individual requirements. Because of this I don´t use presets because I want to emphasize individuality and avoid uniformity.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: "You don´t have much gear in you studio, so you can´t achieve a professional sound."
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your desired result? What makes you smile while listening to music? Do you like to have an individual sound or a common radio ready sound?
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: As I am started my business right now theres is no project I am actually working. But maybe it could be your´s?
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: As music is emotions my promise is to use all my experience and passion to deliver a professional sound result that makes you smile :-)
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My preference is not to copy mainstream styles but rather to emphasize individual aspects on a professional level. I like it to produce a very natural sound but I also love to build individual soundscapes.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Emphasize the song´s character and integrate the artist´s wishes and requirements.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listening to the artist´s work, incl. previously published music. Interviewing the artist concerning his requirements. Analyzing the delivered tracks and evaluate sound quality, timing, tuning, etc. Consulting the artist regarding efforts and economical aspects giving honest advices.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: As I am still have launched my business there aren´t questions yet.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Assuming that there would be a stable power supply ;-) : A powerful laptop with Cubase Pro and some Valhalla plugins A good audio interface A pair of excellent monitor speakers. A pair of Beyerdynamic M201 TG
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Reduce to maximize creativity: Cubase 10 Pro, Wavelab Pro 9.5, iZotope RX 7 Standard EMES Black TV Audio Technica ATH R70x AKG 240DF Behringer X32 compact PC
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing Mastering Design special sound FX Cleaning tracks
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Conny Plank Steven Wilson
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: My passion is my profession.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: In my experience more than 50 % of sound quality are the musicians themselves, about 30 percent skills of the engineer, the rest is equipment. If the artists are perfectly prepared before recording (knowing the songs by heart, mastering their instruments, paying attention to tuning and timing, being in a good mood) you get the best basis for a great sound. Even the best equiment can´t heal a recording that is performed half-hearted.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Practice in reducing equipment. You don´t need hundreds of EQ and compressor plugins.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Prog Rock, Folk/Acoustic, Metal,