Music is my life. My work was first published at the age of 16. I did that record in my momma's basement with a pawn shop PC, a Sounblaster 16 sound card and stock plugins. This industry took me from nearly losing my life to graduating at Harris Institute for the Arts. I owe it everything. That is what I put into my music...into your music.
With over 20 years experience, my crossbred Digital-Analog-Digital signal chain will give you noticeably 'expensive' sounding masters. I always offer a critique of your music regarding your song choice, instrumentation, arrangement, and session file quality before we start to reduce the amount of post audio edits towards the end.
50% deposit is non-refundable.
Once I accept your job as is, you cannot send additional files to add or replace audio in the song without re-negotiating your price. This includes swapping out an MP3 beat with a WAV or a tagged instrumental with an untagged instrumental. My final process is analog and involves re-patching physically and recalling your session data. Make sure you are 100 before you give the green light to avoid disappointment.
Mixes go from $100 - 800 based on complexity.
Please be careful not to reference a song that someone else has spent hours tuning and then send me the untuned version unless you want extra hours added to your bill for re-tuning.
Studio Time $75/hr with 2 hour minimum
10hr Day Rates in my studio range from $750-1500 based on 1 or 2 engineers/assistants.
I create music around your vocals or voice notes. Prices start at $150 and usually end up at $300-500 depending on how much back-and-forth action there is.
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Interview with COR_TZ
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am inspired by a wide variety of music and music genres. I listen. Really listen to things. I notice things in the music people don't. Like the energy, the vibe, the soundstage, ...the mistakes.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm very quick the my hands on mixing consoles and mix while I record. Some of the recordings I've done have gone straight to release (independent and non-profit) without anyone noticing. My love and experience with signal processing also enables me to troubleshoot and re-create other engineer's signal chains fairly accurately, if not better. I am a recording and mix engineer.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio has all the latest technology including the latest versions of Pro Tools, Logic Pro and FL Studio. Audio is processed through an Orion 32+ into an SSL Sigma summing mixer and back into the Orion via Universal Audio Twinfinity channels (710-d) with FGX processing before it goes digital again. Our UAD library is extensive with Octo and Quad core satellites. Our mic collection includes name name brands such as Neumann, AKG, Blue, TUL, Shure and we have access to any microphone you desire through a private relationship with a local music store. This includes Manley, Beyerdynamic, and Telefunken. Same goes for any outboard gear.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Recording is my passion. Nudging the artist in the right direction and capturing that once in a lifetime performance that becomes permanent in the song forever. Those are my personal victories. Mixing is my calling. Since the beginning, I was always trying to make things 'Sound Better' pun intended. Whether it was adding things to the signal or educating myself on tricks and intelligent processing. With my experience, I find it very satisfying to re-create people's vocal chains with a fraction of the plugins they use. The look on their faces when you load an EQ and compressor and achieve the same, or better result than their 11 plugins on their lead vocal.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Emotion. I am a strong believer that music can stimulate people to feel happy, sad, sexy, angry, -everything. When I work with people, I ask questions, I align myself with what they are trying to put to the universe from their head and from their heart. And I don't let them stop trying things until I 'feel' their vision in the song. That goes for producing, recording, mixing and even mastering in some cases.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: The ability to tune in to your sound. Once I understand your sound, I work faster and everything you start hearing from me is exactly what you wanted.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: New and Old School Hip Hop, Rap/R&B, R&B, mainstream Pop, Dance, Reggae, Reggaetton and I'm really getting in to Brazilian Funk these days,.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: When you're thinking of a new song, call ME first lol
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Oh man, so many. I listen to so much. I also enjoy being blown away by random walk-ins at the studio. It's easier to list who I don't want to work with: Negative and Selfish People.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Very easy going and relaxed. Adaptive and intuitive. Honest.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: As of 2019, 21 years officially. Graduated as an audio engineer in 2003. I just finished high school around 2001 when I had my first release.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Macbook Pro ROLI Blocks Headphones UAD Twin iLok.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Finding the right engineer is like finding the right barber. There's always that one guy that just gets it.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That everything can be fixed in the mix.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: How much do you charge? A: What are we doing?
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I must say, what I like most is that I actually love what I do and get to meet people and watch their journey through the industry. Seeing a nicely done music video come together for a project I worked on just gives you me the best satisfaction. Especially watching the plays and views climb.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will be honest. For better or worse.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Haven't really looked.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: What I answer today will change by next week.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I mixed a record for Marr Grey a while back and got a screenshot from the client between him and @40ovo saying 40 liked it ...he liked it a lot.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: The world turns way faster these days and the demands are very competitive. DAWs blessed us with the power of instant recall in a matter of seconds. And the digital processing VST are now surpassing some of the outboard stuff. However, there is still something about running your signal through $10,000 worth of preamp/eq/comp chains that just make you feel warm inside. I employ a hybrid Digital-Analog-Digital signal chain for that reason to take the best of both worlds.