Toronto Recording Studio Owner. Over 20 years experience specializing in recording, mixing and light mastering. Mixtape and Album mixes for both major label & independent clients. Genres: Pop, Dance, HipHop/Rap, R&B, Reggae, Reggaeton, Brazilian Funk. You ready? Let's talk.
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 working 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 session file to work with. That's false advertising. Tuning adds billable time to your price.
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 between $300-500 depending on how much back-and-forth action there is.
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- Marr Grey
- Kardinal Offishall
- Don Million
- Sasha Chaa
- John Major
- Darry Riley
- Suga Prince
- B Familion
- Rue T
- Battallion Sound
- Brett Butler
- Shawtee RE
- Westbound P
- Yung Street
- Sahsa Laine
- Al Doex
- J King
- SH Brothaz
- Bonny Yen
- J Walker
- Ruste Juxx
- Vatos SA
- IMG Group
- UNIVERSAL MUSIC CANADA
- Warner Music Canada
- Dusty Wallace
- Soundsmith Productions
- Tone Mason
- Bennie Man
- Elephant Man
- Lindo P
- Ro Dolla
- Roy Woods
- Party Next Door
Interview with COR_TZ
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 outboard signal 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.
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.
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's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: 1. That everything can be fixed in the mix 2. That I work in my spare time.
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. But you gotta start somewhere!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Macbook Pro ROLI Blocks Headphones UAD Twin iLok.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: As of 2019, 21 years officially. I completed my audio production & engineering course at Harris Institute for the Arts in 2003 but was officially certified in 2007. (long story)
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style ... I start off with a little OCD, super organization of tracks, clip trim/edits, labeling and color coordinating. Then meditation while balancing levels and listening. Then go full out reckless rockstar with processing and really get into your song. Once it FEELS good, I take a step back (some times a whole day or two step back) and return to finalize the work with science and reason (Analyzers, Loudness Meters, Referencing, Headroom etc) without losing the 'feel' of the music.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Oh man, so many. I listen to so much different genres I wouldn't know where to start. I also enjoy being blown away by random nobodies. It's easier to list who I don't want to work with: Negative and Selfish People.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Get it right in the recording. Don't 'fix it in the mix'.
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, Reggaeton and I'm really getting in to Brazilian Funk these days.
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. 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 the right EQ and compressor and achieve the same, or better result than their 11 plugins on their lead vocal.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio has 3 fully treated rooms: 250 sqft Control Room, 500sqft Live Floor and 150 sqft ISO booth. The control room has all the latest technology including the latest versions of Pro Tools, Logic Pro and FL Studio. Various Class A Preamps (4x UAD Twin-finity, 8x Avid, 1x Neeve) plus our UNISON preamps via UAD Apollo. All audio is processed through an Orion 32+ into an SSL Sigma summing mixer (2 mix busses to play with in parallel) and back into the Orion, sometimes with outboard processing or FGX processing before it goes digital again into Pro Tools. Our UAD library is extensive with Octo and Quad core satellites. Our mic collection includes 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: 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. All day everyday, recording and mixing music.
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: 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'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: 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.