My name is Andrew Long and I'm a mixing and mastering engineer, specializing in metal, pop, and alternative music, with ten years of experience. I have worked with and learned from multiple Grammy award winning mixing engineers and producers. Through these experiences I can confidently say I have the skills to bring your music to life!
Before I got into audio engineering I was a musician, and not a very wealthy one at that. I played guitar in a death metal band and suffered through terrible recording sessions and terrible mixes. It was those disappointments and the passion for music that drove me to learn how to mix and master music at a professional level. A BA in Audio Production, a MA in Audio Technology, and ten years of experience later, I am now working out of my home studio in Washington, DC. I offer professional level mixing, mastering and editing, with the goal of making your music sound the way you intend it to be heard. I have experience using SSL consoles, API consoles, as well as a wide variety of outboard gear. I interned at Bias Studios in Springfield, VA where I learned mixing and mastering techniques from Grammy Award Winner Bob Dawson and mixing and mastering engineer Mike Monseur. While getting my Bachelor's and Master's Degree at American University, I had the privilege of learning from Grammy Award Winning mix engineers and producers Andros Rodriguez and Irko.
I understand how powerful and impactful music can be, that is why I think having a collaborative process with the client is essential. You will be absolutely ecstatic with the quality of the services I provide or your money back.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
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Interview with Andrew Long
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to make music sound great!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: There is little effort
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How do you envision this sounding?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been into music my whole life. Learned drums at a young age then switched to guitar. I played in a death metal band which really taught me how to communicate in an artistic environment. I then went into the military for four years, but still worked on music and spent a lot of time producing my own pop and edm tracks. When i got out, I earned a BA in Audio Production and I just completed my MA in Audio Technology.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Figure out what works for you, and then do it to the absolute best of your ability
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is mixing
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have an Universal Audio based setup and thousands of dollars in plugins. I use a Windows PC that is custom built from the ground up with 48 GB of RAM. I primarily use Pro Tools, but also have experience with FL studio, Ableton and Logic. I have an AXE FX III as well as a dbx 160A compressor.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Andros Rodriguez- I learned from this guy during grad school and the way he viewed music and the importance of a mix was life changing.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common work I do is mixing, mastering, and editing
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently working on a short 3 track death metal/ hardcore EP. Written, recorded, mixed, and mastered by yours truly.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: A combination of both. I spent five years learning and honing my skills in an analog based studio, and there's no question analog is awesome, but I'm 27 and I come from an era of computers and technology. Digital allows me
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: My advice would be to prepared. If you are a band looking to record, know your material. Producing is a totally different vibe. Figuring things out is part of the gig. If you need mixes or masters, have your files formatted according to the preferences I provide. I'm passionate about my work and I care about delivering high quality results and I would like to work with like minded people.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Methodical with the ability to improvise and adjust to the situation
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: All the types of metal and rock, EDM, House, Pop, Indie, Alternative, Folk/ Singer songwriter
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: The vision of someone who cares deeply about the music, while understanding what needs to be done on the technical side of things to make that song come to life the way the artist intended