The heart of Pluto Recordings is to illuminate the desires of the artist. We aspire to walk along side the artist's vision through creativity and commitment, until that vision is brought to life. We believe a great song starts at the writing and arranging stage, and from there, every step plays an integral part in achieving an incredible result.
Pluto Recordings offers recording, mixing, and production services. Operating out of a humble studio in Melbourne, Australia's western suburbs, we have been working with many artists ranging from hard rock to electronic. Although we have gained much experience in various genres, we have been specialising in alternative genres such as; lofi, synth pop, and indie. Our DAW of choice is Pro Tools filled with many of the industry standard plug ins and virtual instruments. In addition, we offer our clients a range of instruments in our recording space.
From writing & arranging songs to recording & mixing, we want to help you achieve your desired sound.
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Interview with Pluto Recordings
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am truly inspired by the home/bedroom producers currently putting out music. Artists such as Kevin Parker (Tame Impala), Mac Demarco, and a plethora of other lofi Californian artists. They are achieving unique sounds from their home set ups, and they are dominating the alternative scene. This inspires me, and shows me that great records can be made from simple home set ups.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When working with an artist, we will first sit down with them, listen to any demos they might have, and develop a production plan. We first work out the best way to attack this project, and how best to achieve the desired sound. Once we are ready to record, our focus is to get as close as we can to the finished result at the recording stage. This way, when we get to the mixing stage, we can really dive into being creative, and adding that sparkle to our already great sounding tracks.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: We aim to work alongside the artists vision for their song, but we also want to bring our creative flare to the music we work on. Rather than bringing the same little tricks to every song we work on, we believe the song itself guides us to what will fit and what won't fit, and we seek to let that creative process flow.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Lofi, Synth pop, Indie rock
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Our style would be to add to any song what it needs, instead of over-mixing. There are techniques, tricks, and particular plugins up our sleeves, but we really like to let the song guide our creativity.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception would be that mixing engineers can fix poor recordings. It is crucial that an artist gets the best possible takes at the recording stage. A mixing engineer can only take a poor recording so far, but great takes make mixing a breeze. It's better to take more time at the recording stage, and get it right, than have a "we'll fix it later attitude."
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: We would recommend Daniel Booth of SPL Mixing. He is an incredible engineer, and has given priceless production knowledge
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: We would love to work with Mac Demarco. His simple song writing and arrangements, along with his unique mixing style has really influenced they way we approach songwriting and mixing. Most of all we would love to work with Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys). He revolutionised song writing, and production. He was always thinking outside of the box!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Recording & Mixing is the most common work we do for clients. Our little motto is "record as if you're mixing, and mix as if you're mastering." We don't go by the "fix in the mix" mentality. We believe in recording, picking samples, programming synths etc; to sound as close to the final product as possible, so then at the mixing stage, we are able to be more creative, rather than spending hours trying to "fix" things that could've easily been avoided in the previous stages of song creation.