I mix for a living.
My credits include
- AWS 900
- Chandler Curve Bender
- focusrite red 3
- Manley stereo EQP
- Retro MC 76
- A Designs
- 9098 comp 1084s Drawmer Lexicon Bricasti Yamaha Roland
Interview with Phil
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Seek Irony - Mixer. Great band, great songs
What are you working on at the moment?
A country project
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Maor Appelbaum mastering
Analog or digital and why?
Analog - IS faster, which keeps the artistic side of things moving for me Digital - great De Essers and more accurate fades. More flavours, just not as bold as analog.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I listen to what you are asking for.
What do you like most about your job?
Seeing my clients excited about the project they've spent a year on !
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
The big thing for me is revisions. I'm running mostly outboard gear. I can't just do another project for a day while you wait for someone in the band to take a listen to the song. Its not fair to the other client and it takes a lot of time to reset all the eqs comps etc. I do some of my work in the box, but I find that (Mixing with computer) a slower process than outboard gear and as a result it slows down the "art" scrolling through tracks trying to find the BG vocal comp
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Unless you make arrangements before hand I am not here to improve the performance of your tracks by tuning every vocal and lining up every hit etc. Thats the producers job.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
How many tracks per song. Who's mastering. Can you be available within 4 hours for revisions.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Be available for Revisions. Don't tell me you'll get back to me in 3 days about a mix
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
AWS, Focal SM9, Retro 76, Chandler, Manley Pultec
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Bass player for 6 years, Radio Producer, Educator, Studio Manager, Studio Owner, Mix Engineer.
How would you describe your style?
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Jeff Lynne...look at his client list...
Can you share one music production tip?
Spend 5 more minutes on the guitar tone, 5 more minutes getting your drums sounds, 5 more minutes...You get the idea
What type of music do you usually work on?
Actually I've done just about everything within a month. Death Metal to country.
What's your strongest skill?
If a client asks for a revision, I will do it very fast. And still maintain there intention. This is the clients song, not mine.
What do you bring to a song?
I really need to know everything about it before I start. I like to find out from the writer where things came from if at all possible.
What's your typical work process?
I need the lyrics. I learn the arrangement. I figure out where the energy is and go!
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have an amazing sounding room. I'm using an AWS 900 with their new powersupplies, Lots of outboard gear. I have Logic, Protools, Cubase and Nuendo. I transfer everything to NUENDO. Its layed out like a console and it has less phase issues. I'm using Focal SM9s, NS10s and Grado headphones for monitoring
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I've studied/worked with Nick Blagona, Andy Wallace, CLA, Michael Brauer and JJP.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I closed down a college and production studio to build a NEW mixing suite and focus on my mixing career.