Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
All of the projects I work have something special to them.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am trying to research and design a recording and rehearsal facility in our area.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
I am fairly new to the site so I haven't made any contacts yet.
Analog or digital and why?
Both have their pros and cons. In electric guitar recording for example digital gives the flexibility to choose from a plethora of guitar sounds without having to buy all the individual gear that was used emulated. When digital sounding guitars become a problem for the client then analog is the only way to rectify this problem.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I promise them that they won't go broke from recording their music and that the results they'll get will be much higher quality in contrast with money they are paying.
What do you like most about your job?
Working with all kinds of music and making a living from my passion.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
How are we going to achieve this guitar or vocal sound? I always try to find the gear their favorite musicians have used and then try to point them to the results the gear will have on their tracks.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That a skilled audio engineer can take a goat singing and turn it into the rarest exotic bird with his tools.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What are their favorite bands. What kind of sound are they trying to achieve. Witch gear would they like being used.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Always send in a sample of your work for the engineer to work before hiring him in order to check witch engineer will suite your needs better.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A triple rectifier by Mesa, a Kemper profiling amp, an audio interface by Antelope Audio and a PC with a plethora of DAWs in able to record the perfect deserted island metal music.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I have been playing music as a singer and a rhythm guitarist for 10 years. I have been working with audio and music production for 6 years.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Every artist has their own unique influences and technical nuances. I would like to work with bands that know their stuff in order for me to get them to the next level without them requiring to break the bank.
Can you share one music production tip?
If you're recording direct, audition your rhythm guitar takes clean without any heavy distortion and add distortion in the mix in order to achieve the perfect / mistake free take of your tracks(mistakes can be covered in heavy distortion and a stuck of guitars takes with imperfections here and there can ruin a great song).
What type of music do you usually work on?
Death Metal, black metal, progressive metal and basically all kinds of modern heavy music.
What's your strongest skill?
My strongest skill is vocal tuning due to my training both as a singer and an engineer.
What do you bring to a song?
I can bring mayhem, chaos and utter destruction qualities that most modern metal productions require.
What's your typical work process?
I record electric guitars onto a simple drum track. I then program the drum tracks according to my needs. I then start adding some bass and at the end the vocals of a song.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I am using a Steinberg MR816x as the base of my studio. The studio monitors I use are the Yamaha HS80m. I record electric guitars direct with guitar amp modelling software or miced with a Triple Rectifier by Mesa Boogie.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I am inspired by Glen Hansgard and Damien Rice as a singer and Andy Sneap and Colin Richardson as an engineer.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I record direct electric guitar takes and then use guitar amp modelling plugins to amplify the sound according to their needs. I also tune vocal takes due to my experience as a modern music singer.