Achilles (iliad Studios)

Producer/Engineer

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Producer, Vocal Production Specialist, Engineer, Songwriter, Studio-Owner, DJ, Tutor

Being classically & technically trained, I identify sonics that can give your music the professional sound you want and give you an edge over the competition.

I've had over 10 years experience in the industry, produced records supported by a number of well-known DJs and placed records on D2E, 3FIFTY7, SWUTCH, Alveda & more.

I specialise in record production, vocal production, mixing and mastering particularly within the indie, singer-songwriter & EDM scenes.

I work well with artists who want to prioritise their creative endeavours and focus on what they're good at — making music — while I focus on making it shine.

I run a recording studio in Melbourne for artists requiring recording facilities.

Remotely or face-to-face I also mentor those entering into the world of music production and/or DJ'ing.

VOCAL COMPING:
$40 per final vocal track, or $30 per track if in combination with any other service

VOCAL PRODUCTION:
$45 per vocal track or $35 per track in combination with any other service. Minimum 3 vocal tracks.

Includes...
- A zoom call to go over your vision for the song and fill in any of the gaps before I begin
- Tuning
- Alignment
- Full processing
- Final dry vocal track, stems for leads, harmonies, ad-libs etc

MIXING:
$200 per song

MASTERING:
$70 per song

STEM MASTERING:
$110 per song

PRODUCTION:
Contact for pricing & overview

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

5 Reviews

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  1. Review by Eaton
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    Andrew(Achilles) does high quality work. His professionalism shines through every step of the process from the initial consultation to delivering the final product. Would highly recommend and would definitely work with him again.

  2. Review by Aaron Roman
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    Great time working with Andrew,

    Not only was his production on point, his vision for the project was very clear too!

    Thanks.

  3. Review by Lola Rhodes
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    Loved working with Andrew on top line and vocals for this track! He gave great direction and we worked very well together. Very talented producer. Hope to work on more!

  4. Review by Abel A.
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    Andrew is absolutely awesome to work with and Very professional! He knows exactly what he’s doing, making sure he takes the time needed to make sure the production is top tier.

    Definitely recommend!!

  5. Review by Robbie Hutton
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    I have worked with Andrew on a few songs now (a few which are in his Studio Reel) and all I can say is, that he has been a complete pleasure to work with.

    Not only is his quality of work up to a professional standard, he is also an absolute gentleman. He provides solid advice and pointers when needed and goes that extra mile to make sure the client is completely satisfied.

    We are still working on material together and I can confidently say that we will be way into the future.

    Highly recommended!

Interview with Achilles (iliad Studios)

  1. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  2. A: My own personal artist project (Achilles) is going through a state of flux and re-launch at the moment and I have so many exciting records coming out the very new future. In 2020 I also began streaming on twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/achilles_dj) which has taken off massively and helped me to achieve support from many big names as a DJ.

  3. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  4. A: Aaron Roman. One of the best freelance engineers in the country.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Many people over-complicate this "issue". All music is digital today. The advantage of analog was the harmonic distortion and saturation that gave analog hardware its "warmth". However, audio technology has come so far now that the modern digital emulations of old analog hardware are, in many cases, able to do a "better" job of bringing out the pleasant sonic nuances that made old-school analog hardware so good.

  7. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  8. A: I'm not a fan of airy-fairy marketing cliches. So my promise is simply to take what you give me and make it better. Make it pop. Make it shine and be the best it can be.

  9. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  10. A: I love watching clients light up after a job well done. There are so many talented people out there that just need a small bit of technical magic to be done on their music to make it shine.

  11. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  12. A: I generally explain things in a lot of detail to try and help my clients become better with their own recording and production techniques, and have quite a bit of experience as a mentor. So often I'm asked if I do one-to-one tutoring/mentoring. And the answer is yes. I also have a fully functional DJ

  13. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  14. A: Particularly with vocal production, the work is very time consuming due to the volume of tracks and 'manual' adjustments that need to be made. I find many vocalists are often very talented, but not always fully aware of the fine-processing that needs to be done to a vocal in order for it to sound professional and sit nicely in a mix.

  15. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  16. A: Generally I'm just trying to gauge their own technical ability in order to see what level of guidance they need on their end. Communication is very important so both parties can make their expectations clear to each other.

  17. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  18. A: I have been a customer many times myself. You need to feel comfortable that you are going to get a personalised service that you will be happy with. Ask the provider as many questions as you need to before hiring them. You're a human being, not just an internet profile, and should be treated as such.

  19. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  20. A: - Macbook Pro - Focusrite audio interface - MIDI keyboard - Sennheiser HD800 headphones - Rode NT1-A microphone

  21. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  22. A: I played piano as a kid, and began making music with software just after I began high school, before being a "producer" was cool 😅 In addition to my musical training I studied music production as a senior also. I also began to DJ as a teenager as well and immerse myself in the fast-growing culture of electronic dance music. In all I have been doing music in one form or another since 2008.

  23. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  24. A: My wide experience with a diverse plethora of genres and my ear for quality sounds and melodies that set things apart from the noise.

  25. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  26. A: I operate in a custom treated studio. I work in the MacOS software environment using Ableton & FL Studio as my two preferred DAWs along with a vast array of 3rd party software plugins from all the top manufacturers. I also hire out my recording booth and engineering services in my studio along with DJ tutoring.

  27. Q: How would you describe your style?

  28. A: From a creative perspective, I don't like limiting myself too much. I enjoy house and trance and I try to reconcile more than one genre in a song whenever possible.

  29. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  30. A: There are so many, however right now I'll say Axwell for his uncanny ability to write and produce such cutting-edge sounds with each and every production. Wildcard: Skrillex for his insane sound design.

  31. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  32. A: Professional-sounding mixes start at the very beginning of the songwriting process. Choose quality sounds from the start, and you will make your life easier later on. You cannot polish a turd.

  33. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  34. A: As an engineer, indie, singer-songwriter, pop, dance-pop and EDM. As an artist, UK/Future House, Progressive Big Room & Hybrid-Trance. However I've dabbled with many other genres such as Future Bass and Deep Progressive.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: An ear for quality and experience with a wide variety of different genres.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: For vocals it's very straightforward: 1) make clear to the vocalist what is required in the recording process to get the best result 2) compile (if required) 3) tune 4) process (this is where the magic happens) 5) produce the final vocal master tracks For other engineering and songwriting/production it tends to be case by case depending on what the client wants.

  39. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  40. A: I really admire professionals like Stuart Tyson (Bass Kleph) who are able to balance the creative with the technical very well. Musically I have a very diverse taste and garner inspiration from a variety of different genres. I am primarily active in the electronic dance music scene however and I really admire hard-working professionals such as Armin van Buuren, Axwell, Don Diablo, James Hype, and ILLENIUM just to name a few.

  41. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  42. A: - Complete vocal production, comping, tuning etc - Tutoring - General engineering, mixing/mastering - Songwriting (in the electronic dance music scene)

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  • Focusrite Audio Interface
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  • Sennheiser headphones
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  • Rode mics
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