Tell us about your studio setup.
I have a Fairly simple setup, as i work from home. The heart of my studio is a midas venice f series console, running with pro tools, as well as various outboard gates and compressors.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently Recording an acoustic project
Analog or digital and why?
both, incorporating elements of analog and digital can get a unique sound, for example i will use an outboard tube compressor on my lead vocal but a plugin on back round vocals, it helps separate them in the mix a little and make everything pop more in the mix.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I will work with you to try and make your song everything that you want it to be.
What do you like most about your job?
The feeling that you get when you hit play and everything in a song just works perfectly together.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That hiring a mix engineer will fix all of your problems. To quote one of my teachers in school, "you can only polish a turd so much". I'm usually pretty honest if i don't think something is fixable, and if there is an option to re-track something I will advise doing that.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What kind of music do you want to record? What are your influences and can you provide any reference tracks?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Make sure we can have clear communication about what you need, i'd rather know before we even start if we will work well together, if we can't we will both end the project unhappy.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
my interface, laptop, a pair of sony MDR 7506 headphones, an SE Z5600A tube mic, and some sort of generator to power it all. oh and probably a phone to call for a rescue.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started doing live sound in high school, then i decided to go to school for audio engineering. After that I set up my home studio, and just tried to get as much work as i can. also i still do live sound in several different venues in the area. so that helps meet musicians.
How would you describe your style?
simplistic probably, i don't do a lot of heavy effects or automation if i can help it, i'm not a huge fan of over processed songs.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
The Wonder Years. i worked a live show for them once when their tour came through a venue i work at, they are just fantastic musicians, songwriters, and all around seem like nice guys.
Can you share one music production tip?
The most important thing for me when I am recording is always to get it as perfect as possible going in, before you ever get to mixing, get the sounds that you want right away, and the song will mix itself.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Usually singer songwriter acoustic type music, however i get the occasional rock, punk metal, and hip hop in there.
What's your strongest skill?
My favorite thing to mix is definitely Drums and bass, there is just something about a great drum mix in a song.
What do you bring to a song?
A fresh set of ears, an open mind, and a passion for music.
What's your typical work process?
I usually start by organizing and labeling all the tracks, and then going through and listening to individual sections by themselves, before listening to everything together. after that i start with basics, setting levels and panning, then I start applying EQ's and compression where it is necessary. i usually send this rough mix to the client to make sure i am going in the direction they like, and get their input on it. then I start polishing until the client is happy.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Most Commonly I Mix songs for my clients.