Do you need session musicians, mixing, or mastering? I've got you covered. I'll add life to your songs with professionally engineered acoustic drums, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, and vocals. No corners are cut as we work with you and take pride in providing top-level tracks.
Hi, I'm Jackson Ward, owner and head engineer of Strata Recording.
We specialize in services ranging from song production, session performances, audio editing, mixing, and mastering.
I personally take care of all session drumming, audio engineering, mixing and mastering. I have experience playing drums for many clients online, including well known YouTube channels Spectre Sound Studios and Gear Gods. I work closely with top local session musicians to help people online get incredible tracks for a great rate.
Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.
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Interview with Jackson Ward
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! Digital for the ability to recall sessions quickly and digital on the front end while recording to help saturate and get huge tones into the DAW from the source. They both have their strengths and weaknesses so I use them each to my advantage.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be clear in upfront with your vision for the project and what you're expecting from me as an engineer, mixer, or session musician. Providing me with notes, information on the song (tempo, midi, and session info) will all help things move smoothly from the start, ensuring a quick and satisfying result.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My iMac with Pro Tools, my RME 802 converters, my Amphions, a u47, and an Sm57.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If your song has vocals, make sure they are stellar! That's what the average listener is paying attention to. Beyond that, you must have a great rhythm section. Otherwise that great vocal performance won't have a strong foundation to sit on.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I generally work on rock, prog metal, singer-songwriter, and pop music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is assessing a song and bringing its strengths to the forefront. I have a knack for writing interesting and appropriate drum parts, and I really love drum and vocal production.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring 12 years experience as a professional drummer, 8 years experience as an audio engineer, and I've learned under some very well-respected engineers during my time in the industry.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to hear what the artist's or producer's goal is for the track and communicate with them so that we can efficiently achieve their vision and bring it to life.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio is a hybrid setup of analog and digital mixing gear. I use a 2018 iMac Pro, Pro Tools 2018, RME Fireface 802 converters, a dangerous monitoring system, Amphion studio monitors, API, BAE, and True Systems preamps, as well as hardware compressors from Chandler Limited and Wes Audio. I have several drum kits, guitars, amps, cabs, and a large selection of microphones ranging from classics like the 421, sm57, and u47, to the Bock 251.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm inspired by great mixers like Kris Crummett, Chris Lord-Alge, Taylor Larson, Dave Pensado, and Darrell Thorp. I love pop, singer-songwriter, country, rock, and metal production styles.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: My typical day involves mixing, mastering, and session musician services for clients. This can range from local to online musicians and bands.