Tell us about your studio setup.
I have Avid Pro Tools 10.3 and 12.4 bundled with the Fast Track Duo Interface, a 2TB external Hard Drive, A Mac Pro 4,1 with 3TB and 16GB RAM, A Slate VMS Mic, Audio Technica M40X,Beyedynamic DT990, A Pair of Yamaha HS5 under two isolation pads on a pair JamStands, A Maschine Mikro MK2 Midi controller and a M-Audio 49 Keystation controller, 4 two inch acoustic foam treatment panels (Owens Corning 703) and auralex foam (two inch) in my recording studio. Plugins: Waves, Izotope, FabFilter, Slate Digital Ravent MTi2 mixing console and more!
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Joe Delfino (Miller Street Studios).
Analog or digital and why?
Both. Because achieving a particular sound comes with a taste first. Digital and Analog bring many flavors to the table, why short yourself on seasoning when the ultimate plate can be dished.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
To do my best and to communicate as much as possible and to deliver a song/track that they can be proud of and happy with.
What do you like most about your job?
Witnessing a song from rough recording to a clean mix come together. I love music I can hear a song for hours putting your hands in the work to help it is even more exciting.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
How can you make my song as loud as the pros on the radio? Answer: Although I always wanted to jokingly and simply answer: with a limiter plugin. My actual answer is: by cleaning up the Mix, uncovering the blanket to compliment certain frequencies that are clashing, and by stereo imaging, balanced compression glueing a nice and balanced mix. Loudness can always be added but clarity is so much more.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Job title mistaken for the following: Adjust volumes only. Dj. Producer. "Mixing Engineers, aren't they the people that combine songs on a mixtape" or: "isn't that about beat making?"
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What is the vision of your track? Is there a professional song you would like to reference to your song when I mix? How many track outs is this project?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Build a strong communicative relationship and Always invest in yourself.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
unpaid, altogether 8 years. Paid 3 years. I am currently rapping up school for audio engineering at; The Recording Connection and I work at Miller Street Studios.
How would you describe your style?
Bass heavy, aggressive vocals (or forward vocals) crips high ends, balanced.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Beautiful Eulogy, Andy Mineo, Nas, Brotha Ali, Lupe Fiasco. They all have dynamic vocals I would love to mix.
Can you share one music production tip?
Work in Mono instead of Stereo, always cut before you think to boost, keep an eye on your headroom and always remember to gain stage! Be confident in yourself remember: It's the ear not the gear!
What's your strongest skill?
Vocal mixing/ mixing Hip Hop beats.
What do you bring to a song?
Clarity and quality creativity and a signature sound that will stand out from the rest!
What's your typical work process?
If I'm tracking a vocalist, Ill listen as I record and formulate a plan with tracking. Once the vocals are recorded I go to own cleaning the mix first then checking with the artist for any creative goals. After that I may or may not politely suggest a creative mix idea and then check with the artist if they are happy with the mix and overall experience and provide an (MP3/Wav/ or CD) if requested via email or on a flash drive.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Dave Pensado, Young Guru, Graham Cockhrane (The Recording Revoluiton), and Matthew Weiss From the Pro Audio Files and my school mentor Joe Delfino (Miller Street Studios).
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A client who hired me for a mixtape ended up learning from me (because I love to teach) and assisted me in his own work, this person now has his own home recording studio and is in college for audio engineering!
What are you working on at the moment?
Mixing a Hip Hop album.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
My MacBook, My Hard Drive, My Fast Track Duo Interface, My VMS Mic My Yamaha HS5 Monitors.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Recording rapper vocalist. Mixing down full hip hop songs. track outs (stems) and vocals.