My name is Steven Thornley, I am a music producer/mixer from Manchester UK. Mixing, composition, session guitars and bass available. I have the latest in industry standard hardware and software. Thanks for looking. Looking to work on any type of project. Get in touch.
Mixing, Online Mixing, Production. Live Mixing, Live Sound
Audio/Music for Games, Advertisements, short films.
Session Guitar Work
Session Bass Guitar
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Interview with Studiosarj
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to give the track a few listens, so I will set some basic levels so I can hear whats going on, then do my routing to the channels on the desk. I use the computer for my more surgical EQ cuts and compression, then send through the desk for any EQ boosts.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I like to think I capture a live feel and sound. I think if a band can play live and sound great and get the audience pumping then why not make a track sound like that?
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I like to work on rock music, but anything really.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I like to try to make the track sound live.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I was stuck in a rut really. I worked in a bank and it wasn't at all what I wanted to do. I decided to do a music Production course at Manchester MIDI School, and I have been building up experience since then. I am still at the bank until I can take this full time, but it pays for my gear ha ha.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That its just pushing faders on a desk.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love music, so everything.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll always put in 110%.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I'd take my Midas desk, my monitors, my Mac, my Blackstar amp and a Guitar.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analogue. I know people say "It just sounds better" but it really does. Digital technology has come a very long way and can give great results, but it will never capture 100% what analogue can do. I mix in a hybrid fashion so I kinda get the best of both worlds really.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Daniel Finney.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm just building up my experience using tracks from the Shaking Through series online.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I did a remix for a competition, to mix a Hard-Fi song. I added some guitars to the track. It was one of the first things I mixed after I had finished at Manchester MIDI School. I had no desk and no monitors and I am really pleased how it came out in the end.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a Midas Venice DIGI-LOG console at the heart of my setup, this is new to my studio but really enjoying the way things are sounding. The EQ is really useable and sounds great. I have a hybrid studio setup, where I mix in the box and send the channels out to the desk to use the EQ and capture the sound of the desk.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Yeah - For anyone looking to setup a home studio and are looking for a budget type analogue desk, go with a Midas Venice, you will not at all regret it. It has awesome preamps and a really nice EQ section.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I'm offering a free service, so there is literally nothing lost. Send me your files, I'll give it a mix and see what you think, you can't lose!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I like the work of Chris Lord-Alge, his approach to mixing really inspires me. I also like Eric Valentine, he seems to get a really live feel to the music and that inspires me to do the same. Warren Huart another producer I like the work of, he mixes in a hybrid fashion, and is kinda the person that turned me on to it. He's generally an all round nice guy, sharing his tips online every week. He was not brought up through a studio and found his own way up there, he's a definite inspiration. I also like Chris Zeuss Harris he just has a sound and its just right.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Probably a rock artist like Buckcherry for example, I'd love to mix a Buckcherry track. Or Airbourne or something like that. Wednesday 13 would be a great artist to mix also, I'd love a go of something like that.