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Interview with Chicago Audio Mastering
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, Analog is a lot quicker to dial in and digital is unforgiving
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: We will work until you are satisfied
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I can work by myself
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Anyone can make it sound like me
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: If you stopped by my page its probably not by accident
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Lighter, Refrigerator lol I'm a pro tools gearhead so definitely Pro Tools, D Control, SSL or Neve Chanel strip or both one for tight and one for more body, pair of speakers .....I hope the island has summer all the time and no mosquitoes so i can sit outside and will not need and sound treatment
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Was musician first, then Chemist and then got to be working at Battery studios/Jive records. All that and now over 20 years later still doing what i love
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Eccentric, Clean, and detail oriented
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Patience and great pair of ears
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Colors and competence
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to talk to a client and get their input of what their vision of it is, ask for references. As much information as possible be that view chat or text or even like in old days get on the phone:)
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Its Called Stem mastering. Sometimes it's Vocals and Instrumental and at times Drums, Bass, Gtr-Keys, Vocals getting mastered together for more control
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Bob Ludwig, Bernie Grundman, back in the day its was those guys plus Sterling House and few more i can't recall now
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Actually have a few places i call home from the big commercial facility with SSL9000k and slew of gear to a smaller private studio with about 5 pair of speakers and a great room with custom equipment designed to make it super comfortable
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: All types, mostly Urban, Dance and Rock, some ambient