Ryan Papa is a Producer / Mix + Mastering Engineer based out of Sydney, Australia and has been involved in the music industry for over a decade.
Ryan Papa is an Australian Producer, Mixing & Mastering Engineer and owner of Complete Sound Studio. The studio is a modern, hybrid studio that boasts the very best in analog and digital processing. Complete Sound Studio boasts some of the worlds most revered analog equipment including a 16 channel Solid State Logic X-Panda, SSL Fusion, Maselec MEA-2, Manley Massive Passive & Vari-Mu and an API2500 buss compressor. High-end monitoring is provided by a pair of Focal SM9's in an acoustically treated room.
To date, Ryan has worked with musicians from around the world and caters to both labels and independent artists. For those based in Sydney, attended sessions are also available.
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Interview with Ryan Papa
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Too many musicians / bands to list, however in regards to Producers / Engineers, I am a big fan of the work of Tom Elmhirst, Tony Maserati, Joe Barresi, Emile Haynie and Philippe Zdar to name a few.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Studio is a modern, hybrid setup utilising high end analog equipment from the likes of SSL, API, Manley with the very best digital providers such as Softube, UAudio and Brainworx. I use Logic and Ableton Live as DAWs and monitoring is a pair of Focal SM9s.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: For mixing I receive the project in audio tracks, gain stage, process and automation in the box and sum stems through my SSL console and outboard gear. Mastering combines analog chain with digital processing.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Honesty, transparency, commitment, experience, taste, objectiveness.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Majority of work I receive is mixing and mastering.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Fundamental understanding of the technical aspects of processing audio and an open mind to experiment and collaborate.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Primarily electronic music, however, I have worked on Punk, Rock, Folk, Hip Hop, Indie, Classical etc.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Less is more.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Anyone committed to what they are doing.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Collaborative. As a mixing / mastering engineer we are hired to do what's best for your song.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: DJ'd for many years before collecting gear, producing and eventually mixing and mastering. I have been involved in the music industry since the early 2000's.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Assuming I have a computer, UAudio Apollo, Softube Console 1, Focal SM9s, SSL, Massive Passive
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Communication is key in this industry. I believe the process should be collaborative, built on trust, respect for each others point of view with a focus on what is best for the outcome of the song/record. The ability to attend sessions is important.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Time frame, release schedule, release type, goals, expectations and what they like/dislike about the rough.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Louder is better.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you make it louder? Sure.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Seeing a project through completion and exceeding clients expectations.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: They will receive 100% effort.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both - they each have their strengths. I couldn't do what I do as effectively using one exclusively.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently mixing a project for a band based in London called Mountain Bloom.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: HERST - HERST EP - Produced, Co-Wrote, Mixed and Mastered this project. Dani Grace - Lovers - Mixed/Mastered. Received one vocal track and one track of keys. Worked hard to make it sound as big as possible.