Freelance engineer in the greater Chicago area
Hi, I'm Ryan. I'm a recording & mix engineer based in Chicago, IL. I am a freelancer, which allows me to work with a wide variety of artists and musicians from MPLS, MN to Nashville, TN. I've been privileged to work with some of the most talented musicians in the business and I don't take that for granted.
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Ryan has mixed several projects for us. Here's why we keep going back to him -
1) Client focused. He's concerned about the project sounding the way we want it to.
2) Good communicator. Keeps us in the loop.
3) More than once we have approved a mix, only to have him tweak a couple of things he was unhappy with, resulting in improvements.
Interview with Ryan Maier
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I want to help you get your song/project to a point where you love it.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't "fix it" in the mix. Get it recorded/performed right the first time. Before you record, practice.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: When mixing a song I've never heard before I get to have a third person perspective that can be beneficial to the project. A fresh set of ears can do wonders for a song.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Luke Buishas, Brandon Ray, and Ryan Michael Tant
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Digital for the quick recall and analog for the sound.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get work with a wide variety of people and get to mix different genres of song.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be clear about what you want and what your end goal is. Also, send a reference mix.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I think I mix songs pretty organically and natural sounding.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use Pro Tools to mix. That gets sent out to an analog summer with various analog gear, then that gets printed back into Pro Tools.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.