My names Micah Meizlish and I run Hollow Note Studio! I’m a 25 year old Audio Engineer with over 5 years experience in both studio recording & live sound. I am a 2013 Audio graduate of Sheffield Institute for the Recording Arts and since have had the pleasure of working with numerous MD local bands at various studios across MD.
Pre-Production: We help with song structure, achieving the numerous tones from drums, bass, guitar, etc. Recording demos, scratch guitars, & all around ensuring you are ready to hit the studio with your songs fully fleshed out.
Producing/Engineering: Tracking drums, bass, guitar, vox, & anything else for your project release. Setup & tear down of instruments, tuning drums, finalizing guitars, shouting out different mics/placements. Anything to do with getting your tracks recorded and ready to be handed off to the mix engineer.
Editing: Correcting any timing or phase issues. Consolidating different takes, editing silence, bounce multitracks in requested file format.
Mixing: Routing, balancing levels, panning, & processing your tracks. This is a the step in our process where you would be supplied with mixes, and recalls would be done. Getting tracks finalized and ready for mastering engineer.
Mastering: Final EQ sweetening 2 buss compression & sonic enhancements. Print final 2 track in requested file format.
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Interview with Hollow Note Studio
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I feel my strongest skill is mixing drums, I don't know why but I've always had a talent for making some great hitting drums!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, indie rock, post rock, pop punk, hardcore, metal, melodic.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Mixing in mono, helps you accurately set volume balances and really hone in on EQ moves.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would say my style is more old school when it comes to tracking. Taking the time to get everything sounding just right and even processing on the way in so by the end of the day whatever we’ve tracked sounds almost record ready. Now a days there seems to be a lot of “fix it in the mix” and non-committal attitude because of the lenience of digital. Committing to a sound and hitting record on the way in frees up any unnecessary processing that would need to be done in the mixing stage. Why save it for later when you can do it now and make everything sound better now?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: My advice would be pick someone who isn’t afraid to try new things, and is a great listener. I know if it was my music I was handing over to someone else I’d want someone who I could be honest with about what they’ve done, and that would take my opinion seriously. Even if they are the “pro”.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What’s your style of music? What do you hope to attain out of working together? Any influences that I may check out? How many songs? What do you want done? (mixing, editing, mastering etc) What’s important to the core of the project?
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will work with you to protect the honesty & integrity of the song. To always give my absolute best and not be a know it all who refuses to listen to anyone. To speak up if ever the need arises to ensure everything is done properly giving the best results the first time. To constantly be studying new techniques in the recording arts staying updated on the new/old never growing stagnant. To have fun/enjoy the creative process that is capturing sound, and to never “fix it in the mix”.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Why not a hybrid approach? Both analog & digital offer great pros in their own respects, analog gives you headroom, space, warmth, etc. Digital gives you convenience, quick workflow, easy edits etc. Combining the best of both worlds makes for a great recording solution that is sure to please everyone. Maybe not purists BUT you can ensure your mixes have the depth and warmth of analog while tracking conveniently with any number of takes needed. Cause lets be real your average listener isn't going to notice that you tracked completely analog anyways!