I can mix, master anything you need! I have also done sound design for films, podcasts, etc. I can help produce and create music for your specific project also if needed. I have years of experience making music and working with musicians. I am very proficient at working with electronic, house, techno, metal, and punk genres.
Hello! My name is Trey. I’m an audio engineer in Portland, OR and I have a degree from Clackamas Community College for Audio Engineering and Music Technology. My main expertise is in recording punk and heavier styles of music, but I have experience with a lot of other types of music also. All types of bands and musicians are welcome!
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Interview with Lost State Recordings
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am very proud of every project that i have worked on. I would spend some time with the band helping play the part of producer, and help them capture the best performance and release it to the world.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Organizing my studio for bands who are coming in soon to record.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, i believe in using everything as hybrid as you can, there is a lot of good things in both worlds, digital will be standard eventually though, so gear heads who are only into analog gear need to learn to change.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will never lie to you, and i will never waste your time.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Listening to great bands everyday, finding new ways of doing the same thing, Meeting new people, working in the music industry.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: mainly they ask about price, but also how long turn around times are for the work, most people expect things done way too fast, it doesn't happen like that. Good work takes time.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Its not easy, it takes years of experience to even be close to knowing how to do certain things, you always learn something new every day, you will never know everything about audio engineering.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How they want their project to sound, and or examples of what i can listen to, so that i can make their work sound exactly how they want, also what kind of things they want out of me for their project.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I am willing to work with anyone and any project, I do not take demands, i am also not here to fluff your ego and entertain unrealistic expectations you might have. I am honest and will provide you with what is expected of me in a timely and professional manner.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Guitar, Drum set, PA system, bass guitar, microphone.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I wanted to be an audio engineer when i was 18 years old. I veered off that path for awhile playing in bands and doing other projects for awhile, but for the last 3 years, i have been honing my craft and trying to build up a business for myself doing audio work.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: methodical, Unique, and honest.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with anyone who is passionate about their music and art, i love working with all types of people. One band i would love to work with one day is IDLES, they are a punk band from Bristol, UK
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Not everything needs plug ins or effects, sometimes people overuse effects and post production stuff. If it sounds good as is, leave it alone.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on more punk, hardcore, metal, and rock types of music. I have experience DJ'ing in Seattle, WA at clubs when i was younger and used to produce house/electro tracks as a electronic producer.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Being blunt and honest with people i work with, i find being brutally honest in certain situations cuts down on a lot of back and fourth and wasting time when things need to be done.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring years of experience and knowledge i gained from tail and error. I finished with a degree from Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, OR, it is a college that is known for its music and technology courses.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to get to my studio and bring some beverages preferably coffee and or gatorade to stay hydrated during mixing and or working with bands.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work out of a small studio space in a industrial warehouse, Its a small and modest set up, but its cozy and works for me.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am a huge Beatles fan for the most part, and everything i do is mainly influenced by them. I even have a Beatles tattoo on my arm. James Plotkin is a great mastering engineer, he has done great work and has even mastered my bands work before. I am also a huge fan of recording engineer Warren Huart. His knowledge and easy going attitude to recording and music production is inspiring, he is a shining example of an almost near perfect engineer.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mainly record, mix, and master songs for bands and musicians here in Portland, and i can also help produce songs for your music project, or even compose music for your film, or short movie.