Emil Drougge

Mixer, Producer, Studio owner

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If I had to choose between produce, recording or mixing music I would choose mixing. I love to mix! And when I love to do something, I do it with 100% dedication and passion. It dosn't matter if the recording is made in a bedroom or if it's made in a professional studio I always use the source material as the foundation and start to build the mix

I am a producer/mixer/recordingengineer based in Stockholm Sweden. I have a bachelor degree in audio production from SAE institute in Stockholm and have worked in the audio buisness for over six years. I do recordings in my own studio and in other bigger studios. I am a musiclover who listen all over the genres but when it comes to recording and mixing my specialty is rock. With that said, I do record and mix all types of genres.

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Interview with Emil Drougge

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I have to say the album Second to none by my former band Crescendolls. We worked so hard on that album and faced a-lot of obstacles for even getting the album done. I was the Guitarist, co-writer, recordingengineer, producer and mixingengineer. I really enjoy listening back to it now, I am so proud of both the songwriting and also the production!

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: I am mixing an album for a band called Nephila. Great band with awesome tunes!

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: No, not that I know of yet! I'm very new to the platform!

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both are great for many different reasons! Analog because of the sonics. Digital because of the instant recall and also the sonics.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: That I always do my best and doing the job all the way.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: That it's creative and fulfilling. The feeling I get when I manage to help an artist to get the sound that they have in their head trough the speakers is so satisfying for me.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: They often ask me "What's your rate?" and I answer "What's your budget and wen is your deadline?" I know! Answering with a question...

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: That you just can use presets on plugins and then throw up the faders at the exact same settings for all songs on an album.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: What is your budget and when is the deadline.

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: Hire someone that you feel comfortable working with! You have to be able to try out different things and also get feedback on performences without it beeing a conflict.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: U 87 API A2D SSL Sigma Neumann KH 310 Devil lock

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: I started out as a guitarist. I had a couple of bands and went to a Jazz school. After school I was an intern at a smaller studio in my hometown. From there my interest in sounds and sonics started. I then went to SAE institute in Stockholm where I now have a Bachelor degree in Audio production. I have worked with sound since 2014.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: I am calm as a person but looking for that edge that sticks out in a mix.

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: Feist! She's so good at what she does and she seems to try new things and crossing over genres.

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: Leave your personal problems at the door!

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: Rock and alternative rock. But I Love doing Jazz mixes! The dynamics that comes from good jazzinstrumentalists is so much fun to work with! I Love it!

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: That I am creative while mixing. That's also the best part with the job!

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: I am a creative mixer but I do have an education in Audio production. This means that I will take some chances while mixing but at the same time I know what I am doing.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: When it comes to mixing I usually start by setting the session up at least the day before I start to mix. This way I can approach the mix with fresh ears. On the day of mixing I start by listening to the rough-mix and listen to the most vital elements in the song and start from there.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I have a hybrid setup in my studio. The analog chain consists of an SSL Sigma summing mixer, Neve 8803 EQ and Neve 1073preamp/API Preamps. I have a Pro tools ultimate system with an Avid 16 I/O connected to that. I use Neumann KH 310 Speakers. When recording I have a Vintage Neumann U87 from 1970, Amethyst vintage design Stereo pair, two SM7b, Vintage Senheiser MD421 from '60s and some basic mics like sm57.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: My two favourite mixingengineer is Andrew Scheps and Tchad Blake. My favourite producer is Chris Goss.

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: I do a-lot of mixing. My clients usually send me the tracks and then I will mix it. Sometimes I get hired to do a full production. In these cases I rent a bigger studio depending on the artists need, and then Mix and do overdubs and/or vocals in my studio.

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Crescendolls - Broken

I was the Mixingengineer, Producer, Recordingengineer in this production

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Gear Highlights
  • Neve1073DPA
  • API A2D
  • Neve 8803
  • SSL Sigma
  • Neumann U87 1970
  • SM7b
  • Violet design Amethyst vintage
  • Senheiser MD421 Neumann KH310
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