Make your mix stand out from the rest with steel guitar, lap steel, and dobro playing of Mark Wayne! Implementing the best amps, mics, preamps, and recording platform available, to bring YOUR mix alive! No Hassle, friendly and quick communication, and above all, a steel track that compliments your special arrangement!
Elevate your mix to the professional level they should be at! Steel guitarist, dobro and lap steel artist Mark Wayne has a way of making mixes stand out. Whether it's simple padding (sustained backrounds), lyric enhancing fills, or tasteful 'in-the-pocket" leads, Mark will deliver, with the best gear available!
From Hank Williams, to the easy flow of a James Taylor song, to the uplifting swing of Asleep at the Wheel (Mark was taught by their steel player, Eddie Rivers), to the blues style of Robert Randolph, Mark covers it all.
Mics: Neumann U67, U87
Preamps: Daking and Fearn preamps
Pro Tools HD Native - not cheap plugin imitations. The best sources give the best results.
Just let Mark know what style you are looking for. From Bob Wills lap steel on a Gibson 1936 7-string steel, to Billy Currington!
The sounds Mark can deliver upon request:
- "Paul Franklin sound"
- Buck Owens' Bakersfield sound made famous by Tom Brumley
- Backround non-intrusive padding to in-context lead work
- Double-neck Emmons pedal steel, the workhorse of the steel guitar world
- Practically ANY style!
Contact Mark today. He won't disappoint!
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Interview with Mark Wayne
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: 100's of clients over 25 years isn't what Mark Wayne likes to ponder on. Instead, it's the focus he has as an entertainer, producer, and session steel guitarist, caring, on a one-on-one basis, of the goal of your satisfaction when it comes to assisting to bring out the best in your song....Your professional outcome, with the help of Mark Wayne!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The vocalists', writers, and players that mostly inspire Mark is what gives him the ability to see what is needed in your song. Only a certain few players can accomplish this because it takes half a lifetime to achieve. In particular, steel guitar players like Buddy Emmons, Lloyd Green, and JayDee Maness are great examples.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: This is where our setup stands apart from many others. Instead of cheap shortcuts like plugins and inexpensive preamps (the heart of your tones), we use Emmons pedal steels, "Dobro" brand resophonic guitars, and Gibson lap steels, into Milkman and Peavey amps, implementing real Neumann U87 and U67 microphones into Fearn and Daking preamps. This is all processed via ProTools HD Native with a 192 I/O commercial operating system.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: We receive the mix track from our clients and in a timely fashion apply the instrumentation, then returning just the steel guitar track to the client, all for a very reasonable price, considering the quality you will receive!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: We will enhance your song. That speaks for itself.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Producing, and adding steel guitar, lap steel and dobro to your song.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Folk, Country from every era (Jimmy Rodgers to the present), Western Swing, Country and Western, Traditional Jazz, Big Band, Americana, early Classic Rock, and Country Gospel (80's style).
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Dont overthink your production. Today's technology has sterilized alot of songs. Precision doesn't sell records. Groove and feel do.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Making your music sound the best that it can be is worth more to us than being with the best performer or producer. Maybe to learn from the best would be good to make your product better.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Organic, letting the music breathe. The Groove is very important.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Since 1982.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Daking preamp. U67 microphone. U87 microphone.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Technology will trump experience in rocket science. Experience will trump technology in music.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What style do you like? That's what we can match.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People think just 'moving the fader' will fix everything....not so.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What's the price. We match what we can do to that.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Making people sound better than what they realized.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog. Warmth. Best Feel.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: There are great folks who work at SoundBetter. They know how to make people like me look good!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A Country-Gospel album.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: As a producer, making every album sound better than the one before is the best reward.