I can have your song(s) professionally mastered for a radio ready quality.
My goal is to bring your song(s) to life and to meet your vision.
As a mastering engineer, I add polish by focusing on the song as a whole with close attention to the dynamics and tonal aspects of the overall song.
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Interview with Patrick Smith
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I recorded, mixed, and edited a cover song by a local artist named Vienna Dohler. I recorded the drums, piano, and her vocals then I mixed the project giving it life and character.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on an EP project of my own.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Matthew Boda and I interned at JTL a couple of years ago.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I've worked with both and love both but for me, I most confident in digital seeing as I have spent most of my time honing my skills in digital workspace.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To deliver a clean, full sounding, and professional sounding mix
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconceptions is assuming you need a certain piece of gear or software to make a good song. What you need is an excellent understanding of the fundamentals of mixing and mastering. As well as practicing and honing those skills.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have a reference track(s) this will help me get a feel for the style and sound you are looking for.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Studio monitors, interface, computer, and a dynamic microphone. Plus a good pair of headphones if I could sneak a sixth item.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been studying music, mixing, composition, audio engineering, for 6 years. I first started in an apprenticeship with a local studio in KCMO from there I went on to achieve my degree in audio engineering in a hands on class in Nashville. I have also taken courses in my spare time as well as training in one on one coaching sessions. Music is my passion, I am always working to grow my skills and expand my knowledge of music. I absolutely love this career.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is full and clean. I aim to bring a song to life in the sense of making room for each track and making sure I bring out the best qualities as well.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would l love to work with NF. He is vey creative, and has a strong range as a vocalist from singing to intense rap. I would also love to work with Tommee Profitt, his work especially with NF is phenomenal. He is an incredible producer.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Gain staging and compression are crucial in creating a full sound and mix. You want to make sure your tracks have enough space and headroom to shine and sit properly in the mix.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I primality work on Hiphop tracks as well as Pop and Rock.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing is my strongest skill, understanding the dynamics and character of the instruments.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Clarity in sound, I make sure it sounds clean, full, and professional.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I start with setting the mix ensuring each track has the room it needs. Then I focus on the dynamics and tonality of each sound/instrument to achieve the best sound possible.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have Logic Pro X KRK V6 Studio Monitors Apollo Twin Interface Focus Rite Interface Komplete Kontact Keyboard Native Instruments Izotope Ozone 8 Focal Studio Headphones Blue Large Diaphragm Microphone Telefunken M80 Dynamic Microphone Akai MPD218 Drum Pad Vocal Booth
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Thomas James "Tommee" Profitt has an amazing dramatic and big production Strange Music has great club music with excellent bounce Dr. Dre has that classic hiphip style that I love They all have solid sounding records and amazing productions!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mix and master the artists song(s), getting them to a radio ready quality. I also program drums that bounce well and hit beautifully.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love working with music, hearing someones idea an helping them bring it to life!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I'll ask them which artists are their favorites, what are the references/influences in music.