With 15 years experience and wandering career as an artist (Tenth Electric), Touring Musician (Eckoes), Producer (The Beach + 100s more) and Mix engineer (See Credits); Max has a unique perspective on mixing and mastering as he has experienced the process from all sides. Treating mixing as more art than science.
Mixing and mastering is crucial to getting that awesome sound. Setting the vocals at the right level, making the bass and drums to sit tight on that groove, finding the right reverb. However great your song is, without the right balance and processing you are not going to get a look in.
Starting as a drummer, but progressing to keyboards and guitars in touring bands across Europe, I have the sensitivity of a musician and a desire to get the feeel just right for you. Whats more, if you want to add a part, upgrade a guitar line or want to let me loose to do some additional production, you won't be disappointed.
It just sounds great. its like adding thick velvety chocolate sauce on top of the cake you've made. My equipment?
A matched stereo pair of API 550b EQs (think Airy Highs and Pumping lows)
SSL 500series Bus Compressor (think smoothing over the each track like making shapes in mash potato)
Focusrite 430mkii Vocal Strip (Once you have a taste of this you'll never go back)
Neve 1073 PreAmps (think adding that "je-ne-sais-qoi")
Well unfortunately I don't have a 64channel Abbey Road style mixing desk so I have to use Logic. But I also have the best digital plugins from UAD, Waves, Sound toys, and iZotope to really amp things up and get you sounding great.
Services include mastering, mixing, remote additional production.
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Interview with Max Hons
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Have you really worked with Bastille, Rizzle Kicks, Jake bugg and all those people? Yes What did you do for them? Live recording sessions, mixing and mastering for digital content videos.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am particularly proud of 'The Beach - From Above' - Search it! Producer, Mixer and co-writer
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Flare. I'm still pretty young and excitable. I'll do whats necessary to make your track as good as it can be but my excitement level can be ascertained by looking at the volume knob on the console.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I dont like hard-core scream metal. I like everything else.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Work from home mostly. I have a cool mac with some nice outboard gear to go with it.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analogue, it makes most things more awesome. Having said that I do most things 'in the box'.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That bit where it sounds awesome right at the end of the mixing process, and your all just sitting there like "yeeeeah"
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, charger, wifi, amazon, credit card.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Get stems, clean up, mix song, make awesome, send back.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Is your song as good as you can make it? I can make it better, but sub-standard production will ultimately lead to a su-bstandard record.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Many many things!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll do it till its right.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: My friends who are not musicians think I wake up late and do nothing all day. This is not true.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How many stems, what style, who produced it, what do you plan to do with it.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 6 years
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: T Swift. The most professional, biggest pop star, can clearly sing and writes great songs. And she's hot?
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If you want one part to be louder, turn everything else down.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Vocal Treatment
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Vocal treatment, mixing, mastering.