I'm Frank "DiirtyFrank" Gillis, Recording & Mixing/ Mastering Engineer based in SWFL. With 10 years of experience working in the Music Industry, I have refined my Mixing process to create a Multi-Dimensional experience for my listeners. I work to highlight the Feel & Energy of the song while retaining Balance & Separation throughout.
⁃ Live Drum editing and Phase correction with attention to detail - for Punchy sounding Drums.
⁃ Vocal tuning Pitch correction using Melodyne - for transparent Pitch Perfect vocals without the artifacts of Autotune (Unless Desired)
⁃ Vocal Alignment of doubles & stacks using VocAlign
⁃ Vocal Processing using Industry Standard Software Emulations of Classic Analog Hardware - for Crisp, Clear, Powerful Vocals you can Feel
⁃ Balance & Clarity with precise use of EQ/ Compression methods - for a Dynamic, Impactful, Comprehensive Mix
⁃ Organic Mix approach to keep the Integrity of the song Natural and Dynamic while adding Depth and Dimension to set a mood
⁃ Industry Standard/ Radio Ready product - for quality Streaming on all devices.
Originally from Winthrop, MA. I grew up playing Drums, with experience playing Guitar & Bass as well as creating/ programming Beats. I earned a Certificate for completing the Recording Connection Audio Production and Engineering Program in 2012. I Engineered for a Commercial Recording Studio for 6 Years prior to starting my Business "MixedbyDF LLC" in October 2018. I have years of experience Recording & Mixing on an SSL 4000G with High End Analog Outboard Gear. I enjoy working on a variety of genres. I Love what I do & it shows in my work and attention to detail.
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Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I recently finished a 5 song Country-Rock EP for a Client named Matt Chadwick. There are two songs on that EP that were Mixed most recently that highlight my process and work-flow. This project pushed me to be my best and taught me a lot along the way.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently working with a long time friend and very talented Pop Singer - Michael Constantino. He is known for his "Mash Ups" and "Cover Songs" and we are working on his Original Album set to release in Winter 2020. I also have a new client that came to my Producer and I with some really amazing song ideas and has a to of natural talent. With the team we've built I'm confident this will be a successful project.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I enjoy both. A Hybrid approach would be ideal for me in the future. Right now I use an "In The Box" Mixing approach which is giving me exceptional Final Product for my Clients.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To ensure your Final Product meets & exceeds your expectations.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love that I am able to work on Music of all Genres and experiment with new sounds. I make sure each project is unique and has a sound of its own.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Most Clients ask how long until they receive their Song/ Project. I can deliver your Final Product within 3-5 Business Days. I work Fast and Efficiently without sacrificing Quality. For faster delivery options please contact me or mention it in a message.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Most people think I am a DJ! Lol
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: - What style of music do you make? - Have you worked in a Studio or Recorded Professionally in the past? - Do you make Music yourself/ with a Band or purchase Instrumentals online? - How many songs are part of your Project? - What is your Outlook and Objective with this Song/ Project? - What can I do to Help? - What is your Budget?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Find someone who brings out the good energy in everything from conversation and discussions to how they approach their process and finalize their work. Find someone who stays curious and works hard in their off time to improve their skills and product they offer.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The Mix starts in the Recording Process.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I typically work on Hip Hop and Pop however I do a lot of work with Country and Christian Rock artists, with experience in many other genres such as Indie, Rock, Heavy Metal and Tejano.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing is my strongest skill.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring my ear, my taste and my experience to each project I work on. Mixing is not always about creating the perfect product, its about translating the Energy and Emotion from the artist to the listener.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been an Audio Engineer for 7 Years now and my career path has let me to open my own Freelance Audio Recording & Mixing Company. My goal is to continue perfecting my craft while working with top notch Producers & Musicians in the Industry. I am working towards bigger credits and accolades in my career.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is Organic and driven by the music and sound an Artist is going for. I use my ears to interpret a song and use intuition to drive my ideas and workflow throughout a Recording or Mixing Session.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Blink 182 or Eminem because they were some of my biggest Music Inspirations growing up.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Each mix starts out as a blank canvas. First, I only work with Levels and Panning to create and Balanced, Natural-sounding song. Once my foundation of Balance is found I will then start working with the overall sound of the Mix. I add Analog Emulation Software as well as minimal EQ, Compression and Limiting to start adding Separation and Depth. When I'm happy with the overall Feel and Texture of the song I will then start working on individual tracks from the Beat or Vocals to highlight each piece of the song. I always look at opportunities to add Effects such as Delay & Reverbto add Dimension. I take breaks and alternate monitors to gain perspective on how the Mix is translating. I then put my final touches on the Mix and send to the Client upon completion.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a pair of Yamaha HS8's with a UAD Arrow Audio Interface. I use a 2018 MacBook Pro to run my DAW Pro Tools as well as my wide variety of Industry Standard Plug Ins.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I watch a lot of Mix With The Masters & Pensado's Place and find inspiration by watching and listening from some of the great engineers in our industry. I enjoy looking up their work and studying their specific sound.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: - 15" MacBook Pro - UAD Arrow - Yamaha HS8 Monitors - Avid Protools/ My Plug-In Collection - AKG K240 Studio Headpones
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of my work consists of Mixing however I also work out of many different Recording Studios when I am booked by a select Client or Producer.