I am passionate about creating music, and anything else in audio. I pride myself on giving my clients exactly what they want in a timely manor. If it isn't what you want, I will be glad to change it for you. I work quickly at the highest quality. If you are looking for a professional audio engineer, I would be honored if you would choose me.
I have been doing sound professionally for over 20 years now. I started in live sound when I was very young and learned all I could until I wanted to expand my horizons into the recording side of things. I decided I needed to get educated in order to do things properly.
I am a graduate of the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences with 14 different certifications in everything from Pro Tools (7 certifications), Melodyne, Waves, Studer Broadcast, Avid Venue, Midas M32, Reason, and Soundvision. I also graduated with a 4.0 on the Platinum Directors list.
Apart from that, I have been working on many independent projects and I hope to provide you with a great product soon.
In addition, I also play Guitar, Bass Guitar, Saxophone, and Keyboards.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
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Interview with Sean Heiskell
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work I do is mixing and editing music and dialogue. I do great work quickly, and I have great tools at my disposal.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I like a wide variety of music, and will work on anything. I do like Zedd, Mumford and Sons, and Muse. One of the sound engineers I follow closely is Darell Thorp
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have an in-the-box studio set up right now. I run though an interface directly to Pro Tools or Logic. I also run many of the Izotope plug-ins as well as the Waves certification bundle, and Melodyne. I am extremely proficient at Pro Tools with the highest possible certification.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I typically organize first, then start with the drums. EQ, Gate, Compression, Parallel compression and any other desired effects. Then I will mix and balance them, sub group them and move on to the next instrument. Upon completion I will deliver multiple copies to the client with slight variations so they have multiple options.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I have a long musical history in playing many styles. I also have an understanding on what style emphasizes what instruments. I can bring out the best in any style and make it have that professional sound.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I believe my strongest skill is my mixing abilities. I have the knowledge and ability to produce great quality audio. I honed those skills at the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I will gladly work on any music. I do however normally work on rock, EDM, gospel, and folk.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The biggest tip I can share is that it is all about what the client wants, which is not always what you want personally. Make sure the client is happy with the results.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would like to work with Zedd because of his complexities and wide range. Also he does a great job at incorporating other artists and styles in his music.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would describe my style as a mashup of many styles. Mostly i have a jazz rock style.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been doing audio professionally for 20 years, most of which were in live sound. Recently I have decided to go into the recording side. I have been doing that for around a year now.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Universal Audio LA2A Universal Audio 1176 TC Electronics S6000 Emperical Labs Lil frEQ Manley Stereo Variable MU Compressor/Limiter
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure the provider understands it is all about what you want, and that they will give you exactly that.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What format, sample rate, bit depth are desired? How do you want it to sound? What feel do you want from it? Is there anything special you want done to it? How do you want it delivered?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It's easy to get a professional sounding mix, so easy that anyone can do it without training.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What if I don't like the mix? I will gladly change it to fit your liking free of charge.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to listen to music and help the musician create what they want
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Your audio will sound exactly the way you want it to.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I prefer analog because of the higher sound qualities it brings, but I run digital because of the cost effectiveness
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Unfortunately I do not know anyone on SoundBetter, but I am looking forward to see many people here.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: As of right now I am working on a Christian rock album I am producing with my wife as the artist.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am proud of one album I produced from start to finish where my wife did many cover songs. I am proud of it because I was the producer, engineer, mixer, and master of the whole album.