Rodney Orpheus

Producer, mixer, mastering

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I have worked on about 40 records, including several that have reached the Top 10 of independent charts around the world. Credits include mixes for Future Sound of London, Die Krupps, LTJ Bukem, Within Temptation, and other major electronic & rock artists.

I own a small boutique studio in North London, covering a wide variety of production and mastering work. I was one of the pioneers in computer-based production, and I've done a wide selection of jobs over the years, from basic mixing and remixing of individual songs, all the way up to full album production and final mastering. I have also recently begun to offer full live webcasting solutions.

Specialisations include modern electronic rock production with a "European" style sound - if you like a mix of guitars and synthesisers, you'll love what I do. I've also done a fair bit of soundtrack work and A/V production editing, including surround sound and live broadcasting using Twitch, YouTube, Facebook etc.

Whatever you need doing, whether audio or video, do get in touch and let's talk!

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Rodney Orpheus
  • Covenant
  • LTJ Bukem
  • LTJ Bukem
  • LTJ Bukem
  • LTJ Bukem
  • Soil & Eclipse
  • Faith & the Muse
  • Cassandra Complex
  • Cassandra Complex
  • Cassandra Complex
  • Cassandra Complex
  • Cassandra Complex
  • Die Krupps
  • Die Krupps
  • Die Krupps
  • Sun God
  • Sun God
  • Sun God
  • Sun God
  • Die Krupps
  • Die Krupps
  • Cassandra Complex
  • Cassandra Complex
  • Cassandra Complex
  • Cassandra Complex
  • Cassandra Complex
  • Cassandra Complex
  • Cassandra Complex
  • Cassandra Complex
  • Cassandra Complex
  • Cassandra Complex
  • Cassandra Complex
  • Cassandra Complex
  • Cassandra Complex
  • Die Krupps

5 Reviews

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  1. Review by Alexandre A.
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    Rodney Orpheus is a legend and there isn't much I can had to that.
    I'm just grateful for the chance to work with him and see the magic happening.

  2. Review by Giannis Papaioannou
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    I have been following The Cassandra Complex since their early days and I really feel lucky that I once saw them on stage giving me one of the most unforgettable performances of my life. When I approached Rodney to do a remix on my band, Mechanimal, I met a very kind and professional guy, who from the beginning was willing to give his best to please us. Finally, our remix collaboration ended up not in one but two different remixes, a club and an ambient one, for the simple reason that we could not decide which of the two to choose. I really feel thankful we had the chance to work with him!

  3. Review by Rixx isaiah
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    Hi in from latinamerica, I know the rodney orpheus work since their book Abrahadabra, he is a great producer and composer I work with him in my single "Tremblock", I hope to we can work in new songs soon.

  4. Review by Axel Ermes
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    I know Rodney since 1989 and worked together with him on several occasions. I am happy to call him a friend. He produced the album "Positive" of my band GIRLS UNDER GLASS and he managed to take our songs to a new level. His experience in the music and production business helped a lot and still helps to focus on the most important aspects in the production. Rodney is brutally honest when it comes to criticism of your songs or sounds and he will tell you why he would change s.th. This has always been helpful.
    I can recommend his skills to everybody, pro or amateur, you will learn something!

  5. Review by Stefan Netschio
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    We used to work for the same company and I had the pleasure to see him teach tech on stage. His charismatic ways would draw everyone in the audience into the matter as he went about soft- and hardware like child's play. I also had the chance to witness a few of his amazing live performances with his band The Cassandra Complex. He is a super-nice person to talk to, just do not be intimidated by his larger than life ego that he totally lives up to. The remixes he provided to one of my band's songs absolutely blew me away. Master of all trades.

Interview with Rodney Orpheus

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: Die Krupps - Fatherland. This was a remix of an amazing song by a pioneering German electronic group. I worked on the remix with Andrew Eldtritch of The Sisters of Mercy and together we turned this song into an anthem. It went to number 1 in the German Alternative Chart, and it's still a classic.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: The new studio album from The Cassandra Complex, plus a bunch of live webcasting shows.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Doesn't matter how it starts, everything is going to end up digital when it's streaming to someone's phone. So it really doesn't matter if it starts off as analog or digital, or a combination of both. I have a lot of analog AND difitual gear here, and I use whatever works. If it sounds good, then it is good.

  7. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  8. A: To listen, to understand, and to really bring out the emotional essence of their music, not just "make it sound better".

  9. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  10. A: I get to work with great people making great records. That makes everything worthwhile! :-)

  11. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  12. A: That it's just about making everything louder. I do like making loud records but it's important to make sure that your record will work well on a modern streaming system and not get crushed by it.

  13. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  14. A: A lot of time and energy can be wasted dealing with technical issues like file conversion, sample rates etc. so I have a checklist of stuff that the client can go through to ensure their work is in the best shape it can be for production, and to reduce time going back and forth to fix technical problems. That makes communication a lot easier and means we can get to working on the production much faster.

  15. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  16. A: New Order, because their songs are incredible and their music is timeless.

  17. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  18. A: Most of my productions fall into the rough area of "electronic rock". That can be everything from Nine Inch Nails-influenced industrial guitars and synths, all the way into ambient synth music.

  19. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  20. A: Decades of experience in the business mean my productions stand the test of time. If you want to make a record that is still going to be getting airplay 20 years from now, I'm your guy.

  21. Q: What's your typical work process?

  22. A: That really depends on what the artist needs. I'm always willing to go the extra distance to make a record sound great. I mainly work inside the computer, that's where I really feel most at home, but I also have a bunch of vintage hardware that I like to add for that extra special something on a production.

  23. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  24. A: I have a wide range of influences when it comes to production. Some of my favourites include Phil Spector's great 60s sounds; Tony Visconti's work with T.Rex and Bowie; Martin Hannett's work for Joy Division, New Order, and Factory Records; and Trevor Horn's work on Frankie Goes to Hollywood, ABC, and Pet Shop Boys.

  25. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  26. A: I do everything in the music production process from mixing and mastering single songs up to full album production from start to finish. I also edit and mix sound for A/V such as video, podcast, and independent movie sound production.

  27. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  28. A: Have a conversation. Let the provider know what you like and what you need. Make sure you can communicate with the provider and feel comfortable having that conversation.

  29. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  30. A: A laptop loaded with PreSonus Studio One (my favorite production environment), my EMES monitor speakers, my Waldorf Blofeld keyboard synth, my hand-built BPM vocal mic, and my Yamaha guitar.

  31. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  32. A: I did my first production in 1984. It was rough, but it sold enough to get me started as a professional. I have been working as a producer and performer ever since. I also have worked closely with companies such as Steinberg and PreSonus helping to design the digital music technology we use today.

  33. Q: How would you describe your style?

  34. A: Analytical yet passionate. I love music, and I love working with artists to help show their talent to the world.

  35. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  36. A: Get a good mastering engineer. The difference that makes is the difference between a song sounding good and a song sounding great.

  37. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  38. A: A very analytical approach to mixing and mastering. I like to get deep down inside the song and bring out the best of what the artist needs.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I have a small boutique studio in North London, equipped with rare hand-built German mics and monitor speakers. I also have some great old synths (and some great new ones too), along with hundreds of top-quality plugin instruments and effects.

GenresSounds Like
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • New Order
  • Sisters of Mercy
Gear Highlights
  • EMES monitors; Waldorf
  • E-mu
  • USE
  • & MeeBlip hardware synths; huge selection of Virtual Instruments & FX.
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