With 20 years of sharpened professional experience composing, mixing, and mastering cutting-edge tracks for the likes of BMW, Sony, Warner Bros & Movie Trailers such as RAMBO and INGLORIOUS BASTARDS to name a few -- I bring a new Creative outlook as producer enhanced with sharpened engineering skills which bring your songs life and to standout.
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Interview with Raymond Revel
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 a BMW commercial I did. I love the dedication of the cinematography. Makes writing music for it even more fun and grand.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: New music library for film advertising.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: BOTH. Some digital gear are 100% better than some analogs - and vice versa.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I am committed to excellence for me and you. I intend to put my name on a track that I am proud of and YOU rave about.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Everything. But I do love working with fellow artists as it keeps the entire experience more fun and alive.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How did you get the clarity and punch? I answer you start with the best ingredients and then you use your compressor, eq, and limiters when needed in the correct chain.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That a music software can get done what a seasoned professional can.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your sonic goal? Which artist / track has possibly inspired the track you're working on? I'd follow up with a discussion on acoustics to make sure that the client has a primer on the vocabulary and engineering so that we can achieve or goal on equal footing as much as possible.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Nothing can replace experience - nothing. Having someone with my background in the visual field can bring an extra edge to your production which is critical to standing out.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Fender Strat 56, Ibanez GEM, Takamine acoustic nylon E120, Kemper Profiler, Two-Notes Torpedo Studio
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started off producing music that I loved which ended up being perfect for film advertising. I started composing at the age of 5 on the piano. Picked up the guitar at 10. Got into professionally composing at 25. I've been professionally mixing and mastering for 20 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: (I'm thinking your're asking about my personality ? If so, .. easy going, inclusive, passionate
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: David Gilmore (Pink Floyd). Few notes speak a thousand words. Subtle, Elegant, and Grand!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Aaah, there is lots! Try DOUBLE (serial) COMPRESSION on master tracks -- NEVER over compress. Let the first compressor be the "agressive" one while the second compressor is the very light one which brings out the subtle details.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Electronic, Rock, Symphonic, Dance, Folk
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Passion and Determination to be the best in what I want to do.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I am composer with fine-tuned experience in mixing and mastering for major brand and labels with a focus on VISUAL -- this really opens up the avenues to creativity and to stand out for my clients. Also with a passion for Rock, Electronic, Classical,Folk, Dance, Pop and Rap I function on an authentic level -- which shows in the final product.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Since I have many years of experience in production, mixing and mastering I have come to produce, mix, and master all at the same time -- this provides for a well rounded production since I can hear the end result at all times.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: 1st) I start with a critically acoustically treated studio -- this is absolutely critical because without it nothing sounds right - and my studio sound transfers right across all media. 2nd) Over the years I have come to purchase gear that I absolutely love because of the specific authentic nuances they provide to my color pallet (just like the best ingredients for the best cook.) I never purchase a piece of gear as a second best. I invest in Lexicon reverbs, Neve preamps, various compressors including SPL Iron (which has become my recent favorite). classic Fender Strats, vintage Ibanez, as they all have come to have a special place in my studio due their special color and character. 3) On the electronic side I invest in the worlds best and most authentic emulations to provide the widest and most authentic pallet. I have invested tens of thousands in the complete Universal Audio, Kemper, Two-Notes, and other worlds top gear in their genre. 4) I have fine-tuned my monitors from Adam Audio and Barefoot to have reached near 100% accurate wide dynamic range representation -- so I don't have to check in multiple media since it has come to transfer very well.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Pink Floyd, Massive Attack, The Crystal Method, Dire Straights (Mark Knophler), U2, Hanz Zimmer (film), Vangelis (Blade Runner), Daft Punk (TRON soundtrack), Classical (Beethoven, Motzart), Lately in progressive electronic such as Kanding Ray
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I produce cutting-edge tracks for major media companies. My clients include many major labels and brands including BMW, Sony and Warner Bros with placements including Rambo and Inglorious Bastards among others.