Tonstudio Aalen

Mixing keys and other stuff

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Mixing 200€/Song. Tuning, breaking, shuffling, fixing, ... available too. Keyboard and eDrum or Programmed Drum parts. Heavy Metal Flying

I'm a lifetime keys guy turned audio engineer.

I play Pro Tools HD, Logic, RX Adv, drumatom, Melodyne, AutoTune, Sibelius, and keep 84 EQs and 143 Dynamics tools hidden in a dark cupboard and only let them out when they are needed.

A few drives full of samples share their fate with the EQs and Comps.

My favorite saturation tool is South African Red Wine.

I also play p, key, org, synth, church org, acc, melodica; dr, perc; a little b, bv.

Influences from Bach, Beethoven, Adams; early Jazz to Elvis, Clapton, Deep Purple, Blues Brothers, Tori Amos, Steve Wilson, RPWL, Nightwish, Opeth, ... Allergic to EDM.

So if you care for some virtual fun, pick me to mix your tracks to satisfaction.

Oh, and I share another passion with Chris DeGarmo (of Queensrÿche) and Bruce Dickinson (of Iron Maiden): I fly heavy metal when I'm not doing music... (A330, A320 ;)

Send me a note through the contact button above.

Interview with Tonstudio Aalen

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: Almost completely digital. But I do use analog summing and a 2buss comp to glue things together. ITB is just easier to recall and sounds just about as good as analog. I do manually ride automation though!

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

  4. A: You'll only hear it when I'm happy with it. After that we'll work to make you happy!

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

  6. A: creativity

  7. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  8. A: Turn up the LVox. -Yes master! Can you fix this phasey thing? - No. Sorry! What jets do you fly? - A320 and A330 Can you add another Chorus? - sure! We need a new breakdown. - give me a day! Can you make this 20bpm faster? - ahmmm. i'll try! Did you tune the vocals already? - No! (Melodyne is almost maxed out) - Is this better?!? ;)

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

  10. A: Even the best tech can't fix a sub-par song or recording! Music flows from the soul to the instruments to the mics into the ears back to the soul. Tech is only a crutch along that way!

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

  12. A: the reason for the job: demo, indie, major (haven't had many of these yet...go ahead, change this!) previous releases vision steps up until now deadlines the weather

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

  14. A: make sure you speak the same language music-wise and in general. \m/

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

  16. A: a macbook, my s3, akg812, logic, my arturia keyboard. Solar panels go extra!

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

  18. A: I've played music since I can remember, made it to become the go-to keys guy in our town but then was not brave enough for a full on career in music. Studied for a while (astrophysics, CS) and eventually became a pilot. Our band finally broke up when we all finished university and got 'real jobs'. I decided then to pick up audio engineering training instead, so that I could work with music on my own terms and not have to gig on weekends. That was eight years ago. Now my jet set life bores me to death and I want back in with the music. Hence I am here!

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: burgundy - like a good red wine.

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

  22. A: Steve Wilson. Just because he's a genius!

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

  24. A: mono eq to death!

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

  26. A: hand made

  27. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  28. A: Selective hearing, while everyone else around me slowly goes insane!

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

  30. A: a lifelong interest, craving and love for music.

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

  32. A: I listen to reference tracks before and while mixing, so I check them out at the beginning. Then I load up a template with all groups, VCAs, routing, etc. set and import the tracks. Do a first listen, then a fader up, then mono EQ (takes forever and a day!), ride volume, compress, pan, saturate, modify, mangle, wrangle, undo, restart, go insane

  33. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  34. A: It's a small but beautiful ITB setup. With some occasional analog cheating on the 2buss...

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

  36. A: Make sure they bob their heads when they hear the track. Aka mixing.

B-Stinged Butterfly, Way Down Inside

I was the Mix Engineer in this production

Terms Of Service

Revision policy: like chess. After 3 repeat positions it's done. First version after about 3 days. No data storage or backups! Final medium is a wav file, not the session.

Gear Highlights
  • Lifetime music junky
  • Pro Tools HD|Native 12.4
  • Omni
  • HD 16x16
  • S3
  • SPL MixDream Summing
  • elysia 2buss
  • 2x SPL Frontliners w/Transformers
  • Neumann KH310.
  • a bunch of mics (U87 / TLM49 / CV4 / C414 / sE RN17 / CM3
  • ...)
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