I am a billboard charted mix engineer. My work has been on labels such as Facedown records and We Are Triumphant. My goal is to work with you, the artist, and help you and your music tell the story it was intended to tell.
Raised in North Carolina, went to school at Montreat College for Music Business and SAE in Nashville for Engineering. Worked under Kent Wells Productions in Nashville, J.Hall Inc in Nashville, and Joshua Barber in Kansas City. Have worked with artists such as Everything In Slow Motion, War of Ages, Hope for the Dying, Thief Club, Dolly Parton, Jimmy Van Zant, and many others in various positions. I currently own and operate Winter's End Audio Productions.
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- Seasons 1
- and 3
- Mastering 2018-2019 Joshua S. Manuel
- D. 328-Single
- Editing 2018 Lazar Wolf
- 2017 Roman Alexander
- Kiss EP
- Assistant Engineer
- Hear&See Podcast
- Joshua S. Manuel
- Lazar Wolf
- Roman Alexander
- Hope For The Dying
- Thief Club
- Slick Hip
- Travis Marvin
- Madam Adam
- Captain Baby
- Dana Kai
- Debbie Chochran
- Jimmy Van Zant
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Interview with McKinney Botts
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I prefer both. Each has a strength and weakness. The only thing that matters is the song in the end.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I enjoy helping the artist realize their dreams, and being a part of making art that influences many people.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: When I send you files do you want the effects printed? Yes If you feel like its an intrigal part of the song it should be printed. If I have a problem with it or you feel like you want the same effect but my take on it, then include an unprocessed version and a note telling me so.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Mixing is not Editing. Mixing is balancing components of your song, adding polish, and adding excitement. It is not re recording, vocal tuning, time alignment, or anything that has to do with changing the structure of your work.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you working on? How many songs in the project? What is your intent for the final product? What bands inspire you?
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I would take a SSL 4000 g+ console, good monitors, two Neumann U87's, and Protools.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been in the music industry for over a decade. I started recording when I was in high school, and went to college where I furthered my skills. Once graduated I interned in a major recording studio in Nashville. Following my internship I worked under many well known producers for several years.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would like to work with any artist who is passionate about their music. Why? If theres no passion then the music is dead.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Be passinate about and in your project. A boring performance can't be changed in the mix later.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I typically work with heavy rock, but I have worked in all genres.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I would say problem solving. If something isn't working as intended I normally can find a way to make it work properly.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I feel that I bring excitement and ballance to every project that I work on.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My typical work process is this. I sit down and listen to the song from top to bottom and make notes on what excites me and what needs to be enhanced. Once I have made my notes, I start my initial mix. Typically, I like to spend two days on the first song of a record. Once I have completed the first song's initial mix, I will send it to my client for review so we can make sure we are on the same page as far as creative intent. Once I have approval that we are on the right track I will mix the rest of the record posting initial mixes as they are completed. As soon as the record is completed, I will start the revision process. It is my goal to deliver a record that my client will love and be proud of. I will do as many revisions as necessary to get there.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a hybrid setup. I use Focal twin6be monitors with a sub for playback. I do all my main mixing moves in the box using UAD, Softube, Fabfilter, and Waves plugins and sum to a Dangerous 2-Bus summing mixer using a Lynx Aurora16 for the DA conversion and either the Aurora16 or Hillo AD conversion back in.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work I do for my clients is mixing.