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I've been working as professional bassist, producer, mixing & mastering engineer since 2005, studied at some of the most renowned music faculties, and worked on over 100 releases with lots of artists all over the world. Check my website for more info...
2020 Mastering Academy
Mastering Masterclass by Friedemann Tischmeyer
2015 Home Mastering Masterclass
Mastering Masterclass by Ian Shepherd
2012-2014 Berklee College Of Music
Professional Certificate (Music Production)
2009-2012 Music College Regensburg
Certified Degree (Music Education)
2006-2009 Bass School Munich
Diploma (Live & Studio Bassist)
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Interview with Hubi Hofmann
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Stephan Ebn, he's a great drummer and producer... I regularly work with him on various projects!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working on various productions online and try to "onlinize" my entire business due to the corona situation...
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I got me some UAD Apollos and a setup with all the benefits of analog AND digital. What I like about analog is the commitment you gotta have, but on the other hand some people really can't play good enough (and have the necessary budget) to make good records, so digital comes in handy...
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Making it possible to capture mere thoughts and manifest them as a piece of art (best showcased on a physical product like a vinyl record)...
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Sitting in the studio all day long and working on music... Oh wait... that's true!!?
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is the goal you're working towards and what's your overall plan/vision? What's your budget for that plan? What can you do on your own, and where do you need help?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Know what you really want/need, have a plan/vision, and be able to communicate that properly...
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: The latest MacBookPro, UAD Apollo x4, Guitar, Bass, Townsend Labs Sphere L22 Mic - everything you need to make a great record...
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 2003-2006 Autodidact (friends I was going skateboarding with needed a bass player)... 2006-2009 Bass School Munich (I wasn't accepted at university studying psychology, so I studied bass and graduated with a diploma as live & studio bassist)... 2009-2012 Music College Regensburg (I needed certification in music education for teaching at music schools, so I got it)... 2012-2014 Berklee College Of Music (I've been producing since 2005 so I thought it'd be handy to have a professional certificate in music production; also to fill all the tiny knowledge gaps I had in producting/recording/mixing/mastering)... 2015 Home Mastering Masterclass by Ian Shepherd and 2020 Mastering Academy by Friedemann Tischmeyer (to even further specialize in mastering)...
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I like my recordings 'real': not too overproduced, clean, but focussed and with dynamics! NO MORE LOUDNESS WAR CASUALTIES...
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd like to work with (semi-)professional bands/artists, who are willing to accept and appreciate help in situations where they are not professional enough (yet), and who are serious enough to sacrifice their hard earned money for their passion and their art. If I also dig their music in addition to that, it's even better...
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I have utmost expertise in the technical (recording, mixing, mastering) and artistic (songwriting/arranging, teaching/playing lots of instruments, being an artist myself) sides of audio and I'm a patient and 'easy to get along with' kinda guy, so I guess I can best serve you as the supervising producer... Unfortunately I that's my only talent: I have two left hands, and that still is an insult for "the left hand".
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I try to understand the artist's vision and then work fast and effective to fulfill it best I can.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Slash Zero Studio (or simply Ø Studio) is a recording studio located in Abensberg, Germany (between Regensburg, Ingolstadt, Munich and Nuremberg). We have 4 different recording rooms to record as a complete live-band, or one-by-one via overdub (we can also provide space to sleep for the whole band, if needed), state of the art equipment that has the ability to sound both modern or vintage, and offer 360° guidance including (pre-)production, recording (professional coaching for almost every instrument), mixing, mastering, label work (release plan, promotion, distribution, marketing), and general tips about the music business (GEMA/PROs, taxes, etc.). The studio is easy to reach via train (5min walk from Abensberg Central Station), car (10min drive from A93 highway), or plane (45min drive from Munich Airport), and within 5min walk you're "into the wild" in beautiful nature to relax and enjoy Abensberg's panorama way and free your mind to be creative. Visit http://slashzerorecords.com for rates/conditions and gear list...
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly work as producer together with artists/bands in my studio (Slash Zero Records) and do their mixing/mastering work afterwards, kinda like 360... On many sessions I also jump in as bass player, backing vocalist, or sometimes as guitarist/keyboarder. I also mix/master for online clients very often, or artists/bands that were home-recording themselves. And the third common work-type I do is classic session bass playing in my own or other studios. The rest of the time I give music lessons, write songs, or tour with various bands.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Record like there's no mixing, mix like there's no mastering, then you can truly master the recording.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Most of the time I work on music where guitars are the most important part after the vocals.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Well, whatever it needs I suppose... I try to squeeze the best out of the musicians to bring the song and its arrangement to life, give it dynamics, and that will result in the emotion the artist wants.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: too many... but Steven Wilson is a big recent influence...