I am a very budget competitive mixing engineer. My main genres I work on are Alternative/Rock/Metal/Folk/indie. I am competitive in pricing and work very quickly. I am a session musician as well and have access to other session musicians as well if need be.
I will mix your alternative/rock/metal song. I have been doing this for 5 years now.
I am Avid Pro Tools Certified Operator for 210M and 210P
I have a sound engineering degree from The Academy of Sound Engineering in Johannesburg.
I graduated in the top 3 students, receiving 12 Distinctions in my final year of studies as well as top student with the highest average Pro Tools score of 86% over the 5 Pro Tools tests, passing first try each time.
I have done live sound for the last two years, mixing a large amount of South Africa's very well known local artists, inc, Rubber duc, Wonderboom, Cindy Alter, Mark Beling, Pedro Barbosa, Justin Serrao, Loyiso, and many others.
I have my own studio facilities at my studio, Sonic Sounds.
Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.
Interview with Brendon McCaig Sonic Sounds
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I did a dummy radio broadcast mix (it was a real world situation, but the radio broadcast did not go anywhere), for Tima Reece. I was using an SSL 4000G+ as the input into Pro Tools, then used a combination of the SSL and digital Plug ins (controlled by the Avid S3) to mix her live performance. The combination of the tools I had to use, as well as the great performance by the artist, gave my mix such a character, and something that I am proud of and privileged to work on.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A post-Hardcore song by the band called The Apprehended, as well as a demo scene of Moana (I'm recreating all the Sound Design/Foley/ADR for the scene).
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I don't know anyone on SoundBetter.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. Simply because I cannot afford analog yet. In future, if I have money to buy and use analog, I will probably use a combination of analog and digital.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to deliver a product that is to your expectation.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Creativity and the constant learning and improving, while meeting other like minded people and musicians to grow the industry.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long can it take? 3-5 Days What DAW do you use? Pro Tools What plugins/gear do you use? Combination of plug ins that I prefer, mostly Waves and FabFilter
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That this is a hobby and not a way of income and a professional industry.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What reference song do you want me to use? Are there any specifics you want like style/sound/tone? Do you want me to have some creative input?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I will make you song or EP/Demo sound more professional. Think of it as a semi pro EPK.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My DAW, my monitors, my headphones, my Les Paul, my AT2020.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I studied Sound Engineering, specifically Music Production and Post Production. Graduated in 2018. Received award for Highest average Pro Tools results over all 5 tests, maintaining 86% average over the 5 tests, passing each test first time. I have both 210m and 210p qualifications and received 13 distinctions in my final year.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would describe it as meaty, dynamic.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Don Broco. They are the genre I love the most.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Less is more most of the time.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Alternative, Rock, Metal, Folk, Funk.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A punchy energy filled song that's bright and meaty.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I level match and do gain staging to properly balance out the song before I do any processing. I mix drums usually first, then rhythm, then and lead or featured instruments, then lastly vocals, but it is also dependent on the genre or type of song I am mixing, i.e. depends on the context.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I am in Quarantine at the moment, so I have a home studio setup. My DAW is Pro Tools.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am a huge fan of Victor Wooten, Chad Smith, Flea, Joe Dart, as you can tell, I'm a bassist. URM Academy, Hardcore Music Studio, and Specter Sounds Studios.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mix a clients songs or demo's.