Vocal Specialist: Designated a "Distinguished Voice Professional" by the New York Singing Teachers Association (2012) Mastering Engineer Musician, writer, computer game designer.
I am a vocal specialist. Being a singer, voice teacher, and studio engineer makes me a "triple threat" when it comes to vocal polishing. Part of my designation as a Distinguished Voice Professional (New York Singing Teachers Association) required graduate studies of Vocal Acoustics (Rider University, Princeton NJ) giving me an in-depth knowledge of vocal acoustic properties. I know how and when to tune notes, phrases, adjust formants, and the like. See "My Interview" for more details
When if comes to Mastering, I have a specially designed room and, most importantly, highly trained ears. See "My Interview" for more details...
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3 ReviewsEndorse D Bruce Moore
Wow! Blown away with Bruce's Mastering work on my song "Thrill Ride". He knocked it out of the park on the first try. It sounds polished and super pro. He really brought the vocals out and the instruments all sit perfectly. Looking forward to working with Bruce again soon!
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Bruce was great to work with and good clear instructions on his requirements. A pleasure to work with.
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Thanks for including me in your project! Details and communication were quick and clear and guided the process very nicely! The music was beautiful and fun to collaborate with!
Interview with D Bruce Moore
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Time-frame, style samples
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: The Northern Prairie Hymnbook
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: For a voice, you need at least a bit of analog in your signal path to bring out the even harmonics.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I always get-off on taking something from "Good" to "Excellent"
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That anyone with "good ears" can do this
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Anyone can buy a copy of Melodyne, load-up a vocal, select ALL and set pitch centre to ZERO. What you need is someone who knows WHEN to adjust the pitch (and formants) to suit the style, otherwise you risk editing out all the character of the track.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Bachelor Degree (Brandon University School of Music - Voice) 1995, Certificate School of Recording Arts Manitoba 1995, Computer Analyst / Programmer (RRCC) 1998, Certificate of Church Music (Providence College) 2004, Distinguished Voice Professional (New York Singing Teachers Association) 2012
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Singer-sensitive. The voice is #1
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Any of the champion voices, really. It would be a challenge to work with Michael Buble, for instance, to edit his performance without ruining what is already a fantastic voice.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Did you know that if a note is sharp by 20 cents or less, it is not perceived as sharp but a "brighter"? This the the sort of expertise I bring to vocal editing.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Anything with a strong vocal component: singer/songwriter, folk, pop-rock, rock
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Vocal experience.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Experience ears.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listen to the entire track. Get the vibe. When tuning vocals, work painstakingly through the performance, improving the tuning and intonation WHERE WARRANTED. When mastering, tame any obvious EQ issues, then use 3-band compression. With my eyes closed, I feel the sound pressure of each band and bring them all into alignment. Then add overall compression depending on the genre and taste of the client.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I designed and built (well, I hired a contractor) an audio mixing / mastering room with all the acoustic bells and whistles: floating ceiling, non-parallel walls, special acoustic treatment. I then had an expert come in to evaluate and implemented his suggestions to bring the high end of the room into balance. I very confident that my ears are getting an accurate sound for me to work with.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Il Volo, Phil Spector, David Foster, Freddie Mercury (Queen), Brad Delp (Boston)
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Vocal shaping, Mastering, remote recording