Profile User 249776

Mix Engineer/Session Guitarist

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Jungle Room Studios was founded by award winning guitarists/composer, 30 year music industry veteran, Brian Tarquin. It is an extensive analog/digital studio featuring a classic 1980’s British Trident 24 recording console, an Otari MTR 90 2” Analog Tape Machine, a vintage Ampex 440c 1/4” 2 track analog tape machine, Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, Final Cut Pro, a plethora of plug-ins and many pieces of classic outboard gear as, the Neve Compressor 33609, Neve 1073 with1084 EQ, Chandler ltd Germanium Compressor and a host of other gear including an array of microphones, guitars & amplifiers.

Brian has recorded/mixed such guitar icons as Larry Coryell, Steve Morse (Deep Purple), Ron "Bumblefoot’ Thal (Guns N' Roses), Mike Stern (Miles Davis), Trey Gunn (King Crimson), Jeff Watson (Night Ranger), Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake), Gary Hoey, Tony Franklin (Jimmy Page), Chris Poland (Megadeth), Hal Lindes (Dire Straits), Will Ray (The Hellecasters), Leslie West, Chuck Loeb (FourPlay), Frank Gambale (Chick Corea), Billy Sheehan (David Lee Roth), Randy Coven (Steve Vai).

Custom-composed and mixed score for Ellen, CSI, 24, 20/20, Pawn Stars, Cajun Pawn, Extra, TMZ, ABC’s All My Children, Alias, MTV (Road Rules Themes), 20/20, A Good Day To Die, Burn Notice, Crossroads, E! News. Godzilla, Gold Fever, Oprah Winfrey and films, Desert Heat, Repli-Kate, The Watcher, Chill Factor to name a few.

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Interview with Profile User 249776

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

  2. A: I love music! I've been a musician my whole life and love seeing the outcome of great musical projects that I work on.

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

  4. A: Pressing the space bar, copy and paste. We live in a world that everyone today is a producer/mixer, because it is so easy to open up your laptop and call up beats, samples and make a song and call yourself a musician. My 11 year old daughter can copy, paste & edit shit. But I want to hear real players, with real recorded ideas. Most people mix their own stuff today at a decent quality. But coming to me I want the professional musician who wants to strive for excellence, not mediocracy!

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

  6. A: I like to speak with them on the phone and get a real idea of what style they are going after and where this piece of music will be used (i.e. commercial release, placement on broadcast, score, etc.).

  7. Q: How would you describe your style?

  8. A: I'm a very versatile guitarist, so I can cop many styles when requested. As a guitarist I have done sound a-likes from Mettalica to George Benson and everything in-between.

  9. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  10. A: My talent as a guitarist, compositional strengths and of my ears for mixing.

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

  12. A: There is no typical work process for me. Each project dictates the way you approach mixing, engineering, and recording guitar parts and so forth. Some projects I'll keep all in the analog domain, while some call for working in the digital domain.

  13. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  14. A: I have built a number of recording studios in my lifetime, but my current one is called Jungle Room Studios which has an extensive array of analog/digital gear. l refurbished a classic 1980’s British Trident 24 recording console, an Otari MTR 90 2” Analog Tape Machine, a vintage Ampex 440c 1/4” 2 track analog tape machine, collection of classic outboard gear as, the Neve Compressor 33609, Rupert Neve Designs Portico II Master Buss Processor, Neve 1073s, Eventide H3000, Chandler ltd Germanium Compressor and a host of other gear including an number of microphones, guitars & amplifiers. I also have Pro Tools 12, Logic Pro X, Final Cut Pro, Slate Audio Trigger and a plethora of plug-ins. Jungle Room Studios has been featured in Mix, Guitar Player, Vintage Guitar, Progression, and Recording magazines. For a full equipment list, please visit: http://jungleroomstudios.com

  15. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  16. A: I grew up in the golden days of records so I'm a true analog guy. My influences are probably long forgotten now, but I like producers like Glyn Johns, Martin Birch, Roy Thomas Baker, Jeff Beck and Jan Hammer.

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

  18. A: I do a variety of work for my clients; such as original compositions for Warner Brothers Television, TMZ, Extra, The Ellen Show. I also record real instruments as drums, bass, guitars, vocals, sax, and mixing commercial album releases for iconic guitarists as Larry Coryell, Steve Morse (Deep Purple), Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal (Guns N' Roses, to name a few.

  19. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  20. A: The new release called Vegas Blue featuring guest artists Steve Morse, Trey Gunn, Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, Phil Naro, Hal Lindes, Tony Carey and others, in which I engineered, mixed and performed guitar, recording all instruments live in the studio onto analog tape. Las Vegas, Nevada, Mandalay Bay Hotel on October 1st, 2017 was the site of a tragic and, all too familiar, occurrence involving a deadly mass shooting at the hands of a deranged gunman. What began that evening as a peaceful and celebratory country music concert ended in bullet-riddled chaos and carnage for countless patrons and innocent by-standers. This latest recording project by multi-Emmy winning guitarist/producer/engineer Brian Tarquin and company is dedicated to helping the families and survivors of this horrific mass shooting. And, in doing so, may also shine the spotlight on the need for sensible, responsible and humane gun laws and safety. Check it out! https://open.spotify.com/album/1zaUetIcGEMbLIZYAf5PHe?si=lQicuS2lRy-opFvHDGC_mw

  21. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  22. A: Producing/engineering/performing a new released called Brothers in Arms. The release features guests Steve Morse (Deep Purple), Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal (ex-Guns N' Rose), Vinnie Moore (UFO), Billy Sheehan, Gary Hoey, Travis Stever (Coheed & Cambria), Chris Haskett (David Bowie), Craig Chaquico (Jefferson Starship) & Son of a Bach.The album features exclusive tracks inspired by those military soldiers who have fought for their country. Partial proceeds from the sales go to the Fisher House Foundation (http://fisherhouse.org) who supplies housing to veterans' families while they are hospitalized. Also composing/sound design for Telepictures/Warner Brothers and custom scoring for various production companies.

  23. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  24. A: Analog for my ears no doubt! Just record your drums on a DAW and put it up against any recording of drums on analog tape and you will get your answer. With that said I work in the digital domain quite a lot for my clients, however the best is using digital through an analog desk.

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

  26. A: You'll get something from me that not many others can offer in this day of digitization.

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

  28. A: People usually come to me because of my reputation.

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

  30. A: Just make sure you have a clear vision of how you want the song to sound and give examples of what you are going for in the production.

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

  32. A: My 1977 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe, Marshall Plexi/4x12 Cabinet, Trident 24 Desk, Otari MTR 90, Neve 33609 and a shit load of Miller Lite!

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

  34. A: Over 30 years, came up through the old recording studio/record company system from the 80's.

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

  36. A: Eddie Van Halen because he is the man with the tone! I have always loved his playing and tone!

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

  38. A: Yes, when recording live instruments, instead of EQing them to death, simply just move the microphone location first. I try not to use too much EQ whenever possible, because I believe it alters the original tone of the instrument. Once Rupert Neve was told how much people love his EQ, he replied "I know, that's the problem".

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

  40. A: Through these many years I found it better to be versatile on musical styles and not just limit yourself to one.

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

  42. A: My 30 years of experience and knowledge and of course my talent as a session guitarist.

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Compilation of various album projects

I was the mixing engineer & guitarist (recorded on 2" analog tape and mixed down to 1/2" tape) in this production

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GenresSounds Like
  • Steve Morse
  • Larry Coryell & The Eleventh House
  • Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal of Guns N Roses
Gear Highlights
  • British Trident 24 recording console
  • Otari MTR 90 2” Analog Tape Machine
  • Ampex 440c 1/4” 2 track analog tape machine
  • Neve Compressor 33609
  • Neve 1073
  • Rupert Neve Master Buss Processor
  • Pro Tools 12
  • Logic Pro X
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Slate Trigger
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