Hello, my name is Connor H. Carroll and I know what a record should sound like.
Connor H. Carroll, the owner & mastering engineer for Red Water Studios in Oklahoma City, OK. With over a decade of experience in musical instrumentation and audio engineering I am able to audibly comprehend the vision of your sound. With the ear of an audio professional and a long history in music production, I am able to provide the highest quality services with your projects best interest!
I work with all budgets for EP’s and albums, as I don’t believe quality creativity should be limited by financial resources.
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Interview with Connor H. Carroll
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Bash’s album “Stained” turned out amazing. Catchy pop album with a big sound.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "Do you know how long it'll take to get the project done?" Singles 1-3 business days. EP’s and albums 5-7 days.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That the mastering guy can fix it. Make sure you, your band, your engineer/producer, your mom, girlfriend, her mom, and everyone else involved is 200% satisfied with the the mix.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: So I started working with audio production in 2008. I was 10 years old and I plugged an Xbox 360 USB RockBand mic into my moms computer and opened the computer settings. It's been my only focus and interest for the past 12 years of my life. I've only ever done music. All through middle and high school I was in band, playing trombone, French horn and mellophone. I started playing guitar at a very young age then soon after, picked up piano. I attended ACM@UCO here in Oklahoma City, OK. Now I just enjoy my life and make records. I do plan to open a studio space soon, just looking to find the right home. I’m currently a mastering engineer at Red Water Studios for Red Water Media Group.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jacquire King, Stephen Lee Price, Kris Crummett, Will Yip, Kevin Lively, Mark Needham, Kevin Lively, and Michael Trepagnier.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Right now I'm in the middle of working on an album with Don’t Tell Dena. I'm really excited to see how this album is going to turn out, Instant classic.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The fact that this is my job. Im extremely grateful I'm able to wake up and do what I love for a living. Being able to translate artists ideas to the real world.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: TG12345 Console, Retro Instruments 176, Malsaec EQ, Masalec Multiband, Stereo Pultecs.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Warm and natural sounding. Im a huge fan of how records sound from the 70's - 90's, especially the sound from the Abbey Road. The music was so alive sounding. It sounds so real and natural. I find that a lot of music nowadays seems cold and or over-processed.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Matt Maltese. The way Matt structures music is very big sounding. The music is consistently moving even in it's least dynamic parts. The instrumentation is incredible, and when paired with his emotional striking vocals and lyrics. It's so impactful and moving, every song sounds huge. He's very apparent on how his emotions show through the music.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, Alt. Rock, Indie, Jazz, and theatrical.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Emotional presence, unique sonic color, organization, and most importantly, quality.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Right now I'm completely ITB, using a Slate CoreStation with dual MTi 2's, an Apollo Twin X Quad, UAD Octo Satellite, and Yamaha HS8's. I way too many plugins to name since in ITB. I mostly use Universal Audio Plug-ins and console. My DAW of choice is UA's LUNA for its exclusive extensions and easy of workflow with its realtime processing properties and console sync. It's all one system, from the DAW to the interface.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. I think each to their own. They both have very quality sonic properties in their own ways, UAD nails it though.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't be rude, you never know who you are going to meet.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.