Hi there, My name is Winter. Producing and recording music is my happy place and I’d love to help make your project sound awesome.
I’ve been a performing and recording musician since I was a wee lad. From the humble beginnings of a 4-track cassette player to running a commercial multi-room recording studio, I’ve been fascinated with capturing and massaging sounds. Since that time I’ve worked on all sorts, styles, and sizes of musical projects, and I have over 20 years of experience. I’m also a member of Warren Huart’s Produce Like A Pro Academy.
Pro player on electric and acoustic guitars and bass. Rock, Pop, Blues, Singer/Songwriter, Folk, Celtic, Americana
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Interview with Winter
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I produced, recorded, and mixed an album by an East Coast artist that I know from our touring circuit. She flew out here with her bass player, and recorded at my studio for two weeks, during which I hired a drummer (some other players as well) and also played guitar. During pre-production she sent me her song ideas, and I made arrangement and parts suggestions that helped make the songs stronger. It was a total immersion situation, and we all inspired each other to make something truly special.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I have multiple sync licensing songs in the pipeline right now in various stage of completion. Over the last few weeks I've also submitted a couple of mixes in online competitions.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What's your vision for this project, and what's your target demographic? What mixes do you wish your song could sound like.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: If there is electricity, acoustic guitar, bass, Zoom H6, laptop, headphones. If there's no electricity, my acoustic guitar, djembe, shakers, tambourine, and notebook.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing guitar when I was 12 years old. My 20-year career as an audio engineer has encompassed all aspects of music production such as recording, mixing, and mastering; production and post-production sound for film; as well as teaching for the Pyramind Media and Music Production School, San Francisco State, the California Recording Institute, and the Blue Bear School of Music. I ran a commercial, multi-room recording facility for over 10 years.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: High-passing your various tracks goes a long way toward creating a clear, uncluttered mix with a solid low end.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock/Pop, Americana, Singer/Songwriter
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Tasty guitar parts and engaging song arrangements.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I listen to the material a few times to assess its flow and emotional impact while I learn the arrangement. Am I engaged for the whole song, or is it losing me somewhere? Does is surprise me somehow? Can I feel a lift in the choruses? What can I add to make it stronger?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I don't think that's an either/or question. In the end, it's all just tools and colors on your palette. I have both in my studio; analog on the front end (mics, mic pres, mixer), and digital in the box (the interface and the DAW. I use Studio One, ProTools, and Logic Pro X).
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: The hub of my home studio is two Apollo interfaces, the SSL Six console, and a Manley VoxBox. The Apollo's unison plugins mean I have Neve pres and other goodies on tap as well. My main mics are Brauner VM1 Klaus Heyne Edition, Neumann KM184s, Neumann M147, Shure SM7b, Sontronics Corona
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Even though I've been a recording professional for over 15 years, Warren Huart's videos on YouTube inspired me to join his online Produce Like A Pro Academy. I guess I'm finding most of my inspiration on YouTube right now: Rick Beato is a wealth of knowledge and his passion for music is infectious; Tim Pierce and Pete Thorn rock my guitar world.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most recently I played guitar and bass on a song meant for sync licensing, produced an album track for a young songwriter where I fleshed out the arrangements with additional parts, and did a hybrid mix for another sync licensing song I wrote with my wife. Before that I spent several weeks recording and mixing dulcimer tracks to accompany an instructional book.