Session Guitarist, Producer

Winter on SoundBetter

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

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Interview with Winter

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

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

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

  6. A: What's your vision for this project, and what's your target demographic? What mixes do you wish your song could sound like.

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

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

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

  12. A: High-passing your various tracks goes a long way toward creating a clear, uncluttered mix with a solid low end.

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

  14. A: Rock/Pop, Americana, Singer/Songwriter

  15. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  16. A: Tasty guitar parts and engaging song arrangements.

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

  18. 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?

  19. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  20. 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).

  21. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  22. 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

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

  24. 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.

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

  26. 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.

Jessica Star - Red Phoenix Aflame

I was the Producer, mixer, lead guitarist in this production

Terms Of Service

I offer two revisions per mix or performance. Typical turnaround time one week or less.

GenresSounds Like
  • Tim Pierce
  • John Mayer
  • Jeff Beck
Gear Highlights
  • PRS Singlecut
  • Les Paul Special
  • Fender Elite Stratocaster
  • Schecter Hellraiser C7
  • Larrivee LV09
  • Ibanez SR800 bass
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