Analog or digital and why?
Digital! Analog gear is awesome, but it's expensive and can be a crutch. If we as professionals strive to understand why it sounds the way it sounds, we will learn to achieve the same (or better) results with the tools of the digital age. That said, if you gave me a millions bucks, I would buy tons of analog gear.
What do you like most about your job?
I like taking something that may or may not already be great and trying to figure out how to make it better.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
There's only one question: what do you want out of your project? Knowing what you want is really important. Describing it is hard. So most of my questions are essentially aimed at enabling that.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Ask questions! Chances are if you're looking for our help, you're not a sound expert, and that doesn't make you dumb. Actually it makes you really smart.
How would you describe your style?
I love thick, gritty stuff. I love clean, round stuff. I love stuff that's true to its calling. I am a reactionary mixer, not an instinctual one. When it comes to design, I would say I'm controlled, restrained. I pull heavily from my traditional design background, and I'm a midcentury modern kind of guy.
What's your strongest skill?
Listening. A lot of producers or designers listen to tracks. If I'm working on music, I listen to the song. If it's a movie, I'm experiencing the story. Sound and music are about communication. At the end of the day, the message matters the most.
What's your typical work process?
I'm a super organized template freak. I will spend the first hour (at least) of most sessions organizing and conforming the delivery to my templates, but it will save me hours as I begin jumping around the material and carving it out. It really is like sculpting for me.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I'm an in the box kind of guy. I use a ton of UAD and Waves plug-ins. I love analog gear, but I don't believe you have to have it to get "the sound." We live in an era of amazing tech, and by taking the time to understand why things sound the way they sound, you really can get the same results.