Guido is an award-winning mixer/producer and his credits encompass a wide range of genres, and include international artists like Lorrainville, Coldplay, Live, Angie Stone, Muse, Queens of the Stone Age and more. And Dutch artists like: The Gathering, Bertolf, Anneke van Giersbergen, Miss Montreal, Bløf, The Monolith Deathcult and many more.
Guido is specialized in mixing, although he also does his share of recording and producing. Being in the studio mixing great music was a dream come true for him.
Music is about energy and passion. Songs need a well trained ear to evolve in an exciting and moving mixture to get a thick and organic sound. In your face and straightforward.
Guido is always looking for new ways to extend his experience and the experience of those that he works with. The process is all about the song and the creation of the sounds. That is where he excels and where he aims to be. Always.
Check out some of his work on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5NRqXplLncWLFt2kwo9Lae?si=KSwUuDO5S2OtJUHWxxeXRw
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Interview with Guido Aalbers
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being in the studio mixing great music was a dream come true.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Neve Neve Neve Neve Neve
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: In the beginning of my career I did a lot of live recordings / mixes. Especially for Radio & TV. I used to record between 100 and 150 shows a year. Nowadays I am more of a studio-cat, although I still do some live recordings.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: ‘in-your-face’ with a distinct analogue sound. (Thick & Organic).
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Do not make your verses too big!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Anything that has a guitar in it. And sometimes stuff without any guitars ;) But a lot of it is Rock
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I am always looking for new ways to extend my experience and the experience of those that I work with. The process is all about the song and the creation of the sounds. That is where we excel and where I aim to be. Always.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: For me it's all about the energy and the feel of a song. Music is about energy and passion. Songs need a well trained ear to evolve in an exciting and moving mixture to get a thick and organic sound. In your face and straightforward. I can adapt myself to different styles of mixing, although I am (almost) always an ‘in-your-face mixer’ with a distinct analogue sound. (Thick & Organic).
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Well the best (& most honest) answer would be: "it depends on the situation". I am not a one-style person, I try to adapt to the situation, and do what's necessary. That may sound like I am some sort of chameleon, but that's not true either. The truth lies somewhere in between the one-trick-pony and the chameleon ;-) I can tell you how I work technically, and that I use a lot of (vintage) analogue gear. But I think the technical part of it should not be an aspect in judging a mixer, since it's all about how well it translates in real life. It's all about how it sounds.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My state-of-the-art studio is acousticly designed for recording & mixing music projects. Offering a huge and eclectic selection of vintage and modern recording equipment in a comfortable environment. The acoustics combined with my well trained ears guarantees your music will sound good in the car, on your iPod, and on your home stereo. The mixing equipment is nothing short of top notch. GieSound studio is based around a custom build analogue mixing console, which is complimented by a Pro Tools HD system and lot's of analogue outboard. The mixing desk is custom build up to my specs; so it has a big headroom mixbus (based on vintage Neve consoles) and classic EQ's. Everything to deliver a thick & organic sound that put's a smile on your face.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: My favorite mixing engineers (I like most of their work) are: Michael Brauer, Brendan O'Brien, Andy Wallace, Andrew Sheps and Toby Wright.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Nowadays I am specialized in mixing, although I also do my share of recording and producing. Being in the studio mixing great music was a dream come true.