Hi, I am Richard Amp, I have been recording, producing, mixing/mastering and releasing critically acclaimed records since 1992. From Lofi experimental to Hifi pop production, I will give you a unique and special sound. Hilly Studios is my centre of operations. I also work closely with Donald Ross Skinner, (Julian Cope, Prolapse, Tiger)
At HillyStudios, we mix and master 'In the Box'. We are not bothered by having lots of nice looking gear, although we do like cool looking hardware, its just not needed anymore. Beyond a good listening environment, great monitors/headphones, and a great power amp, quality software and plugins and the ability to use them well is all that is needed create great sounding results, and today (as its ever been really) for mixing and mastering what counts most is a great pair of ears and the ability to focus on the details of sound, to harmonise these details into a whole, to bring out the very best in the music.
Myself and Donald have a vast amount of experience between us, and can help you to make your project something truly special, we will add magic to your stems/ or mixes to mix and/or master your music so your creativity really sings out from the speakers.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
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Interview with Hilly Studios
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am proud of all the projects I have done, because I have always done my best.... but the best and proudest I am is always of the work that is to come.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A new Amp Album and solo work.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: These days, digital, its loads more flexible, and I can't tell the difference anymore. and everything ends up digitized so it makes common sense, unless you have shed loads of money, valve mics and valve desks, and master to tape and only make vinyl...go to toe rag studios.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will treat your work as if its my own, and give my all to make it sound great
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Everyday is different, working with music is magical
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Its never that simple
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A portable recording device, a guitar, a mic, compass, and boat to get off the island.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started messing and experimenting with 4 track tape recorders and analogue synths in the mid 1980's, recording mine and friends music..started releasing records from 1992,
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Brian Eno comes to mind, a true original.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Let the music breathe, if you listen carefully, it will tell you how it wants to sound.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Alternative, electronic and experimental music
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Thinking outside the box, and my ears
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Inventiveness, sensitivity
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I don't do typical, every song/tune is different, like every day.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: The studio is digital with analogue and digital outboard, with a monitoring stage running through a customized Quad amp into classic KRK monitors, I have secondary monitoring through a Cambridge Audio amp and Celestion speakers.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Anyone great, I am always open to inspiration, I have worked with Paul Corkett in the past and he is a magician.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I bring out the best that the material has to offer, make the music sound alive and spatial, or powerful, evocative, or dreamy, whatever the music calls for. I listen and let the music speak. I help to make it speak clearer.