With 10+ years experience in both analog and digital audio production, my highly affordable, personal and individualized approach to the artist and material has led to many extremely satisfied clients. With a focus on size, depth, and clarity I have acquired a dynamic catalog that spans many genres, techniques and styles.
I try to keep a fun, creative atmosphere, with an extremely professional approach that allows artists to get the sound that they're looking for, no matter what. Regardless if you are an indie artist looking to do a single or an established artist looking to do a full length I will give my full attention and and effort to your project. My main focus is always to represent the artist in the best way fit. Always open to experimentation and exploring new techniques to meet his clients' individual needs to the highest possible standard.
With access to a startling array of vintage and modern equipment, including a Neve 8068 console, Urei compressors, Marshall, Fender, Gibson and boutique amps, real EMT plate reverbs and a Studer A-80 tape machine I am positive we can find the sound you are looking for!
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Interview with Will Harris Audio
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I would say the project I am currently working on is the thing I am most proud of. This is because it is a full production from the ground up so I have been a part of every step from writing to recording to mixing. I believe in the artist and love the sound we get.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently on a full production for a client who goes by Eve Minor
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I do not know anybody on Soundbetter. Yet.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is that they walk away with a product that represents who the are as an artist.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I just love the interaction with people from all different walks of life and backgrounds.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: I would say the most common question is "do you ever work on music you hate?" The answer is not really. I always try to find the positive in a project.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I believe the common misconception as that everything can be fixed later. I implore clients to make decisions on their music and don"t wait to "fix it in the mix".
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are your favorite sounding records? Why? What do you like and dislike about your songs current state?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: While recording don't be afraid to make decisions. Commit to a sound and take chances. Focus on performance, feel, and mood.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I always wanted to work with The Beastie Boys (or now the remaining members). I always loved their ability to cross genres and make amazing sounding records.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: -Neve 8068 console -2 Pultec EQP-1A's -Emt 251 -Neve 33609
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started young playing in bands. That turned into recording the bands I played in. When I was in my early 20's I decided to go to school for production at The Institute of Audio Research. After IAR I started interning at the illustrious Sabella Studios where I have been working at and managing since. I have now been working professionally for 10 years.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: A great performance, whether it be a musical performance or a mix performance is better then any piece of gear you have.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I mainly with with bands and hip hop artists. When it comes to bands I work on a wide variety of genres from rock to reggae to R&B.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Seeing the overall vision of the artist while also using my set of skills to bring out tone and size.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A focus to follow the song and ability to bring sonic width and size while keeping the overall vibe and feel.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I am a firm believer of following the song and bringing out the performance no matter the genre. My main goal is to do whats best to bring the proper feel and tone out of the song or project I am working on. Typically when it comes to recording I prefer to start with a basic track performance of a band or artist live, then piece together from there. When it comes to mixing my process varies depending on the style and feeling of the project at hand. I may do a mix 100% in the analog domain or 100% in the digital domain, or in between the two depending on what the song calls for.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I primarily work in a hybrid fashion on a Neve 8068 console. I run the most current version of Pro-tools and use a mix of software and hardware to get the desired sound. I have access to a large amount of classic vintage and modern analog outboard gear, microphones, instruments, and amplifiers. Gear that ranges from Pultec EQ's, to Urei compressors, to Neumann microphones. I monitor through a pair of Altec 604's(Big Reds) and Yamaha NS-10's.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mainly deal with Recording and Mixing for my clients.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Both analog and digital have a place in what we do. It isn't a question of one being better or worse but more a thought of them being different. We use different tools for different jobs.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Big and energetic
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Joe Chiccarelli, Tom Elmhirst, Bob Power, Beastie Boys, Black Keys, A Tribe Called Quest, Rage Against the Machine