Mixing & Mastering
Dreamcatcher Studio is a music studio located in Baltimore, MD servicing groups and single artists giving them high quality music production services at affordable prices.
Services offered include ghost writing, pre-production, recording, editing, reamping, mixing, post-production, and mastering.
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Interview with Dreamcatcher Studio
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I had my first music studio when I was maybe 11 years old using old unused pieces of gear from my dad's studio. So I've been at this for a while. I'd say I started taking guidance from producers in 2012. I started the business in 2015.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Sunbathers - Intimacy. It was at the point where I finally reached a new level of my ability. Also the song recieves so much response online. The band has a unique, creative style. It's just nice to be a part of success.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Sunbathers new single.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Brian Hood
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital because of editing. I love combining the analog warmth of preamps and the pump of compressors.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: No rules. Playing back something you played a major role in creating.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Most of my inquiries are business related. Mostly about money. I'll ask how they are funding the project and what budget they want to set for whatever project.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I'm not sure! I suppose people think that I just mic things up and push a button to record. Those who work with me typically understand the workflow.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What their goals are.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Contact me.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Assuming the island contains the obvious MacBook and interface I'd say SSL bus comp, 1073, baby bottle, sm57, and I probably wouldn't need a fifth.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Aggressive. Haha. I just tend to side with more radical decision making when it comes to audio.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: For performing artist... Kenny Vasoli. He's very creative, unique, and versatile. For production I love Matt Theissen. He can pull emotion from the listener and plus his style takes me to my roots of The Beach Boys.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Close your eyes. Trust your ears.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Typically some type of rock. Anywhere from indie to post hardcore.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Working with others.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: When tracking bands, I bring out the performance outside of the shell. I push ability. You want the raw energy and feeling of a performance before it even translates. With mixing and mastering, I bring power, punch, and clarity.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I typically mix and edit as I go if I'm tracking. When I do track I do the best I can to get vibe on the way in. With recording musicians I go for feel and emotion.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Protools. Analog gear on the way in. Mostly mix in the box, with the exception of hardware SSL bus comp.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I've had much helpful guidance from producers like Taylor Larson (Periphery), Brian Hood (The Crimson Armada), Eyal Levi (August Burns Red), Jordan Valeriote (Silverstein), etc.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Full service: Preproduction to build establish a building block, tracking of all instruments including live drums, editing all audio, adding preproduction and fx, mixing, mastering.