My name is Seth Nathan. I am a producer and mixing and tracking engineer who operates out of my private studio, Free Lunch. My philosophy is to own a recording studio that allows artists to have the necessary means of making the best music of their lives, at a rate that is practically impossible in a bigger more commercialized studio.
I have an extensive gear list of high quality new and vintage outboard equipment, new and vintage high end microphones, and an amazing selection of top quality instruments. For a full list, you can visit freelunchaudio.com
I am located smack dab in Central, NY. I have worked with artists all over NYS and Vermont. In an attempt to further expand my reach, I am excited to offer the ability to do in studio or remote tracking, session playing, editing, and mixing from this website.
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14 ReviewsEndorse Free Lunch
Free Lunch is an absolute unit. With a vast array of equipment (new and vintage gear), unbeatable prices and friendly, professional service, Seth’s studio is the best in the area. I’ve recorded several times at FL and have no plan to stop coming back. Great tones!
Seth and Free Lunch were exactly what our band needed for our record. Seth was incredible in the way that he shared ideas and made our songs better with them. Creativity and taking sonic chances are a huge part of the way things are done at Free Lunch and our songs are better because of it. The room is magic as well. I hear it all over our recordings in the best way. Plus Seth is about as sweet as they come and make our time there fun AF.
Seth at Free Lunch really knows what he's doing and has the gear to back it up. Profit off his gear addiction and record here.
I recently had a great experience recording at Seth's studio. Besides the fact he has some really interesting and high quality gear, he was exactly the kind of person you want helping you with your vision. We were on the same page with what I wanted and he always seemed to make the right decisions for my music. He worked quick but I never felt rushed. His attention to detail was strong but he didn't over think things. He was objective yet personal. Really can't say enough good things. Exceeded my expectations for sure. Can't wait to go back.
I just wrapped up a 12-song record at Free Lunch. I've never had a better recording experience than my week with Seth. He is a master engineer, musician, and producer, but above it all he's a great guy. He always knew when I had a better take in me, and made sure the day wasn't over until everything sounded as it did in my head. Thanks to him, I now have a record I'm truly proud of. I can't recommend him highly enough.
I have worked with Seth over the course of the last two years. Seth is a great engineer and has a great ear for music. The projects I have worked with him on are under the names Tame The Giant and Our Common Roots. He recorded Our Common Roots, Satyr Circus, an amazing experience. The album sounds great and I have loved working with Seth ever since. Seth is not only good at recording but he is a very proficient musician and I have enjoyed playing with hin outside the studio. The space he has now is unreal, the vibe is perfect for recording music. It is an inspiring place to be in.
Seth at Free Lunch has always strived to create the most high-quality content for the musicians that come into his studio. Having worked with him on multiple projects, I can say from experience that Seth not only records music, but he resonates with it, right alongside the musicians. That is an exceptional quality, to me, that sets him apart.
Seth has exuded professionalism and integrity in every one of my several recording sessions with him. He’s incredibly talented and is more than able to contribute to any project both with his musical talent and his excellent ear. Seth opts for a hands-on recording style, working with the artist every step of the way to craft the exact thing they have in mind. And he’s really reasonably priced. Never a bad experience.
Free Lunch is a fantastic space with tons of great equipment and facility. Seth is a really really guy to work with, a phenomenal engineer and creative, and his space shows that.
Seth is a top-notch enginer, mixer and mastering technician. Free Lunch is the most comfortable studio I have ever seen. Seth was as excited about my project as I was, and was always willing to try out new ideas. He was patient and easy-going. The project could probably have been completed at another studio, but it wouldn't have been nearly as good. I will definitely return to Free Lunch and Seth for my next project.
Free lunch is one of my favorite studios and Seth is a total pro. Couldn't have had a better expierence!
Free Lunch is a great place to both polish and refine existing music one might have and also add new sparkle and sheen. Free Lunch hosts a honest, creative environment that is unquestionably unique and visionary.
Seth is one of the most curious, dedicated and fun engineers I know. Love recording with him - he's always willing to try new techniques and won't stop until things sound rad :D
We were working on a DIY single when we brought Seth on board to mix the tracks, and give a little extra shine to what we were doing. With his help, things were sounding so good we expanded the project into a full album. He also contributed Wurlitzer and Hammond B3 organs to great effect on a number of tracks.
Interview with Free Lunch
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My piano, my 1932 RCA 44a ribbon microphone, my monitors, a beyerdynamic m201, my martin.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: lose your ego
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: 760sq ft room in an old furniture warehouse. 14ft ceilings. Exposed brick. Its very vibey. Load that with fenders, gibsons, classic amps, drums from slingerland and ludwig, a really nice upright, a hammond c3, a rhodes, a wurlitzer, synths, and a crap load of recording equipment and its just a great space to make music. At this point in my life I am using two RND 5059 mixers simultaneously to have 32 inputs at mixdown. I mix largely out of the computer, while doing lots of editing within the computer. I have the behringer powerplay system for monitoring so artists can make their own specialized mixes. There are two very large comfy couches. Its a very intimate vibe that really forces the whole band to be involved in every part of the process.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly do large scale recordings and mixes of EPs/LPs.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I have a strong life long musical background. I am literate and fluent on multiple instruments, many of which I encounter in a track I am recording mixing. I come at everything from both an artistic and technical perspective. Just like loosing yourself in the theory of an instrument, its easy to lose yourself in the theory of all this equipment. While all of that is important and must be understood in order to do good work, there is a balancing act that must be done. My edit game is also extremely on point.