High Noon Audio offers professional quality mixing and mastering at a price any independent musician can afford. Whether it’s a studio project, a live recording, or a bedroom pop album, we will bring out the best in your music.
My name is Nate Bridges, I’m a recording engineer, and I’ve been honing my craft for almost two decades. I trained under Brian Wallace at Rockwell Sounds in Atascadero, CA, graduated with Bachelors and Masters Degrees from The Berklee College of Music and went on to work for two years at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, CA. All throughout those experiences I’ve been doing freelance work and creating records with friends and clients from around the world. I’d like this to be a place where my clients can easily get ahold of me, book time, and get their music ready for their audience.
Primarily this site is for remote mixing and mastering projects, but as the studio expands so will the types of projects I take on here at High Noon. If you’d like to contact me for an in person recording session at my studio you can do so at email@example.com.
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Interview with High Noon Audio
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Mixing and Mastering "Fortune Selector" by Other Houses, since I was good friends with all involved and the label supported a vinyl release.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I see the limitations of analog, while also understanding the desire most artists have to imbue their music with as much old school character as possible. I would say I have one foot in the old world and the other in the new. I track most things digitally but through an analog console, and sum in analog. Sometimes I will run my mixes through 1/4'' tape before mastering.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love getting to work on music, it's what I live for and was born to do.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: If you had to compare this material to one album, what would it be?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Learn how to send individual tracks or stems.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: There are no famous artists I'd particularly care one way or another about working with. I much prefer working with new and up and coming artists who are looking for a break. If I had to pick someone today, I think it would be Father John Misty.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Mix with plenty of headroom, otherwise, your effects will get choked off and become hard to hear, among many other reasons.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on a lot of Americana, rock, and reggae music primarily. Also, any kind of singer-songwriter genre can be heard in my studio on a regular basis.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I can work quickly and I'm great with deadlines.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I'm a songwriter and arranger myself, so I try and approach every song as if I had written it. Music is very personal, and it's important to treat each song like its someone's baby, because it is.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Typically I build and edit my mixes from the bottom up, creating a nice sonic bed for the vocal tracks. I use a mix of outboard and in the box effects, and occasionally even analog tape to achieve desired results.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Focusrite 8PreX Focusrite Octopre Tascam 388 1/4’’ Tape Machine Art Pro VLA Tube Compressor El Capistan Tape Delay Benidub Spring Reverb PC-2 Percussion Synth SubPac S2 Soundtoys 5 Bundle Izotope Ozone Melodyne Nord Electro Stage 61 Keys 1972 Custom Fender Telecaster 1996 Fender Jagstang Fender Jazz Bass Custom Epiphone Les Paul w/TV Jones 60s Supro Amplifier Melodica Various Percussion Instruments Silver Fathead Ribbon Pair Gold Fathead Ribbon Pair Cascade M39 Pair D112
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Al Schmidt is my hero. I was lucky enough to watch him work countless times at Capitol Studios while I was a runner there for a few years.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Typically, clients will send me their audio files for mixing or mastering. I work very quickly but have no problem working intimately with the artists to make sure their music turns out exactly how they want.