Rich Rainey

Remote Mixing. All styles

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3x Grammy Award winning engineer available for mixing. All styles.

I'm primarily known for mixing rock/alt bands but I also really enjoy mixing pop. I have a long standing relationship for over 20 years working with U2 which has given me a wide range of mixing opportunities including tv, radio and live concerts in 5.1 surround sound. I have recently also starting doing Dolby Atmos mixes too.I'm happy mixing all styles. Fast and friendly service. Credits etc on

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Interview with Rich Rainey

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I engineered Beautiful Day by U2. It was great to be a part of such a globally popular record. It doesn't sound like anyone else

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Some U2 remastering

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Don't think so, sorry

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Digital nowadays. It's just a more practical solution

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: To deliver a result they're happy with on the time frame required

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: When a mix clicks into place and feels good

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: Q: What are U2 like? A: They're good guys who work bloody hard

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: The glamour

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: Which records do you like the sound of? Is your rough mix a good guide for me?

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: I guess you have to take a chance. If they've worked at a decent level for a while they should be fine. Maybe try one track to start

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: MacBook Pro, RME ADI-2 DAC, Neumann NDH20 headphones, Neumann 310 speakers and large iTunes library

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: Did the traditional route by starting as a tea boy and working my way up to assisting and then engineering. Great way to learn

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Could do better

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: I'd love to record the Rolling Stones or mix a live show for them

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: mute mute mute

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: A lot of guitar bands but I actually love doing al styles

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Bringing a focus to the important parts and the feel of a track

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: Hopefully a focus on the important parts!!

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: I spend a fair amount of time prepping a session to mix. This involves cleaning up audio and generally reorganising the tracks into my template

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: Nowadays I'm in the box. It makes sense from a practical point of view. I use Neumann monitoring and some Avid controllers to give me faders and buttons

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: Rick Rubin, Nigel Godrich

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: These days it's mostly mixing.

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GenresSounds Like
  • U2
  • The Aliens
  • Van Morrison
Gear Highlights
  • Monitoring by Neumann
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