Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Probably anything I did with Mark Prater because I learned something extremely valuable every time I worked with him.
What are you working on at the moment?
Mixing and mastering a soul/fusion/funk band, as well as a hip hop group.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Analog or digital and why?
Both have their place in engineering. We have just about every plugin out there, but we still use analog summing, and analog master bus chains.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
That you'll end up with a song you love listening to and a song that you feel proud showing the world.
What do you like most about your job?
Creating a product that makes someone happy and also sounds great/
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Q: "How much?"
A: "what do you want do do?"
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Probably that people think it's an easy job. In reality it's very customer service based, technical, and artistic, so you're always adapting and learning while you work. You have to wear a lot of hats to be an engineer.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What type of music do you want to record? do you have any artist you like the sounds of? What instruments do you want to record? How can I help make what you hear in your head come out of the speakers?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Ask for a free consultation and make sure you vibe with the studio.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Apollo, Mixdream, Mac, Drums, and a Guitar.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
We've come into it from different avenues all starting as musicians, and then producing our own band's albums and then becoming full fledged engineers. Combined, it's about three decades of experience from us.
How would you describe your style?
Whatever style the song calls for.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Can't decide between Jeff Beck and James Blake. Jeff Beck could tell amazing stories, and James Blake is just so progressive you could watch and learn from him. Both are amazing musicians.
Can you share one music production tip?
High pass everything except for kick and bass. Know when to take a break or move on.
What type of music do you usually work on?
What's your strongest skill?
Determining what a song needs and then bringing it to its full potential.
What do you bring to a song?
We bring decades of knowledge and use of high end studio gear to make the best sound possible.
What's your typical work process?
Communicate and work with the client until they are happy.
Tell us about your studio setup.
We record in a custom tuned live room, and mix/master in a custom tuned room as well, using a combination of plugins and analog summing.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Joe Barresi, Chris Lorde Alge, Tool Hans Zimmer, James Blake, SounWave, Jack Garratt.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Mainly recording, mixing, and mastering of all different types of music from metal to ed, and pop to jazz, and anywhere in between.