Here at Attic Studios, we want to work with you to achieve the competitive sounding mixes that you deserve. Fresh out of Berklee College for Mixing and Mastering, we have the tools to help you correct, create, and complete your projects.
Ryan Dowdall, head engineer, of Attic Studios has been studying, playing, producing, and recording music since he was 13. He started out playing guitar and has several sponsorships with major companies. (Fender Guitar, Ernie Ball, Guitar Center) He started to record and mix his own bands and quickly fell in love with the studio world. Other local bands in the area would come to him to get songs mixed/mastered/taken to the next level. He developed a passion for helping artists "take the next step" and make the music "better." He can make your song compete with todays radio hits, or make it feel as groovy as a 70's vinyl. Any style, any sound, he's up for the challenge.
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Interview with The Attic Studios
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: At the moment i'm working on a rock record for "The Remedy" that i'm enjoying!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. Things break less!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That you can listen to the radio, and then your tracks, and hear music of the same quality.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love being able to meet many different kinds of artists, and mix various styles of music from all of them.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Is it okay if we make this change to the mix etc etc.. My answer is always yes! I will change things until you are 100% satisfied with my work.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I'm someone who can make a poor performance into a perfect one.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I ask them who there favorite artists are, who their least favorite artists are, and to describe what they look for in a great song.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Advice I would give to a customer looking to hire me would be this.. Wether it be me or another engineer, having a different set of ears specifically from someone in tune with what the tiniest production details, can be the most valuable thing you do for your music.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I wouldn't go to that Island!!! Only 5 pieces???
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: We have been at this for 5 years now!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Our style is a blending of old 60's and 70's sounds mixed with the loud, clear, and aggressive low end of todays music.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: We would love to work with John Mayer, because he has bridged the gap between many genres, and seems like an all around class act.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't be afraid of people not liking it.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, Pop, Blues, and Hip Hop
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Our strongest skill is our effects, production, and sound sculpting procceses.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: We bring a fresh set of ears, ideas, and musical creativity, in addition to refined skills in the mixing field.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: We start by editing and arranging your tracks so that they all flow without any silence, clicks, or pops. Then we pull in reference tracks supplied by the client and us and try to do a rough balance mix matching the general vibe and volume of those. We then go to town with the tools in our toolbox to make your track as competitive, loud, and professionally balanced as it can be.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: We run a state of the art Pro Tools 12 setup, complete with a wide variety of plug ins, outboard gear, and creative tools to help you achieve the product you dream of.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: We love the old artists of the 60's and 70's and todays biggest acts. We feel there is something truly great each decade of music has brought to the production table.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work we do is remote mixing/mastering of artists songs