I work with all kinds of bands and artists to help them record and mix their music to a commercial standard. I bring together musical and technical expertise to help craft songs in the vision of the artist. Many of my clients enjoy working with me because of the mix of technical and musical ability and input, while always focusing on their vision.
I am willing to take on any recording, mixing or production project and can work in most genres. I have quality recording and mixing facilities available in my home-based studio. I love music so much that most of my house is given over to it! My treated room is suitable for a three piece ensemble recording, drum kit recording and overdubs as well as meeting the demands of any mixing project. As well as being well equipped, my studio provides a comfortable homely and enjoyable setting for the creation of music. Located on the edge of the city, there is a garden and tropical conservatory for you to take breaks, collect your self and get inspired to make great music.
I will work tirelessly to make every new project the best thing I've ever done.
I have played guitar for over twelve years and can readily play on any session. I've played in several bands and on most productions I have been involved with. I can also provide on-request guitar samples via the internet using any guitar set up you wish courtesy of state of the art amp modelling in the world renowned Axe FX unit.
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Interview with Ralph Stokes - Blueleaf Studio
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I live in Newcastle where there isn't really a genre niche. As a result I'm constantly working on a huge mix of genres as well as being introduced to new ones.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I don't really know about strongest but Mixing is my favourite part! To get a good record all the parts of the process have to be strong.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I like smooth sounds and tracks that flow well from one section to the next. My clients tell me I bring musical knowledge (being a musician myself) as well as technical knowledge to the process which makes it easier for them to communicate and I can offer musical as well as sonic suggestions during a project.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: For tracking, I lay down the guitar bass and drums at the same time, sometimes with a guide vocal going on upstairs in the bathroom. Then the vocals and other instruments like brass go on, sometimes one at a time, sometimes a few at once.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio is in my house. If I'm mixing and the client isn't in I don't even need to wear pants. I use a hybrid set up with an analog desk doing all the summing and providing mic-pre's for tracking. My favourite piece of gear I have is my Axe FX. Not only is it great for guitar tones but make a pretty cool FX box for just about anything. I did an album once where I processed everything using the Axe FX.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I used to be really into the Psychedelic music. I love Simon Posford for Shpongle, Hallucinogen and Younger Brother. My all time favourite music-maker is OTT. Lovely creamy synth-layered dub with a good bit of world music thrown in.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mostly I do tracking and Mixing work for clients, as well as some mastering. However, hardly a project goes by where I don't offer some help with arrangement, guitar playing, synths, programming, editing or composition
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Use your tools to the best of their ability. Both analog and digital have merit.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: An Axe FX II XL+ and the most expensive shur guitar money can buy. And a macbook pro. Thats it, who needs 5 pieces of gear? Oh, Id' better take a jack cable and a USB cable along.