Mix, Recording, Vocals

DoctorCosmos on SoundBetter

I'm a producer/engineer working out of Richmond, CA in a blossoming project studio. We can get you a nice sounding track with fantastic vocals. I tend to lean towards mixes with more dynamic range and love mixing the avant garde.

I'm offering these services:
* Mixing -- Music or Video
* Vocal recording -- Dialog, Spoken word, or singing
* Bass guitar, electric guitar recording
* Music production/composition
* Vocal production (editing, timing, pitch and other vocal corrections)

In my studio in Richmond, CA I'm out fitted with a professional mixing/recording equipment:
* Analog summing via 2-bus+
* Nueman 310a monitors
* UAD Apollo & Audient preamps
* Shure SM7B

Recording occurs in my sound proof recording booth. Clean recordings, every time.

I can do sound design and can run your midi through any of my synths:
* Moog Subsequent 37
* Prophet Rev 2
* Nord lead 4
* and literally a thousand weird little synths

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

Interview with DoctorCosmos

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

  2. A: Finishing scoring an animated short film (chiptunes) and writing my 5th dawless record.

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: Both. Pure analog is kind of annoying there are serious limitations to it. Limitations aside, the *sound* of analog is just fantastic from synthesizer to summing bus. So I use both - I mix in the box and I run things through analog processing. I like to use a mix of analog and digital synthesizers too though for similar resaons: digital synths have lots and lots of features while analog synths don't... but analog synths sound soooooooo good.

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

  6. A: That we'll do our best and get a good sounding record.

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

  8. A: Making music

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

  10. A: That we're gonna just 'fix it in the mix'.

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

  12. A: I like to ask them a lot about what they're going for in the piece. Usually I like to do this by having them create a playlist and discussing the different songs and things I hear in those songs. This is the main thing in order to interpret what the client wants.

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

  14. A: Make your song as good as you can. Make your singing as good as you can. Do all the preparation steps. And remember: garbage in, garbage out.

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

  16. A: idk, a fridge, a stove. lol. I can't live without any of my gear.

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

  18. A: I audio engineer as my second job and have been for years and years - simply due to passion. I've had a few paying gigs and collaborations. I'm currently wrapping up my fifth album and scoring an animated short film.

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: Authentic.

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

  22. A: Bonobo, cause, he's the best. I'm so impressed how he does his digital production and then tours with an orchestra.

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

  24. A: Program dynamics into your midi and velocity modulate your synths for that extra life.

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

  26. A: IDM and Folk/chill.

  27. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  28. A: Attention to detail.

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

  30. A: My job is, usually, to help the artist realize their vision. Keeping the vibe right, making sure the flow continues, bouncing ideas are all super important to me. Occasionally I'll make a musical suggestion too.

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

  32. A: Prep: - We pre-produce your song and discuss what you'll need to deliver for a good mix (it's more than you might think) - I do session prep (2 hours) - We iterate on your stems until they're ready for the recording or the mix - Recording session -- we usually do an afternoon or a day (4 or 8 hours). We go until you're done, double takes and everything. If you're not recording anything, skip this step - Vocal processing -- If there are recorded vocals, I'd recommend these steps: -- Vocal Comp -- Vocal edit/cleanup -- Vocal tuning (manually via melodyne) - Mix - Iterate on the mix two or three times You're responsible for mastering, or I can louden it for you but it's not the same as getting an engineer to do it.

  33. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  34. A: I have a private music studio within an art collective. My studio is a 14x14 treated environment with a 5'x4' sound isolation booth where I record vocals. I record and mix into logic using analog summing for warmth and definition in the mix. My monitors are Nueman 310a's - and they are fantastic. To compensate for the remainder of the room, I always mix through some room correction software that gets me the last bit of the way there. For vocals I have my favorite - a Shure SM7B (Michael Jackon's mic from thriller), which is a warm full dynamic mic. I also have a small and large diaphragm condensers mic for those who want less body and more breath. You can always rent a mic if you have one you're really wanting to use for your record.

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

  36. A: Personally I'm inspired a lot by Peter Gabriel, from music composition to audio engineering, he's really impressive. I love Bonobo and lots of chill out. I'm also really into idm artists: Orbital, Boards of Canada.

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

  38. A: For other people I do vocal recordings, vocal processing and mixing, with the occasional guitar or something thrown in.


Terms Of Service

Turn around time is usually in two weeks. Three revisions are allowed.

GenresSounds Like
  • Boards of Canada
  • Fleet Foxes
  • Orbital
Gear Highlights
  • UAD Apollo 8x
  • Audient ASP880
  • Nuemann 310a
  • Dangerous 2Bus+
  • Shure SM7B
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