DoctorCosmos

Mix, Recording, Vocals

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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.

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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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