Great value remote mixing and mastering engineer with a fast turn around time and great customer service.
As a Glasgow based freelance engineer you can find me in GloWorm Recording(http://glowormrecording.com), Carrier Waves(https://www.andreagobbi.co.uk/carrierwaves) or working from my personal studio. When not in the studios I will be out recording on location using a wide section of vintage, boutique and state of the art equipment. I work predominantly amongst the Scottish and International music scenes recording in various wild and wonderful locations.
My current focus is towards remote mixing and mastering. I pride myself on having a fast turnaround time and high customer satisfaction rate.
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Interview with Sam Welch
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I would say I am most proud of the album 'In Praise of Home' by Rura. I was the tape operator on this project however I feel that it is one of my favourite album which just seemed to fall together effortlessly.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: At the moment I am in the process of producing an album with a band which we recorded down in London. There is a lot of editing and shuffling to do as short time scale during recording meant session admin was left behind. I am also mastering a couple Indie EP's as well as some smaller single mixes for release.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Unfortunately I haven't work with any other engineer's or producers from sound better however I would definitely recommend checking out Andrea Gobbi and Iain Hutchison .
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I love both it really depends on the budget. Generally I work in a hybrid setup for mixing, recording and mastering. It would be loverly to remain entirely analogue however digital does have its advantages other than monetary.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I always promise that I will make their project the best I possibly can with no exceptions.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love that I can do what I love from anywhere in the world.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long will it take to mix or master a track. The answer can change depending on how busy I am. Realistically it will take around just 1 day to setup and mix the first track. If the track is part of an album then this will have sped up the rest of the process for the remaining track. The remainder of the time is used to make any remediates the client wants this entirely depends on 1) how fast the client gets back to me and 2) how big the remedations are.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Many people seem to think that often my work is a process in the sense that I do the exact same thing for each project where as every project is different and I treat every project as a new venture. I am always pushing the boundaries.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I like to understand the project as a whole from the tonal qualities they are after to the conceptual ideas.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Do it you won't regret it!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I would take my MacBook Pro (loaded with protools), my set of in ears, my Apollo, my trusty rainbow mug (very important) and a Telefunken 47 because nothing sounds better than a 47.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started out interning at various post production houses and studio in and amongst Glasgow while studying a BSc (Hons) in Music Technology. At the start of the third year I began working at GloWorm recording and have been working out of GloWorm as a freelancer ever since.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would describe my sale as warm and and open.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with the Artic Monkeys for their raw live feel and beautiful songwriting.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Never stop learning.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I generally work on traditional Folk music as well as Indie music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I would say my strongest skill is the ability to be flexible with clients in terms of time scale and budget. I love what I do and I want to be able to let my passion pass on to other peoples projects!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I feel that I bring a fresh ear and the bravery to break to norm.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I generally start by preparing the session to accommodate my work flow wether that be importing mixing templates, preparing for edit work flow etc. I will then start with the 'glue' of the song (if mixing) generally I find this is the drums, followed by the vocals before brining up the other various elements. I try to leave my signature sound on a track without being abrasive or taking away from the artists vision. My goal is to further develop what the artist envisions.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a home based studio based around a pair of Dynaudio BM12 MKiii and Apollo 8 Quad and protools however I predominately work from GloWorm recording in Glasgow (https://www.glowormrecording.com).
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I have always been inspired by Steve Albini for his raw and ready approach to production. I have also always admired Jimi Hendrix for his constant experimentation and ability to go against the dogma.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common work I do is remote mixing, however I also do a lot of mastering work and location recording.