Professional Mixing and Mastering engineer based in Glasgow working all around the world from NYC and LA to Germany and London. The highest quality professional product with a fast turn around time.
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 mixing/mastering 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 Hip-Hop and International music scenes regularly mixing remotely.
My current focus is towards remote mixing and mastering. I pride myself on having a fast turn-around time and high customer satisfaction rate.
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Interview with Sam Welch
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.
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: 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'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: 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 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: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Never stop learning.
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: 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: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Do it you won't regret it!
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'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 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 your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I always promise that I will make their project the best I possibly can with no exceptions.
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 in my opinion.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I can do what I love from anywhere in the world and to me that is pretty special.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I love both it really depends on the project. Generally I work in a hybrid setup for mixing, recording and mastering. However more and more I am using a fully digital setup for the flexibility and ease of instantaneous recalls which make creating so much more spontaneous.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work with a variety of music mostly focusing on Hip-Hop as well as Folk music.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would describe my sound as warm and and open with a very punchy bottom end.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Unfortunately I haven't worked with any other engineer's or producers from sound better however I would definitely recommend checking out Andrea Gobbi, Iain Hutchison and Rich Keller.
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 very 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.