Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I did an editing and mixing job for "Uncrompressed World Vol.4" that's been my first "officially" released work.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Keep Calm, I am here to help you!
Analog or digital and why?
Digital. Money. Workflow.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I will do my very best to help you achieving YOUR goals!
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What's your vision? What's your status quo? What do you want to achieve with your "product" in the end? If those points are clarified it should be easy to figure out the next steps and whether we are a good match for the project's needs.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Actually I do music/audio as a side job. My main job is software engineering and project management. I have been doing music since I was 4 years old. I wrote my first "songs" (it's all instrumental stuff actually) in the age of 12 that I played with my band in music school and in the age of 15 I started recording. I kept doing this more or less intensively throughout school and university and in 2011 finished a one year course at Hofa College which got me into acutal mixing and mastering. Now I am mixing on the side for about 5 years now.
Can you share one music production tip?
Focus on your arrangement. And tune your instruments before recording ;-)
What's your strongest skill?
A combination of strong theoretical and musical skills. I have a deep understanding of digital technolgy as well as music theory and at the same time a strong experience from playing piano, synths and drums in a variety of bands. Together with my education as an Audio Engineer I think that's a sound foundation of skills.
What's your typical work process?
First thing is the rough mix, that's mostly levels and panning for me. That's also were I will get my first impression and which will define the overall direction the mix will go. I also try to quickly work out ideas that I get on first listening or at least write them down. It is important for me to capture my first impressions and ideas before getting used to the raw tracks. All following steps vary from song to song.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I use a in-the-box setup with the latest Cubase Pro version as my main DAW. For conversion I use RME and for monitoring I have a pair of Neumanns, Yamahas, Fluid Audio and a Dynaudio Sub.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Soundwise I like Michael Brauer for his "a little more bass" sound as compared to most other mixers. I also like Sting and Toto for their musicality and also the great sound of most of their recordings.