Hello, my name's James Maximilian Jason and I'm a long-time sound engineer, musician and composer. I earned a professional sound engineer degree with flying colours, followed by two professional degrees in advanced mixing and mastering. I want to put my skills at the service of emerging musicians and interesting bands to make their dreams come true
I will mix and master your songs and I will work on them until we will find your perfect sound.
I'm a perfectionist and I like to take care of details, so to get the vibe you're looking for.
I will work mainly on the basic dynamic of the song, using EQ's, compressor, some saturation if needed and a little touch of ambience in order to give a "magic glue" to the song.
I won't add any flanger/chorus/phaser or overdrive/distortion unlike you will tell me to do that.
I can add virtual amps (Amplitube 4 Deluxe, Bias FX 2, Bias Amp 2, Softube Amp Room, Line 6 Pod Farm 2.5 Platinum, Vandal, Kuassa, Nembrini Audio) to your guitar tracks by your request so to give a particular character to your guitar sound.
As for mixing I will work entirely ITB, using Reason 11 with my huge arsenal of VST's and plugins (more than 700); when coming to mastering I like working ITB/OTB, using Samplitude Pro X5 as well as my 10 channel SSL analog summing mixer.
I will eventually provide you with a WAV file for your mastered song (comprised with a separate mixdown version, whenever you will decide to remaster your songs in the future) - Hz and bits depending whether your album will be out on CD, vinyl or digital formats for download/streaming.
If you will need DDP images for CD mastering, I will deliver a DDP master for you.
Would love to hear from you. Click the contact button above to get in touch.
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Interview with AfterDusk Studio
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will give my all to make you proud of your song !
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Staying in contact with talented and committed musicians.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you fix *this* or *that* in the mix. Of course I can, but you can't save the unsavable because a good song will be always a good song and the opposite is true.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: A bad recording can compromise a mix and a bad arrangement can ruin a recording so... if your song is nicely arranged and recorded, you'd be half done !
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: After a long career as musician and composer (keyboard/synth player and singer since 1985, occasionally playing drums and theremini), I've been diving into the world of sound engineering for 16-17 years. Initially I produced bands of friends but I started working for international artists with the passing of time.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Unconventional and creative.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I'm particularly skilled in heavy-electro-alternative-industrial rock sounds but I'm eclectic enough to work on any kind of music because... good music is always nothing but good music !
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Give good advice and suggestions for production.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: New perspectives and new ideas, without necessarily change sounds.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I particularly take care of single audio tracks before processing them all together in the mixing process, since I think that mixing is an art of choice. Generally I never close a mix in one day, since I think that hurry can compromise the quality of a work and patience as well as persistence are the best friends of a sound engineer.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I like visionary and chameleonic musicians who don't rest on their laurels but try to change style from album to album. Ulver, Anathema, Katatonia but Chelsea Wolfe, Myrkur and above all Mr. Tom Fischer (Hellhammer, Celtic Forst, Triptykon). As for music production professionals I feel a profound for Eddie Kramer and Rick Rubin, I guess that sound engineers have to put their skills at the service of the musicians, shying away from any "ego trip".
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm basically a mixing and mastering engineer with a musician attitude, meaning that I like to sculpt the sounds of the bands I produce, giving them a stronger vibe, yet respecting their unique identity.