Terry Watson

Music Industry Professional

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Professional Music & Audio Production Specialist | Mastering, Mixing, Producing, Artist Development, Asset Management & Supply Chain

I've worked within the context of major record labels and distribution companies since 1998. I've held a variety of administrative, creative and technical positions. In my current post as Sr. Manager of Studio Operations with Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp., I direct and perform audio engineering services for Warner Music Group-owned and distributed labels. I also contribute to distribution supply chain development and deployment as part of WEA's Global Asset Management and Engineering team.

I also frequently collaborate with artists and clients as an independent contractor - producing, mixing, mastering, and providing consulting services. No job is too big or too small to be thoughtfully considered, so don't hesitate to reach out. If I'm not the right fit for it, I'll tell you up front. For me, the relationship is key...if you're cool, honest and respectful, I will be too, and we'll get things right...your music, your vocal chain, your salsa recipe, your soul, whatever the need might be.

I've contributed to dozens of award-winning, gold & platinum certified projects spanning CCM, Country, Gospel, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Pop and R&B genres. I'd welcome the opportunity to contribute to yours.

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/terrywatson/

Audio portfolio on Spotify: spoti.fi/2Z6PxYS

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

Interview with Terry Watson

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: Both. Analog because it's familiar, comfortable and idiosyncratic. Digital because it's efficient and I'm not interested in pulling all-nighters to print mixes anymore.

  3. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  4. A: Engineering School • Producer Apprentice • Production Assistant/Assistant Engineer • A&R Administrator, Provident Label Artist Development Team • Studio Manager/Producer/Engineer, Provident Music Publishing Creative Team • Freelance Producer/Engineer • Post-Production Manager, Word Records A&R Administration & Production Team • Audio Engineer & Manager, Warner Elektra Atlantic Studio Services Team • Sr. Manager Studio Operations, Warner Elektra Atlantic Global Asset Management & Engineering Team • 25 years & counting...

  5. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  6. A: Consider that the gear you use has been designed and engineered to provide an expansive dynamic range - up to 139dB in some world class converters. 32 bit floating point audio provides the greatest resolution we've ever experienced in digital audio. So if dynamic range and resolution are such desirable attributes in our tools, consider using/exploring the subtleties and nuances of musical dynamics in the music you create. The use of softer dynamics allows for greater impact by stronger dynamics when needed, and our tools have never been more capable of accurately capturing and reproducing these depths of expression.

  7. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  8. A: Country, pop and hip-hop most often. But I love doing jazz, funk, gospel and soul styles when I can.

  9. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  10. A: Compassion. I care about the people I work with.

  11. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  12. A: I think about it more like what does this song want to bring out of me? I have 41 years of musicianship & 25 years of audio engineering experience to draw from, but it's not about showcasing me or my gear. If the song needs something from me, I feel like my job is to find whatever that is in my tool bag, whether it's adding, removing, enhancing or reducing something, with appropriate strength or subtlety. If I can't do that, then I'm not the right guy for that song.

  13. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  14. A: It's a bit eclectic and unusual due to the variety of roles I fulfill. • 6x computer workstations (3x PC, 3x Mac) • DAW and analysis tools by Merging Technologies, Avid, Dolby, Adobe, EclipseSuite, Stillwell Audio, iZotope and Flux • Loads of virtual instruments and processor plugins • Interfacing and AD/DA conversion by Merging Technologies, Avid, RME, Benchmark and Dangerous Music • Analog mastering processing by Manley and SPL • Monitoring System by Dangerous Music, PMC Speakers and Grado Labs • Mogami cabling, Switchcraft patchbays, Neutrik connectors • Synths, MIDI controllers, electric & acoustic guitars, drums, ukulele, vintage violin and mandolin in need of restoration

  15. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  16. A: As part of the professional music community in Nashville, I'm privileged to call many world-class engineers and music makers my friends. I'm inspired by many of them, often in many ways. I'm particularly inspired by David, King of Israel (1010-970 BC), who was one of the most prolific and enduring composers in history, and also a renaissance man in terms of the development and integration of musical instruments within the context of religious worship, which became the leader of worldwide cultural development for several millennia.

  17. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  18. A: Audio mastering, asset management and quality assurance. I did a lot of track arrangement & producing in the '90s-early '00s, and occasionally now. I also play keyboards live and overdubs.

Gear Highlights
  • PMC IB1S-AIII speakers & Grado Labs RS1 headphones are what I use to listen daily
  • analog & digital tools by Manley
  • SPL
  • Dangerous
  • Merging Technologies and Benchmark Media
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