My name is Greg and I'm a mixing engineer. I am about to graduate from Belmont University with a degree in Audio Engineering. I am interested in working on projects mostly centered around any form of rock or metal. I'm open to working on pop as well as hip-hop. Feel free to ask me any questions and I'll respond as quickly as possible.
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Interview with Greg Roberts
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I primarily work in ProTools 10 working on beat production and mixing songs
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I love hardcore metal and believe the drive from that genre can be utilized in a lot of different genres of music. It's vital to have a hook or a bridge that drives and creates a live sense of passion, this is best utilized in various forms of modern metal.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a very simple protools rig. I have a pair of Yamaha MSP5 monitors and another pair of 80's Bose bookshelf speakers I use as reference monitors.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My typical work process is very short and concise. If I can't get something to work I move on and work on something else. I believe in a quick turn around time on any project and prefer to finish everything that I start before moving on to something else.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Energy and Drive. My mixing techniques help build a sense of direction in a song that can either reinforce the direction already present in a song, or help develop a new sense of passion in a song with what tracks I have been given.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Communication. I am an easy person to talk to and want to know the person I am mixing for. It helps me better understand the project and what direction to take with the mix.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: More recently I have been working with metal, but I am very interested in beat manipulation based work. (Dance, Hip-Hop, Pop, etc.) I can work and engineer most instruments with little issue.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Levels are Life
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with the band counterparts one day. The dynamic range in their style of hardcore would be an incredible challenge but also an incredibly rewarding project to be a part of
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Business but mostly casual
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I'm an almost graduated Audio Engineering student from Belmont University (May 2016) looking for more experience in home studio mixing. I'm turning to Soundbetter for an outlet with a seemingly unlimited amount of projects that can help me grow as an engineer. I have been actively working on my mixing abilities for the past 3 years or so.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Laptop, iLok, Wi-Fi, HSM80s, and a blackface 1176 REV F
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: We're here to create music together. We're going to be business partners in this adventure but I am excited to gain a new friend in the end.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What does this project mean to you? What is the nature of the recorded tracks? Is this a home recording? What mics were used? Were any outboard gear used to manipulate the tracks while they were recorded?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's easy and that it should never take long
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: It is not necessarily what they ask me, but it is more centered around the demands of how I should mix their song regardless of the fact that they hired me to bring their vision to life. A barber, lawyer and engineer all work in trust. If you put your trust in me, that is when I can create the best end result for their project.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I am a modern artist as well as an engineer. I can only do so much in the engineering and mathematical mind, then I let my creativity run wild. This is where I can excel the most because of my ability to analytically proceed through an issue while also being able to incorporate an artist's opinion into the mix.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will continue to work on the end result until they are not content but excited about the outcome.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Analog has the sense of passion and originality that I call for in my mixes, but digital retains the ability to manipulate just about anything. They both have their pros and cons but it would be impossible for me to choose one over the other.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I found Soundbetter through a simple google search, but I am excited to get to know people in the community on this website and encourage eachother to learn from eachother in order to grow as engineers
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am not currently working on anything other than school work at the time. Advanced mix projects that are designed to push my creative and engineering mindset.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I recently remixed a song for a friend of mine that is not quite finished but sounds incredible. Really aggressive layered guitars with a low gnarly bass tone. There's a lot left to do on it (metal is not easy) but I'm very excited for its outcome.