Hello! My name is Everett Schuster, I am the head engineer, and creator of BackPack Audio. We are a brand new on-site recording company located in good ol' Nashville, TN. We are capable of recording just about anything, anywhere. We also provide online hosted audio editing, and mixing services. Your robust high-fidelity sound is our top priority.
Here's a summary of some of our audio services:
We have the equipment and know-how needed to record you at any location. That means we can record R&B drums in your aunt’s fancy living room, a guitar solo in a racquetball court, even a full length Halloween album in that that creepy abandoned barn over there. If you tell us what you want to record and where you want to record it, we will be there.
Seamless Editing Services:
Vocal Tuning - Our top editing service
Drum Quantization - Timing is everything
Track Composting - Optimizing your takes
Unwanted Noise/Sound Removal - Lo-Fi is cool, Hi-Fi is cooler
We are not "set it, forget it" engineers, no corners are cut, and we do not treat any two mixes the same. Different genres call for different sonic qualities. We fine tune your mix by offering unlimited pre-mix consultations and three free revisions. This ensures you get the product you are looking for.
We reference ALL of our monitoring sources including professional headphones, cheap earbuds, our home theater system, Macbook speakers, both of our cars, and of course three sets of studio monitors and subwoofer to ensure your sound is consistent in all settings.
You worked hard on your music. Your audio needs deserve individual attention and custom approach.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
2 ReviewsEndorse BackPack Audio
I sent some of my solo tracks to Everett to mix for me. He really has an incredible ear, and knew exactly what I was trying to accomplish sonically. Worth every penny. If you're on the fence with this guy, do yourself a favor and hire him. You'll be glad you made that decision.
I contacted Backpack Audio to have some tracks mixed that I pre-recorded with my band (Youth In Asia). Very professional, I could tell that each song was mixed manually and didn't just have a bunch of plugins with presets turned on. Mixes were finished in a very timely fashion (a couple days per song, including a few revisions that I needed).
Interview with BackPack Audio
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: What we do the most is our on-site recording service. When you give the option to record anywhere, you can really see the creativity sparks start to fly. There's nothing like capturing the sounds of real places. We've recorded in racquetball courts, attics, fields, treated studio rooms and so much more. We give our clients another way to be creative. I think that is why this service is so popular.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Being a traveling recording studio has its obstacles. Brand new technology allows us to do what we do. If you want to record in the middle of nowhere (which we often do), you need a power source. We bring along our 1,300W Duracell battery that can support a session lasting up to 6 hours. Along with power, you need portable professional studio equipment. Zoom just came out with their new field recorder, the F8. This thing is amazing. It packs so much versatility into such a small portable package. We usually use this field recorder as a multi-track USB interface into Pro Tools using full 24bit 48kHz fidelity. It's built-in preamps are crystal clear and are perfect for field recordings (obviously). When it comes to music, they are a little too clear. That's why we bypass them by connecting our colorful 500 series lunchbox preamps into the Zoom's line-in inputs. Our six-slot lunchbox chassis features three different models of preamps: (2) CAPI VP26, (2) Vintech 573, & (2) Warm Audio WA12. The result is portable, robust, and colorful sound on the go.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It all starts with conversation with our clients. Understanding their sound and goal is crucial to our operation. Once we get an understanding of what their needs are, we bring the required gear to their location of choice. Upon arrival, we setup as fast as we can. We respect our client's time and money. Once the setup is complete, we start tracking. Wesley and I are both Pro Tools Certified so we are very quick on the keys. After tracking, we will move to another location if necessary. If not, payment is made and files are transferred to the client via USB hard drive. More times than not, a client will ask us to also edit and mix their tracks. If this is the case, we give them a package deal with a discount for their business. We complete one song at a time, and accept payment for one song at a time. This protects both us and our clients.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: When you come to BackPack Audio, you leave with a product that has integrity, depth, and color.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: We take a lot of pride in our vocal editing abilities. When editing is done right, it isn't noticed. Anyone can slap an AutoTune Evo plugin on a track. We use a multitude of editing tools to tune, composite, double, and time adjust your vocal. It's the highlight of any song and should be treated as such.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Shawn Everett is an inspiration of mine. Listen to Alabama Shakes' Sound& Color. You'll get it.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: We have had our hands in all kinds of music. From progressive rock to bubble gum pop, Nashville's wide spectrum of music continues to surprise us. It isn't all country, people. Trust us.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Right now (July 2016), we are working with Nashville progressive guitarist, Tommy Deff. He has some really great ideas that we are turning into songs. It's a lot of fun working in production with people that you just "click" with.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Try everything. Don't get caught up in the "what if". Progression is driven by curiosity. The next "new thing" depends on it.