Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I am pretty proud of all the projects I work on. I just finished an EP that I produced, recorded, mixed and mastered, that is already starting to get some good legs on radio. This one was especially fun because we wrote a tune together and turned it into a big dueling guitar, trading solos instrumental. It was supposed to be a heavy rock tune for radio but we ended up just having way too much fun with it so we scrapped the lyrics and went full on guitar ego wank! Nobody does that anymore!!
What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I am mixing and mastering material for a group of guys in California who are modernizing their publishing library.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
I'm not sure yet as this is my first day................to be continued
Analog or digital and why?
I use both as i see both of them being beneficial to the process. I use digital for more of the surgical repair stuff cause you can get in really tight in a frequency that might need some love and analog for that bigger, warmer, wider sound. There is just something about hitting analog to give your mixes more depth.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
We go until you are happy!
What do you like most about your job?
I get to hear a ton of great music and meet a ton of great artists!!
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
To be honest I don't field a lot of questions. I think mastering is a mystery to a lot of people and they are told they have to do it......
Most common ones though are,
What sample/bit rate do you accept...........All of them.
How Long does it take...................Generally 1 day for full length (10 songs) Somewhere around an hour for 1
Do you print my cd's......................No.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Biggest misconception about what I do is everyone thinks all we're doing is making their track louder. We are making it louder but there are many steps in doings so. We also label and tag your materiel and put your ISRC codes in your tracks.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
I will ask if there is anything specific they are looking for out of mastering. In my experience some (not always) mixers have told their client that they will leave the tracks a little darker for the mastering engineer to brighten up. I will also ask what they are putting the final version on, cd, ITunes, Vinyl, all of the above...
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Ask questions and don't be afraid to ask for a free sample. You won't get your entire track but you'll be able to hear if you like it.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
An acoustic guitar, sm 58, recording device, Ham radio, and a large antenna.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started with playing in bands, a couple of which had some good commercial success. This landed me in many studios working with top engineers. After years of playing, I naturally ended up behind the board recording, producing, and mixing other bands. I furthered my education in mixing and mastering through Berklee college of music once my career started heading that way and have professionally been recording, mixing, and mastering for 8 years.
How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as musical. Again it depends on the material so my style is to serve the song.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
That's a tough one............ I would have to say Ian Thornley of Big Wreck. He's one of my favorites.
Can you share one music production tip?
This may go against what other mastering engineers may say but here goes.........mix your material with a bus compressor on your master fader. The needle only needs to move ever so slightly at a low ratio but you want to hear what your mix is going to sound like when it is compressed. You will be amazed how your balance can change when someone puts some compression on it. All of a sudden your snare disappears along with other things and you wonder where all your hard work went. You can always print a compressed and uncompressed version to give to your mastering engineer if you are new at bus compression. Side note, don't confuse this with limiting and making your track louder. You'll want to leave headroom for your mastering guy.
What type of music do you usually work on?
The norm seems to be rock, pop, and country with a little hip hop thrown in the mix.
What's your strongest skill?
My strongest skill is listening to both the material and the client.
What do you bring to a song?
I bring what is needed to a song. Sometimes the material requires punch and presence, other times warmth and depth. Sometimes a track only needs to be brought up to volume. What I do is dependent on the material and the clients wishes.
What's your typical work process?
My Work process starts with getting the material from the client, creating their session and listening to their songs as well as any reference material they may have provided. After that it's a matter of passing the material through the chain and adjusting as i go!
Tell us about your studio setup.
The bulk of my mastering chain is outboard gear. I use Manley Massive Passive Mastering EQ as well as Manley Vari-mu Mastering compressor/Limiter. I also use an API 2500 bus compressor. I have a wide variety of digital tools that I use for more repair surgical moves. My room is fully treated and I monitor through Focal Solo 6be's.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
That is a massive list........... First head over to Mix With The Masters, everyone on that site and then look at their client list...............and thats just the beginning.....
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Most common work I do for clients is mastering. This means I bring their material up to broadcast or Vinyl level, depending on the songs final destination, using compression and EQ and deliver them the final version of their song.