Professional producing, recording, mixing and mastering from a fellow musician and creator. I understand the music production process from both the artistic and technical perspective and am passionate about handling your projects with the love, care, and attention to detail they deserve.
John Fitzgerald is a freelance audio engineer from Chicago, IL operating under the business name JFitz Audio. JFitz Audio offers recording, (remote) mixing, (remote) mastering, producing, (remote or in person) session drumming, editing, time alignment, and vocal tuning.
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Interview with JFitz Audio
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be prepared and define your vision. The better you can communicate your vision to someone like me, the better we can help you.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am particularly proud of the latest album with my band Home Entertainment. It has been the culmination of years of experience playing, writing, producing, and creating collaboratively, and I am particularly proud of what we have made. I played the role of co-writer drummer, and producer/engineer. We're in the final stages of production and I can't wait to share it with the world.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, it doesn't matter as much as you want it to. Take what works and throw out what doesn't. I'm not here to be a gear snob, I'm here to produce results.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will work with you to help realize your creative vision and give your project the respect and attention I would give any of my own projects.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Helping bring an artist's beloved creation into existence through the medium of recorded audio.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it is possible to polish a turd. You can salvage things and play damage control, but the more you front load the entire creative process with solid decisions, the better the outcome.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: If I was on a deserted island, I wouldn't be bringing audio gear I can tell ya that much...
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Write good songs.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I typically find myself working with independent rock bands, however I am open and eager to exploring other genres!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring as little or as much of a personal imprint as is required/desired by the artist.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Preproduction - Recording (multitracking, overdubbing, or both) - Editing/Pre-Mixing - Mixing - Mix Notes/Revisions - Mastering - Mastering Notes/Revisions
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I typically produce albums/EPs/singles for independent bands/artists from preproduction through mastering.