TuckerMix.com is the online music mixing services of LA based mixing engineer Ryan Tucker. With a history of working with the most respected audio companies in the industry, his insider knowledge provides him mastery of the tools, techniques, and technologies your project will need to achieve the ultimate sonic advantage!
TuckerMix helps independent artists, musicians, and composers bridge the technology gap, allowing every project to reap the highest quality sonic rewards of today's most advanced audio production tools and techniques.
Ryan is also known for helping the most respected audio companies in the industry create the most advanced and innovative hardware / software audio production tools on the market. His contributions include product conception, design, qualification, and testing of products ranging from musical instruments of the future, to DSP powered audio processors emulating the most coveted analog studio equipment in history. This insider knowledge has allowed him to master the tools and technologies your project will need to achieve the ultimate sonic advantage in today's marketplace.
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Interview with Ryan Tucker
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Berklee College of Music to world class recording studio Henson Recording (A&M) to working with major music product developers, to independent music mixer.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Universal Audio UAD Powered Plugins
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be able to communicate your vision of the end product. Know what kind of sound you are going for. Be it simply by using an album or artist as reference.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mix independent artist's music. Musicians, bands, composers, song writers, etc...
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Tchad Blake, Andrew Scheps, Andy Wallace
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Apple iMac Pro, Universal Audio Apollo X interface, Avid Artist Mix/Control surfaces, Focal monitoring, Manley Labs outboard gear, UAD plugins
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Clarity, Focus, Sonic Enhancement
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Persistence to achieve the best possible quality.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, but have worked in many genres such as Folk, Jazz, Americana, R&B, Funk, Pop, Metal, Emo, Instrument, Guitar, Electronic
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Big Wreck, they are hands down one of the worlds greatest rock bands of all time. Their productions are top notch in performance, song writing, production, mix and mastering.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Clean and clear with punch and fullness.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Main thing I need to know as a mixer is how much of the production is complete. Some clients just record something dry and say finish the project (edit, restore, drum replace, tune, mix, etc). Others have actually committed sounds to the recording and done a lot of preparation making my job as a mixer much more easy. I take on both types of projects but the budget reflects the completion of the project upon delivery to me.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: "Mixing" synonymous with "finish my production". Mixing is one aspect of a production, tuning, editing, etc is actual "production work" and is not by default included in mixing services.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How much to mix a song... well "song" and "mix" need to be defined before that questions can be answered. Is the song (production) complete, hence do you need simply a mix or a lot of addition production work performed.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Taking part in telling of a story. Every effort I make is simply to help the artist convey a message.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Relentless quality.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Doesn't matter. Tools are tools regardless of domain, both have strengths, I use both.