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Hi there! I'm Jake, but most people call me Kricket. I'm an audio engineer based out of Cincinnati, Ohio. I love to work on Indie Rock, Alternative Rock, and Folk.
I grew up listening to a lot of early late 90s, early 2000s, Pop-Punk like Blink-182 and a lot of Rock like Linkin Park and Nirvana. In high school I really started to listen to a lot more genres of music, specifically Alternative, Folk, Singer-Songwriter, and Indie. I really enjoyed Young The Giant, Jason Mraz, Arcade Fire, Walk The Moon (very early on, they were local to Cincinnati), Lifehouse, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, and Matchbox Twenty. In College and pretty much the rest of my adult life I have listen extensively to Indie-Rock, Alternative Rock, Folk, Singer-Songwriter. Some artist I really enjoy listening to are Two Door Cinema Club, The Head and The Heart, Dave Matthews Band, The 1975.
-Bachelors of Commercial Music Production from the College Conservatory of Music at UC.
-Owner of www.GetMyMusicMixed.com
-Owner of The Kricket Den, a recording studio I own in Cincinnati
-Live Sound Engineer (House/Venue) worked with AJR, Judah and The Lion, Andrew McMahon, Joshua Radin, Al Stewart, and many more.
-Adjunct Professor at UC, teaching Audio Engineering.
Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.
6 ReviewsEndorse Jake Kricket
I have been working alongside Jake professionally for at least 6 years now. I have worked with with him on live audio events, video/recording projects, and as a studio session musician. He's a consumate professional, with an incredible ear, and is easy to work with to boot. I highly recommend him and his work.
If you're in the Cincinnati area and need a friendly audio professional, Jake is the guy. Super knowledgable about so much - mics, instruments, recording/engineering, mixing in the studio and on stage... perhaps the phrase should be a "Jake" of All Trades! I've worked with him several times on multiple types of projects, and all of them were a breeze. I look forward to seeing where his talent takes him.
Jake is a recording artist's dream engineer. When I worked with him on my fifth album, I got to witness firsthand why his resume is so grand and why he is one of the most sought after audio engineers in Cincinnati. Jake was easy and fun to work with. Aside from his expansive technical knowledge of sound and equipment, he is professional, prompt, and his detail oriented-nature is a gift to any client. He is determined to help you achieve the best sound and ultimately, the best project. Behind it all his passion for his work shines through, something that makes him stand out from the rest.
Jake was professional and super easy to work with during the whole recording process, keeping musicians calm when under pressure, as well as being always flexible to accommodate new ideas (even going the extra mile to present us to a guest musician that took our music to a whole new level, and with whom we intend to keep working from now on). We were also very happy with the final mixing of our material. We'll surely be back for future recordings. Highly recommended!
Jake is a professional through and through. He sees the potential in your track and brings it to fruition. I sent him a song to mix which was recorded with less than stellar equipment at home, and as such, I had pretty low expectations on how the final product would turn out. I was surprised to hear how polished and wonderful he was able to make the track sound. Thanks to his work, he is now the standard that I compare other sound engineers to.
Jake is a breeze to work with, he has a great ear and pays close attention to what an artist is looking for.
Interview with Jake Kricket
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Shure Sm57 Shure Sm7b Apollo Interface Gibson Songwriter Acoustic Guitar Macbook Pro (That was hard!)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I was very fortunate and blessed to be able to start doing recording and mixing in high school, when I was 16, in 2010. My work experience is very extensive within those 10 years. I have been working on artist's records since I knew enough to record an audio track on a computer. I have also worked for a lot of companies as a Freelance Recording Engineer, Live Sound Engineer, Mixing Engineer, Audio Editor, Audio Restoration Specialist, and Videographer. I started my studio, The Kricket Den, in 2015 out of my apartment at the time. While in college I interned and studied under some amazing people, I still work with today, including Adam Pleiman (Grammy Nominated), Ric Hordinski (Grammy Nominated), and Nicholas Radina. Today I own three companies what I work as well as coordinate and schedule and hire contractors, Simple Sound Rentals (Live Audio), The Kricket Den (Recording Studio), and GetMyMusicMixed (Online Mixing Service). Thanks to being able to hire out jobs I have been able to primarily focus on Mixing and Music Post-Production. My educational career starts with taking Music Technology courses in high school, followed by earning two bachelor degrees, one in Commercial Music Production, and another in Electronic Media. Since graduating I have been teaching at the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where I have graduated from.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Unique, full of motion, and "creatively unbalanced".
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would really enjoy working with
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If you are producing and writing music my biggest advice is try to have as much as your gear and your instruments patched in and ready to go so you can record drums within 30 seconds of thinking of a part and then hop over to record piano within 30 seconds after the drum take. A second tip is collaborate and get as many ears on your project as you can.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Most of my work in Cincinnati falls into two camps. At my studio I record and mix a lot of Folk, Singer-Songwriter, Alternative, Indie, and Rock. However at The College Conservatory of Music I teach at, I work a lot on Jazz and Classical Music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing home recordings or any not so high quality recordings.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a unique and creative mix. Your tracks won't just be balance, standard or bland. Your music will be enhanced and fun to listen to.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: If I have access to an artist mix or a demo, I take a listen to that, first. With that I try to learn what is supposed to be highlighted and what is more background. Then I pull everything into Pro Tools and get an acceptable balance, and fix noise floor issues, and clicks, and pops. I then EQ and Compress tracks to appropriately prioritize and compliment eachother. Once the static mix is balanced, I then try to sprinkle in an appropriate amount of "ear candy moments" and enhance the song creatively with reverb, delay, modulation effects, filter sweeps, all to taste.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have two main studio setups I work out of. The recording studio I work out is The Kricket Den. About 90% of the gear there is personally owned by me. Our acoustic options there are amazing. We have a beautiful large and giant live room, with a phenomenal dark reverb and roughly a 2.25 second decay. We also have two very dead sounding ISO Booths, one that is 8x8 and another that is 6x4. We also track a fair amount in the control room which as similar qualities to the live room but with a much shorter decay, around 1.25 or so. As far as gear, we have two analog mixing consoles, Midas Venice 420 and an Allen and Heath MixWizard, which we use for EQ, Preamps, and sometimes summing. I also have some compressors, a Dbx 160, Alesis 3035, Universal Audio 4-710d. Preamps are basically an Audient ASP800, with an ART MPA II, along with the 4 preamps on my Apollo Duo Rack. In my home studio I have a drum set, upright bass, upright piano, a couple of guitars, amps, and electric basses. Everything is mic'd up and ready to go quickly so I can quickly get ideas down.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Producers/Engineers who inspire me would be T Bone Burnett, Darell Throp, Brian Eno, Warren Huart, Frank Filipetti, and Eliot James. Musicians and Bands would be The Rolling Stones, Two Door Cinema Club, Lumineers, The Head and The Heart, The Colourist, Dave Matthews Band.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Recording and Mixing. Occasionally I'll add layers of Guitars or Synths if the client is someone who is open to me doing that.