Analog or digital and why?
Both, provide their own characteristics that are applicable to certain situations to satisfy certain tastes.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
Your time and money are not to be wasted with me.
What do you like most about your job?
Working with other towards bringing their creative work to life.
Can you share one music production tip?
Rest your ears. It is too easy to get caught up in a mix and tire your ears out listening back over and over again. At this point everything sounds crappy because your ears are fatigued.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Rock, metal, pop, folk, and rap are genres that I am experienced in.
What do you bring to a song?
What's your typical work process?
My process begins with wrapping my head around the project I take on. I listen to what to enhancements, if any, are needed to bring out the best of the project. During this process I determine if the there are any edits that need to be made. This includes lining up instruments, drum sampling, guitar re-amps, and vocal tuning. Once this has been done, I begin with basic levels starting with the lead vocals and leveling out the other instruments based off of that. A solid level for drums and bass will be my next priority before moving on to rhythm and lead instruments. Any volume inconsistencies is pointed out throughout this part of the process. Leveling out backing vocals is the last to be done before I go back and begin expanding on the sound of each individual instrument in the same order with any modulation that might be needed, compression, de-essing, EQing, and reverb. Each instrument and its sound is solidified before conducting a final overall mix by listening back to the song as a whole before I feel that I am satisfied. This when I work with you to determine what you were hoping to hear or what you don't like and make these adjustments until you are satisfied.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Steuer Audio & Media Productions works out of The Sound Shop Studio in Macomb, Michigan.
A 3,000 sq. ft. facility with a comfortable environment for clients. The building includes two control rooms, two isolation booths, one live room, and spacious kitchen area.
Trident 70 Series Recording Console
Digidesign C24 digital control console
BAE 1073/1084 Mic Pres/EQs
Purple Audio MC76 Compressor
Warm Audio WA76 Compressor
Kush UBK Fatso Compressor
Neve 1272 Mic Pre
.....and a large selection of vintage microphones and instruments!
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Brenden O'Brien, Michael "Elvis" Baskette, Howard Benson, Joe Barressi, Mike Elizondo, Butch Vig, Bob Rock
Ty Tabor, Chris Cornell, Dave Grohl, Adam Jones, Dug Pinnick
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I typically record and mix music of genres ranging from rock, heavy metal, hip-hop, folk, and pop.