I'm a recording and mixing engineer, songwriter, and recording artist, here in New York where I work for multiple studios and own my own personal studio as well. I have been engineering for a few years now and have been in sessions with Bobby Shmurda, French Montana, Jay Critch, Lil Tjay, Internet Money, Jay Prezi, etc.
I provide a wide array of services in the music and audio industry. I offer recording, mixing, songwriting, song revisions, and executive producing services for artists of all backgrounds, levels, and genres. I specialize in Hip-Hop, Pop, Reggaeton, and RnB.
- Song revisions
- Executive Producing
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Interview with Calvin Ryan
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip-Hop, Pop, Reggaeton, and RnB. I like and listen to all types of music though.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Depending on the project, I have different work processes. I always start with reference tracks and mixes before any session though, in order to get a feel and idea of what sound the artist is going for. From there I will tackle whatever it is that they are trying to accomplish. If it's a new song from scratch that the artist needs and has a beat that they want to go on top of, I'll first start off by listening to the beat, get an idea of a melody/flow and start writing from there. I'll record the first ideas that come to mind in order to get a natural and organic melody and reference track. From there I will write and record as we go, doing a LIGHT mix along the way. Once the songwriting and recording are done and we have all the takes we want, I'll start mixing the track. Then I'll get the artists approval on the initial mix and first final version, gather feedback and tackle the mixing again until it's right.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: A project I worked on that I'm especially proud of is a personal track called "Sucia". It's a song between me, my cousin from Ecuador who is also a recording artist, and my friend who is Colombian and is an artist. The 3 of us collaborated on this track and are performing on it. I also engineered/recorded all of it myself. The beat was actually also made by 2 of my friends as well, so knowing everyone on that track and having a personal connection with them all made it super special. We even recorded a music video to it and are in the middle of editing it right now. It's set to release next Spring!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently working on some mixes of current clients, and my own personal tracks.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will always put my all and my best foot forward when it comes to your track(s).
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being able to call "work", work. It's always fun making music.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How much recording experience do you have?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be open to learn and get feedback. If I'm working with you and you want to work with me, you have to trust my sound and opinion. If I'm going to have my hands on a track too, I'm of course going to want it to sound its best as well.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Neumann U87, a pair of Augspurger monitors and sub, Apollo interface, and my computer.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started songwriting in High School. Upon graduation I went to college for business but was always songwriting in my free time. During college I realized my passion for music and started by recording and mixing myself. Through trial and error, and thousands of hours on YouTube, and my internship at Penthouse Recording Studios in Times Square, I've learned to get my sound to where it is today. I've been songwriting for 6 years now and have been engineering for 3 years.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Russ. He's a producer, engineer, and vocalist all in one. I would love to see his creative process.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring my creative, energetic, professional, experienced sound and thinking process to a song. My melodies, flows, lyrics, feedback, and mixing allows for artists of all levels to continually grow through every session.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work at multiple studios all over NYC. Studio monitors include, NS10's, Augspurgers, Yamaha HS8s, HS5s, Adam studio monitors, etc. Regarding microphones, considering I work at multiple studios, I have a wide range of microphones available. Neumann's, Astons, Abbey Roads, etc. All types of DAWs, such as Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton, FL Studio. All types of plug-ins as well.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Recording, Mixing, Songwriting