Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
My brother, search Richy Rea he is an electronic music producer, and he can record acoustic guitar, drums and he even can play the harmonica while playing the guitar.
What's your strongest skill?
Automating the tracks to punctuate the important parts and enhancing MIDI sounds that aren't so great sounding. If I know the MIDI tracks sound bad, I'd prefer to get them to send me MIDI data so I can totally reinvent the sound. I am a drummer so beat making for pop and electronic tracks is fun.
What's your typical work process?
I listen to the song and assess its strengths and weaknesses. Then I import and edit if needed, lining tracks and removing noise. Then I do a rough balance and pan and have a break. Then I go into the plugins, break then automation and FX. The break time may be the next day or an hour, just depends.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Do you want an upfront in your face close sound, or do you like it to have reverb and more spaced out and epic? I think all mixes can be divided into those two camps.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started recording and mixing and mastering my own music over ten years ago with a digital 8 track recorder. I would make alternative heavy rock, or punk rock with beats. I didn't really know what I was doing as far as mixing, I had the instructions to lean on. Each song I did, the quality got better. I can't really give an exact time I've been doing this but I can say that I've been mixing properly on a DAW for between 6-7 years. And learning from Engineers I look up to.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I would like to mix Amaranthe, The Naked and Famous, Smashing Pumpkins if I was around in their peak, Linkin Park and any symphonic metal. Those bands have the ability to take me away to another place and forget about the world.
What do you bring to a song?
excitement, add in something the artists won't expect that highlights the part that needs it.
Tell us about your studio setup.
It's very basic project studio. I mix ITB, with analogue emulation plugins. I use Logic 9 with Alto monitors.
Analog or digital and why?
I like them both, digital is more accessible.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I will work to make it exactly how you want it to be.
What do you like most about your job?
Having a happy customer, exceeding expectations. Nailing the vision they had for the song.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Being able to turn tracks that aren't well recorded into something gold. The song needs to be recorded well, and arranged well before any more magic can happen.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Be clear about what you want for your project. Keep lines of communication open.
Can you share one music production tip?
Don't go over and over obsessing about the little technical things. Your first decision is usually right.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I work on rock/hardrock, electronic and singer-songwriter/acoustic.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
The 3 engineers that have shaped who I am today as a mixer are, Bob Katz, Mike Stavrou and Graham Cochrane.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I mix & master, add beats and bass to tracks for producers.