Santo J. Bell
Hello and thank you for stopping by. I am a freelance mixing engineer specializing in Rock, Hardcore and Metal music Genres. I run a very capable recording and mixing studio and I look forward to the opportunity to work along side you and or your band to bring your vision of your music to life and beyond.
Song and Album mixing services for Rock, Hard Rock, Hardcore, and Metal music.
Mix services include: Track editing and balance, Equalization and compression, tasteful FX, blending and mix bus processing.
Mixing service fees are tailored on track count per song and or album song count.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
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Interview with Santo J. Bell
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I like to discuss the artists overall vision of the song/album. Who their influences are and whether or not they have a specific reference track in mind for their sound. I like to get to know the song from the artists perspective and then ensure that the song is well rehearsed to maximize a good performance and recording. But most importantly, I like to build a rapport with the artist so that we can work comfortably together to achieve the best possible product.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will meet or exceed the artists vision of how they want their song/album to sound.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am recording and mixing Mark Horn's new EP. It will be released onto iTunes in the fall 2016.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I use both types of equipment, each platform has pros and cons however, they each present sonic characteristics that are appealing to me. Hybrid studios are fast becoming the new standard in recording and post production. As far as I'm concerned, if Andrew Scheps says that a hybrid setup is acceptable in his music production studio, then I'm on board.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Everything, I can't get enough of it!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: I am frequently asked if I can Master their song/album. I'm not a Mastering Engineer by trade. I do have the ability to ensure that a song is within industry standards, in terms of loudness, but I like to send my mixes to a mastering engineer.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I can turn a poorly conceived, recorded or performed song into a top of the charts mix.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Try to capture the best performance and tone on the front end. If the tracks are captured well, they will mix well.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Guitar, Cable, Computer, Microphone, and a solar powered transformer.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been a musician, song writer and guitarist since 1984. I began my mixing studies in 2004 and have been refining and continuing to learn ever since.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Surgical while focusing on power. I like larger than life mixes.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would someday like to record David Draiman's vocal. I would love to experience the raw power of him singing in person.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: EQ in mono, it really helps to maximize the frequency spectrum of the song.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mostly Rock, Hard Rock, Hardcore and Metal.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Instrumentation Clarity and Song Power.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: The ability to work well with the artist, to adopt the artists vision of the song and exceed their expectation using my audio training, tools and experience.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Session setup and Editing. Track balance, Track EQ and Compression, Gain Staging, add Automation and FX.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Hybrid In the box with outboard components using Pro Tools 12 with a vast plugin library. A Focusrite Clarett 8preX converter and Focal CMS50 Monitors with a Persons tumbler 10 sub woofer. Recording capabilities include 24 channels simultaneous record through Audient, Wunder, Manley, Focusrite, Warm and Persons preamps. Imperial Labs, dbx and Altec Lansing compressors and I mic locker consisting of Wunder, Royer, Akg, Shure, Sennheiser, Audix, Rode, Blue, Avantone, Aston, Studio Projects, MXL and CAD.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: My top three are: Andy Wallace, Kevin Churko, and Andy Johns.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Both online mixing and in house recording and mixing services.