Engineer, Producer, Mixer
I'm a multi-platinum award winning engineer/producer/mixer based in Los Angeles, I run a studio that caters to the independent artist and indie label with over 20 years experience. Some of the artist I have worked with are Weezer, GN'R, Papa Roach and many others.
I run Buffalo Recording in Los Angeles, we are a studio that caters to the independent artist and their budget conscience productions. We offer production, tracking and mixing. We have the best of both worlds: analog and digital. A soundcraft 1600 analog console along with Neve, API and UA mic pre amps give you that warm tone before hitting the Pro Tools HD rig. The studio can accommodate 5 musicians playing live with individual headphone mixers.
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Interview with David Dominguez
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That's an easy job....the bass players friend has Pro Tools and he records so it has to be easy...right?
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Open, airy, big. I like it to sound like a record as we're tracking.Get it right at the source and there shouldn't be a necessity to over process in the tracking or the mixing stages.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: After working so many styles of music, I think it's a sense of song and my engineering skills. I may have recorded any instrument you can think...or at least I'm close.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I think I bring honesty. Once and artist/band has lived with a song for months or possibly years they can be to close it, I can bring a fresh ear and be honest about what I hear. I'm always tactful but honest.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It really varies from artist to artist. But it usually starts with pre-production, once we hit the studio we have good idea of what we have and that helps free up the creative process.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: My mentors are Mile Clink (GN'R, Megadeath), Chris Huston (Led Zeppelin, The Who, WAR) and Ross Hogarth (Van Halen, Ziggy Marley) so I tend to still use what they taught me and I've used a little bit of their styles in my work.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I worked on a country record for an artist by the name of Rudy Parris on Warrior Records. It was just released on June 24...great songs. Chad Smith from RHCP played drums on 2 songs we tracked it in studio B at Capitol Studios. It's avery natural sound record, I engineered and co-mixed the record.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I have 3 clients that I work with throughout the year, sO could be with one of them at any time. I'm looking forward to possibly working with a cool band of MI grads but that still in the figuring out detail stage.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Just joined...not sure yet.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both....the warmth and thickness of analog and the flexibility of digital. Files are so easy to share now.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I usually promise that I'll work hard to help you meet your expectations but it ultimately depends on you.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working on new music, tracking, the creative process.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: The question: How long will this take and how much will it be? The answer: how tight is the band and how good are they? If you come into the studio unprepared it could take awhile and cost more in the long run...if your prepared it wont take as long and you save money.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you looking to do? What are your expectations? How much time do you think this will take? How much time do you have? Do you want know how much time I think it will take?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have an open mind. I have tons of experience and have seen bands do some crazy stuff that didn't help their career.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Neumann U 87, Neve mic pre, 1176 compressor, Mac computer and a Pro Tools HD interface...with that anything is possible
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Over 20 years. I was runner, 2nd engineer then someone gave me a break to be a 1st engineer, then on to production. I went the old school route.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Foo Fighters! I love Dave's approach. I've worked with Butch Vig before and he's cool, I think he and the Foos are a perfect fit.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Intonate your guitars and use new drums heads. Put the drums heads on the night before and stretch them and tune them the next day in the studio.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: If I'm doing production/engineering its usually has rock base. But when I'm hired by outside producers and labels. I've done country, jazz, hip hop, latin...I've worked with a lot of different genres.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It's an analog front end: I use a Soundcraft 1600 console and utilize Neve, API and Vintech mic pres, Drawmer, UA and ADL compressors before I hit the Pro Tools HD rig with (2) 192's. They are tons of plugins inside the box that are also available.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: At Buffalo Recording I do production, engineering and mixing. I have producers and labels I've been working for and those tend to be more engineering and mixing.