Doc O'Conner Audio
Recording That Doesn't Suck
Hey! My name is Dalton, but I usually go by Doc. I specialize in tracking in a live environment and mixing. I'm a musician myself; excellence in quality for instruments and vocals are important to me on a personal level.
I'm an audio engineer with ten years experience based in Springfield, MO offering tracking, remote tracking, mixing, guitar and bass reamping, and vocal tuning.
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
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Interview with Doc O'Conner Audio
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: An arrangement-heavy, instrumentally thick, lyrically deep worship album.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both have their merits; I operate in the digital realm, but I always aim for an analog sound in some capacity. Analog warmth and saturation glues mixes together.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What exactly is it that you're wanting to accomplish and how can I help you achieve that?
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: John. Freaking. Mayer. The man is a musical genius and I would love to record a song for him.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Indie rock, heavy music, worship music, singer-songwriter.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Live arrangements, drum/guitar tone engineering, and mixing.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Depends on the artist and their sound. For a multi-track session, I typically I start recording drums, then layer guitars, keys, bass, then vocals last. After the tracking process, I then edit what was recorded. I never start the mixing process unless I have all of the final tracks in front of me.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: G&L S500 Stratocaster, Fender Hot Rod Deville, Laptop, Interface, Shure SM57.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I recorded a 5-song EP for a local singer-songwriter recently. He brought me some rough demos along with some big-name recordings he enjoyed. Over the span of a month, I helped him bring his vision to life. The record was a definite success and he walked out of my studio with something he was proud to put both of our names on.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Excellent quality at a price you can afford.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Getting to share a vision with a client and make it come to life.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Do I need new strings? YESSSSSS.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It's easy.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Come prepared. If you're sending in tracks to be mixed, make sure they are the best they can possible be in terms of both performance and tonal quality.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career in music grew naturally out of my lifelong love for it. I first began playing guitar in middle school, then I picked up bass and drums in high school. I started learning to record during my freshman year due to a lack of accessible recording studios in my small home town of Poplar Bluff, MO; playing in a punk band isn’t cheap for a suburban kid on a part-time McDonald’s salary. I officially went into business my sophomore year while taking a job working sound at a local music venue. After many phones calls to professionals, blogs, videos, and tedious trial and error, I began to be able to navigate the treacherous waters of audio production. Over the past decade, I’ve had the pleasure of working with a myriad of genres, from traditional country to emotional hardcore and hip hop. I’ve also had the pleasure of mixing front of house for numerous national artists, including Memphis May Fire, A Plea For Purging, For Today, Spoken, Life on Repeat, and Wolves at the Gate. I’ve produced and mixed for clients all over the Midwest and even worked on a tracking/mixing project from England. I’ve also served as an audio engineer and worship leader in multiple churches over the last decade; I’m currently serving at Destiny Church in Republic, MO. I also dabble in video production, photography, and post-production for video, but I wouldn’t call myself a professional by any means. Music is my life and passion and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. If you’re looking for someone who knows music, instruments, tone, and will work hard to see your vision for your art come alive, I’m your guy.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Analog in a digital realm.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Get it right at the source. Fixing it in post is a cop-out.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My strength lies in making the song sound the best it possibly can with the pieces an artist brings me.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I own a home studio with a spacious live room and a mixing booth. I practice old-school live recording methods while still embracing technology.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm a fan of the music of John Mayer, Anberlin, My Epic, The Reign of Kindo, and Jack Johnson. I'm a fan of the production style of Matt Goldman at Glow in the Dark Studios in Atlanta, GA.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I typically do full production and mixing for my clients. I occasionally produce video to accompany a live arrangement.