Mixing engineer specializing in loud guitars, sound design, and power pop.
I want to help create something wholly new. To help the artist sculpt that next meaningful work. Be that music, podcasts, or post-production I am excited to help you get it off your hard drive and into the ears of an appreciative listener.
I mix mostly in the box, fully utilizing Pro Tools and my suites of plug-ins to give shape to the artist's vision. Also at my disposal is a Tascam 688 Midi Studio, a 1/8 inch 8-track tape machine that can provide much sought-after warmth to a project.
Another passion of mine is narrative focused sound design in podcasting. Podcasts like Mission to Zyxx and Horizon are great examples. If you're looking to wrap your narrative up in layers of sound effects and fanciful music scores, lets talk.
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Interview with Sisyphean Sound
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Jackson Van Horn, a long time colleague and friend whose ear is as fine as his demeanor and work ethic.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Yes. DAW's provide a wide range of audio editing tools that are so widely used in the industry that their absence sticks out.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working together with motivated individuals to create something we both want to outlive us.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "Why did you (do that EQ, use that compressor, make that choice in the automation)?" "Oh, it sounded better than the other three or four things I tried."
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Can you tell me what this piece is about? Who do you listen to? Is it okay if we try to sound completely different from them?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Try to provide detailed feedback. Lots of things can be lost or misinterpreted when communicating solely through email and text. Patience will reap greater rewards.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A big knife, a hammock, a HUGE box of matches, water purification tablets, and a GPS pho- oh wait no where are you going you meant audio gear didn't you
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Beauty Pill. Clark's creative use of Melodyne and combinations of acoustic and electronic instruments in unison are wild. I would love to see his process laid out.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Cut EQ before you boost. Shelf before you notch.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Power pop, indie-rock, and the kinds of punk that aren't as tough as hardcore.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When tracking a band I will typically ask to attend a rehearsal to get a feel for what the songs are live, then during the session we will do several full-band takes of the piece overdubbing parts as necessary. When approaching a mix I did not track I'll listen through the stems and talk with the artist about the piece to make sure I understand the feel and where the artist wants the track to go. Starting with basic tricks like compression/gating and EQ shelves I will begin to mix based on the aforementioned information.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My home studio is a combination of a Tascam 688, Focusrite 18i8, and a PC running Pro Tools HD with the plug-in suites Waves Gold and Sound Toys 5. This allows me to tap into analog and digital production techniques. Warmth of tape, easily manipulated digital audio etc.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Chad Clark from Beauty Pill has been my biggest inspiration since high school. Well before I started to take music production seriously.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mostly tracking and mixing 4-5 songs.