Ryan Mey is the recipient of the "George H. Evans" award for mixing and mastering. He worked for BOTA Studio (Born of Orisis, Oceano, Veil of Maya) and assistant engineered at Electrowerks Recording (LetLive, The Fall of Troy,Starkill). He produces music locally and audiobooks for a subsidiary of Amazon.com. His productions can be heard nationwide.
Ryan Mey is a mixer, producer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist who has worked with a wide range of clients over the past 10 years. From local artists such as Kill All Control and Dirt Chili to engineering for Veil of Maya, he's done it all. He was a staff engineer at BOTA Studio and Electrowerks Recording for one year and in that time he was able to see Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, Outerloop Management and more, to come through.
Returning to his root in Grand Rapids, MI with professional industry experience, he has a project studio where he works with independent artists. Ryan works in a wide variety of genres. "My main mission for all my clients is to provide a professional sound at a rate anyone can afford. I want to help any artist or business I work with and build a trusting professional relationship, to better execute their vision."
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Interview with Ryan Mey
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: A lot of my clients are local independent musicians that typically perform metal and hardcore. I do get progressive rock from time to time.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I worked for Chuck Macak at Electrowerks Recording in Chicago and I learn a great deal of knowledge from him. Others that Chris Lord Alge, Jordan Valoriote, Jamie King, Nick Scott, The Machine, Brian Hood, Joey Sturgis to name a few.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Pro Tools 10 & 11 | Dbx 266 XS Compressor | Slate & Waves Plugins | KRK Rokit 5 Monitors
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A fresh perspective: A new look into the song giving it with a modern approach with old school techniques.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Finding the blend from instrument to instrument.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Metal, Hardcore & Rock
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Best sound you can get is from the source, before mixing even happens.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Any! I just love music and I want to help out every artist i work with.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Current techniques with an old school feel.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I'm not quite there. I want to work with local and industry artists. I've been in the recording arts since 2006, but really learned the craft of mixing in 2011 and have been honing my skills ever since.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Mac, Pro Tools, Distressor, Shure SM7b, U87
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I want to work with you, it's your music and I want to deliver your sound.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Did you play to a click track and is everything edited.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That we are wizards and fix every problem that the artist may have faced. The source sound should be great sounding and the edits should be flawless when giving us projects. We are here to enhanced your ideas and bring your projects to life.