Ian Stewart is a Producer/Recording and Mixing Engineer based in Nashville, TN.
I'm able to work out of any number of studios, which allows the option to work with just about any budget. I have a portable rig as well, using the VRS8 system, so that we can capture your sound anywhere! I usually mix from my home studio, which saves the client money, but if you want your tracks running through a Neve, SSL, or API desk, I work with studios that have each. Point is, whatever sound you're going for, we can get!
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Ian just co-produced, mixed and mastered my first album, as well as singing and playing several instruments on it. He is incredibly smart, creative and very efficient with time management. Ian is a quick study in understanding your goals and is very gifted with mapping out a vision for the successful completion of a complex project. He executes his talents with great purpose and integrity, and I would not hesitate to use his services on any project, large or small. I give Ian my highest recommendation.
Interview with Ian Stewart
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm looking for a bigger studio space to build out. I love a large tracking room, and would love to create my own.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I'm new to this community, so not yet.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Yes. I use whatever is at my disposal to make the artist sound the way they want. I like analog for its realism, warmth, and grit, but digital has its place too as a great way of sculpting sound in a way that's either not possible with analog gear, or would otherwise be too expensive.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will help meet and even exceed your expectations for the project.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long will it take? How much will it cost? It all depends on how prepared you are. The better rehearsed you are, and the more clear your vision is coming into the tracking process, the less time it will take. Less time is less money.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What sound are you going for?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Come excited to see your vision come to life!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: U47, 1073 Mic Pre, SSL E Channel, URI 1073, an old guitar
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been working live audio and studio recording for about 15 years. I started writing my own songs, and recording demos. As friends would hear my demos, they liked the sound, and asked if I'd help record theirs. That evolved to touring with bands as their FOH engineer.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I go for a clarity and warmth to my sound, while keeping a bit of a rock edge to the final mix.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Green Day, or Aerosmith; not only because they are my favorite bands, but because they have a raw energy when they are in the room together, that makes the performance exciting to capture.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Track your record with the thought that your final take will end up on the record as is. Don't rely on modern technology to fix bad takes. Nothing sounds better than when your performance is real.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work with either Rock/Punk bands, or Americana.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Working with the artist to make the sound in their head come to life.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: In Mixing: I start by listening to the song sounds like in it's natural state, then sculpt the track to a compromise between the rough mix, and what I hear in my head.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I record through the Slate Digital VRS8 Virtual Analog System, using the ML-1, and ML-2 microphones. I of course have more plugins than anyone could use in a session, but they give me the option to sculpt any sound we need.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of my work is working with artists all the way from pre-production through the final mixes.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: CLA is an engineering hero of mine, but I definitely have an ear that is all my own; derived from listening to such a wide range of genres growing up, and playing music with so many different bands.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring the experience of each song to the listener with a clarity and realism that makes them feel like they are a part of the song.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People think that it's the engineers job to make the artist sound amazing. It's our job to capture and showcase what the artist is.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love music, and seeing people express themselves through it.