Tenn Pound Hammer Records
Mixing/Mastering and Producer
I specialize in mixing, mastering, and producing albums.
I grew up listening to my Dad's Vinyl Albums; and I mean, really listened. He taught me early on to pull up the recliner, centered in between the speakers in the living room, turn the lights off, and to emerse myself in the world created by each album I listened to.
I love teaching Bands how to take their great songs, and mold them into an Album that you want to listen to front to back; not just a few singles, then a bunch of b side songs that nobody cares about. Each song matters.
I don't change bands. I guide them and their songs into a place where their potential can be met. I don't take crap songs and make them hit singles; I take great songs and show you how to embellish on them, or simplify them so that people can hear the heart behind the song. Sometimes this is a quiet ballad, and sometimes the is a heavy metal anthem. It depends on your heart, and what you're trying to say.
If you already have your tracks recorded, and just want someone to mix them, I can do that, as well as master your already mixed tracks.
Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.
Interview with Tenn Pound Hammer Records
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I played drums for a group, and recorded a full length record with this band. After years of writing, demo's and touring, I feel this gave me the greatest insight into how to make a band on record the best they can possibly be.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Working on starting my own record label, which end of the day, means I'll be doing what I love as a full time job.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: 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 like the listener is not only an audience member, but a part of the band. I usually start analog, because that's where all the realism is, and use digital as need be.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You will sound more like yourself than you do live.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love music, and seeing people express themselves through it.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long will it take you to finish? Depends on how complex your tracks are.
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 questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Are you ready to be on record exactly are you are?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be true to yourself on your record. People can hear when you are trying to be someone you're not, especially if you have a good engineer.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: U47, 1073, SSL E Channel, Ampex Tape Machine, an old guitar
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been mixing live and studio for band since I was 16, so about 12 years now. It started as I started writing my own material, and evolved as bands heard my work, and wanted me to help them.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is whatever the band's style is. My job is to enhance what they did in tracking. If the listener hears me over the band, then I'm doing too much in the mixing process.
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 track live, and appreciate the realism of being able to play the tracks live, without having to rely on backing tracks.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Track your record with the tough 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. In general, I prefer to work with groups that share my love for recording music live, rather than programed tracks.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I am great at finding a place for tracks in the mix, without overcrowding.
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 your typical work process?
A: I start by mixing the song with no effects or outboard gear, to see what the song sounds like in it's natural state, then use gear to help enrich the tracks, and keep the imprint of the band on the final mix. People should hear the band, not me.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I mix through an SSL 4000 Console, using outboard compressor/limiters, select effects, and pre-amps such as 1073's and Manley's in certain cases, if I feel the tracks need a little more punch and warmth.
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: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I generally mix singles and albums for artists.