I am a seasoned pro with international credits as an artist, writer, and producer with 10-year stints in both Los Angeles and Nashville. Have worked with such notable musicians as Laura Branigan, Chester Thompson, Chet Atkins, Boots Randolph, Marcel Camargo and many more. I am ready to assist you in making your music a cut above the rest.
A state of the art multi-track facility nestled in the beautiful Ozark mountains! I can do it all just for you from writing the songs, producing, performing, every step all the way through the final mix! Total satisfaction guaranteed!!
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It's been a delight working with Terry. He's a great communicator, and I had great fun working with his music. I highly recommend working with him. Thank you Terry!
I've gotten to work with Terry a couple of times, it's been an absolute pleasure! He's super straightforward, responsive, communication is clear and easy - he's a pro, five star experiences here!
Not only is Terry a talented professional, but he is also very warm, patient and kind. We had a very productive and successful collaboration and the process was very rewarding. I'm happy to recommend Terry anytime!
I had a great collaboration with Terry. I love his music and our collaboration was very nice. He is very kind and honest. I hope to be able to work with Terry soon... will be a pleasure to me.
I had the pleasure to work together with Terry. He is professional, an expert in his field. Good communicator and a nice guy (last but not least) :)
Thanks for that project ;) Looking forward our next collaboration
Terry was great to work with! Very responsive, accommodating, and he keeps you in the loop every step of the by providing snippets, asking for feedback, offering his own opinions & suggestions. Looking forward to working with him again!
Working with Terry was an absolute pleasure. Not only friendly, but a truly multi-talented musician and producer. I highly recommend!
I have worked with Terry quite a few times and it has always been a great experience, very professional and prompt in terms of communication and the music is always of high quality. Highly recommended!
I've had the pleasure of working with Terry! He loves what he's doing, and you can hear that in his playing, his songwriting, and his productions. Top Quality!
Terry is a stellar professional in every sense of the word. Ive been fortunate enough to have worked with him several times. If you're in need of writing, studio performance, production services etc, I can guarantee you'll be totally satisfied with the results.
Interview with WINTERSMITH
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I just release a six song EP of my original jazz/world music compositions entitled "A Walk In The Woods" and I am very happy to report we are receiving steady airplay on NPR radio stations across the country as well as some international airplay as well. A lot of material on the project was done collaborating with great musicians right here on Sound Better!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: LESS IS BETTER
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Years of experience in life and music but always approach with what the artist is envisioning.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First things first, FIND THE POCKET! If you do not have a tight rhythm section, you will always be chasing it! Once I have the feel I am looking for, then I layer on top ending up with percussive motifs to sweeten the overall sound of the track.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: DAWs -Pro Tools, Sonar Platinum Producer Edition, Adobe Audition, Yamaha AW 4416 Audio Interface– Roland Octa-Capture 10X10 24bit/192 kHz Monitors – KRK Rokit 8 Studio Monitors , Alesis Monitor One Reference Monitors Mics – Neumann TLM-103, AKG C-3000, Guage ECM-87, Shure 58 Beta, MXL V63M Keyboards – Yamaha, Kurzwiel, Korg
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Being in very close proximity to the University of Arkansas, song and publishing demos are what I tend to receive the most.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: This summer I worked with a wonderful guitarist from the UK. His name is Jay Stapley. Jay played both acoustic and electric guitar on my daughter's upcoming new holiday release, Very Merry Christmas. Solid player and good communicator. I certainly would recommend Jay Stapley, for sure.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Confidence and communication.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Usually indie singer/songwriter projects. We are just up the road from Fayetteville where Arkansas University is. Lots of young talent looking for an experienced producer to help them put their songs together.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Old school influences would be Quincy Jones, George Martin, and Ted Templeman as far as the production side. Paul McCartney, Michael McDonald, Van Morrison and Steely Dan as far as artist and songwriters. Today's influences would be Ed Sheeran, Pharrel Williams and the master, Herbie Hancock as the "bridge" between old and new.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: John Legend. He is very intelligent, has a fantastic voice and I feel that he has an amazing potential for expanding his artistry to new heights.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Laid back but organized.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I began as a singer/songwriter and released my first album back in 1978. I worked with a wonderful producer named Phil York. Phil had just won the Grammy that year for engineering Willie Nelson's masterpiece, Red Headed Stranger. Shortly thereafter, I moved to Los Angeles and took a position in the mailroom at Chrysalis Records so I could learn the business side of things. About a year later, I purchased a 16 track recording studio from the old Takoma Record label, located in Santa Monica, Ca. next door to McCabe's guitar shop. McCabe's was famous for doing small acoustic concerts in the showroom located in the back of the guitar shop. They were "unplugged" before the term "unplugged" existed! We ran a 16 channel snake across the rooftops and began recording a lot of these concerts. I was privileged to work with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, The Chambers Brothers, Maria Muldaur, and many other amazing artists. On the "artist" side of things, I began touring with Laura Branigan as a support vocalist. In the 90's I relocated to Nashville, TN and my wife and I along with our bandmate, Frederic Boyle formed the jazz vocal trio, TRIAD , and we were signed by the Nashville based indie jazz label, Artifex Records. We recorded an album of country classics with Nashville legends, Chet Atkins, Boots Randolph and Floyd Cramer. After several years of touring, my wife and I decided to settle down and raise a family. I had always loved the Ozark mountains, so we made the move here in 2005. We have 3 beautiful daughters and I have been working with them in the studio since the oldest was 7! The project is called the TREETOP SISTERS® Animated Song Series. I write, produce, and record the music and work with animators around the globe. In 2013 we charted on the Media Base Holiday Charts and the girls had their first hit holiday song, Nicki and the Crew. It is still played every year on Sirius XM's Holly channel as well as terrestrial radio stations across the US. We have 2 new releases due out this fall. Needless to say, I have been in the music business for four decades now and I have no intention of retiring!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1. A solar or wind powered generator (how else would you get electricity on a deserted island?) 2. A really nice keyboard/workstation. 3.Acoustic Guitar 4.Condenser mic and stand 5.My fiddle :-)
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Before you hire me or any music pro for that matter, do some research and make sure that they would be a good fit for your particular musical style and genre. Also communication is key.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you musical goals? Are you planning on pursuing music as a profession or a hobby? Who are some of your musical influences?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That all of us in the music business are wealthy and we never have a problem paying the bills!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long have you done this? My answer, longer than you have been on this planet!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Helping people to achieve their musical dreams!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will do my very best to deliver them professional, passionate, music.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. Because I can provide them with an infinite number of ideas. Editing is so much more process as well. And as a vocalist myself, having a digital output signal to work with gives you so much more control over very important factors such as intonation and pitch.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: In 1997, I was managing the indie jazz label, ARTIFEX RECORDS, as well as being a signed artist on the label. The label's owner asked me to produce a compilation album of Nashville's best studio musicians who were also writing and performing smooth jazz compositions. Nine months later, the THIRD COAST JAZZ ENSEMBLE was released to critical acclaim. Many of us recorded under assumed names as well. That album has some amazing musicianship and still sounds great by today's standards as well.