My goal in every project is for the artist to be even more excited about their music than they thought possible. The artist's name is on their songs, not mine, so I want to ensure their happiness throughout the mixing and mastering process!
Cory Nelson is a Producer and Mix/Master Engineer with over a decade of experience in the music industry. He first began producing and recording his own music in 2005 while touring and writing with multiple bands. Cory’s songs and compositions have been featured on several television networks such as MTV, E!, National Geographic, and Bravo, as well as digital marketing campaigns for major brands such as Amazon, McDonald's, Microsoft, Otter Box, Coca-Cola, and Marc Jacobs.
Cory is also experienced in pre-production for pop, hip-hop, and country, and has worked with writers in Nashville to create demo-ready tracks for pitching to labels and artists. Cory most enjoys the Mixing and Mastering process, having worked on major label releases, along with creating remixes for Knox Hamilton, The Rocketboys, Kris Allen, and Lovedrug.
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Interview with Cory Nelson
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Taking a song from an idea to a reality.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I often am sent songs with only a single instrument and vocals and am asked to develop that into a full song. Typically this involves programming and recording an entire song from scratch based on the artist's vocals. Other types of projects include traditional mixing and mastering.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm a sucker for anything Radiohead does. As far as music production professionals, I learn a lot from Jimmy Douglass, Warren Huart and Dave Pensado.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work in and out of the box from Haxton Road Studios. The majority of mixing is done in Logic via the UA Apollo interface. I also use several outboard units (Preamps, Compressors, EQ's, etc.) during mixing.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! There are pros and cons to both options, which is why I like to combine them to get the best of both worlds.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: No matter what type of project I'm working on, it always begins with listening to the artist. That includes listening to roughs and demos, as well as getting a sense of the direction the artist wants to take their music.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: The willingness to take risks and experiment.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on pop and hip hop, but I enjoy everything from indie rock to country.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: For me, everything rests on the kick, snare, and vocals. If those aren't working you can forget the rest of the song.