Hi my name is Mark Poe and I've been a record producer and a performing artist for over 20 years. I've toured the U.S. in my rock and roll brain-child, the Directionals, as well as fully produced all releases from the band. I also have an A.A. in performance which includes experience with live, studio, and film applications in the audio field.
I currently offer mixing and mastering of singles or full-length albums, and remote recording of acoustic instruments (Voice, Drums, Guitars, Bass, Keys) for primarily rock and pop music.
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Interview with Mark Poe
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I recently fully produced a live album and video combination of a band performing 17 minute progressive rock song, it was a feat to have the production staff and band all ready to go after each take. There were five cameras and a full setup of mics on drums and individual instruments, so there were quite a few technical hurdles to get over in order for it all to come together, plus mixing and mastering was new kind of challenge with the shear number different sections and moods of the song. In the end it turned out fantastic!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both have their merits but digital offers far more possibilities for a much lower investment. Still, theres no substitute for a nice tube pre and compressor combo in the rack.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Assuming there'd be power I'd take a laptop, a simple interface, a dynamic mic, an electric guitar and a midi controller. Without power I'd take a guitar, and some whiskey.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: You can create a special ducker by side chaining a gate on an aux channel to the signal you want to duck behind and routing the signal you want ducked through that send, then flipping the polarity after the gate so the source signal cancels itself out proportional to its own signal!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I do Rock and Pop Rock mostly, but have done my fair share of psychedelic and experimental electronic music as well.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My drum sound is solid, I'm confident every time I move on to other instrumentation that the mix will turn out well based on the solidity of the submix of the rhythm section alone.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I produce a lot of EP's and demos for bands and prepapre them for press release, including doing the mixing and mastering.