I'm an audio engineer/producer driven on positive energy and an undeniable passion to be the greatest at what I do.
I'm a musician first. I've been playing the Piano/Keyboard for about 10 years now. I'm also the Music Director for two live bands and am responsible for the setup and breakdown(as well as FOH engineering) of our PA equipment for our shows. I work extensively in the studio as an tracking/mix engineer and music producer.
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Interview with Austin Lynum
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly do tracking and mix engineering.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I look up to professionals like Leslie Brathwaite, Mike Dean, Dave Pensado and Quincy Jones.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use a mobile setup that I take from studio to studio. I own a Universal Audio Apollo interface which allows me to use accurate emulations of vintage outboard analog gear as plug ins within Pro Tools to add a level of quality to my mixes. You can definitely hear it in the results.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I usually just feel my way through a song. I don't have a certain part of a song that I work on first. I listen to the session unmixed and start making tweaks to whatever grabs my attention according to what the song calls for.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Before I became an engineer, I was a musician first. I've been playing the piano for over 10 years now and I'm very well versed in Music Theory so I bring a level of musicianship to the songs that I mix. I know what instruments/sounds should be more important than the other in a mix. I guess you can call it instinct.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is problem solving. A bad mix is usually a whole bunch of problems that need to be worked out sonically. Thats what I do best.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip Hop, R&B, Alternative/Rock
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: When making a record, always ask yourself if the song can compete to whats out right now. Is the song marketable? If not, what changes can be made to the production and/or mix that will bring the project to a level to where it can compete with major releases.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Kanye West. I admire his willingness to try new things and experiment as an artist. You can tell that he's always evolving. His latest work sounds nothing like College Dropout. It evolves with every album he releases.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is simple. To me, less is more.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Well, just recently I had the opportunity to mix a song that just got placed on to Young Joc's new album. I'm pretty proud of that.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My goal is to be one of the best audio engineers in the industry. I've been engineering professionally for about 5 years now.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A set of monitors(Yamaha HS80's), a MacBook Pro, Universal Audio Apollo, Nueman u87 Condensor Mic, and a Dangerous Music D-Box.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Always go for Quality over Quantity. In this business, you usually get what you pay for.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are your goals as an artist? What are your goals with this particular project?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I don't really know of any.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long have you been doing this? 5+ Years. Whats your turnaround time? 24-48 Hours.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love being in control of different frequencies and sound. I feel like a mad scientist in the studio sitting in front of the mixing console. Its an awesome feeling. I know this is what I'm supposed to be doing in life.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That you will get the best product that I can deliver you. I will treat your projects as if they were my own personal projects.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I say both. Analog is great, it sounds amazing. Digital is convenient. If you combine the two in terms of the gear you use and workflow, I believe you'll come out with superb quality recordings.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently I'm the engineer for my band called Quita Dream. We are working on our 2nd album right now. I'm also engineer with Young Joc from time to time as well as work as a staff engineer at a local studio in Atlanta, GA.