Hey guys, My name is Braxton Salyer and I run a small mixing studio out of northern Oklahoma. I specialize in rock, pop-rock, pop-punk, and metal. I have a hard-hitting, in your face sound, am extremely passionate about my work, and am a very easy going guy. Check out my SoundCloud and website for examples of my work!
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Interview with Scarlet Letters Productions
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: 100% satisfaction with the mix I do. If you aren't happy, I keep the mix and you get your money back.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What type of sound are you looking for? Are you open to rearrangement and personal opinions? What is your schedule for this song?
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I try to keep things as simple as possible. The more you try to start doing fancy effects and complex processing, the more often you'll find yourself chasing your tail. Minimal bussing, very few effects sends, and a strong focus on the basics are a key part of my workflow.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use a custom built PC, JBL monitors, Mixbus32C as my DAW of choice, and various plugins from companies like Joey Sturgis Tones, Slate Digital, and Audio Assault.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mix their songs. I take the raw recordings from their producer/recording engineer and mix them into a final product ready to be sent off to their preferred mastering engineer.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A short 5 track EP by an upcoming metal band, False Albatross.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Why not both? I use Mixbus32C as my DAW of choice because it's the best of both worlds. I get the ease of use and flexibility of digital and the workflow and sound of analog.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Getting to work on awesome music and be a part of the creative process.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Mixing can't make a crappy song good, and Mastering can't make a crappy mix good.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Know what you want ahead of time and be prepared.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Computer, Monitors, an interface with enough outs to do 40 tracks, a fridge, and a Harrison 4832C console.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started mixing doing live sound for TV sports broadcasting for the University of Oklahoma Sooners 2 years ago and started doing studio mixing about a year ago.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Musically? Hard hitting, super energized, in your face. Personally? Laid back but super passionate.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Oh God.. They're kind of a niche band, but probably I Am Ghost if they ever did a reunion album.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Commit to a sound as early as possible.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, Pop-punk, and metal.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing by far.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: An intense, in your face, but organic and believable, sound.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Chris Lord-Alge, Tom Lord-Alge, Joey Sturgis, Andrew Schepps, Joel Wanasek, Eyal Levi, Andy Wallace