I have 10 years plus in experience working with various clients on Singles, albums, jingles and videos, Working in Pro Tools and Logic and I'm proficient in all other Digital Audio Workstations. I have created and edited Audio for Artists' video projects and I'm proficient in Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere.
I currently offer Audio Editing, Mixing, Restoration and Mastering services.
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Interview with Darren Bowes
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Blanc Canvas album. It was my 1st production role. I produced, engineered and mixed most of the track on the album.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Working on an EP for Monique Hendricks
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Marco Schnabl
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Hybrid. I still love the sound and unpredictability of Analog, but Digital provides a super workflow and whole new world where there are really no limits.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Commitment, a shared vision and goal, nothing less than the best.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Everything !
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you make it sound like ____? Not unless we can get ____? to play that part or sing that verse.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I'm a romantic.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I enquire as to their aims for the track/s, what they love hearing or listening too. How long they expect the project to take, various little details regarding the production.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Communication is always key.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Microphone, Guitar, MacBook, interface and Coffee machine
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been recording since I was six years old, had a brief stint moonlighting as an Auditor.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Open and Punchy with the right amount of grit and character.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Any artist who genuinely loves what they do. It's infectious !
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Take regular breaks !
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on Country, Blues, Rock, Hip Hop, R&B, Pop, EDM, House, Folk, Latin.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Clarity, a clarity of what the song is trying to say. Once I have this box ticked, then everything else becomes more apparent.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I usually start by loading up received files in my Mix template, listen to the files (all faders up) first. A few runs. Then I would make sure that everything is clean (noises, fret buzz, rattle, boom, perform fades, etc.) and laid out the way I like working. Thereafter it's all about finding a good balance, making a few notes, executing the plan and the Mix.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work mainly in Logic and Pro Tools, sometimes in Cubase and Studio One. Gear and Processing: Focusrite Control 2802, Drawmer, Aphex, DBX with HR824 monitors, Sonnox, McDSP, Slate Digital, Focusrite, Soundtoys, Eventide, SSL Duende, Eiosis, Relab, Softube, Antares, Exponential Audio, Izotope and FXPansion.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'd have to say that everyone I've ever worked with, heard or seen inspires me.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Audio production, editing, restoration, mixing and mastering are among the most common jobs I do for clients.