The basement studio is a recording, mixing and mastering studio. we also offer a producing activity for artists needing composition for their album or EP projects. We work remotely via internet all over the world to the standard of the music industry.
Mixers : Yamaha 02R96 and Yamaha DM2000
motu 828 MK3 converter
D.A.W studio one with wave complete pluggin, fabfilter complete pluggin, soundtoys suite complete.
Compressor clone 1176, LA2A, fairchild and ssl bus comp.
Preamp: neve 1173 clone
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Interview with The basement studio
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I completely reprized a project from A to Z, from a young artist who was completely abandoned by a person who improvised as a producer. I took over the whole project from zero, composition of all the beats, artistic direction, help with the rewriting of the songs, recording, mixing and mastering. A new and extraordinary experience for me.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I work on my personal projects I prepare a lot of tracks in a very chillhop, lofi style. I do some poses to work on the music of other artists and take the opportunity to do some collaboration with them.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Unfortunately no
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: both, analog for the dirty and warm side, and digital for speed of work.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: We will do an excellent job together
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The diversity of the project, each artist is different, has a different musical sensitivity and influence. And also human encounters, many clients have become friends.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: The question that comes up every time is: How much you asked for a mix. And I answer that each project is different so give me the budget they have for the mix, and tell me about the project "album, tracksimple, or ep" then we discuss and we always find a way to work together.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: not to listen to the artist's expectations
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are their expectations in terms of mixing, and what is the message they want to convey through their music, and to send me old songs to them so that I can listen to their work, and see if their music interested me
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: In order not to waste too much time, be really careful with the export of the tracks in the quality that I ask, that each track starts well in the same place. to provide all the necessary information of the song such as: the tempo, the key, and to write in the mail a precise brief on the expectations in terms of musical color and to provide references of old song to them where the mix suits them and to provide me with it so that I have a precise idea of the desired sound, and that I try to get as close as possible to it.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My laptop with my daw and pluggin, my préamp and my mpc
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started as an assistant in a small studio for a few years, the studio unfortunately closed and I decided to go freelance with my own personal studio, and to offer professional services to a category of artist who could not have access to it.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I have a very analog way of working, I will look for these are in the style of music that I mix, and even in the music that I make myself, which allows me to have my own grain, my own sound .
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I really like working with all types of artists.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: to bring out a voice in the mix, I always apply a slight sidechain on the entire song with a multiband compressor, so that the voice controls the compressor and face down very very subtly the music allowing the voice to detach itself from the rest of the music.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: hip-hop, rn'b, trap, electro pop
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Without any hesitation the mix
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I always listen to the song globally before starting to work, so I can provide ideas for arrangements, or if ever the case arises, warn of a problem during the recording that the mix will not be able to resolve , because the most important for an excellent mixing is to have quality recordings. So I always offer different arrangement possibilities, possibly re_recording something small if necessary.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I always ask the client I work with to provide me with the tracks for the song I need to mix, plus the rough of the session so that I have an idea of what they have in mind for the overall feel of the song. I work mainly via the internet and therefore with Wetransfert for sending and receiving projects, we exchange with possibly a video conference to get feedback on the validation of the mix, then I send everything back by internet.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: it is a simple studio in design and equipment, especially geared towards mixing in the box. I have what is strictly necessary to bring analog coloring and warmth at the end of the mixing or mastering process, a fairly simple and above all fast workflow that allows me to be able to work quickly and efficiently
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Musician: steevie wonder, ray charles, ella fitzgerald, nina simone, sade, tina turner ... Production professional: Chris lord-alge, leslie braithwaite, quincy jones, rick rubbin, russel simmons ...
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mainly do mixing and streaming mastering for my international clients, and I do vocal or solo instrument "guitar, violin .." for my clients who live in France