Hi, i'm a Buffalo, NY based Producer/Mixer. I specialize in Hip Hop, Pop/R&B, as well as Pop/Rock. Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above. Looking forward to hearing from you!
As an intern at Buffalo's famed GCR Audio, Oliphant got his start under the mentor ship of recording and mix engineer, Jay Zubricky. Shortly after, he worked as a freelance engineer at GCR, which provided many opportunities to learn the business and greatly hone his craft.
Most notably known for his work with Indie rapper, Smug Mang; additional credits include Mike Jones, Alex Wiley, Rome Fortune, and John Boy to name a few as well as many other artists and producers.
Whether at home in Buffalo or out of studios across the country, his service and dedication has made him invaluable to his clients.
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Been working with tom for 3-4 years, he has brought my sound to the next level. If you're serious about your music, tom is the right mix engineer/producer you need to work with, he'll get the job done on time and to your satisfaction, i highly recommend hiring him for his services.
Tom has been instrumental in the design and equipment selection at Ladyland West Studios.
We have flown Tom in on several occasions to handle production and re or ding operations. He always brings @The Magic"!
I have worked with Tommy in the studio and without a doubt he excel's with his knowledge of actual recording. His knowledge and use of pre's to compressors is extensive and complete. He takes the time to do things right the first time. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this talent! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Interview with Tommy Oliphant
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: A project called "Smug God" from Smug Mang. I was young and inexperienced. My mixes were god awful listening back, although that is absolutely acceptable in that scene. Very similar to the Punk Rock scene. The project not only blew up and essentially made my clients career, it was a collaboration that involved young artists that are very well known or famous in the scene today. The project's success was the gas to my early career.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Massive and polished.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip Hop/Rap
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio setup revolves around a Pro Tools 11 rig utilizing Universal Audio converters with Focal monitoring.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: To get their songs sounding as close to finished as possible before sending to a Mixer (meaning that they are happy with the tones of their demo and know what they want their Mixer to deliver)
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I've made it work with less so I guess just my laptop, converters/interface, monitors, & headphones.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I can't say one particular artist but I will say that I enjoy working with artists that take their music as seriously as I do.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: It's a constant churn of work all the time. Always changing.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I have 2 setups for different reasons. One setup is 100% ITB and the other is a Hybrid setup. I use whichever the songs call for.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love working on music! It's great!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Cost & Time are the two main questions I get. They both vary on the size of the job; however, everything is clear and worked out before I even begin to work on their music.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The fix it in the mix mentality. That I can turn bad recordings into good ones. I encourage all artists to get the best recordings possible and get tones and sounds you want right from the start.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: School (Suny NCCC for Audio Recording and Production) - Internship (GCR Audio in Buffalo, NY) - Freelanced after my internship out of GCR Audio for 2.5 years. Today I do remote mixing from various studios or from my own professional studio. I have been recording and mixing since 2010.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Limitations inspire creativity. Make what you have work.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Understanding and awareness to deliver a great product for my clients.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A fresh set of ears. I can be more constructive as an outside listener to help your record along.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: After receiving files I pull faders up and get good balances on your song or songs and learn them. I will do this night prior if I can so I can jump right into mixing with fresh ears early in the morning. Next is mixing, then sending out to clients for mix notes (if any corrections need to be made). After cleared with clients, I send the requested file formats they need, as well as if they need an Instrumental/Acapella mix or a TV mix.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Manny Marroquin, Jaycen Joshua, Fabian Marasciullo, Tony Maserati & Serban Ghenea are a handful of other engineers I am constantly inspired by.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I primarily focus solely on mixing; however, I do provide other services, such as editing and recording under certain circumstances.