Ive owned and operated a recording studio for 10 years. I have also worked production and have live sound reinforcement for any event.
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Interview with Nathan Harvey
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: We just mixed a full length record on the console for the first time and it was an amazing experience. I was the lead engineer but the Artis was heavily involved and it was truly magical to collaborate with an artist and have us together making his dream a reality.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A live record and a hip hop record.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I am new to Sound better but work with Gene Ever Jr
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Hybrid, the best of both worlds. Have the best analog recording equipment, combined with pristine converters you are able to combine the best of both worlds.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That the song is not done until they say it is.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Helping ppl create their art and dreams.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can it be louder, and I say yes, in mastering
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That mixing is easy and can be done over night.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How long do you see this taking, what sound are you looking for, do you have any song references?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Take your time and make sure they are on the same page as you. Never fun to not be on the same page as your client.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My console Trident 68, My Neumann M149, My Kick Mic, an SM57 and a protools rig. so I can enjoy the beauty of analog recording and still record my drums
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I opened my studio 10 years ago and I've expanded to live sound as well as recording. We also provide multitrack recording for the live stages we are doing sound for.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I am very "natural" Sounding. I can make it sound very alive in a room, love the beauty of a good take and a talented musician. They make the job much more fun with less edits
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Lettuce- Because they are so musically on point it would be nothing but fun in the studio with impeccable sounds. Herbie Handcock- Just to see his work process and how his mind works would be fascinating to me.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Every sound has some sort of mid frequency mud that can clean up the sound when mixed. Creating a clear separation from the highs and lows of the individual source gives it much more room to breath instead of it playing a full spectrum. also cleaning the low-end out fo most high end instruments leaves room for a clean kick/bass signal.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Live/soul music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing. Finding the Music in the instruments and making them sit together perfectly.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I clean up all of the individual sounds to fit with each other. Finding the "mud" in each sound to make it more clear and articulate. When it is all cleaned up the sounds sit together much nicer and are not all taking up the entire freq span.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Record Scratch tracks to click, then get th takes from the band. We then produce/ add overdubs to it until its ready for mixing.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a 24 channel Trident 68 Analog recording Console into a Antelope audio 32+. We also have an SSL 8 channel 6k Sidecar and a variety of preamps, compressors and effects all hooked up to a patchbay. We also have an extensive microphone collection with Neumann, AKG, Earthworks and many dynamic microphones.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Herbie Handcock, Stealy Dan, Earth wind and fire, James Brown, Lettuce, Pink Floyd.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I record and miss bands, singers and voice over at my studio.