I've worked on numerous albums distributed by major distribution companies such as Def Jam, Dreamworks, Universal Music, PBS, and more. Some of which have been featured on Billboards' top 100 selling lists. My album 'One Soul' has been recognized by the Surround Music Awards for those who have excelled in multichannel recording & mixing.
I have been a professional sound engineer/producer for 20+ years working on many challenging projects. I am consistently working to push the boundaries of creativity while keeping up with the latest technology to maintain a competitive edge in the music industry.
The services I offer are Sound Mixing, Audio Repair, Noise Reduction, Sound Enhancement, Vocal Pitch Correction / Melodyne & Musical Production.
I've previously worked on the score for the Emmy Nominated, PBS documentary "This Is A Game Ladies".
I specialize in Hip-hop and R&B although I'm experienced with almost all genres of music including Ambient, Pop, Funk, etc.
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Interview with Ellis Hall III
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: "This Is a Game Ladies". A 2-hour Emmy nominated PBS documentary focusing on every moment with a coach and her women's basketball team. I was approached to provide Hip-Hop style tracks to underline the upbeat sports performances.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently working on producing and mixing a song for a rap artist from Russia.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. I like to incorporate both digital and analog thus giving the best of both. Digital for its ease of use for editing and adding sfx. Analog for its warmth.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Communications & files will be sent promptly while giving top notch expertise in sound mixing/audio reproduction with someone who will complete your job correctly. I also offer unlimited revisions.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Creating lasting products that can be listened too and enjoyed for years to come.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long will it take to mix the song? If the song is completed requiring no changes, usually 5-7 hours
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Sound engineering and production is a trade that requires serious study. It's not as easy as some might believe.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: If producing, I ask what is the feeling you would like to convey to the audience. If mixing, I ask the client to provide a song that matches most like the sound they want to achieve.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure it is clear exactly what you require.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Audio Technica Mic, RME interface, Laptop, Yamaha monitors, Alesis controller
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started interning at a recording studio in Boston across the street from Berkley College of Music. I then joined a General Business band while running my own home studio. I've been engineering and producing for 20+ years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: High technology mixed with old school sound.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Sting. His music is always genuine.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Stay focused on the most important elements of the production. Adding too many elements to a work might possibly distract the listener from the intended feeling.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip-hop and R&B
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Audio editor. Cleaning up individual tracks and adjusting timing.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Authenticity. It's important for me to create work that feels real rather than contrived. Drawing inspiration from the soul to create music that can resonate with an audience and me.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: If I'm producing a song, I like to start with the drums first. Then add bass line and start adding melodic colors from there. As the song builds, I'll start to add colorations such as sfx and pads. If I'm mixing, I listen to the song and prioritize the most important instruments and elements in the song. I'll then mix according to what's most relevant to the song. Then I'll make sure to give each element its own space in the frequency spectrum.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio utilizes the small yet powerful Babyface Pro analog/digital audio interface by RME. It offers the highest quality broadcast audio reproduction.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Stevie Wonder, D'Angelo, Whitney Houston
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I usually produce Hip-hop and R&B tracks as well as Mix final masters.