Chicago recording veteran CushAudio has been working as a studio owner and recording engineer for over 10 years professionally.
Mixing is done within a hybrid setup, which choice analog compressors and eq available for certain tasks. Gear used includes: UA1176 RevD, 2-1176, DBX 160x, WA76, Dave Hill Trakker and more.
Mixing rates can be dependent on how many channels are involved, how many songs within a project and whether things like vocal tuning or drum replacement are deemed necessary.
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Interview with CushAudio
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: It depends, what day is it?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Yes. There are some extreme advantages for both formats.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Meeting new people and never having the same day twice.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Know what your expectations are based on your budget. Its pretty impossible to have your record sound like a big budget production for $200.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Neve 1073 DPA, ELi Mike-E, Neumann TLM 170r, 2x KSM32.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: While I have worked with musicians of all genres my strongest abilities for mixing include: Country, Rock, Punk, Metal and Hip Hop.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Black Lion Audio conversion, outboard preamps such as 1073s, API, Empirical Labs, and UA, compression by UA, Warm, Empirical Labs, and Dave Hill Designs.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Some engineers that have inspired me throughout the years include: Don Was, Phil Spector, Barry Gordy, Sam Phillips and the Chess Brothers.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I have been recording, mixing and mastering artists of all genres of music for over a decade professionally.