Attentive, Motivated, Knowledgable, student of The Audio industry. Keeps current with newly developed techniques, while properly utilizing current knowledge.
29yrs old, in a network of DJ's, long time producers, and plenty of promoters. Networking is my secondary strength after Mixing/Mastering. Efficient in Pro Tools, Logix Pro X, Waves, and Isotope software.
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Interview with Cl3aves Pro Audio
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The first stage play I performed in for 2016. Not only did I help provide good audio quality for the play, everything was live! What a challenge, and I stepped up and performed.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Video editing for a photographer, recapping the Arts, Beats, and Eats festival in Michigan 2016.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. Cost efficient, for very similar, almost exact quality, and way easier to maintain.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You will want to return for my services.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I deal with audio 24/7. Not flipping burgers, unloading or shipping merchandise for a department store, and I'm in a good mood.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How should I fix my track?/Can you fix my mix as well? If you hire me as your mixer, then yes, but I can't improve the quality of the stems, I just bring out the best in them.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That you can take a bad mix, and make a great master.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What equipment did you use to create/record your tracks? What are your goals after receiving my services?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Trust that my future success is built around how well I get the job done. Build a relationship by consistently returning to the same engineer.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A satellite, a solar panel, the M-Audio Venom, A Mac Pro, and a waterproof Isolation booth.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started making beats when I was 13. I started familiarizing myself with DAWs when I entered college in 2005.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Unique, can nail the basics, at the same time, stands out with its melodic foundation.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Beyonce. She enhances the track with her ability to perform with a high level of emotion.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Understand the frequencies in which an instrument lives within. That tells you how to fit it into a track.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Experimental Soul, Hip Hop, Rock, EDM, World Music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Producing a finished product that plays well in all speakers.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Smooth highs, Crisp mids, Clean lows. If I'm asked to do something other than that, I'm efficient at catering to request.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Hop on the computer, open up a DAW, load up a track, conduct analytical listening and take notes, make a list of adjustments that need to be made, then perform adjustments for the track. Could go as long as 3 hours for one session.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Interface is the M-Audio Venom, Mac Mini running Yosemite OS X, Roland Studio monitor (mono), Shure SRH440 Headphones, along with a pair of Sennheiser Headphones, 32inch APEX television as a monitor, Avid Pro Tools 12, Logic Pro X.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Most Big Label Sampling Producers, Lyricist, Poets, Drummers, Synth Keyboard Players.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing, adjusting Eq's, Panning, Automation, Compression, Reverb, Echo, Side Chaining, FX Sends, then Mastering.