I may not have all the number 1 billboard hits that other engineers have, but what I do have is a passion for translating every artist intentions and emotions into their mix, I am a mixing and mastering engineer who has been mixing for 7 years. I have mixed over 75 songs ranging from punk rock to hip hop to pop.
I have been studying mixing for 7 years and have been mastering for 3 years. I will do everything in my ability to translate that sound in your head to reality. Making your dream mixes come true. Don't believe me? Trust me with your song and I will promise to deliver.
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Interview with Marcus Taing
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not that I can name currently
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My song "conversations with myself". I wrote, recorded, mixed and mastered the song in a week. It is one of my favorite songs sonically and was one of my first songs I had wrote.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently working on my own songs whilst mixing every song on the Cambridge mixing secrets website to perfect my craft and keep me ears sharp for any upcoming clients.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I love both worlds, digital is amazing for subtractive and balancing work. I love analog for the tone and color it gives to my mixes
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to put everything I can into their mixes and treat the mix as if it was my own song.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love bring peoples songs to life with my mixes.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: My opinions on their song, or feedback on the production. I give honest feedback :).
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That anybody else with a laptop and DAW can do what I do.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Is there a style, song or artist that you want the mix to sound like? What do you want to achieve with this song, anything specific they want out of me before choosing me as there engineer, and how as the song recorded.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: No what you expect and want from me. Know what you want from the song before sending it off to me.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Teletronix LA2A, Pultech EQ, Lexicon 480L, SSL 4052 E Console, 1176
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career path was originally Software Engineering. I am still studying and am trying to do everything I can to help me succeed in the music industry.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Modern, emotive and intentional
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Jeremy Zucker. I love his sound design, his compositions and him as an artist. I think his music is so diverse and amazing and I would really love to be apart of his world. His music just takes me to a different place and I would love to be apart of that journey.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Rely on your ears not your eyes, don't be confined to rules and make sure everything you do has a purpose. Whether that be adding a new synth or an compressor. Everything needs to be done with intention, trust your ears.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I love working on Pop and Hop hop. Those are my two main genres.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I am an artist and singer songwriter as well, so I understand the relationship between all elements of a song and can translate that really well through my mixes
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a passionate ear that bridges between the musical world and the sonic world. I will try my best to make sure both bridges are crossed, and that your songs musical elements are heard and shine through the mix while keeping every intention the artist had for the song.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First day I do a main mix, I will setup the project then spend 3 2-3 hours balancing, cleaning up the mix and then balancing in mono and stereo. Then I would work on compression, additive EQ and effects to the sounds to get an overall mix. I would then sleep on my mix and tweak the next day. Usually I would send of first mix on day 2.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work in my home studio, in a mastering treated room. My mainly used gear would be my WA-2A (LA-2A clone), my UAD Apollo x16 with the classic compressors bundle, Fab Filter Bundle, Slate Digital VMR, and my collection of plugins that I like to keep for diversity.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I love Josh Gudwin and Mixed by Ali. My favorite artist is Jeremy Zucker and Illenium
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I specialize in Mixing and Mastering, I have a higher experience in Mixing