Nicholas Morzov on SoundBetter

I'm an all around audio engineer adept at mic placement, editing, mixing, production, sound design and songwriting. My range of experience is from polishing turds to high profile world class musicians.

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Interview with Nicholas Morzov

  1. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  2. A: My work ranges between production and songwriting to simply editing. With my work there is no common or standard day.

  3. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  4. A: I'm a big fan of Taylor Larson lately. Long time fan of David Bendeth and Serbin Ghenea.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: I've got a pretty even mix of analog vs digital. No console, just a bunch of preamps and compressors in a desk with a summing mixer and a UAD Apollo 16.

  7. Q: What's your typical work process?

  8. A: Good front end is where it's at, no matter what instrument I start the recording with, my goal is to make it sound as good as possible before it even hits Pro Tools.

  9. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  10. A: I try to bring my best to every song as long as I'm not stepping on any toes. At the end of the day I'm providing a service that enables people to be creative.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: My strongest skills are a mix between Vocal production, sound design and straight up SHR-EDITING

  13. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  14. A: I work on basically everything... but... the heavier, the better.

  15. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  16. A: Details add up, pay attention to them without losing sight of the bigger picture.

  17. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  18. A: I'd love to work with Periphery... they're my favorite band!!

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: Out of the box... I everything I can to avoid "industry standard"

  21. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  22. A: I've been a musician my whole life, however, I didn't take music production seriously until about 4 years ago.

  23. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  24. A: A 1073, Vintage Neumann M49, my UAD Apollo, an i7 Macbook Pro and a pair of Event Opals

  25. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  26. A: Don't just go for sonic quality; go with the personality you resonate most with. The "best" producer in the world may not be the best for you.

  27. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  28. A: How many songs you got? Is there a specific sound you're looking to achieve? Who are your favorite artists and/or mixes? What kind of gear do you already have/ do you want to use it in this production?

  29. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  30. A: That mastery is to make the mix louder XD

  31. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  32. A: People usually ask me if i would use samples on drums. and my answer is almost always yes but I never completely replace them, I try to get the live kit as close as i possibly can and then tastefully blend in samples for extra harmonic richness.

  33. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  34. A: That it's not a job.

  35. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  36. A: Quality and Empathy

  37. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  38. A: Both! Digital for details, Analog for (unique) harmonics.

  39. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  40. A: Gentry Studer for mastery!

  41. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  42. A: Pop, indie, metalcore and reggae.

  43. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  44. A: Been tracking VO's with Martin Johnson for NFL Thursday night. It's really fun to see something you worked on, on TV!

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