Mixing & Mastering

Rod on SoundBetter

I want to work with as many unique artists as I can. I love the challenge of finding new and creative ways to bring your tracks to life. I am currently in college for music production; I've been a musician for over 15 years now. I have experience completing full mixes and masters for my band's music as well as collaborating with other artists.

I will mix your music using Logic Pro X. I specialize in Indie, Rock, and Psychedelic music. I also have experience in Hip-Hop, Electronic, Jazz, and Contemporary Funk music. My mixing style focuses on sharp transients that grab onto your ear, giving my tracks a clean crisp sound. I use a mixture of Stock Logic Plugins, Waves, Softtube, Spitfire, and M-Elda. I have experience professionally mixing and mastering for my band Sir Kingfish and I am currently studying at Algonquin College for a Diploma in Music Production. My main focus in music is as a multi-instrumentalist, but I am trying to monetize my Audio Production skills first as I feel they are more marketable. I love music and get very excited when working on new projects. I'll look forward to working with you!

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Interview with Rod

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

  2. A: At the moment I am working on a new EP for my band, I solo project to release early this year, as well as a couple of passion projects for close friends.

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: The only correct answer here is both. Analog provides sweet saturation and a different perspective on mixes, whilst digital presents accuracy, fidelity, and most importantly ease. They are both tools to be used in conjunction.

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

  6. A: My promise is that I will work with you and not for you. When it comes to your songs, your vision is what's most important to me.

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

  8. A: I love the satisfaction of hitting that "sounds good" sweet spot. Nothing gets me going more than the satisfaction of the finished product.

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

  10. A: The most common line of questioning I see is about loudness. Yes, by default, I am going to leave headroom for mastering, but if you want me to process for loudness that can be arranged.

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

  12. A: Mix engineers don't make bad songs sound good. We don't create value in audio, we uncover it. Every great mix starts with a great recording.

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

  14. A: 1. What kind of bands inspire you? 2. What is the main focus of your music? 3. Sum up your ideal mix in 3 words.

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

  16. A: Be specific about what you want. Have reference mixes ready and come up with some buzz words. The more you can tell your mix engineer the more likely you are to get a product you love.

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

  18. A: 1. Laptop (Obviously) 2. Multitrack Mixer 3. A decent pair of Sennheisers 4. A Bass 5. A Midi Controller (Preferably Axiom). All you need to make some brilliant tunes.

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

  20. A: I have been a musician for 16 years now. It's only been 6 years or so since I've veered into production. I am however confident, from the testimony of my music professors and fellow musicians, that my quality is professional.

  21. Q: How would you describe your style?

  22. A: I tend to lean towards crips transients and dryer sounds. This is just my preference however, I'm happy to adjust to what an artist wants.

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

  24. A: I would love to work the band Acid Dad. Their music is great but I think their mixes are lacking. I'd love to help them with that. The end result would be phenomenal.

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

  26. A: Most producers tend to get swept up in learning techniques and rules. This isn't healthy for developing your own sound. As a rule of thumb, trust your ears and what you think sounds good.

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

  28. A: Although I tend to mix a large variety, I most often see heavier as well as psychedelic music.

  29. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  30. A: My strength lies in my ability to bring out the perfect drum/percussion sound for any track. The core of Timbral quality lies in the rhythm section.

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

  32. A: Alongside making the audio sound professional and polished, I like to try and bring movement and character to my mixes to keep listeners engaged.

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

  34. A: I spend the majority of my time working on Arrangement, phase, leveling, and compression. I will then use the other tools at my disposal to try and achieve the desired character for the mix. I will always ask that revisions be as specific as possible.

  35. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  36. A: I mostly stick to digital mixing although I do have access to an analog mixer as well as pre-amps and a tube compressor. I have a wide variety of listening mediums, mostly headphones but a few monitor systems too, that I use to try and ensure my mixes are easily translated.

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

  38. A: I love the work of Eric Bauer, especially his mixes on the album Orc by Thee Oh Sees.

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

  40. A: Most of my work is completing mixes for live sound and studio recordings.


Terms Of Service

I offer 3 revisions typically (negotiable if problematic). Depending on revisions typical turnaround time will be 3 days for a mix, 4 days for a mix/master.

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