Grammy nominated engineer who came up through the legendary Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood. While in LA I had the opportunity to work with the best in the business and earn a Grammy nomination (Jason Mraz) in the process.
Giving my clients the best possible product is absolutely key. With a combination of skill and communication I can take on your vision and bring your songs to life. Whether it's giving you a pristine beautiful mix or a dirty distorted one, I'm all in and ready to go deep.
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Professional, kind, and great communication!
Morgan Stratton brings not only the highest level of professionalism, experience, and skill to every session, but also humor, positive energy, and Southern California smiles that make even the most insecure artist feel comfortable and at ease. I continue to hire Morgan to engineer and mix rock bands, orchestras, and jazz trios because he is simply the best, and has the versatility to succeed in any genre. Plus, his lack of ego is so refreshing in this business. Do yourself and your project a favor, and hire Morgan Stratton today.
Interview with Morgan Stratton
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I will go with an analog signal path whenever possible but I use a blend of both.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I see my job as a bit of a puzzle. I enjoy the creative side of fitting all of the pieces together and making something that myself and my clients love.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I went to the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences in AZ then landed a runner position at Sunset Sound in 2005. Sunset was my home for the next 14 years and spent years as the senior staff engineer before settling in to Nashville.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock and Hard Rock have kept me the busiest over the years.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Balancing all of the elements especially the subtleties.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My process starts with communication, understanding where my client wants to end up musically and sonically. I'll ask for a couple of reference tracks to go along with a rough mix, if I'm mixing, and combine it all within the mix. I also take a similar approach with mastering and tracking. For mixing, I will usually start with the drums, or whichever instrumentation needs the most attention. Getting each part of the instrumentation sitting well on its own then seeing how it fits with the rest of the track. I'm constantly adjusting
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: The core of my setup is a 70s Yamaha live console that has been modified for tracking, adding direct outs, better sounding components (my way of not getting too nerdy on you). It's basically Yamaha's version of an API console with very similar EQ section and preamps. I'm work mainly in Pro Tools Ultimate through my Focusrite Red 16 Line interface which sounds fantastic, great low end clarity with clear top end. I have a wide variety of plug-ins including: Sound Toys, iZotope, Waves, UAD and many more. My ADR Vocal Stressor is one of my favorite pieces of analog gear that I own, which comes in handy when needing to get some crazy sounding drums.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I have been fortunate enough to work with some extremely talented people over the years. I've worked a lot with Joe Barresi who has set a standard of excellence while also being a really good human being. He's a no B.S. straight shooter who will go out of his way to help you. A few years back, I had a session with Mike Patton (Faith No More, Fantômas, Mr. Bungle) and was blown away by the way he was able to connect with everyone in the studio especially myself whom he had never met before. Mike is a true professional who seems to really care about people and not to mention extremely talented vocalist and musician. What really inspires me are people at the top fo their craft who are good humans.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing, mastering and recording.