Freelance audio pro in the SF Bay Area. Best known for my many years of work with Neil Young, I bring to your project quality workmanship, fine attention to detail and most of all great sound. Every project that comes to me gets the same level of attention and effort to support your artistic vision. my motto:"Quality-whether you want it, or not"
Diverse film and music production and post-production skill set including studio and location recording, sound design, audio and video editing, mastering and mixing.
*Extensive experience as producer, audio engineer, sound designer, editor, project coordinator and archivist for major label music, film and video projects, corporate clients and independent artists.
*Extensive experience as a performing/ studio musician, location sound recordist, field recordist, SFX recordist.
*Creative problem solver. Organized self-starter. Tireless work ethic.
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Interview with Hands on Sound
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Neil Young Archives Volume 1. Ground breaking box set released on Blu-ray, DVD, CD and digital. My role was Associate Producer (Multimedia production), Production Coordinator, Sound Design, Audio Production. Also: The Bridge School Concerts: 25th Anniversary Edition (CD & DVD editions). My role was Co-Producer, Project Coordinator, Recording Engineer.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: changes from day to day. ask me.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: "Quality...whether you want it...or not"
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to work with sound and audio every day.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: there is a misconception?
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: 1- what is the project, the final deliverable and time schedule? 2- any particular issues, problems? Give me direction on what you want. 3- can you send me the song/project to listen to and review?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have your project ready to deliver and know what you want done. Be able to communicate your needs and artistic vision, if any.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: an acoustic guitar, some extra strings.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: musician->learned sound to mix/ record bands I was in-> built and operated several studio spaces where I honed my craft-> worked on Neil Young projects for 15 years-> freelancer now taking on new clients and projects.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I've been fortunate to work with most of the artists that would be on my bucket list. that's a tough one. For an answer- I'd like to work with an artist who has a great song.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: always work at the highest audio quality level that you can.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: rock, singer-songwriter, indie, alternative, blues, folk, country.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I am a good listener....for both the client and the project.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring to a song years of experience as a musician and audio production pro, a good ear and set of tools to craft a song. I make a good recording better and can save a project that has sonic problems & challenges.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: 1-communicate with client to understand their needs and direction. 2-review the project and give feedback to client. 3-do the work 4-submit, review, revisions 5- deliver project as directed by client.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work in a Mac environment. My main software tools at Adobe Audition and Pro Tools 12. I have multiple systems and the audio interfaces include Metric Halo 2882, Apogee Duet2 and a Focusrite 6i6. My monitoring and listening is exclusively thru Tannoy monitors in multiple rooms.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm inspired by artists who strive for high creative values and production professionals who have attention to detail and great sound.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: My workload is varied so there isn't anything really common. In general, I spend most of my time making projects sound great thru editing, mixing and mastering in the studio. When not in the studio, I'm providing sound recording for film & video projects and doing field recording.