I make the music recorded as a hobby sound like it's pro.
I'm a mixing engineer that also offers mastering and editing services. I started my musical career as a guitarist and after producing my band's demos I decided I liked being behind the scenes much more. I work a lot with rock and metal, but also have quite a bit of experience with electronic, pop, and country music. My SoundCloud playlist is out of date but you can hear more recent work on this Spotify playlist here:
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Interview with Hobbyist Audio
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My computer with a DAW, my MOTU, my headphones, a subscription to Plugin Alliance, and a Les Paul.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I try to be quick and decisive and get a sound going that's big and aggressive (if the song calls for that)
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: All of them? Every project brings something new and unique for me to learn from. The more I work on, the more I learn, and the better I get.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If your lead vocal sucks then your song sucks. Take the time you need to make sure it's performed right.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock music of all types.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Once I receive the session/audio files, I load them up into a basic template. From there I will balance levels, EQ, compress, automate, and tweak the balance until it feels right to me. I'll then bounce the song, take a little break, and go listen to it in my car. After that I will make any adjustments I think should be made and send it off to the artist for notes.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I run Cubase and Pro Tools with a MOTU M4 interface, Mackie HR824 mk1 monitors, and Beyerdynamic dt770 Pro headphones. I primarily use plugins from Plugin Alliance and Waves, but have a whole bunch from other companies as well. I like to stay fully in the box so I can work on multiple projects without worrying about recalls and so I can print down new revisions quickly.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Andy Wallace, Andrew Scheps, CLA, Joe Barresi, Eric Valentine
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: My clientele is largely self-recording artists and I help make their songs sound beyond that. I'll mix and master their songs, but will also do any editing necessary (usually not a whole lot) to make their music sound polished.