Woody on SoundBetter

Audio Engineering, Audio Production, Audio Mixing, Session Guitar

Audio Engineering, Audio Production, Audio Mixing, Session Guitar

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Interview with Woody

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

  2. A: Mixing and production from raw audio files.

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

  4. A: Currently, I am a huge fan of the Growlers. Other artists I also find inspiring are: The Strokes, Julian Casablancas and the Voids, the Arctic Monkeys, the Libertines, Angels and Airwaves. I tend to find myself torn between the old and new and find inspiration in almost every period. Frank Sinatra, Eddie Cochran, the Beatles, the Doors, Pink Floyd, the Clash, OMD, Nirvana, Blink 182 are a few of my favourites.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: MOTU 24io x4, RAMSA 24 Channel Mixer, Tascam 44 Reel to Reel, Various other gear.

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

  8. A: Bring everything into the DAW and see where it goes from there.

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

  10. A: Rock 'n' Roll, Alternative, Indie, Punk

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

  12. A: 4-Track Reel to Reel, U87, a dodgy valve preamp, Duo-Sonic, a dodgy valve guitar amp

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

  14. A: Try it yourself first; you may be surprised at what you can achieve!

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

  16. A: Where do you want to sound like you were recorded?

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

  18. A: Formal training is required.

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

  20. A: How much is this going to cost? How much do you want it to?

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

  22. A: What's there not to like?

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

  24. A: Mostly trying alternative mixing and production techniques. Seeing what sounds good and what doesn't. Learning new tricks and evolving my "sound"

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

  26. A: If it sounds good don't change it!

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

  28. A: Julian Casablancas. The Growlers' "Too Many Times"

  29. Q: How would you describe your style?

  30. A: Jeans and a t-shirt...

  31. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  32. A: Both! Why not have the best of both worlds? While analog is more of a challenge, I find the results are often rewarding.

Gear Highlights
  • Tascam 44
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