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Interview with John Micensky
Analog or digital and why?
Analog processing and digital recording. Analog compressors and EQ's are incredibly subtle sounding compared to the plugins that emulate them. The plugins sound great, but they don't sound the same. I enjoy recording to tape, but it's really impractical to work with. Modern recording programs allow you to return to a mix a day later or a week later while analog boards force you to say "this mix is done" when you've only been listening to it for an evening in one room through one or two sets of speakers.
How would you describe your style?
Efficient and tasteful. I like to alter my microphone set-ups in a way that benefits the sound of the artist I'm working with. I'm also quick to solve any and all audio issues, which I find helps my clients to feel more relaxed in the recording environment.
What do you bring to a song?
When clients bring me on to a project, I can guarantee a very high fidelity sound and a willingness to experiment. Some of our favorite records sound so amazing because the engineer worked with their clients to use the studio as an instrument itself and I'm willing to do that if the client wants me to.
What's your typical work process?
I like to talk to my clients about what they want out of their project and what they are picturing for it. Once I have a solid idea of their ideal product, I make a game plan that works best for everyone. When it come to band recording, I like to have as many musicians in the same room as possible, because I find it helps keep the band's tight.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I currently work out of I.V. Labs Studios which has an SSL 4056E/G and dozens of different pieces of analog outboard gear. If you're considering working with me, I strongly recommend going to their website to see the gear on their list.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I was fortunate enough to meet Chance the Rapper during one of my internships, and I find him to be one of the most inspirational artists right now. Some engineers that I admire are Tchad Blake, Jeff Lane, and Sean Everett
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I most commonly do recording, mixing, and mastering. While those are my most frequent job requests, I have also composed music for projects and written songs for clients.