Golden Mile Music

Trumpets, valve trombone

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My reviews speak for themselves. Trumpets and valve trombone recorded with a Neumann tube mic and Rupert Neve preamp into a Prism interface. Very little processing necessary. Pro horns at a very good price. My production music albums are here http://www.goldenmilemusic.com Also see my Ska Brass loops pack on Loopmasters

I work in my sound-treated living room making music for TV, adverts, internet and recording horns.

The combination of Neumann U87ai converted into a U67 tube mic with Max Kircher kit, Rupert Neve, Focusrite or AMS Neve preamp and the top pro Schilke B1Ls trumpet with a solid silver bell gives a rich, smooth,choclatey tone that can light up and scream as well. It's the film music sound, the commercial sound for modern recordings.

I also use a 70s Getzen Eterna Doc Severinson for a more legit sound. It's a versatile trumpet and a very loud honker. A real head turner. I can use the two for stacking harmonies. The U67 is the best mic ever made for recording trumpet. Unless you like the Coles 4038. The valve smooths the high end and is forgiving of the trumpet's dynamics, giving a subtle pleasing compression. 3D in mono!?

I think the Rupert Neve preamp suits the mic best, subtle Neve flavour, the Focusrite ISA is very transparent, the AMS Neve maybe too much colour as the mic has character as well.

If you have brass lines in mind I can copy them from midi brass or a keyboard part, or I can write brass and work out harmonies myself, stack them with two trumpets so it sounds like two players.

I'm not the best trombone player tbh and it's a valve trombone, it's ok in a section

I'll make revisions until you are happy with your horns.

Send me a note through the contact button above.

37 Reviews - 9 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Eric S.
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    So glad I found Golden Mile Studio a few years ago. This is my 4th time working with him and each experience has been great.

  2. Review by Thien N.
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    Perfect performance from Steve.
    He even recorded extra high trumpet tracks.
    Thanks Steve

  3. Review by Bradley D.
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    Not only did Steven deliver horn tracks that were sympathetic to the song, he did it in no time flat! I'm very pleased with how his parts have elevated my song.

  4. Review by Ernie E.
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    Solid arrangement, high fidelity stems, great tone...quality brass!

  5. Review by Roberto A.
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    Great musician. Fast and really high end recording! wouldn't hesitate to use him again for future projects! The recording quality is outstanding! sounds so good.

  6. Review by Eric S.
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    Great job as always; you are the best!

  7. Review by Brice D.
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    Very professional, all the stuff he sent me was perfect!!!!!! I highly recommend:)

  8. Review by Mike P.
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    Ace horns again; thanks mate!

  9. Review by Eric S.
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    Golden delivered for me a second time. Fantastic work, great sound.
    Always a pleasure!

  10. Review by Camille G.
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    Was very nice working with Steve!

  11. Review by Cannon F.
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    Super fast and super easy to work with. Great sound.

  12. Review by Aaron Hanlon
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    Easy to work with, open to ideas and good dude. Steven is my go-to for horns.

  13. Review by Jeffrey J.
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    Perfect parts with lots of options and takes to choose from, but I'll use them all! Great communication again - went above and beyond across the board - if you are looking for brass this is your man!

  14. Review by Jeffrey J.
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    Went above and beyond with extra instrumentation! Exactly what I was going for!! Super communication throughout and let me know when to expect the tracks!

  15. Review by Jeppe A.
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    Mr Golden recorded some fantastic brass for my samba song. He made some subtle changes to my arrangement that made a big difference. I would definately recommend him

  16. Review by Remo M.
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    Golden is very friendly, professional and responsive. His work is punctual and well recorded. Every stem he did for us is well played and adds to our song what we were looking for. We will contact him for sure in the future! Super Cool Brass! :)

  17. Review by Aaron Hanlon
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    golden created awesome horns for my track! he even took extra time to give it his own spin which made the song even better. highly recommended.

  18. Review by Nian T.
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    Easy communication, great playing, clear sound. And extra parts!

  19. Review by Thien N.
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    This is the third time I’ve asked Steven to record brass for me. First class service as always. Look forward to having another recording done with him.

  20. Review by Spyros B.
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    Awesome execution, fast turnaround and crystal clear sound. what more can you ask?

Interview with Golden Mile Music

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: Retro Electric - The first production music album by me and Alex Young. Released by Bibliotheque Music. We wanted to produce some library music and get it published so we made an album and did everything we could to make it the best we were capable of. We sent it to some publishers and were astounded that it was snapped up. Production music is now gradually becoming my full time career.

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

  4. A: Co-writing minimal comedy slapstick tracks for a production music album with Alex Young. Mixing a punk album for the Glory and a latin rock album for Bany from Venezuala. Two finished vintage cartoon style albums are about to be released on Lovely Music and Gargantuan.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: I don't currently know anyone else on Soundbetter

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both. Its 2020. Analogue sounds great and there's the hands on workflow. Digital is quick, versatile, limitless. It also sounds great in its own way. The low noise. I would do EQ cuts with Fabfilter Pro Q3 and boosts with a Rupert Neve 551 or SSL 611. Hardware compressors can't be beaten

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: I will spend as much time as it takes to get the work to mine and the customer's satisfaction. I have high standards, my work will be well played and well edited, in tune, in time, fit naturally into the track

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

  12. A: It's incredibly fulfilling and energizing

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

  14. A: Look at the reviews, happy customers says it all

  15. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  16. A: I started trumpet at school. I have been producing and mixing for a lot of years, quite a lot of production music published now - electro swing, ska, dub, reggaeton, basement, klezmer, New Orleans, vintage cartoon music, latin, mariachi, movie trailers

  17. Q: How would you describe your style?

  18. A: My style is tuneful, authentic, quirky, unpredictable, analogue-sounding, spacious, quality,

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

  20. A: Mr Oizo because there are no rules.

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

  22. A: Read everything you can find about music production. Use mid/side to saturate the sides for width and separation, centre the bass by cutting the sides up to 50hz. Bit of 800hz for bass definition, maybe cut the guitars a little at 800hz in the middle and boost the same amount in the sides to compensate, it lets the bass peep through, I like using mid/side stereo, that's my ninja trick. put a little boost on the kick drum at 80hz, little cut on bass at 80hz, gives separation between kick and bass

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

  24. A: In production music it's often vintage styles that include trumpet eg. New Orleans jazz, mariachi style klezmer film style music, but can be anything really, you never know what the next Soundbetter job will be or from where in the world

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

  26. A: Receive the mp3 of the track, import it in Reaper, add trumpet and valve trombone, edit, render stems, send a link to the zip file or upload on Soundbetter on time. Complete any revisions on time

  27. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  28. A: It's a hybrid analogue/digital home recording/ mixing/ producing/ editing setup. I only buy high end gear so it has taken time to build up but now, everything is high end. Mics, preamps, mixer, compressors, EQs, reverb, monitors.

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

  30. A: Writing and recording trumpet and valve trombone. I also do mixing and make production music for TV, internet, adverts, couple of film trailers. I put vocal editing in my profile recently but i haven't had any via Soundbetter yet : )

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

  32. A: Ennio Morricone for the no boundaries approach to music and the incredible emotion

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

  34. A: Can you do this? Yes.

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

  36. A: My cheeks do not bulge out like a bullfrog

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

  38. A: Anything that is not clear from the brief

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

  40. A: An MPC, Moog Sub Phatty, TR909, One of those array-type sound systems like you see on eg. Glastonbury main stage and a Roland RE-201.

  41. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  42. A: Good knowledge of intervals, great trumpet tone

  43. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  44. A: I bring the knowledge of music of an accomplished musician with the polish you can get from high-end equipment.

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Steven Cracknell Cottonmouth March

I was the Composer, trumpet, Vinnie from Pennsylvania on trombone : ) in this production

GenresSounds Like
  • The Raymond Scott Quintet
Gear Highlights
  • Neumann U87ai (Max Kircher tube conversion to U67)
  • Rupert Neve 5012
  • Prism Lyra
  • Tube-tech CL1B
  • SSL X-desk
  • SSL bus compressor
  • Neve 1073lb
  • Rupert Neve Inductor EQ
  • TC Electronic Reverb 4000
  • Roland RE-201 tape echo
  • Focal Solo 6 monitors
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