Tom Rado

Mixing Engineer

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Unique and creative mixing solutions for artists of varying genres.

Audio Engineering Graduate from the audio recording academy in Ottawa. Production work and guitar tracking featured in the TV Show 'This Is Us'. Over 3mil+ streams on Spotify. Ten years writing experience, five years since first work as an engineer.

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6 Reviews

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  1. Review by Brian Griffin
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    Cool songwriter! Easy and clear communication. 5 stars!

  2. Review by Sebas
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    Tom is a great musician, it was a pleasure working together. Thanks!

  3. Review by Bruno Silveira
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    Super Indie Rock production. It was a pleasure to record drums.

  4. Review by Nate Barnes
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    Awesome experience working with Tom- great material, clear communication, a total pro- highly recommended!

  5. Review by Alex Hoeffken
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    It was my absolute pleasure to record drums & percussion for Tom. His production sounded very inspiring. We discussed the approach to the song before I started recording and I love how open Tom is to creative input by the musicians he works with. That way he establishes a creative exchange which can often be missed while recording remotely. Highly recommended.

  6. Review by Flo
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    Tom was great to work with, he sent very clear instructions and it was easy to communicate with him. He replied fast, was friendly and professional, and gave me freedom to make my vocal part my own. He's got a lovely voice/songs and I'm looking forward to hearing his next release!

Interview with Tom Rado

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

  2. A: I produced a song which was featured on the TV Show 'This Is Us.'

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

  4. A: I am currently working on a folk album which I will release under my artist Tom Rado. I have many other ongoing artist profiles which include (LONELYHOUR, Sedona., Sierra., Aviv, The Trash Pandas, Coeur.)

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Digital. Analog is revered in the music industry for good reason, but many engineers like Andrew Sheps, (Red Hot Chili Peppers mix engineer) had found there to be no sonic different between plugins and hardware. This allows mix engineers to be infinitely more creative and makes revisions very easy.

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

  8. A: My mixes may be in the box (which means I entirely use plugins no analog gear) but my thinking is anything but.

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

  10. A: The final step of making a song is an exciting time. The production is done the hard work has been put in and now it's time to polish what is there.

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

  12. A: Timeline, people are often hoping for a quick turn around, but revisions are important and should be built into the timeline.

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

  14. A: That one mix engineer is like the rest. Every mix engineer to contact will bring a totally unique set of skills.

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

  16. A: Timeline. I can mix quick and get a well balanced frequency spectrum, or we can spend lots of time having fun experimenting deciding what we love and what we hate.

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

  18. A: Consider the character of the person reaching out to you, did they take a moment to get to know you or did they treat it like a transaction. The best music comes from the character of a person translating to the music not a cookie copy and paste technique.

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

  20. A: My computer, interface and a mic. With in the box mixes and the quality of modern plugins I would only need that!

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

  22. A: Ten years of writing music and it's been five years since I got my first job in music production.

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: Unique in every different song. I never repeat techniques except for those which work across all genres. I like bright crisp energetic mixes that sound clear over many different mediums.

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

  26. A: The Black Keys, I have a great respect for their ability to maintain a lo-fi rock sound while writing music that dominates charts.

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

  28. A: As mentioned before I believe strongly in the famous quotes “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” I have found my song writing, production, mixing and other creative endeavors benefit from first removing what is unnecessary and then adding in what is missing.

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

  30. A: Pop, Indie Pop, Rock, RnB, Folk.

  31. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  32. A: Unique mix solutions. Experimentation is very important and out of the box thinking always gets me to a unique mix which I will take any day over a cookie cutter mix.

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

  34. A: I strongly believe in the science and creative balance of mixing music. I spend time removing unnecessary frequencies and creating a solid (albeit boring) balance of all the frequencies and levels, before adding in all the fun creative frequencies and effects that set a track apart.

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

  36. A: Edits and final revisions, subtractive work by removing all unnecessary frequencies. Then I add in frequencies and compress, add effects, and finally bus compress.

  37. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  38. A: Logic Pro X, Fab Filter Pro Q 3, Ozone 8, Klanghelm MJUC, UAD Neve Pre, UA Avalon VT-737sp, Native Instruments Raum, Replika, Solid Bus Comp, Phasis.

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

  40. A: Tchad Blake, Bob Clearmountain, Michael brauer, Chris Lord Alge,

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

  42. A: Mixing, Production, top lining,

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