I'm Tyler Spratt a professional mixing engineer located in the greater Los Angeles area. I offer an online mixing service.
Currently, I am the assistant engineer to Mark Needham and work directly with him on projects that he produces and mixes. Along with that, I mix for bands around the country and have an album that I mixed coming out on the Sony Red Label. Once It is released I will post the information on my SoundBetter page.
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Interview with Tyler Spratt
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Artist: Aeliana Album: "Equilibrium" I was the recording engineer, mixing engineer, producer, and mastering engineer. I am really proud of it because the band was and still is satisfied with the album. We put a lot of work into it and I really enjoy the sounds we were able to get.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Random projects with different managers and producers.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Mark Needham and Ben Oneill
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: It doesn't matter. I'm fully digital right now and will most likely stay that way unless I need to use outboard gear for a project in the future.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To give you a product that you are 100% satisfied with.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Hearing the music before it is released.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be fair and genuine.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: ATC SCM45a's, UAD Plugins/cards, Slate Monitor Control, Pro Tools HDX System, and Waves Plugins
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Aesthetically aggressive. I like to bring excitement, but if the song needs to be chill I will make it chill. The song just needs to bring goosebumps to the listener no matter what feeling the goosebumps arise from.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Rhythm and flow are everything. Get the instruments pocketed to whatever instrument has the best groove. If the drummer has the best feel then pocket instruments to them, but if the tambourine or even a melodic instrument has it going on, pocket the rest of the instruments to that.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing in general
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That anyone can do it.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started out as an electrical engineer major and then received my masters in recording arts at Middle Tennessee State University while working in Nashville, then I ended up in Los Angeles working at the Village.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Blink 182. They have been my favorite band since I was a kid. Doing one mix for them would be phenomenal.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hard Rock and Radio Rock
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Excitement. I always just try to figure out how I can make a moment of each song exciting. Whether the vocal is the focal point or not, the song must be exciting.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I usually like to get all the editing and setup out of the way before I mix. Vocal tuning, pocketing, and basic mix levels are attained and then I get creative the next day when I have fresh ears.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I am running pro tools 12 with WAVES, Fab Filter, UAD, Slate Digital, and Isotope plugins. My monitors are ATC SCM45a Speakers (These are Mark Needham.s), Yamaha NS-10m, and small Bose computer speakers.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Every band I work with inspires me. Some notable famous engineers that inspire me are my boss, Mark Needham, Tom Lord Alge, Ryan Hewitt, and anyone who makes great music. I have many friends in the industry that create amazing music and they inspire me to work hard every day.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.