We forge a different kind of metal.
We are a couple of enthusiastic musicians with a total of 40 years of musical experience that love BIG, FULL, FAT, HEAVY sounds, with as much BOOM as possible.
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Interview with IV Metal Foundry
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: We had a project called "Most Wanted Underdog" where we recorded 12 unknown bands over a period of one year. We learned very much and in the process, helped a few young artists make a sellable signle.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Album for our Metal Band
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not at the moment, no.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both of bolt worlds. We use the box mostly but use as much analog gear as possible wen available. If we could afford it, we would use only outboard gear for processing.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You won't feel disappointed or cheated. We want to achieve greatness through our work.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The delivery and that "wow!" at the end.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: How much? A: It depends on how well you are prepared. :) I'll help you make your music heard not play the instrument for you.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Rules are standard, and vice versa.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Have you ever been in the studio before?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Hire the person not the gear.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Heil PR40, Liquid Saffire 56, Macbook and probably our significant other, for the shit we put them through. :)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Both members come from parents with musical background. Awkwardly we both tried music schools but didn't quite make the cut. We think that is because we wanted had a little more gain in the amp maybe.
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Oh this is a long list. Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal would be in the top of the list. We had the pleasure of sharing the stage once. The energy and fun that man emanated was inspiring.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: I don't mind sharing. Anyone that comes our studio leaves with a bag of production goodies, knowledge wise. One tip: Never trust fellow engineers, always doubt their methods. Not because they are wrong but because that is how you learn things. Taking information for granted is worse that no information at all.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock music, especially metal.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Troubleshooting. We lost count on how many times duct tape saved the day during a tracking session.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: The first thing we do is try and understand the client's needs. Most people don't know what they want so we feel like getting to know their needs help us be more efficient in the process. After a few beers (he he), we start looking for that "oh that sounds nice" feeling before tracking the instruments. From there on it's all fun and games until the final product is released.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: We started out with a 2 track M-Audio, an SM57, a Samson C01 condenser mic and a 7 year old broken MacBookPro. Adding to our gear as we went along. Now we are enjoying the Liquid preamps of a Focusrite Saffire 56 and half a dozen brands of microphones, as well as a few guitar amps. We really hope that more gear is on the way. But that mostly depends of how many people are coming into our studio. haha!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: That would be guidance. We don't mind sharing experience and knowledge with anyone who step into our studio. Most of the people that come in as clients, leave as friends.