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Interview with Jake Riedel
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I hate questions like this. I'm proud of anything I release and would stand by it.
What are you working on at the moment?
Recording an album with a client locally.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Many other engineers. And yes, especially for services they may be better suited for.
Analog or digital and why?
Digital. Makes sense from a financial perspective. Some outboard analog gear can't be replicated, but much can.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
Happiness with the recording quality.
What do you like most about your job?
Enjoying and improving upon the music and art of others.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Is this going to be the final copy?
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Depends on the project. Quality of stems is usually a concern if the band records themselves.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Don't overpay for a big name.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Pc, audio interface, guitar, studio monitors, a satellite internet connection.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
10+ years producing my own music. About 2 years at a hobbyist level producing music for others.
How would you describe your style?
Self taught. Not always by the book. Striving to always be better than last time.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Any talented artists. I enjoy producing music that I can enjoy listening to as I mix it.
Can you share one music production tip?
A good stereo bus compressor can pick up a lot of slack on an unmastered track. Also, sample replacement can be your best friend when mixing drums.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Heavier metal and core based music. I also mix a lot of more mainstream rock for clients, and compose my own electronic stuff from time to time. Looking to branch out more on mixing projects in the future.
What's your strongest skill?
Drum and instrument midi programming. Hands down. I can make incredibly realistic sounding programmed drums. I can make most other virtual instruments sound excellent and human if the sample library is extensive enough to permit it.
What do you bring to a song?
My music composition, arrangement, and production background. I know how to make songs flow well, and I know how to make a balanced mix.
What's your typical work process?
Depends on the project.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Nothing overly exciting. Basic 24bit interface. Room treatment. Several sets of low and mid range monitors. Some inexpensive workhorse microphones. A few tube amps, and a drum set.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Glenn Fricker, Joey Sturgis, Brian Hood, Joel Wanasek, Eyal Levi, Ermin Hamidovic, Andy Sneap
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
General music production, midi drum and instrument programming, mix engineering, light in house mastering.