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I’m a freelance recording engineer, graduated in December 2000 from Full Sail University in Orlando, FL with an Associate of Science Degree in Recording Arts, where I excelled in Advanced Audio Engineering, Analog and Digital Recording, Entertainment Law, and Music History. I have owned a commercial recording studio and I have over 17 years of professional experience as an Audio Engineer and Music Producer.
Currently set-up and working inside of Pirate Radio Recording Studios in conjunction with Radio-Memphis.com and also freelancing at American Recording Studio. Both are located in music mecca, Memphis, TN.
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Interview with Ryan Royals
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Numerous projects at Radio Memphis
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Will Danger
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Analog for warmth and digital for ease.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That you will leave having all your expectations met and beyond; not walking away with something that could not be done.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Positive energy and fun times. Quiet time as well.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Prices. Check the website.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's easy.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you planning to do with the songs once finished?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Let's talk!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Graduated from Full Sail University in December 2000 in Winter Park, FL
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Pre-production is your best friend. Work out tempos and timing.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Americana, soul, blues, rock
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Creativity when producing, the best possible capture when recording
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Stay busy! Short breaks.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Computer Recording / DAW Pro Tools 12.4 Black Lion Audio DIGI 002 R XB Mod Digidesign Command 8 Black Lion Audio Micro Clock MkIII XB Glyph GT 050Q 1 TB Avid Pro Tools Custom Keyboard Samsung 27" video monitor iLok2 Mac Pro Mid 2012: Dual 6-Core 2.4GHz HD: 480GB Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G SSD RAM: 128.0GB OS X 10.9.5 ~Record up to 18 tracks simultaneously~ Outboard Gear Black Lion Audio Auteur two channel preamp (x2) Black Lion Audio modified Focusrite OctoPre Platinum with ADAT option dbx 386 Dual Vacuum Tube preamp via S/PDIF Microphones **Michael Joly custom modified** **APEX 460 with MJE-K47 capsule** = ((Telefunken AK-47 clone)) **MXL 603 Ultimate SDC Mod ** = ((Neuman KM-184 clone)) **MXL 990 Hulk ** = ((Neuman U-87ai clone)) MJE-384 Matched Pair AKG C414 MXII (x2) Sennheiser 421-II (x2) Audix D-6 AKG D-112 AKG SE 300 B (x2) Shure Beta 52 A Shure Beta 58 A Shure SM-58 (x2) Shure SM-57 (x5) Audio Technica AT 3525 Audio Technica AT 4041 Plug-ins Avid: BBD Delay Black Op Distortion Black Shiny Wah Black Spring C1 Chorus-Vibrato DC Distortion Flanger Gray Compressor Green JRC Overdrive Orange Phaser Roto Speaker Studio Reverb Tape Echo Tri-Knob Fuzz Vibe Phaser White Boost IK Multimedia: AmpliTube 4 Lexicon: MPX Native Reverb Sonarworks: Reference 3 Suite w/ XRL mic Waves: Vocal Rider Bass Rider Z-Noise CLA-2A Compressor / Limiter PuigChild 660 & 670 Studio Classics Bundle: API 550A - 3-band Equalizer API 550B - 4-band Equalizer API 560 - 10-band Graphic EQ API 2500 - Stereo Compressor SSL Master Buss Compressor SSL G-Equalizer SSL E-Channel SSL G-Channel V-EQ4 4-band equalizer V-Comp compressor V-EQ3 3-band equalizer Monitors JBL LSR2328P (x2) JBL LSR2310SP - Subwoofer Bryston 4B Power Amp Yamaha NS-10M Studio (x2) Yamaha Q2031B - Dual 31-Band 1/3 Octave Graphic EQ (x2) Control Room / Power / Headphones Presonus Central Station with talkback remote Monster Power Pro 3500 Furman PL-PLUS C power conditioner Furman HDS-6 Headphone Distribution Furman HR-6 Headphone Mixer (x5) Direct Sound EX-29 Extreme Isolation Headphones (x5) AKG K-77 Headphones (x2) Sennheiser HD 202 Headphones (x4) Hum-X Ground Loop Eliminator (x2) Furman SS-6B (x2) APC Back-UPS BR1500G 1500 VA Tower Cables / Snakes Evidence - The Melody & The Lyric HG Black Lion Audio - premium digital cables Monster - Performer 500 Telefunken - STMC XLR Pro Co - custom designed wall plate (x3) Whirlwind Miscellaneous Auralex Acoustic Treatment Auralex Gramma iso riser (x2) Auralex SubDude II SE Electronics RF-X Reflection Filter 1980's Dean Markley RM-80-DR Guitar Amp Ensoniq - Mirage DSK Keyboard / MIDI Controller Earthworks Kickpad Whirlwind 20dB mic pad (x4) Whirlwind 40dB mic pad (x4) String Swing wall mount guitar hanger (x5) Radial Pro DI Radial Pro D2 Live Recording Set-up Pro Tools 12.4 Apple Macbook Pro - 13" 2.53 Ghz, 8 GB RAM, OS X 10.10.5 M-Audio Profire 2626 Presonus Digimax D8 Glyph GT 050 320 GB Furman PL-8 Series 2 power conditioner ART S8 - 3 way, 8 channel microphone splitter (x2) Pro Co - 16 channel XLR snake with 4 TRS Returns - 50 feet Hosa - 8 channel XLR snake - 23.1 feet (x2) Hosa - 8 channel XLR snake - 9.9 feet (x2) Black Lion Audio digital cables ~Record up to 16 tracks simultaneously~
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Gabriel Ross, Dave Cobb, Buddy Miller, Les Paul, Chips Moman
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Studio recordings and mixing for bands, radio interviews/on-air performances, and live performances on location.