Record with me in Memphis! Mix with me in Austin!!
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.
Working in conjunction with and also freelancing at American Recording Studio, located in music mecca, Memphis, TN.
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Interview with Ryan Royals
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.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Gabriel Ross, Dave Cobb, Buddy Miller, Les Paul, Chips Moman
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's your typical work process?
A: Stay busy! Short breaks.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Creativity when producing, the best possible capture when recording
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Americana, soul, blues, rock
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Pre-production is your best friend. Work out tempos and timing.
Q: How would you describe your style?
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: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Let's talk!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you planning to do with the songs once finished?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's easy.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Prices. Check the website.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Positive energy and fun times. Quiet time as well.
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: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Analog for warmth and digital for ease.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Will Danger
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Numerous projects at Radio Memphis