Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
M!cKey- Alienaided (Album) I mixed the album and he recorded it at his house on a cheap $300 Mic. And after we mixed the album it literally sounded like a $8000 mic. His vocals and instrumentals matched so well it was so easy to mix. Check his songs out at https://soundcloud.com/mickeysyracusehiphop
Analog or digital and why?
BOTH. When both are combined properly you get such a great sound. Can't go wrong with some old mixed with new.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
Originality and industry quality
What do you like most about your job?
Being around music all day.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
(Q)Can you mix my song if I have the mp3?
(A) No, We NEED every track(vocal/instrument) you recorded in that session.
(Q) Is mixing and mastering the same thing?
(A) No, Mixing is the step before mastering and mastering is the final polish you add to a song.
(Q)Can you mix a song in 1 hour?
(A) YES, BUT its not going to compare to a 3 or 4 hour mix at all.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
We can make ANYTHING sound GREAT.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What style music do you make?
How many songs do you look to have mixed or produced?
How long have you been doing music?
Is music a passion or a hobby for you?
Do you do music as a career?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Don't cheat your career. High quality costs good money for a lot of reasons. Invest in your sound.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Laptop, Keyboard, Genelec 10's, food, weapon.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started at 15 years old recording and mixing in my bedroom studio.
By 17 I had a little job at a small urban studio recording rappers and singers.
At 18 I interned at SubCat Studios (the studio I work out of now).
At 19 I worked for a Nation wide known rapper as his personal audio engineer/Producer.
At 21 I worked for a medium sized urban studio recording vocals, guitars, percussion, singers, poetry, and voice overs.
Now at 25 I work at a Multi Million dollar facility (SUBCAT STUDIOS) with state of the art equipment and one hundred percent professionally audio treated rooms for recording and mixing.
How would you describe your style?
Industry ready and original.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I would LOVE to work with Nick Jonas because he has crazy vocals and has a great NEW sound.
Can you share one music production tip?
Break Rules..... Simple as that.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Rock (Alternative, Christian, Punk)
What's your strongest skill?
My strongest skill I would say are two things.
1.) My ability to make a song industry ready from the production to fixing song writing.
2.) My ability to create a mix that resembles the sound you heard in your head when you created the song.
What do you bring to a song?
Dynamic Mixes that do not lack emotion or character.Creative transitions and effects to draw listeners into a mix has always helped my mixes stand out, especially in hiphop/rap mixing. I love editing vocals and doing instrumental effects such as Chops, Breaks, Slow Downs and Vocal Stutters and more.
What's your typical work process?
Record GREAT vocals/instrument takes.
Mix for 2-3 hours PER SONG. (MORE IF NEEDED)
Tell us about your studio setup.
I work out of a multi million dollar facility in Syracuse Ny.
Pro Tools 12 HD
TONS of analog gear (AVALON 737, NEVE 1073, TELETRONIX LA-2A, UNIVERSAL AUDIO 1176, UNIVERSAL AUDIO 2-610, DISTRESSOR & MORE!)
Studio A Speakers- ATC 15" 3 way monitors. Genelec 10's
Studio B Speakers- Focal Twin6 Be 6.5 Monitors, Yamaha NS10's
-(2) Royer 122
-Sony C800 G
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Jack Joseph Puig, Timbaland, Scott Storch, Kid Cudi, Ryan Leslie, Skrillex, Diplo, Jay-Z, Nelly, Justin Timberlake.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Recording, Mixing, Mastering
HipHop/Pop/RnB/Rock Music Production