Ryan specializes in recording and mixing bands in a variety of genres including rock, folk, jazz, r&b, and pop.
Ryan Colton is a musician, singer/songwriter, recording/mix engineer, and producer living in Richmond, VA. He has been playing and writing music in some capacity since he was 11 years old. Ryan has been recording and mixing bands as well as his own music since he was 18 and hold a certification in Music Recording Technology from JSRCC. He interned at PK Studios in Richmond, VA from 1999-2000 and worked with a variety of clients. He co-owned and operated Spilling Sounds Productions, a small project studio in Richmond’s West End from 2000-2004 and recorded several local and regional bands encompassing genres such as rock, metal, punk, singer/songwriter, gospel, folk, and bluegrass. Ryan loves helping to shape the musical ideas of his clients into well-crafted songs.
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Interview with Distilled Sounds Productions
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My last big project was mixing a local band called Downbeat Switch's last EP. They are a great band that mix rock, funk, and reggae together. All the band members are incredible musicians and they write really catchy songs with great hooks. I had consulted with them on their first album a few years ago which they had recorded and mixed themselves. Though the sound of that record was good, I thought that my mixing skills could take it to the next level and give them a little more of a polished sound. They were incredibly happy with the mixes I did and have thrown me a lot more business locally because of my association with them.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My mobile recording setup consists of a Presonus Studiolive 16.4.2Ai Console. I use Apple Logic on a Macbook Pro and have a Radial 500 Series lunchbox loaded with various mic pres and compressors that I can use in tandem with the Presonus rig. My mixing setup consists of a Mac Mini running Apple Logic. I use a MOTU 896HD for interface with the Mac and everything is clocked to an Apogee Rosetta.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I grew up in the 80s and 90s, so producer/engineers like Terry Date, Brendan O'Brien, and Rick Rubin have always been big influences on how I like songs to sound. Of course I was also way into bands like The Beatles and Pink Floyd so George Martin and Alan Parsons are also influences as well. I like big drum sounds with kick and snare that cut through, vocals pushed slightly up front, with guitar, bass, keys and other instruments panned to give the mix width and depth.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Remote Recording & Mixing of bands. I have a mobile recording setup that allows me to record in the artist's space. I then take the tracks back to my mixing studio for final mix.