I don't have any Grammys like all these other talented people, but I have been doing this for a while now, and I can assure you that I'll master the heck out of your audio.
I've been a mastering engineer for about 2 years I know it is a relatively small experience period, BUT I've been working on the audio field for about 7 years, including audio school. I've been working on recording studios for about 4 years with corporal clients such as Mary Kay, Amway, and also many kinds of artists such as America Sierra, Primos MX, etc. I'm entirely committed to the songs that are given to me, it is very important to me that your songs end up being the best possible sound that comes out of any set of speakers. I'm a huge advocate of songs with dynamic range, but I'm fine with doing in-your-face type of masters.
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Interview with Danny Pena
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Why does XYZ artist have more volume than my song? Well, play your song through iTunes with soundcheck enabled, or your song is just not mixed in a way that it can be made perceptually as loud as XYZ's song. Well... obviously not just that. I often explain the different normalization procedures each music streaming site has, and also if there can be remixes done I often give suggestions as to what to increase or decrease within the mix.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Mostly technical questions about their dynamics, if they are available for remixes, or if they have any especial requests/references. Also if they know about audio normalization that streaming services apply or not.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: A good record doesn't happen in mastering. It can make of break, for sure. But a good record starts with a good composition, a good musician, a good recording, good editing, good mixing, a great master, and a good listening experience.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Computer with Samplitude Good Interface B&W Speakers Great Amplifier Good plug-ins
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started recording since I was 16. Mostly friends playing in our garage or recording rap vocals in a closet. I then started looking for ways to improve all of the recordings which I made, and also the recordings that other people sent me. So, I went to audio school to learn the basics of audio production, and here I am working entirely on sound, that is, mastering and recording at many different studios around the world.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: HARD! or soft... Anywhere between those I can comply with.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Entirely dependent on my client's vision of the song.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: That depends entirely on the project, haha. But, never clip is number one.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I run completely in the box with a Lynx Hilo as my main converter and Bower & Wilkins 802 as my main speakers. As a DAW I use Magix Samplitude, which really makes me efficient when it comes to mastering.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'd say Justin Perkins, Bob Ludwig and Allan Tucker as mastering engineers. I really don't know of anyone else from other fields of audio.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly do audio mastering, but I'm also a seasoned accordion (B-System) player so I do some remote recording as well. Audio restoration for podcasts and such also seems to be a growing job for me.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My first band recording. It inspired me to continue in the audio field and opened many doors with friends behind them.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A podcast editing of 45 minutes.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Pavel Cal, great guitarist.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Why? Well, digital is fully recall-able and it doesn't compare to the huge price tags of analog equipment. But, once you get an analog piece you'll understand why it is worth every penny. Once a guy told me, you can have a sound go 90% and it'll cost you a low price... But in order to get the extra 10% price will go up exponentially as you increase each 1%. Well, that 10%, for me, is analog.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise I'll fully commit to my clients projects until they are satisfied. I've had some bad experiences as an user myself with other engineers because they don't stay committed or bring priority to my music as much as I'd like to.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That I get to be able to help people bring out the best out of their music.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it doesn't sound loud enough.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to work with anyone that is willing to work with me.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Respect dynamics, don't over-compress.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mostly acoustic sessions which are the happiest clients I get.
Q: What's your strongest skill?