I'm a Seattle based engineer obsessed with getting your next project sounding the way you want it to sound. My goal is to bring out the excitement in recordings and add creativity that will give you a competitive edge.
I have mixed, recorded, and mastered multiple full length albums for local bands in Seattle in addition to being a part of almost a hundred other projects including being a part of an award-winning film score. I also recorded and mixed the music to a short film that is nominated for the 2021 Cannes indie short film contest. I love to mix and am infatuated with sound and the creative ways that I can make a song the best it can be. My work has been showcased on Alt-Rock radio stations across America.
I have worked with KNKX, The Seattle Rep Theatre, and been assistant engineer to Floyd Reitsma and Ryan Hadlock. I also have years of live sound experience. My goal is to bring out the excitement in your recordings. I want the music to jump out at the listener while also sounding professional.
I aim to get tracks to sound exciting and at a place where it can compete on a worldwide stage. I maintain very high standards for my work, always striving to get what sound the project dictates to come out of the speakers.
I love the process of learning and find engineering a very creative process; where things are tried and sometimes rejected, but all ideas are welcome.
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Interview with Hunter Rath
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I gain the most inspiration primarily from three people. The first is Tchad Blake, who is a mix engineer. He is the epitome of creativity in mixing and mixed records by the Black Keys, the Arctic Monkeys, and Tom Waits. I also gain a lot of inspiration from Dave Cobb who is Nashville's hottest producer who always aims to keep things simple and grooving. The last engineer I gravitate to is of course Al Schmitt who is arguably the best recording engineer on earth and perfects records as they go into protools and not in the mix.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a semi-mobile setup that is entirely in the box at the moment. I use my Beyerdynamic headphones for most monitoring and check with my mixcubes to make sure the track still grooves and to notice any problems. There is little I miss with these two mediums, and what I don't catch, I have access to a larger format studio with KM 120 monitors.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I don't like really brittle sounds, I like music that has some weight to it and I add that many times through clever compression techniques and harmonic distortion. I like doing weird things to the music ( if the song dictates of course ) and have lots of tricks up my sleeves to add things that make a track stand out.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don't settle, we are here to materialize your vision.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently in the mix process of two records that I recorded of a hot shot jazz/classical fusion quartet in Seattle. I am also mixing an indie-rock album.