Sam "Heights" Garay

'Mixing', 'Producer'

Sam "Heights" Garay on SoundBetter

I'm a mixing engineer/producer that has almost a decade of experience. You have heard my work on various outlets such as NBC Universal, E!, The CW, Fox Sports and more.

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Interview with Sam "Heights" Garay

  1. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  2. A: Music licensing pitches for advertisements. Working with a Trap Nation artist.

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: Digital for mobility and convenience.

  5. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  6. A: You will be happy with the mix.

  7. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  8. A: Having a hand in helping someone create their art.

  9. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  10. A: That it's easy. In reality, some of the sessions I mix have over 100 tracks in them.

  11. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  12. A: • What is the sound you're looking for? • Can you provide a rough mix of the track so I may hear your idea? • What is your deadline?

  13. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  14. A: Have your files in order. It allows your mixer to spend more time being creative with your mix than trying to spend time making sure the session is in order.

  15. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  16. A: Macbook Pro, back up drives, midi controller, mic, audio interface

  17. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  18. A: Pharell Williams.

  19. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  20. A: Sometimes, less is more.

  21. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  22. A: Pop, Hip-Hop, EDM, and singer/songwriter.

  23. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  24. A: Mixing and arranging vocals.

  25. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  26. A: • Years of experience. • Quickness. I am quick with Pro Tools due to coming from a music licensing background where the deadlines are usually tight.

  27. Q: What's your typical work process?

  28. A: 1. Listen to the rough mix provided by client to get the vibe and direction. 2. Review any notes / wants client has provided . 3. Begin mix.

  29. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  30. A: Mixes are done via Pro Tools using a variety of hardware emulation plug-ins. I'm a big fan of the Waves bundles and SSL suite.

  31. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  32. A: Ken Lewis, Max Martin, The Neptunes, etc.

  33. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  34. A: I specialize in mixing/producing Pop, Hip-Hop, EDM, and singer/songwriter.

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