I am a Mixing engineer working in San Antonio and Austin, Texas with experience in genres ranging from Hip-Hop/R&B to Rock. My primary goal in mixing is to remember I work for YOU, the artist, and that my job is to represent your sound and style in its best possible form.
Marcus attended the Audio Engineering Institute in San Antonio, Tx where he met Grammy Award winning engineer Marius Perron. After graduating the school he continued to study under Perron, interning, in order to gain more industry experience.He began working at Bad Vibe Studios, which was very involved in the Hip-Hop/R&B scene in the city. This allowed him to gain experience in those genres working with local artists such as Bugsy, King Khali, Chelsea G, Mateo Sun, Jae Marie, and many more. In early 2016 he began working with Engineer Rob Hinton (Michael Jackson, Korn, Dana Glover) at Mesa Recording Studios in Austin, Tx. Here he expanded his genre experience working with Heavy rock bands such as Gunzenhausen Klan and Bully Los Bufalos. With a vast knowledge of both analog and digital audio Marcus's approach to recording and mixing features a hybrid approach in order to achieve the best possible sound. Marcus currently works as both a work-for-hire Mixing engineer, and Recording/Mixing Engineer at Mesa Records.
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Interview with Marcus Hyatt
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: The best of both worlds man! Digital is great and in this era it rules supreme because of its ease, convenience and of course its eons cheaper than going full analog. However there are just some things that analog can do that I don't believe digital will ever be able to recreate correctly (at least not in my lifetime). So why settle for some if you can have all.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: My first and foremost question before I agree to work with a client is "what is your goal with this song/project?" As an engineer I cannot go blindly into working on a song without having a goal, whether sonically or emotionally, that I am attempting to reach with my mix. Otherwise you can't differentiate between what sounds 'good' and what sounds 'correct.' If the client has that goal in mind then I need to know it so I can help them reach that point. However if that client has no specific goal or is not sure what sound or feel that hope to reach. Then it is my job to create and reach the goal that I believe best represents the client and their work.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is very natural. I believe that the song I have been given should be portrayed in the best possible way but as authentic as possible. For example I try to restrain from using samples in my drums when it comes to rock or R&B, only using them when the song desperately needs it. However it is also on me to make sure that even though I am staying with the recorded sound I was given, that it can compete sonically with industry tracks that may contain samples. I take this approach into every aspect of my mixing and it has yielded me great results with my clients.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: When mixing free lance I work from my home studio. My primary DAW is PreSonus Studio One 3, however I am fluent in Pro Tools 12 and will work in that format when it is required or is just more convenient. I mix hybrid using plug-ins from a vast selection (Waves, Sound toys, Slate, etc.) and also using my hardware gear which consists of a few racks of compressors (Dbx & BBE), eq's (Dbx) and reverb/delays (Lexicon). I also have a 16 Channel Midas Venice which I use for recording, and also for summing my mixes.