I am a Dallas based producer/mix and mastering engineer working in several genres. As a musician I am able to add live instrumentation to clients project. I am Pro Tools certified and hold a Degree in Music Business with an emphasis in Audio Engineering from Dallas Baptist University.
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Interview with Aurel Baker
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I will be the recording/mix engineer for a project by a Grammy nominated producer in late July. We will be recording songs for the Dallas Baptist University College of Fine Arts program.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently working on an EDM track for an international artist. I am co-producing the track, tracking vocals, mixing & mastering.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Malex and Tycer.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital because it is cost effective and can be adapted to a mobile setup easier. I have worked with Analog gear however so just because I am Digital does not mean I do not know how to use Analog.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Quality final product.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The ability to create a painting with sound whether it be as a Producer or as an Engineer.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: They often just ask me how much I charge, and I tell them.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Too many people mistake Beat Makers for Producers, and because you produce you are automatically an Engineer.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is their goal for the end product.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: The understanding that to have a quality sound you need to hire an Audio Engineer for the mix and mastering process.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop with all my plugins on it, ilok, headphones, interface, and midi keyboard.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I was a Computer Science Major and College Football Player, decided I loved music production and engineering more. I have been producing 7 years and paid for engineering for 3 years
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I am versatile.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Madeon, he is my favorite EDM Artist
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Label your stems please!!!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mostly electronic, but I have also worked with Alternative Rock, Classical and Choral.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My ears when critically listening during mixing or mastering process
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Music Theory, Critical Listening Skills, A natural ear for different styles of music
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Production I start with the melodic instruments, when mixing I start with the Drums.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Slate VMS, Mac Pro, Pro Tools 12, M-Audio M-Track, Slate Raven MTi 2, Behringer Truth B1030 Monitors and K10 Sub, MPC Renaissance, Fender Jazz and Traben Array Limited Basses. Waves Gold, Slate Digital plugins, Komplete 11 Ultimate.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Mousequake, J Rhodes, JD Aguilar
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Tracking, Producing, Mixing, Mastering, Vocal & Song arrangements.