Adam Firegate Studio
remote mixing and mastering
Hi! My name is Adam Burucs. I do mixing and mastering and I also write technical articles about music and audio for the Tutsplus network. http://tutsplus.com/authors/adam-burucs
I offer mixing and mastering services.
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Interview with Adam Firegate Studio
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Clear, transparent sound for mastering and character for mixing (if that is the vision). Good attitude and value.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What is the difference between mixing and mastering? Which one I need? My answer is it depends on how much would you want to change or improve the sound quality and feel.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Nowadays I'm working together on house tracks with Deepsec. I usually refine his initial ideas, do sound design, production and mixing and mastering. Our tracks got support from Adam Beyer, Gai Barone and Chaim.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Manny Marroquin and Andrew Scheps
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like to work on musics and sound generally and enjoy doing mixing, mastering, production and sound design. I like to have an end result, a product which I can save for future listening.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: If you have got the money hire 3-4 reasonable priced engineers for doing masters and decide with which one you can work easily and who does the best quality.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I like to work tracks which got more melody and harmonies, and chords
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I have got a bit more experience with mixing than mastering.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I can handle all aspect like production, mixing, mastering except lyrics, singing and live instrument playing.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Consultation, short free sample making when mixing and mastering, then doing revisions and refining the end product.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Mainly digital setup using Mackie and Sony monitoring with Auralex acoustic isolation. I occasionally use analogue synths from Korg and various brands of Eurorack modular products.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Rank 1, Above and Beyond, Lange, Andy Moor, Ferry Corsten, Stoneface and Terminal, Hybrid, The Crystal Method, Retroid, Beatman and Ludmilla, Metrik, Netsky, Brookes Brothers, DJ Fresh, Matrix and Futurebound, John B, Nookie, LTJ Bukem, Bad Company, State of Mind, Chris.SU, Subsonik
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing and mastering.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Mastering, production and remixing work for some electronica based projects.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Mostly digital. When the project time and budget allows it then I use analog gear as well.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: To get a good end result, start with a great song, that also sounds good regarding mixing. Then mastering can finalize the product and enhance a bit.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your vision with the song? What are you trying to achieve? Are you confident in production and mixing?
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: The latest speaker, headphones, laptop, audio interface and modular synth I have got at the moment.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: In the beginning I was interested only in production, but since then I expanded into other areas like mixing and mastering as well.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I generally use several elements of different styles and put them into one original track when doing production. For mixing and mastering I aim to be as transparent as possible.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Robert Babicz, Jody Wisternoff because of their skills and attitude.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: A great but effective technique is to making music in a way that every instrument plays in their own dedicated octave range across the frequency spectrum. In this way it won't clash with each other.