Michael T. Silva
Get that top notch, high end pro sound you've been looking for. I specialize in making a polished well rounded product. Maybe your local studio, or engineer sound great but it's still missing that "something". I'm the guy to get you were you want to be.
As Chief Engineer at Blackbeard Recording, I offer everything from beginning to end specializing in mixing and mastering. We have a full console complete with great outboard gear. In the box or hybrid. Whatever your project's needs are we have you covered.
Record, Edit, Mix, and Master $64.99/Hour $399/Day
Mixing - $299/Song
Mastering - $99/Song
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Interview with Michael T. Silva
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Just really hearing song through the mix as a whole before the elements are processed. Knowing the direction really helps when you are try to go somewhere. I give my best effort and I believe it shows in my mixes.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I have to say the current VerseCity album. It's a labor of love at this point. You can hear a teaser on the website.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: VerseCity's latest album, a single for Pyreship to be released on a 7" split, and The Sound Kinetics follow up to their self titled ep.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Ty Robbins
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I would usually say both. Hybrid all the way. On somedays and bigger projects dealing with recalls, in the box. Some plugins are just killing it right now. If done right, once mastered you'd be hard pressed to tell which is which.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will try my absolute best to capture your vibe and sound. Your listeners will never question wether or not your song was done professionally
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That I get to be a part of creating. There is great satisfaction in creating things you are proud of. It's three-fold; I'm Happy for creating, the artist happy for creating, and the listener is happy having the creation.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can we do this? (whatever the sound or style may be) Yes. We just have to have the courage to go for it.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The amount of work that can goes into a given project.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What does this song feel like to you?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Well first of all pick me to do your mix. Vibe is most important. Feel what you record and it will come out great no matter who records it.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1.) A laptop loaded with a daw/plugins. Logic would be fine. 2.) An interface, something solid. 3.)My Distressor 4.)My Sm7b 5.)My Focal monitors
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I had the opportunity as a teen to play guitar professionally and tour in various christian bands. This gave me a jump start allowing me access to recording gear and instruments. I tinkered for a long time. I later found a studio to work at and learn further. Eventually I moved away and freelanced mostly working on personal projects as well as friends music. I suppose I always kept one foot in music at all times. I played various instruments in numerous bands and would record/mix as I went along. Some years later I was called upon to run a new recording studio here in Houston. I answered that call almost 4 years ago and haven't looked back. Over all I have been in the industry for over 11 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Polished. I really strive to get that "it" sound.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Anika Niles, she is just a killer drummer and I would love to be a witness to her skill in person.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Reference your mixes! It will really help you anchor yourself. Diverge from it yes. Make your own sound of course, but find your footing!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Again, running a local studio here in Houston, I work on ALL kinds of music. I do end up working on a lot of rock and ambient indie music. I've been known to do ton of hiphop, rap, and pop as well.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I really try to get out of the way of the song. If I'm doing anything to the song; my only goal is to lift it.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It really depends on the day and what the project entails. Most days I am mixing so of course I start with my energy drink from the local Circle K. Once Settled in, I update the website and check emails. Now that emails are out of the way I pick my favorite mixes of the day (usually something by Serban Ghenea), close my eyes and just listen to a feel songs. I then make my way over to Spotify and find songs I've never heard but really like. Back to a song I listen to every day to calibrate my ears before I start mixing. I get all my faders up and move them around until the song starts to sound like the song I want to hear. I'll then grab all tracks but the drums bring them down so they can be heard in the back round while I work on the drums . I print the drums to a 2 track once they are generally where I want them. From there depending on which I feel is more important to the song to be up front in the mix I'll either work on bass or guitars. Vocals come next and then any additional instrumental tracks. But again all that really depends on alot of factors. In reality I don't have one set way to approach my work process. That is unless you count the energy drink.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: This tends to change a lot due to the fact that I'm always buying new toys. Right now I'm running a Jade Soundtracs 48 channel monster of a console, with a few of your go to rack mounted classic preamp (Neve(clone), API(clone), and 610). My set up is a hybrid consisting of various compressors including (but not limited to): UA1176s, Emperial Labs Distressors, and a DBX166x. I also have a whole world of plugins.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Serban Ghenea all day! That man has amazing ears. He absolutely crushes every mix! As far as musicians I would have to say Anika Niles is a stellar drumer. So tight, so articulate, beautifully ballanced.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Being that I run a studio local to houston; I tend to do most things related to studio work. Not to be vague or to muddy the answer, but that's the long and short of it. If I were to pick out of recording, editing, mixing or mastering as to which I do more of, (by a slim margin) it would be mixing