Michael Bishop

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Grammy-Winning Mixing & Mastering with REVEAL SDM (tm). Bigger than life stereo & surround, binaural, High-Res PCM & DSD. Platinum/Gold Album & Grammy-winning artists.11 Grammy Awards: 6 Best-Engineered Album, 2 Best Surround Album, Best Orchestral Album. Best Choral Album, Best Latin Jazz Album.

Michael Bishop has had the privilege of recording icons of the music industry for over thirty years, engineering and producing releases that helped define the sound of popular, jazz, blues and classical music with a wide diversity of artists. Awards include eleven Grammy Awards, Japan’s Grand Prix Award, Gramophone Magazine’s Record of the Year, Surround Music Awards, and RIAA Platinum Album awards.  As a co-founder of Five/Four Productions (www.fivefourproductions.com), Michael records, mixes, masters, and produces independent audio projects, maintaining the high production standards he successfully carried in his prior twenty-year career engineering recordings for Telarc Records. Michael is a member of AES, NARAS, ASCAP, AQHA, and NRHA. Michael also serves on the N.A.R.A.S. Producer & Engineer Wing Advisory Board.

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Interview with Michael Bishop

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

  2. A: Hiromi and Edmar Castaneda Live at the 2017 Montreal Jazz Festival. Melissa Etheridge and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra Live at Severance Hall. "American Originals, Vol. 2" - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra with guest artists, Steep Canyon Rangers, Rhiannon Giddens, Pokey Lafarge, and Robyn Watson.

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

  4. A: Working with talented artists! I enjoy any music that's well-performed.

  5. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  6. A: Part-time engineering while in high school and early college years. Put in a stint doing live sound with Clair Brothers Audio before going into studio engineering. Very fortunate to have been doing this full time since 1970.

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

  8. A: Record a clean, transparent track and add color as needed.

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

  10. A: Classical, large orchestral sessions, chamber ensembles, solo and duo artists, jazz and jazz fusion, blues, and hybrids of any of these genres!

  11. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  12. A: Tommy Shaw & The Contemporary Youth Orchestra "Live" for AXS-TV, because of the many challenges presented in putting this project together. Mix and Mastering Engineer.

  13. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  14. A: Bob Katz.

  15. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  16. A: Which color do you prefer? I employ both technologies as needed.

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

  18. A: To always bring my best game to the project.

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

  20. A: 1. What are your expectations? 2. What is your deadline?

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

  22. A: Evaluate the experience and reputation and listen to examples of past work.

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

  24. A: None. I'd enjoy the quiet and peace.

  25. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  26. A: Getting out of the way.

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

  28. A: Bringing the artist's vision to life.

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

  30. A: Listen, craft, listen. Repeat.

  31. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  32. A: A blend of high-resolution analog and digital audio gear, ATC SCM-150 monitors, RPG acoustic treatment, all centered around our exclusive REVEAL SDM System.

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

  34. A: Quincy Jones, Al Schmitt, Bruce Swedien, Ray Brown, Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck, Tommy LiPuma, Cab Calloway, Spike Jones.

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

  36. A: Studio and location recording sessions, mix sessions, mastering sessions.

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