A one-stop shop for independent artists, bands and musicians.
Helping you get everything ready for digital release and/or CD duplication and vinyl pressing.
We offer Professional Online Mixing, Mastering and Graphic Design services for your music whether you’ve recorded in a home studio or professional studio, whether you’re a beginner or seasoned pro. Our Mixing and Mastering packages include everything you need in order for your music to reach its full potential. Our goal is to make sure you are satisfied. We are competent, open-minded, friendly, and we’re here to make you sound awesome.
Although most musicians nowadays, have a studio in their computer or laptop, not many know exactly how to get the sound they want. You write your song and record your parts, but once you start mixing, everything begins to sound muddy, or thin, or not cohesive. A number of things could happen when you're trying to get a balanced mix. Then, when you finally have a good mix, you realize it's not loud or clear enough. A good mastering engineer can help you with that. It's not just about raising the volume. It's about making it sound professional.
In a world ruled by social media, it's also more important than ever to have good artwork. The album cover has gone through many changes over the years, but we here at the Lemon, still believe that a picture tells a thousand words.
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Interview with Sound of the Lemon
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Depends on the style of music, but I lean more towards analog because that's what I learned on.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will work on your project as if it were my own!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That I'm constantly surrounded by music.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Do you have a mac? No.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That you need a warehouse full of expensive equipment.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: 1. If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 albums with you, what would they be? 2. What do you want it to sound like?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Do your research and make sure that the engineer or designer you decide to work with is someone you feel comfortable with. Someone who understands your vision.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My 72 Fender Telecaster Custom, Vox AC-30, a Roland CR-78, an sm57 and a Studer 2" 16 track tape machine.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started writing songs and playing guitar when I was 13 and then went on to play in a few bands and tour around the US. I started doing graphic design because we had no money and needed album covers and flyers.I studied Sound Engineering in College and then went on to work in a studio in Fort Lauderdale for a few years before moving to Germany. Once there I started releasing a bunch of new music and decided to record, mix and master it all myself. I've been officially open for business since 2015, although I did work on a few projects from other people before that.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: A minimalist imperfectionist with a soft spot for groove and guitars.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Jack White because he's got a lot of cool vintage gear.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Adjust the level of your vocal to the snare.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock but I've also worked on quite a few modern synthpop style tracks.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Knowing when to take things out. Sometimes having less things going on can have a much bigger impact and sound bigger as well.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: For mixing I always start with all faders up and then adjust levels, then I do a few eq cuts and when all that sounds good, I go for effects. Panning is usually the last thing I do as I normally mix in mono. Although it really depends on the style of the music. For mastering I like to have a couple of reference tracks from the customer, to see what they are looking for. I try to keep it simple. If I am also the mix engineer, I'll try to get the sound we want before the mastering stage. I like fixing issues as early in the process as possible. As far as graphic design, I like to draw everything with pencil and paper first. I associate it with writing the song before going in to record it.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work primarily with Ableton Live 9 and Propellerhead Reason. I also offer the possibility of mixing and mastering onto analog tape with an old Revox reel to reel. My main set of speakers are a pair of PreSonus E5s, which I personally think are amazing. I also use a pair of KRK Rokit 5 G3s and a pair of Logitech computer speakers for reference. Other available equipment: a Vorg Echo Orbit-1 tape echo machine and multiple guitar stomp boxes such as the ProCo RAT, MXR-90 and Electro-Harmonix Big Muff.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Nigel Godrich, Tony Visconti, David Bowie, Jack White and George Martin.