Hi.. My name is Wayne Rathbone and I own and run MonkeyShine studios. I have been in the music industry since the 70’s as a keyboardist in various bands, composing, running lights and sound in stage shows, working as a recording engineer back in the good old analogue days and now to owning my own “in the box” DAW audio production studio.
I am very proud of Monkeyshine Studio’s, I spend most of my time in it, finding my soul, composing, mixing, mastering.. The sound is amazing, I sometime play well known songs I thought I knew though my Barefoot MicroMain27 studio monitors and I hear elements of these songs that I did not notice before. They are so true and clean, amazing…
Services include Recording , Production , Composing, Mixing, Mastering, Audio Books, Voice overs, Backtracks, Demos, Mood Music, Beats, Song Pre and Post Production, Audio Design, Song Consultation, Recording Consultation, Training & Workshops
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Interview with MonkeyShine Studios
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Composing, Producing, Mixing and Mastering, Hammond organ Session work.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My experienced ears, soul, perspective and vision. Being a keyboard player, a computer geek, fairly technical and having had long years of listening.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Use your ears to guide you.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Soulful, I love a vibe or rhythm emanating from the music that I can identify with.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Been doing music for 40 years since leaving high school, as musician (keyboardist) who loves the old Hammond/Rhodes/Wurlitzer sounds and during the 80's mixed worked in a recording studio on original analogue Cadac and Trident desks as the engineer, then producer, to the now fully inside DAW environments.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: . Know what you want
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Its easy if you have a laptop.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you do beats. Of course.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: It's pure pleasure.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both ! It doesn't matter anymore , the tools are there liked or not to be used.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: just finished mastering a small indie album.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: 3 albums by Adult Art, of which 2 were nominated for SAMA awards.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: In Mastering, I always listen to the material first. If asked, I will offer suggestions according to what I hear. Then I will proceed and send a preview on MP3 at 320KBPS for approval depending on request. In Producing I always spend time with the artists to understand their end goal before proceeding. Mixing is fun, one gets to see the inside of someones soul and musical vision.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Empathy, being able to see the vision of others and then my experience in helping them achieve it.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Hans Zimmer. Trevor Rabin, Zac Brown
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio was built around the speakers, Barefoot MicroMain 27s, soundproofed and designed to get the maximum out of these flat and true speakers. A isolation room is used for any vocals and all the wires run though the walls or floor, ( I dislike untidiness with cables) . All-in-Box DAW studio running Steinberg's Cubase and Wavelab with Mercury Waves bundle, Slate Digital and Lexicon plugins. Studio monitors by Barefoot MicrorMain 27. AKG, MXR and Rode microphones, Kurzweil PC2, Korg 770, Korg Polysix, Hammond. Native Kontakt, Spectrasonics, East West and many more VST instruments.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Pop-Rock, Singer-Songwriter, Soundtrack, World, African, EDM, Rap, Electronic, House
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Trevor Rabin
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1) Barefoot MicroMain monitors. 2) Laptop running Cubase, 3) AKG 414 microphone 4) micstand. 5) Finally a comfy chair.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your end goal.