Adam W. Thomas


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Professional audio engineer with experience and troubleshooting skills resulting from both home and pro studio recordings.

I have 20 years of experience in music recording and post-production. Of those years, I have grown to become very passionate in what I do as an audio engineer and music consultant. I love working with people and I enjoy bringing ideas to life. My commitment to becoming a successful audio engineer has led me to further educate myself and perfect my skills by attending The Art Institute of California-San Diego. I have been truly blessed during my tenure there as I have been taught by some prestigious instructors with a background from the likes of Sony, Capitol Records, and Adobe just to name a few.

My strengths are:
- studio/home recording
- editing
- cleaning up vocals (as well as sync and tuning if necessary)
- post-production/format for various end uses
- mixing/mastering (rap/hip-hop, pop, soul/R&B)

My go-to software are Pro Tools for recording, editing, mixing whereas I love to use Logic Pro X for production (making beats or musical compositions).

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

Interview with Adam W. Thomas

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

  2. A: Commercial EP and LP projects for two of my artists that's on my label. I'm also working on a compilation album for 2023 release.

  3. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  4. A: It's a digital setup designed for post-production projects that can be worked on at home or on the go. A combination of various DAW software integrated with Apollo Twin MKII Quad interface and industry-leading plugins are available (i.e., Waves and Universal Audio). However, if I prefer to use analog gear, I also have a Mackie 1604 VLZ 16-channel mixer, dbx 286A mic-pre and Nady Cl-5000 compressor/limiter/gate combo ready for use.

  5. Q: How would you describe your style?

  6. A: Very creative and innovative both in front of the mic and behind the scenes.

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

  8. A: My first commercial release of rap artist J-Boi "Black Concrete". It was a 16-track album that I executive produced which contained half of the songs I produced. The overall mix and production sounded surprisingly good to say I didn't know what I know now. I label it as one of my most classic album in my catalog.

  9. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  10. A: Hands down, I say analog because it has certain characteristics that works well with electrical signals. The end result is warmer, punchier, and has a smoother dynamic range.

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

  12. A: Excellent customer service and satisfaction guaranteed.

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

  14. A: I always find joy in creating something new. I'm fascinated with the concept that I get to work on and prepare material that has never been heard before by the general public.

  15. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  16. A: Q: "Are you an instructor?" A: No, but I have been taught by some of the industry's best.

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

  18. A: SSL console, Neumann U87, XLR cables, outboard EQ, and monitors.

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

  20. A: Growing up, I was always fascinated with music; especially drums. I started out as a young choir boy at my local church. Later in my youth, I realized how much I love music and wondered what it took for that artist to create my favorite song. I soon discovered I had a talent in writing poetry similar to song fashion. Upon my 23rd birthday, I was recruited into a local rap group only as a producer, but I suddenly had an itch to wanting to express myself lyrically as well. I immediately fell in love with the other side of music as a creator/contributor. For almost 10 years after that, I was considered the group's leader since I was the sound behind everything we recorded, but I didn't know where to go to help us get better at our craft. I had no guidance in the music-making process nor the music business for that matter. So I taught myself as much as I could through a countless number of trial & error situations while serving active duty in the military (Navy then Coast Guard) and a part-time college student. Yes it was a struggle, but I was determined to become a professional in my field. Upon my separation from the military in 2013, I immediately aligned myself with the pathway to what I wanted as a life-long career in the music business. I then took a couple of upper-level business/marketing/finance classes for a year prior to attending music school at The Art Institute of California-San Diego; graduated with Honors in Mar 2017.

  21. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  22. A: Mystikal. He's by far the most skillful writer, performer, and rapper. His work ethics as an industry recording artist shows in every song he appears on. He's a great story-teller that allows you to think what we sometimes think or feel on a regular basis. Similar to the concept of breathing...we know we subconsciously do it, but we don't think about it unless someone points it out.

  23. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  24. A: Personally, patience is my strongest character. But as it relates to audio, my quick accurate editing skills sets me apart among my peers. My mixing is just as quick too; however, I prefer to focus on quality over quantity.

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

  26. A: An equal share of recording and mixing/post-production projects.

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

  28. A: Always trust your ears. If it sounds good, then it is. Otherwise, you will find yourself mostly "fixing" instead of "mixing".

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

  30. A: Rap, hip-hop, R&B, and some pop.

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

  32. A: A unique ability to sense the displacement of vocal tone and range. With that in mind, I can prematurely offer a professional opinion to the vocalist as to what microphone may best to use for a particular song prior to recording.

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

  34. A: Organize tracks, define tempo, edit, quantization, arrangement, gain stage (if necessary), pre EQ, compression, post EQ, mix, chops/FX (if necessary), mix for radio (if necessary).

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

  36. A: There's a few to name: Dr. Dre, Manny Fresh, Quincy Jones, David Cole, Michael Jackson, Prince, Timbaland, Beyonce, Ice Cube, Mariah Carey, Adele, Brian Cox.

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I was the Mix Engineer in this production

Terms Of Service

* Max Revisions: (3) free (thereafter a $20 fee/revision)
* Turn-Around Time (varies based on scope of work):
- (under 4 min) = within 1 day
- (4-10 min) = within 1-3 days

GenresSounds Like
  • Mystikal
  • Dr. Dre
  • Mary J. Blige
Gear Highlights
  • Pro Tools
  • Logic Pro X
  • Adobe CC; SSL UC1
  • Apollo Twin MKII Quad; dbx 286A
  • Nady CL-5000 compressor-limiter-gate; KRK Rokit 6
  • Sony MDR-V6 & MDR-7506
  • Shure SRH440
  • KRK KNS-8400
  • Akai MPC; MICS: Shure KSM27
  • Shure SM57; Akai MPC Studio
  • MPK25
  • LPK25
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