Cool Tunes - Guy Wenger

5.1 mixing and sound design

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Guy Wenger has been mixing for over 30 years, he speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese fluently, is versatile and manages to bring something fresh to each project.

Guy worked in the UK and Spain before moving to Brazil, and specializes in 5.1 score mixing for feature films as well as DVDs and stereo mixing. He also writes and produces for film, advertising and artists.

The studio has both Source-Connect and Source-Live Pro, enabling real-time collaboration from anywhere in the world.
For mixing this means that you listen to the mix via Source-Live and we talk using the included video-chat, Skype or Whatsapp etc., so you are part of the process and it seems as if we are in the same room.
You can listen from wherever you have an internet connection, your own studio for example. No additional software is required, no end user charges. And we control who listens in.

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Interview with Cool Tunes - Guy Wenger

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

  2. A: Film scores, mostly a mix of orchestral and electronic music, but it varies.

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

  4. A: I started in the late 1970's as a musician playing in bands and mixing FOH for other bands. Then I bought a 4-track (Yamaha MT44) and later studied sound at Gateway and North London Polytechnic before starting as a recording engineer in an 8-track studio, then a 24-track, later a 48-track... which cost the same as a small house! Then in the late 1980s digital took off and completely revolutionised everything. In the early 90s I set up my own digital studio in Barcelona and in 2012 I built a new studio in Brazil, which is where I am now.

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

  6. A: I find out what the client wants, add whatever makes their idea better, mix until I think it sounds great and then stream it over Source-Live Pro for approval or mail them a ref mix if the client prefers.

  7. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  8. A: Keeping the perspective of the listener and not over-thinking the mix. That doesn't mean you don't need to work hard to make it sound fresh and exiting, but it does mean you need to use the right side of your brain and feel the emotion rather than use the left side, which is too analytical.

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

  10. A: I make it sound emotionally and sonically better for both the client and the audience.

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

  12. A: Have a chat and make sure that you are on the same page regarding what you want. Use your demos and also films and music to help explain your references and your goals.

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

  14. A: The continual creativity. No two projects are the same, you always need to do something different.

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

  16. A: If you're recording acoustic instruments, go and listen to them before placing the mics, then you'll know where to put the instruments and the mics.

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

  18. A: Anything that can help me understand what they want to achieve. Also asking what they don't want can prove to be very valuable..

  19. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  20. A: Cool Tunes studio is a Non-Environment studio, designed by Philip Newell. We have 3 rooms: control, recording and editing. Our 5.1 Monitoring is Miller and Kreisel with amps by Rauch, cabling is Mogami and we have a Screen Excellence 4K projection screen. Gear highlights are shown in another section.

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

  22. A: John Barry, Howard Blake, Howard Shore, Henry Mancini, David Arnold, Thomas Newman, Angelo Badalamenti, John Powell, John Williams, Craig Amstrong, Hans Zimmer, Heitor Pereira, Dario Marianelli, Peter Cobbin, Alan Meyerson...

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

  24. A: 5.1 re-recording and score mixing for films.

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All rates are negotiated project-by-project.

Gear Highlights
  • AKG
  •   Apogee
  • Audient
  • Audio-Technica
  • Avid
  • DPA
  • Euphonix
  •  Focusrite
  • iZotope
  • Lexicon
  • Miller & Kreisel
  • Motu
  • Neumann
  • Roland
  • Sonnox
  • TLA
  •  Waves Mercury + Studio Classics
  • Yamaha
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