Three Crown Studio

Mixing, Mastering, & Recording

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Here at Three Crown Studio, it's all about great experiences, high quality service and making awesome music!

About the Owner:
My name is Erik Samuelson and I have an uncontrollable passion for helping people make music. I have been a professional producer & engineer for over 15 years and a musician for most of my life. My specialty is folk music but I love working on a variety of genres including Rock, Americana, Pop, Jazz, and Country.

In short, I am a musician, producer, and audio engineer and I specialize in helping musicians make their dreams a reality!

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Interview with Three Crown Studio

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

  2. A: The album 'Hard Hope' by The Good Morning Nags. These guys were the first band that I recorded after moving to NYC and they have since become some of my closest friends. I had the honor and pleasure of producing this album for them a few years back and I am very proud of the album as a whole!

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

  4. A: About to begin producing a record for the amazingly talented Eli Bridges. Can't wait to start crafting these masterpieces!

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

  6. A: Not at the moment. I have been in the industry for a long time but I am relatively new to SoundBetter.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: BOTH! My studio is very hybrid. I love the old school and openly embrace the new school. If it helps to create and capture awesome music, sign me up!

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

  10. A: If I agree to work on your project, I promise I will do everything I can to help you achieve YOUR goals!

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

  12. A: Making new friends and awesome music!

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

  14. A: I frequently get asked what my rates are and that is a very important question! My answer will start with a conversation about the scope of your project, timeline, goals, etc. After this has been established, I will provide my proposal for the project along with a detailed quote.

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: I do not book last minute hourly sessions with strangers just to make a quick buck. I like to take on projects that excite me so that I can fully commit to the project with passion and creativity.

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

  18. A: Why are you making this music and what is you goal for the finished product? What inspires you as an artist? What are your interests outside of music? What have your experiences been with previous recordings and why are you seeking someone new to collaborate with?

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

  20. A: Music is an intimate and creative endeavor and I want work with artist that I vibe with and music that I believe in. I love meeting and talking to new people so just hit me up if you are interested in working together. Let's have a conversation and if it seams like a good match then I guarantee it will result in amazing music!

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

  22. A: Royer R121, Sennheiser MD421, API Preamp, UA 1176 Compressor, and a 4-track cassette recorder

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

  24. A: I have been a professional musician since my early teens and a professional audio engineer/producer since 2005. I started off my career as a performing saxophone and guitar player. I discovered the world of recording after my first experience in a professional recording studio in Cleveland, Ohio. That's where I caught the bug that would eventually become my life's full time passion!

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Organic. I believe that the we have an incredible ability to shape and craft the sound of a production but, in the end, the song tells us what it wants to be.

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

  28. A: I would love to work with David Grohl if I could. He just seems like a genuinely good-natured person who believes in the magic of a musical performance. Someone that would challenge me in a great way. Someone that I would enjoy creating with.

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

  30. A: Shit in, shit out. Take time to get things sounding good before you reach for a microphone and hit record!

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

  32. A: Most of my portfolio has been folk, singer-songwriter, and rock. I enjoy working on a variety of genres so long as the production has a human vibe and is performance based.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: People

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

  36. A: I am a trained musician and my primary instrument is saxophone. I grew up playing in a variety of different genres from jazz and classical to rock, funk and soul. I was also became heavily interested in mechanics and engineering at an early age. I love bringing my experience and passion to the table and helping an artist achieve their musical dreams.

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

  38. A: Every project is unique and get treated accordingly based on the needs and goal of the artist

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: My studio has two rooms; a main live/control room and a performance booth room. It is fully stocked with instruments, microphones, classic outboard analogue gear, and everything else you might need to make awesome music!

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

  42. A: In terms of production, I love Beck, Wilco, Michael League and Chris Stapleton to name a few

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

  44. A: I enjoy helping my clients go from a demo or idea all the way to a radio-ready finished product

The Good Morning Nags: "Hard Hope"

I was the Producer and Engineer in this production

Terms Of Service

I work with integrity. Happy to clarify all details and answer all questions when we discuss your project!

GenresSounds Like
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Beck
  • Alabama Shakes
Gear Highlights
  • Apogee Symphony
  • Dangerous D-Box
  • Focal Shape 65 monitors
  • Pro Tools
  • Logic
  • API 3124+
  • Neve Heritage Audio DMA73
  • WARM Audio 1176
  • Charter Oak Acoustics
  • Royer
  • Mojave Audio
  • Sennheiser
  • Shure
  • and much more!
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  • New Video Tutorials on YouTube!Oct 09, 2020

    If you, like so many musicians, are trying to dive a little deeper into the world of recording, check out Three Crown Studio on YouTube and check out my recording and production tutorial!

    Here's a link to a recent one I did on my five favorite reverb tricks:

    5 Reverb Tricks