Mixing & Mastering
Brennan Struif offers mixing, production assistance, vocal comping, live instruments and more. Brennan has experience in licensing music for commercials, TV and film.
Brennan Struif offers professional mixing and production assistance. Here is a list of specialties in audio:
-Live tracking (drums, guitar, bass, piano, synth)
-Quantization (timing adjustment)
Composing music for video including titles music, mood underscore, dramatic underscore and diegetic source music.
Selecting music for specific moods requested by music supervisors.
Composing custom instrumental scores for mood defining musical cues in film.
Performing all aspects of an audio recording and production process, including mastering, post production, mixing, analyzing software data, applying outboard equipment, evaluating acoustic dynamics and pre-production.
Utilizing web-based marketing including, search engine optimization, social media marketing and selecting metadata for specific results in search algorithms.
Preparing licenses and negotiating terms for music licensed by production entities.
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Interview with Brennan Struif
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I was asked to license some of my music for a commercial promoting a local business. It's always fun keeping my work local. They did the same, and I really appreciate it.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on drum tracks for an instrumental song I wrote.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I actually don't know anyone else in the community here yet.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog for most things. Purity.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: If they don't like what they hear, they get their money back.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love music, so everything.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: If I think I can handle something for some specific price. I usually just say yes.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I'm not sure there is one yet.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Who are your influences?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don't listen to the songs as something you'd listen to on a daily basis. Just try and hear the production quality and strength of the mix.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Acoustic guitar (assuming there's no electricity), drum kit... I guess It would be a small kit. Can I bring the cases so they don't get rained on?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been playing since I was 13. My main focus is licensing my instrumental music for film and commercials. I've been doing that for a few years now and it's really fun. Eventually, I'd like to just be composing.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My musical style is ambient and experimental. My production style can be made to fit any genre.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Any. I love small projects and local bands. I'd be happy working with them forever.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't let your ears get tired. Take breaks and come back to what you were working on.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Indie, alternative, rock and pop.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I am a drummer, so I really like setting up the drum kit to record.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Life. I can hear what it needs and usually songs just need to be mixed properly. I will add reverb and EQ only where needed to bring the song to life.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I listen to a song for production quality. For the first few hours, I don't pay attention to the composition or arrangement. Once I get all the instruments and vocals in the right place, I listen to the song as if I had never heard it. Then I do some final mixing and master the finished product.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a full studio with outboard gear, lots of mics and instruments. I can get great drum and guitar sounds.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly do mixing for projects recorded by my clients.