I'm a record producer/engineer/mixer, Tape Op Magazine founder and editor, Jackpot! Recording Studio owner, author at Lynda.com, and archivist for Elliott Smith. I currently do a lot of mixing projects as well as production, tracking, etc.
I have been involved in music since the late seventies, when I self-released home recordings of my own music. Since then I've been a musician, record producer/engineer/mixer, Tape Op Magazine founder and editor, book editor, studio owner, archivist, disc jockey, small label owner and even a record distributor employee. I am available for hire as a record producer, recording engineer (studio or live), mix engineer, writer, editor, archivist, lecturer or panelist. Lately I've been mixing quite a few albums for folks from all over the world and my clients have been more than happy and my rates are probably far lower than what one might expect. Drop a line if you are interested in working with me in any capacity!
My video courses are now offered at Lynda.com. These focus on recording and mixing, and cover many techniques that have taken me years to accumulate. I'm really proud of these courses and feedback has been very positive so far!
Several times a year I offer Larry Crane Weekend Recording Workshops in Portland in at Jackpot! Recording Studio. I also do One-On-One recording coaching.
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When having mixing done remotely, the biggest challenge from the outset is communicating ideas effectively. With a second nature understanding of my song's style and scope, Larry was able to bring out its full potential.
I hired Larry because of his history engineering and because of his videos on Lynda.com, check him out there. I was terrified of handing my music over to a professional for many silly reasons but Larry treated me wonderfully. Helping me through each step of the process, he was professional and I felt he genuinely cared about making the mixes sound their best. I will be coming back to Larry Crane and SoundBetter as a result.
Interview with Larry Crane
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons' Weird Blood LP. I mixed it, it was tracked in my studio by Adam Lee. It rocks.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Jolie Holland (EM), Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons, Buttercup (San Antonio), Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton, Portland Cello Project, Bonny Doon (Detroit, LP out soon), Wooden Shjips, Elliott Smith reissues (I’m the archivist as well, liner notes, etc), She & Him (EM), David J (EM), Summer Cannibals (PEM), The Minders (PEM)
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I haven't looked around for my friends here yet!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, always.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You will be happy.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love music.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I'm too famous or too expensive!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Number of songs to mix total? Total length of all songs (album or project length)? Average number of players or main overdubs per song? Minimum track count per song? Maximum track count per song? If live drums, are they all from same session or mic’ing setup? Recorded at home or pro/semi-pro studio? Are all takes comped and the best chosen?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: For mixing, give me track counts and song lengths and where it was recorded
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Shure SM81, iZotope RX, laptop, BURL I/O, headphones
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Bassist since 1985, pro studio owner since 1997.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Natural sounding yet thoroughly caressed to sound great.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Pink Floyd, if they still existed. Those records blow me away.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Make room for frequencies!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: indie rock, rock, punk
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: producing and mixing
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: 30 years of making records and impeccable taste!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Digital through analog mixing, analog outboard gear, and live music tracking
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: 32 channel Rupert Neve Designs 5088 console 24- and 16-track 2-inch analog tape decks Pro Tools 12 HD & Logic Pro X with BURL and Avid converters EMT plate reverb, Instruments, ATC monitors, Analog Gear Over 100 Microphones
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Brian Eno, Steve Albini, Martin Hannett, Geoff Emerick, Kraftwerk, Bomb Squad
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing and Producing