I have been active in the audio field for more than 25 years. Started to write and program audio when the first home computers were hitting the market at the age of 14. The first years were dedicated to writing music and designing sound-effects for several videogames during the ’80 and ’90.
Over the years, with always an ear for quality and getting that ‘big’ analog sound, I started to develop my own signature sound and got asked by several producers to record, mix and master their tracks.
Today, my main focus of expertise lies in audio restoration. Especially cleaning up unwanted elements like background noise during an interview or dialogue.
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Interview with Rick Hoekman
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: We just make it sound loud.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Take really good care of your ears and don't play your music constantly at a high volume.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I'm mostly hired for EDM but not exclusively.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Adding a touch of warm analog sound to a digital production.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I really like most of the stuff from Quincy Jones (Michael Jackson)
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I put the artist vision first and ask for a reference / inspiration track and keep them involved during the process.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use a combination of hardware and software. Crane Song HEDD 192 AD/DA, Dangerous BAX EQ, Vertigo VSC-2 Compressor. I've had loads of gear but settled on these because they can give you that '70 analog color on harsh material when needed. I use plugins/digital for more surgical corrections.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Audio mastering and restoration like noise reduction or remove other unwanted elements.