Hello, I am Stephen Coler I am a recording and mixing engineer from Ventura and I frequently work in in the LA area. I have a background in live sound and am a graduate of the Music Industry Studies program at Cal State University Northridge. I listen to a wide variety of music and especially enjoy working with creative and innovative artists.
My services include Recoding, Mixing, Live Sound Production, and Video Sound Mixing and Post.
I have access to several studios throughout the greater Los Angeles area with a variety of live rooms to track in, but I also have the ability to record on location or other unorthodox environments.
I currently mix in my home in Camarillo and use the latest in professional plug-ins from companies including Slate Digital and Waves. I meet and discuss frequently with my clients during mix note sessions to ensure the artistry they desire.
I engineer and mix web shows of the musical and podcast variety using my skills as a recoding engineer to capture studio quality recordings that stand out in a YouTube quality environment.
I have 7 years of Live Sound experience with my family business, Shadowfax Audio. Our work includes festivals, one-offs, corporate and private events.
I am very resourceful and service oriented, I will make sure you have the product, craft and art you envisioned.
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Interview with Stephen Coler
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I often see the recording process from tracking through to mixing. Same goes for my multimedia projects.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Eric "Mixerman" Sarafin for his aggressive zen style, Robert Schneider for his thrifty resourcefulness, Glyn Johns for simplicity in recording and letting performances play out. Dave Pensado for creating the new School of Athens for audio.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Most songs come to me already written. I tend to work with strong writers so that tends to make the job easier. What I often bring is that extra spice or enhancement within the sonic arrangement to bring the song to its full potential.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is the working with personalities and allowing them the space for them to create the best performance. I feel I can make big decisions and back them up by weighing in all perspectives.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I do some work with Americana which I suppose also means blues and country. I have also worked with genres in the alternative, psychedelic, and post rock formats.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Never stop learning. If you're the smartest person in the room, you're in the wrong room. Also, preparation is everything.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would personally love to work under Robert Schneider of the Apples in Stereo I love all the albums he produced in the 90s with great sounds with little gear. Other artists I would love to work with would be Wilco, Beck, and Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I feel I'm very easy going and personable. I try to create a light and comfortable vibe through humor and creative experiments.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My father is an electronic engineer who began building his own live sound equipment in the early 80s (crossovers, power amps, snakes, PA Speakers etc). I began an interest in recording in high school and slowly learned from working in the Live Sound company run by my uncle. I've been working in my family's company a better part of 7 years. I recently graduated from California State University Northridge with a degree in Music Industry Studies. There I would record my own projects as well as met some my first clients.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Telefunken AK-47 MkII, Neve 1073, Teletronix LA-2A, Universal Audio Apollo AD/DA, and I don't know...maybe barefoot monitors to complete the signal chain.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are your intentions with this project both in short term and long term nature? What do envision with this project? What are your expectations of me? How can I make your life easier?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That everything is an easy fix and that things just happen.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I most enjoy the decision making and the collaboration with the talent.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: There artistic vision is either met or surpassed through the creative process.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I used to not care either way, but as I gained more experience my views changed as I learned more about even harmonics and how that enriches the audio perception. Truthfully digital cannot live with out an analog coming in or out. So I suppose I am of the hybrid sort granted that the analog end sounds great and the converters work great. Because there is such a thing as good digital and bad analog equipment.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently working on a web show called Late Nite Music Club hosted and produced by recurring client and friend Ryan Pressman. Which allows me to meet and work with new talent in Los Angeles.