The Music Box is a music production and mixing service based in Berlin. We offer location and freelance recording and production, as well as mixing.
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What do you bring to a song?
A fresh perspective. Often songs I receive have been part of a live set for a while before being recorded and so the artist or producer has lost the ability to be completely objective about their work. In most cases there are rough mixes which the band/artist are happy with and I always use these as a starting point so that my work is a continuation of theirs.
What's your typical work process?
In terms of mixing my process begins by comping, organising, phase checking and correcting raw tracks, this may involve some pitch correction and/or time correction of parts depending on the need of the client. Next I'll look to get a static fader balance before moving on to any compression or effects that may be required, and automation. Lastly, I'll do referencing and deliver a few alternate mix versions for approval.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have a small mixing set up in my home studio, which is a stripped down version of the studio I used to run. My main DAW choice is REAPER but I also use Logic, Ableton and Pro Tools. I tend to mix in the box for the most part but my master buss is 90% hardware. I have gear from Warm Audio, Focusrite, Audient, Drawmer, API and a few Akai samplers that I use when required.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Generally I'm inspired by anyone who is always looking to learn something new in their chosen profession. Always pushing, never complacent. I also have admiration for people who don't let too much of the noise in, and by that I mean not getting too caught up in the politics of audio or the industry. A few people that spring to mind are Paul Savage, Spike Stent, Flood, Tchad Blake. These guys rarely give interviews, are at the top of their game and just carry on working (and improving).
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
The majority of my work is mixing, but I also work as a producer and arranger.