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Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! Software is necessary for the nitty-gritty stuff like editing, comping takes, and "cleaning up" audio, but analog gear really brings things to life with its subtle coloration and little idiosyncrasies.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will be there for you 100% of the way. I value communication above all else, and you'll see that from the first email all the way until the project's done. I will answer any question you have, make any revisions you need, and offer my advice and opinion when necessary.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Helping people achieve their vision is super satisfying to me, and I like being able to put a little of my own touch on things.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That you just need the software and the gear to be able to record and mix. While those things are important to my job; my skills, experience, knowledge and taste are what really make my work good.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have all your tracks organized, have a clear vision for your project, and be willing to communicate.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been at this professionally since I graduated with an AAS in recording technology in 2011. After I moved back to Milwaukee from Minnesota, I dove straight into recording local DIY bands and learned a TON that way. I'd set up a studio wherever I was living until in 2016 I began building my own studio. Lately I've begun to branch out into remote work, mixing and mastering for clients in other place, which brings me to SoundBetter!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Full and impactful. I have tons of experience mixing dense rock music, carving out space for each instrument and making sure everything is heard and nothing gets lost. Even in sparser songs, I know how to get the perfect balance and tone for each instrument and vocal.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mostly rock, pop, acoustic, and punk, but also some jazz, funk, and electronic stuff.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Knowing how to achieve the sound you hear in your head.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Working with me remotely is simple and efficient: 1-Tell me a little about your project, the results you want, and send any reference tracks 2-Send me your organized audio tracks and put down a 50% deposit 3-I share a secure Dropbox folder containing my mixes and notify you whenever it's updated 4-You give me your feedback and I tweak until we arrive at the final mixes 5-Complete final payment and download the finished product!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: The Workshop is a 1300 square foot studio in Milwaukee, WI. The control room is 310 square feet with 11-foot ceilings and an exposed brick wall at the rear for pleasing, natural diffusion of sound. The heart of the studio is a pair of the latest MOTU AVB interfaces paired with a colorful vintage RAMSA console and a curated rack of outboard gear including analog compressors and EQs as well as top-of-the-line Lexicon reverbs, delays, and other effects. Various guitar amplifiers and pedals give life to reamped tracks, and all sorts of synths and instruments are available as well.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I love anyone who does something unique, passionate, and well-executed.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Remote mixing and mastering work, as well as recording, mixing, and mastering for local Milwaukee artists at my studio, The Workshop.