Music that shines and rises to the top. I put my heart and soul into every mix and make the music sing a passion that everyone can hear. Every song has a message and my goal is to make sure that message is heard with clarity.
Dynamics are my key elements for a great mix. I have worked with some extremely talented musicians over the past 20 years and found that I like mixes that pull me into the music. That's my focus when I'm at the console and working on a mix. I invested time and money in a pair of custom converters for my Pro Tools HD rig. These bad boys are the real deal and give me pristine audio to mix. Paired with my analog gear and my Adam A77x monitors, I get the sound my clients want every time.
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I use Shine on Studio exclusively for all of my recording projects since discovering the studio in 2015. David, the lead engineer and producer, is one of the industries best, and is constantly updating his studio to harness the highest quality in sound production. I keep coming back because it's obvious David cares greatly that the vision of the artist is replicated into the sound.
Working with David at Shine On Studio is always a real pleasure. Not only is it a space where I can get totally into my music, but David himself is so creative and contributes so much to the process that it becomes very much a partnership.
Interview with David Hughes
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I typically work on post-production mixes at my studio.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Butch Vig changed the way I look at music production. His mixing style is iconic and inspiring for many of the songs that I work on. It's the little details that really make a mix rise to the top.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: The studio is a Pro Tools HDX system that has an Avid OMNI HD and 2 Digidesign 192 rigs that have been modified with XB clocks and upgraded converters by Aquarius Audio. They sound amazing and pump audio into my Dangerous Music Analog Summing console. I have lots of analog gear that I use plus way too many plugins to shape and sculpt my mixes. I monitor with a pair of Adam A77x and a pair of A7 monitors to dial in the right amount of level for each track in the mix.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Clients will load their music to a cloud or send me a hard drive in the mail. I work on the mixing and send the client tracks for review. We talk about any changes that need to be made and I work on a new mix. We go through this process until we get to a point where everyone is happy.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I have a talent for getting clarity and depth in my mixes. I am meticulous with my EQ. I work on blending effects softly to layer and balance out my soundscape in each mix.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I typically work on rock, country, blues, and jazz. I've been asked to to some post production on a few hip hop and RnB albums.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't be afraid to experiment. Sometimes the line needs to be crossed to make the track memorable and unique.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I like to stand out and be noticed. I feel my mixes should do the same.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started as a production assistant at LIVE 105 in San Francisco. Learned a lot from the team at the station and met some extremely talented musicians. After a few years, decided to start a studio with another engineer in 2001. We've been working and composing with music and audio ever since.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What's the story behind your music? What inspired you to compose and create music?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I lean towards Analog, but there are many benefits to digital. A harmonious balance between the two domains is a musical place where I like to work.