I'm a Full Service Mix Engineer!
I'm the Head Engineer at Blast House Studios in Madison, WI and have the experience and ability as a Mixer to dramatically elevate your sound to a radio ready presentation.
I'm expert at Manual Vocal Tuning, preserving the feeling of the singer while correcting distracting pitch problems. All genres of music benefit from this treatment, and I can help you take your vocal recording to the next level.
Every mix I deliver can be processed with single-style Mastering for free to simplify your life. Additionally, I can help your larger project with Album-style mastering to give your whole record the final touch and industry-standard deliverables.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
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Interview with Landon Arkens
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm a full-time music engineer in Madison Wisconsin and Head Engineer at Blast House Studios. Most typically I work with musicians in all phases of making their music,from recording all the way through mixing and mastering.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Blast House Studios has a midsize live room with three ISO booths and a nicely sized control room. We use ProTools and Logic. Additionally, Studio B is my mastering suite.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I am At. Your. Service. My vocal tuning work is for the refinement of the creative expression you're making.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Patience. I understand that it takes time to get things right. Especially as a vocalist it's important for the singer to be happy with their delivery and feel like they've sang their best take.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I love working anything with a vocal!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always be recording your vocals. Record all your rehearsals with your phone and listen back so you can learn how to improve. Take video of yourself singing so you can get comfortable with how you look and sound. Everybody hates the sound of their own voice. Our recorded voice sounds unfamiliar to us because on playback it's not vibrating in our skull. The funny thing is that if we hear our recorded voice but don't know who it is we'll think that it's a nice sounding voice. :)
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Efficient. I want to make our work together as easy and fast as possible.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I'm a classically trained singer and earned a bachelors degree in Music - Recording Technology from University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh. I worked in New York City at what was Right Track Recording from 2005-08 and have been Head Engineer at Blast House Studios since 2008.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I'd take a mountain bike, helmet and 3 cliff bars! I doubt there'd be an outlet on the desert island for me to plug audio gear into. Might as well have a vacation! :)
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Being great at tuning vocals is about more than just knowing how to use the software. A tuner needs to be able to tell what the vocalist is going for and be able to preserve the original performance's energy.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What artists do you like and how do you imagine you want your music to sound?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I love using analog gear before the sound gets into the computer, but once it's in the box it stays in the box.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Dustin Sisson is an excellent drum editor.