Bruce Balensiefer

Bassist, Producer, Beatmaker

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Versatile university-educated musician-engineer-producer providing bass parts, mixing, and work-for-hire recordings

I am a bassist, guitarist, engineer and producer with a bachelor's in Music Engineering Technology and formal training in Jazz performance and arrangement. I've played bass for fifteen years and engineered for about ten.

I specialize in electronic production and modern direct/digital recording techniques with "in-the-box" mixing in Ableton Live. I am comfortable working in the styles of rock, jazz, blues, R&B, hop-hop, and recently, electronic genres. I enjoy making highly dynamic productions with lots of emotional range and catchy instrumental hooks in the choruses.

I offer bass tracks and parts as well as full instrumental works-for-hire and beats for emcees. I also do light or simple guitar work. One specialty of mine is synthesizer sounds from the bass guitar using effects and controllers- live-instrument electronic collaborations welcome!

I am offering reasonable rates to build my business and get some reviews and credits on SoundBetter.

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Interview with Bruce Balensiefer

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I arranged, produced, mixed, and played on a cover of "Son of a Preacher Man" with a full staff of musicians in the studio, then published it on a compilation album alongside other local artists' tracks.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Synthwave songs and covers

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Digital. As a multi-genre musician, I'm hooked on the versatility and convenience of having thousands of instruments and effects in one box- and they sound pretty good now too!

  7. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  8. A: Have as clear a vision of your project as possible and be clear about the requirements and acceptance criteria- or be willing to let the provider bring as much of that themselves as is necessary.

  9. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  10. A: Acoustic guitar, double bass, piano, alto saxophone, and a cocktail kit. The Island Jazz band is born.

  11. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  12. A: I attended university for a degree in Music Engineering and Computer Science. I worked in the tech world for a number of years while continuing to practice and produce music on the side. I self-release singles and collaborate with friends on new tracks and remixes. I am now shifting my focus back to music production and freelancing opportunities.

  13. Q: How would you describe your style?

  14. A: Strong fundamentals of jazz, blues, rock, and R&B supporting an interest in more experimental styles of hard rock and electronic music

  15. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  16. A: Imogen Heap. She has an amazing sense of play, discovery, and innovation in music and technology.

  17. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  18. A: Go easy on the compression! The loudness wars have gone on long enough.

  19. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  20. A: Rock, metal, and electronic styles like EDM, dubstep, and synthwave

  21. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  22. A: Arranging- making sure the pieces all fit together nicely and the transitions work

  23. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  24. A: The producer's mindset: A willingness to serve the composition rather than my own ego as an instrumentalist or composer.

  25. Q: What's your typical work process?

  26. A: When composing, I will either be struck by a melody or riff and capture it, or play with the sounds I have available and get inspired by the textures I can get- write by mixing. Once I've got the parts, I typically build a track up from the drums and bass, then add guitars and synths, then "special effects".

  27. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  28. A: I have a modest recording setup that can actually be quite powerful: A fast Focusrite Clarett interface, Live 10 running on Windows 10, JBL monitors, a 48-key keyboard, and a load of good plugins. For instruments, there are a Warwick bass, a Carvin bass, and Ibanez 6- and 7-string guitars with digital modeling amps for the guitars and synth effects for the bass.

  29. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  30. A: Jon Brion, The Contortionist, Tesseract, Tower of Power, Rick Rubin, Tom Lord-Alge, Prince, Bassnectar, and more

Nimbus feat. Jarrett Hopper

I was the composer, producer, bassist, and engineer in this production

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GenresSounds Like
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Blockhead
  • Blackmill
Gear Highlights
  • Focusrite audio interface
  • Ableton Live 9
  • Warwick Corvette Standard bass
  • Synthesizer pedals
  • Ibanez 6- and 7-string guitars
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