Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
One project we're really proud of was Ngwana Te off The Muffinz sophomore album. We had always wanted to work with one of our idols, Oliver Mtukudzi, so to mix that record meant a lot to us and we enjoyed every single bit of it!
What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment we're working on a few projects, including Riffi Wacho's album (super excited)...some PJ Powers, Zakes Bantwini and a few other mixes here and there.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
We're still new in these streets! Give us some time and we'll have some recommendations.
Analog or digital and why?
Both. (but Analog > Digital)
Analog because the only people who choose digital over analog are the people who've never worked in analog. There's not a shadow of doubt that volts and bolts are better than ones and zeros.
Digital because we're not living in the stone ages...there are some cool stuff you can only do in the digital domain.
But 'Yay Analog!' *German accent*
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
We promise EXCELLENCE.
What do you like most about your job?
We love taking elements of a sound and merging it together into a cohesive unit. Kinda like building a car using all the different components that work together to produce this BEAST!
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
"Are you able to make this sound professional?"
The answer to that will always be "If it was recorded and performed professionally, without a a doubt!"
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
The biggest misconception is that we can make a poorly recorded or performed track sound AMAZING. No. It has to be performed and recorded well for us to take it to the next level...there really isn't a big red button labelled 'Make Dope' that we press and voila!
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
1. What is their desired outcome (in terms of sound and reference)
2. What is the timeline on their project (how much time do we have to work on the project)
3. How much creative freedom do we have with the mix/recording
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Look for a mix engineer well suited to your project on a song-by-song basis. If your engineer can put together the entire project alone then awesome, but most times most engineers are more suited to specific types of tracks on your project, so don't be shy to give other tracks to other engineers more suited for them.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
2. Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphones
3. UAD Apollo Twin sound card
4. API Lunchbox with 3 mono EQs (550b) and & 2 mono compressors (560A)
5. Solar panel
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
We've been mixing and recording artist for the past 13 years. We started out in school, in class on a Pentium3 laptop and Fruity Loops and just built on experience from there...eventually getting our first Mac in 2008 and moving over to a more professional studio that year.
How would you describe your style?
Our style is New Age-Old School (give it some time, it'll make sense hehehehe)
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
There are a few we'd love to work with but top of our list right now is Jon Bellion...simply because his creativity BLOWS OUR MINDS!
Can you share one music production tip?
It's very important to watch how you mic an instrument or vocal. Mic placement obviously affects the spectrum of sound that the mic picks up...which in turn has varying effects on the sound of the recorded instrument/vocal. In some cases we've gone on to do very minimal EQing on a drum kit simply because the pics were placed well enough in the recording, which for us is a win because the kit sound most natural with less done to it.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Typically we work on acoustic music and vocal acapella music, simply because most of our clients come from that sphere BUT we do mix electronic music as well to just the same level of quality.
What's your strongest skill?
Our strongest skill is being able to pay attention to the client's needs and to think outside the mental box that most engineers are put into by the advent of 'presets' and 'all encompassing plugins.' Every mix is built from scratch, without the use of any templates or preset structures and in consultation with the client...so every mix gets a fresh perspective. That's what has enabled us to pump out quality mix after quality mix.
What do you bring to a song?
We bring a fresh perspective to mixing...we always believe in being simple and straight to the point in achieving the desired sound, all the while pursuing excellence in what we do. We pay great attention to detail, and our vast knowledge of sonic principles enables us to effectively (and quickly) get the sound to the point of excellence.
What's your typical work process?
When mixing we first get a brief and reference track from the client, and determine if it is possible to get the sound that they want (most times it is, depends on the quality of the recording). Upon agreeing to terms and conditions we get cracking and typically a mix will take 1-2 days per track...then the process normally ends with a series of revisions to tweak the song until the client is totally satisfied.
Tell us about your studio setup.
We mix primarily off a 72 channel SSL Duality console in studio 1, with a host of outboard gear that is floating between the 3 studios in the building...including some UA LA610s, the Millennia Origin STT-1, a few Urei 1176LNs and LA4s, Lexicon PCM96s & MX400Xs, Focusrite Red 3 Dual Compressors & Pultec EQP-1As.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
We're largely inspired by the work of Tony Maserati (mix engineer), Al Schmidt (mix engineer), Jacob Collier (arranger/music prodigy), Take 6 (acapella gurus), Jon Bellion (producer/singer) & Marcelo Pennel (mix engineer) among many others.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
We mostly do mixing jobs for our clients, although in some cases it's coupled with actually recording the material first.