What I can do for YOU
My approach to mixing.
Mixing to me is a lot like painting. I like to create a sonic image and feeling for a record that brings it to life. I do my best to help the artists I work with make records that never get old. I enjoy making records worth listening to over and over again until you can't get enough of them.
When needed, I'm always open to working on a single first to share the direction I hear for a record.
I engineer a lot of the records that I work on, but I enjoy mixing records other people have recorded just as much. Mixing is my true love of the record making process!
In the traditional sense of the word "Producer."
When hired on as a producer, I am not going to be making any beats or tracks, but I might play some keys, write a guitar line, or come up with some fills with the drummer. My goal is to help cultivate the band and take they're product to the next level.
The direction I take when producing will depend on what product the artist is looking for: radio, concept album, song for their mom, etc.
I do not claim to be a mastering engineer. But can I master a song? Yes. However, with a project I've already tracked and mixed, I will usually suggest taking the product to a mastering studio that focuses on mastering first. I am limited with equipment when it comes to mastering.
When I'm the mixer on a project, I believe it is good to get a "fresh set of ears" to help the music reach it's full potential. That's why I will usually recommend taking the track or song to a mastering studio first, before using my mastering services.
When I track a band's album I'm usually tracking with mixing in mind for me, or anyone who might be mixing it. I'm going to create a direction sonically and get it 80% of the way there before we hit record. That's my style.
As a tracking engineer, it is my job to capture the performance of the artist with a sonic direction they dig. The artist might want that "garage rock" sound or a "spacey indie-guitar" sound. It is my job to take those creative ideas and build an accurate sonic representation of their vision.
Together as Engineer and Artist, we will be acting as a team in the studio. Because of this, I usually try to have a production meeting before the session to discuss references, music ideas, etc.
You have a microphone that you prefer...
I am always interested in new ideas during sessions. If there is a microphone that the artist is used to using I will take that into consideration and we can try it out.
I choose my mics wisely, I spend time on mic placement to make sure they bring the record to life.
Basics: A term used to describe recording the primary instruments of a band live together, with sonic separation, before overdubbing.
When working with a band, I usually book a couple days in the studio getting basics done. This generally includes an evening of setting up and getting tones, plus one or two full days of tracking parts. We'll most likely get overdubbed lead parts done too when the band is prepared. After this I book a couple more sessions with the artist depending on number of tracks, backup vocals, and overdubs.