Mixing is more than finding a balance between all of the instruments in a song. Mixing is the art of making each element sound great, and engaging the listener in the emotional content of the song. Mixing is where the sonic impact and signatures are defined. Using a mixture of some of the best digital and analog processors, I can tailor the sound to match the song’s aesthetic, be it a more vintage or modern character. I highlight the characteristics unique to your music and bring them forward in the most engaging way. Most of all, I keep in close communication with the artist to understand the direction they think the song should go, and how we can get it there together.
A producer is the outside voice that an artist may need to keep his/her work grounded. A second opinion from a fan who understands how records are made from the experience of making hundreds. A master planner, who sees the big picture, the final product, yet keeps in tune to the smallest details. A full collaborator, an arranger, a performer, an artist developer, an industry connection. Producer is a broad term that could imply any number of these things, but most importantly, a producer is someone that you can trust. As a musician myself, I have a keen understanding of how music should flow and how to help bands express what they’re looking for sonically.
This is the first chance that you have to get the sound that you’re looking for. Whether you want to track the whole band live or work through section by section one instrument at a time, this is the start of the recording’s sound. As a recordist, I don’t believe in “fixing it in the mix”; there’s a special something that can’t be brought back by even the best mixers after a song is poorly recorded. Conversely, there’s a way that the instruments sit together when a song is well recorded that is hard to emulate in mixing.
Mastering is the last stage of the process, the last stop before the music is released to the world. It’s the polish on a completed mix that makes it shine. It’s the glue for the record that makes sure that you have a coherent flow from song to song. It’s a quality assurance, and a stamp of approval that your recordings are ready to stand up next to others in the genre. I work out of a dedicated mastering facility that is Mastered For iTunes certified, and can make sure that your record not only pops, but is prepared for the many formats and platforms in an ever-changing music industry.
Sometimes it makes more sense for me to bring the studio to you. I’ve recorded live concerts at venues throughout the city, bringing record quality polish to the more intimate and energetic environment that live performances create. My work with some of the top acts in new music, classical, and jazz reflect my knowledge of classic acoustic recording technique combined with a more modern aesthetic. I can also help to convert an alternative space into a professional studio environment, helping artists take advantage of the acoustics of their favorite church or rehearsal space for a more extended recording period.