WHAT I DO
I am a full, total recording/producing/mixing/anything-that-generally-happens-in-a-studio solution. I do recording, mixing, editing (which really is often made out to be a bigger deal that it should be, but whateva), having fun, overdubs, live, I can't think of any other buzzwords at the moment. This battle station is fully operational and the most powerful weapon the universe. I suggest we use it. [cue Lord vader]
I have done projects in about every method possible, from heavily multi tracked/overdubbed songs to everyone in the room, live at once, hit record. Artists with nothing but acoustic instruments, rock bands, and folks who use heavy synthesis. It's all just music, folks. But the process does kinda depend on the music and the vision of the artist. If you give me a blank slate with a band of say 2 guitars/guitar n keys/etc, bass, drums, vocals, and say "how should we do this", I would cut the basic tracks live. Together. With the musicians looking at each other and playing to each other, not a wall. Then, we can add vocals/dubs/solos over that. But the difference in meh recordings and great recordings has nothing to do with mics or pres, and everything to do with performances. If I had a credo, it would be to capture the performance, and build on that. But again, I have done it a myriad of ways, it depends on the music and what the artist wants. I have 30+ years of being on both sides of the glass in recording studios, from world famous institutions to the most humble of project studios. I know how to get from point A to point B.
Basically, I do anything that involves taking your vision, and turning it into a recording. If you want to make a great recording at a reasonable price, contact me.
DO YOU DO LIVE RECORDINGS?
Why thank you for asking, yes I do. I have a little portable rig I use to record up to 16 tracks. Generally/usually, it is best and easiest if I mix the show, but if that's not an option, I can grab a split and record the show from that. I prefer to do a split, use my own pres, and set the mics up; we just get better recordings that way. I also will mic the room, because it's a live recording; let's get the sound in the room. As always, we will work together to get you what you want. But short answer, yeah, I have a set up for live recordings
WHAT IS PRODUCING?
Some people seem to think that producing is a guy in a bad suit standing around saying "hits boys, we need hits", or even worse, the bedroom genius who is going to totally rearrange your music based on .... well, let's be honest, not much more than a half-assed vision and no practical experience in music. There was a time when the producer's main job was to run interference between the label and the artist, often with the AOR person clogging the pipes as well. But today, in the age of independent recording, that doesn't apply as much. But in both cases, a producer's job 1, what has to happen, is to GET THE RECORD FINISHED AND OUT TO MARKET. Produce. It means something.
I have been in this business for 30+ years, much of it as a massively rich and world-famous musician who has made more recordings that I can count in a fairly wide variety of situations and genres. (that first and third part of that is true). I have done production on about every level, from helping with arranging and writing (which usually means finishing a song), bringing in outside musicians to help flesh out an idea, to just setting up mics and hitting record. It all depends on the situation. Trust me, I know how annoying unasked for suggestions from unqualified "geniuses" are when you're trying to make a record. 95% of them are just really bad and interrupt the flow. Now I have done countless arrangements, helped with finalizing writing, all that stuff. I do it every day, have been since the mid 80s and do it today on many recordings. It's an option. But I always try to only say something if it's a wanted, asked for opinion - and needed. Ie, don't talk just to hear your voice. On the technical/nuts-n-bolts side, well, yes, you're going to have to live with my decisions there. But with producing, we will talk about how much input you want with that, and move on accordingly. Some folks want a lot of production input, and great, I am good at that. Some know exactly what they want, and want very little input. That's great too. The real skill is recognizing which is which.
Do you do mastering?
Well, I can. I have. But my general move on that is to look at other possibilities, folks who are really specialized in that and maybe more importantly, weren't involved in the recording at all until I send them the final mixes. Mastering has become kind of a voodoo thing, where it really shouldn't be. But it is a very specific skill, and the right ears on the music can really help finalize the vision. So basically, if you want me to do a master job, I can. But I encourage folks to look to real mastering engineers for mastering. (not other project studios with a "mastering room". Real mastering engineers).
Do you often ask yourself questions and then answer them?
More than I care to admit.