My focus is that we capture the unique energy, sound, and emotion of your music, and for us to have a great time doing it! To that end I am sensitive to the production needs of each individual project whether it be a quick demo or a complete album. I have experience on working with many different styles of music and with capturing and crafting a diverse range of sounds. I have a very streamlined recording and editing skills and software that help keep the spontaneity in making music alive.
Samplitude - the software I use for recording, mixing and mastering - is renowned for having one of the most “analog” sounding mix engines, and is combined with many of the acclaimed high quality vintage effects by Universal Audio and Waves. Samplitude was originally designed as a mastering program so great attention was paid to phase coherence, comprehensive plug in delay compensation and with industry standard metering and stellar editing features has made it ideal for mixing-to-master.
Here is a qoute about Samplitude (Sequioa and Samplitude are the same digital mix platform) by a noted industry producer David Kahne.
David Kahne has not only worked with those perennial big names such as Bruce Springsteen, Curtis Mayfield and Paul McCartney, but also mixes at the cutting edge of today's newest generation of music makers and breakers. These include the likes of The Strokes, Regina Spektor, New Order and Imogen Heap.
This is what David Kahne has to say about Sequoia (Samplitude):
"I've used all the software that I know of, including Logic, Digital Performer, ProTools, and Nuendo, and the Sequoia software tops them all. What I've been looking for is software that compensates for latency in plug-ins and bussing and mix down. When I got used to Sequoia enough to get a mix going, I compared it to all the software I'd been working with over the last years I used a drum kit that I'd recorded on tape and had digitized. I did mixes using 3 other products, using multiband compressors and eq's in the same configuration in all the mixes. I did the same mix in Sequoia. When I compared mixes, I was astonished. The bottom, the imaging, the apparent level - every element of the mix _ was superior in Sequoia. My first reaction was to feel like I had mixed off tape. I heard no phasing whatsoever in the Sequoia mix. All the bells and whistles aside in all the different products, what I really wanted was a mix that stays intact phase-wise. And I've found that in Sequoia.”
The studio is a 600 square foot custom building with a recording room that can be re-arranged for a wide range of acoustic sound, a recording booth, an amplifier isolation closet, and a comfortable control-mixing room that can also serve as a recording space. A great deal of attention was paid to creating the acoustics for each room so that there is a good tonal balance and ambiance in each space. The control room was also crafted to allow for accurate mastering.
The studio has a handpicked sonic palette of tube and transistor mics and preamps that are all acclaimed for their high sound quality, and some especially for their complementary warmth in modern digital recording (i.e. Royer ribbon and Earthworks mics.)
Ultimately all the above comes back to how it sounds. I’ve delivered CD masters in many genres and I am experienced at mixing and mastering, and feel that informs the recording process positively to a great degree. I have developed a unique mixing style - mixing to mastered levels and EQ. This means a finished mix is the master. If there is an issue with a mix sound, rather than trying to fix it with EQ or compression to the stereo mix, we can just adjust the separate multitrack mix elements that are needing changes .This is possible because of my experience and because of the special sound quality and features of Samplitude that show very accurate level metering for mastering. I feel this method can preserve a higher dynamic impact and clarity of the music, for a given overall loudness. It also means there are no surprises - all the work we do to create a sound will be exactly what we hear in the final product. Then by sequencing the mastered mixes and adding CD data, CD masters are ready for duplication. By offering complete recording mixing and mastering under one roof I feel I can deliver finished final masters that are consistent and true to the original intention, and in a cost effective manner.
I also rgularly have clients that are recording at home send me songs to mix and master. If you canget basic tracks using some of the great affordable mics available now I can edit and mix a project to the best quality available.
If your project requires outside instrumentation the Mendocino coast has a wide range of talented musicians that make their home here. Local bed and breakfast Inns have offered me special rates, and there are also great for artists needing to stay overnight.