What made the mix process easy when you were here? The mixing process here was great because our mixing engineer Paul Garcia, he wasn't limited to what plugins he could use, I would say that was one major benefit because Little Fish Audio has every plugin you can think of fully authorized, he could just pull up whatever UA compressor you want to throw on there or EQ and not only that he could pick whichever one he wanted, but he could put as many as he wanted. Some sessions we had like 90, 100 UA plugins running all at the same time and that's because we have the quad and the Apollo and then we have the OCTO card down below. Aside from that, the room, the control room is very well treated and the listening position has the clouds over it and the bass traps in the corners. It just gives you a very true perspective of your mix. Aside from that, the monitoring was very helpful. The atoms, the S2X's were what Paul used most to simulate that wall sound and to give him what his mix was going to sound like. Then when we wanted to hear what the bass was going to sound like in the car, in another kind of stereo, we would switch to the general x which were not paired with the sub, but give you a more well rounded mix, including the bass, so we're able to […]
What are the rates for mixing? You know, we can do an hourly rate, and it takes what it takes. If revisions need to be made, you pay for that time, because it is studio time and it is the engineer's time. We may be able to work out a flat rate, depending upon the engineer and how many songs it'll be. It really depends.
Tell me about why you started working in the music industry. Oh, wow. That's a great question. Sometimes I think I'm paying the price for making that decision, but I think it was a good one. I was studying economics at Colgate University. In my senior year, I dropped out and decided that I wanted to get into engineering and recording albums. I was doing it with a laptop out of my dorm room, and I had taken a couple course in recording, and I was a keyboard player in a band that would tour the frat circuit all over the north east. I had always been fascinated by the recorded art form, the recording arts; that medium just seemed incredible to me because it was like you could really capture … It was like lightening in a bottle. You were really able to put together something that just kept on giving. I was always amazed by the fact that I could play a song over, and over, and over and still get that feeling. I love what does. I think it really connects people. I think, more than anything else, that's why I've stayed in the business. It's just I like being connected to people in that way. I'm a musician also. Let's see. I got out of school. I graduated, pretty close to the top of my class at full sale, and won a couple competitions there. They had these mix competitions where they'd get […]
What is the hourly rate and is there a discount for booking multiple hours? Our rate is incredible. With the amount of gear that you get, the level of engineering, we charge $65 an hour and I think that is … It is a bargain. Now, we do have a minimum. You need to book at least three hours at that rate, and then we can usually work something out if you're booking in bulk. So big chunks of time, we can negotiate a little bit. There isn't a ton of room because we need to keep the lights on, but generally we love what we do, and we're willing to work with you.