I specialize in working with people. It's my goal to help you fulfill your artistic vision
I've studied audio engineering and music business in Nashville TN. I make a living as a live sound engineer at some of the major clubs in town. I'm working to move out of live sound and into the studio environment. I offer mixing, mastering, editing and some recording services
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Interview with Andrew Aurora Productions
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A rock mix with over 100 tracks and preparing for a country recording session with a local artist
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What's your turnaround time? my answer is to communicate your desired turnaround time with me. Is post production included in the mix? no, mixing is one service, and post production is a separate service Is mastering included in a mixing service? If you would like me to master your mix I will and that will be included in your mixing service at no extra charge. Otherwise I will just mix it for you to get it mastered elsewhere What's your price? I like to work with the budget of my client to settle on a fair price
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: If you're a mix engineer that means you also do edits, if you're the producer you're also the mastering engineer, or the producer is also the promoter, etc. Even though the mixing engineer can edit, doesn't mean its their job to when we are hired to mix, or because you produced a record its your job to promote. each title has its own role
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: If i was on a desert island I'm pretty sure music gear wouldn't be very useful, at least not for music purposes
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Find someone who is willing to work with you and has a great attitude. someone who cares about your music.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I do everything in the box as far as mixing and mastering are concerned. i start by importing the stems into my session, followed by my template. I then organize the session and do midi/sample replacement if necessary. once my session is organized and prepped i get to mixing/mastering.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I worked on this single for a local artist where we were on a tight timeframe and had a lot of work to do in. I had to record all the instruments which included guitar, trumpet, drums, bass and piano. I also had to edit, mix and master the song. We ran into technical issues and issues with working out our schedules to get it all done. Fortunately we were able to get it done in time, but it was a very stressful and frustrating project but the end result was great and the artist loved his final product.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Whats your creative goals? what are you career goal? Are you trying to be on the radio or make music just for yourself? Are you wanting to appeal to labels or be independent? what kind of sound are you going for, such as organic, modern, etc.? I think its crucial to understand the artists vision for their music and what they wanna do with it to really capture their artistic vision
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I went to school for audio production and music business in nashville. I interned at a local studio and then interned for live sound for a year. I have made live sound my day job while pursuing a full time career mixing/mastering
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Breaking Benjamin. Their music and production is phenomenal
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Try to make quick and effective decisions. You mix better when you are always being creative, not having to slow down and overthink things
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a treated recording/jam room, an aston spirit mic, hs7 monitors, fast track duo interface, and pro tools 12, cubase 10
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: getting a great balance in a mix
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: not yet. im pretty new, but im excited to meet people!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: analog is great, but nowadays digital can sound so great and has way more flexibility, so i say digital. however, nothing beats some great analog gear
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to work with you to make you happy, within reason. I take pride in my work and I want you to hear that when you get it back from me
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: making people happy, the ability to work for myself from home, the opportunity to be a part of music i'm working on.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: punchy, in your face, clear, modern
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: rock, metal, electronic, country
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I feel like i bring life, clarity, punch, and depth to a song
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: chris lord alge, joey sturgis, joel wanasek, david bendeth
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing and mastering