A recording engineer that wants to save you money! Hi, I'm A.J. my studio is specialized to save artists money by on-site recording and remote mixing and mastering so that you don't have to pay for sky-high studio costs while being able to spend more time doing what you love, make music!
I have been an audio engineer professionally for a year now. Still, I was a recording musician for years before, so I know what it is like to be a struggling artist looking for a professional sounding mix without breaking the bank. That's where I come in. I attended one of Canada's top recording schools and graduated at the top of my class. I was offered several internships in studios after graduation but decided to turn them down and run my own business. I did this for two reasons. First, I'm a creator at heart, and I love making things and seeing what they can become, whether it be a song, a business, or a novel. Secondly, I noticed that the studios were trying to bleed artists dry while giving them the "atmosphere" of professionalism. Scamming artists by charging a premium price for an amateur product is against my morals. It is why I decided to start my own business and not to associate myself with those kinds of studios.
I'm familiar with all genres and have worked on everything from hip-hop, heavy metal, rock, reggae, blues, folk, etc. However, if your music tends to gravitate to the more aggressive side of your genre, then I'm your guy! I specialize and pride myself in being able to have an artist's anger, frustration, and pain resonate with the listeners over a set of speakers.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
6 ReviewsEndorse Nomad Recording Company
Really pleased. You won't find a better engineer who really cares about getting the best for your track at this price any where else. Thank you so much for the time and care you put into my tracks. Will return for much next tracks.
Fantastic experience working with AJ on a song ... I sent him the stems, and he gave me a number of previews that progressively got closer to what I was looking for. He was very responsive, and accommodating to my requests. Highly recommended!
I had the immense pleasure of working with AJ on a very complex piece involving 8 different instruments and vocals. He was able to mix them all together extremely quickly, the fastest out of any sound designers I have collaborated with. He was very open to feedback and worked very hard to tailor the track to my exact specifications in record time. Can't recommend him enough to others needed professional level mixing/mastering
Worked on a very long song of mine and every little detail was taken care of. A.J. was very patient about all my little demands and they all ended up sounding great! Would totally recommend his work to anyone who wants a great sounding mix in little time, with great understanding of his craft. Really happy with how my track's final mix sounds like!
A.J did a great mix on one of my tunes and I'm very happy with how it turned out. He was also a very patient and understanding mixer. I'm a bit of a pedantic lunatic who kept asking for slight modifications and he was very understanding and delivered my requests very promptly. Would happily recommend.
I don’t know what’s better: how my song turned out or how easy and comfortable A.J. was to work with! Super chill dude that worked with me to get my track exactly like I wanted. Can’t wait for our next project 🤘🏽
Interview with Nomad Recording Company
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm currently working on a local bands debut album. I am the entire recording crew. Producer, Mixing Engineer, Mastering Engineer, and Recording Engineer. I'm proud because I try;y believe this is the best local heavy band in my area.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: It depends on the song and genre of music. EDM? Digital, Metal? Analog with some help of digital.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will give your project everything I have and to leave it all in the studio, so you can hear the difference between me and other engineers.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working with music and meeting and collaborating with other creative people.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: I'm not a heavy metal artist, can you work on our song? Yes!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I just sit in front of a computer and turn dials.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What kind of sound are you looking for? What is the main platform you want people to hear your music on? Radio? Spotify? Old'school Cassette and CD?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure the provider is an artist, first-person. There are a lot of people who are only in for the paycheck.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, Pro tools, Internet stick, NT2000, AKG D112
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been doing this professionally for a year and I started out as a high school teacher than switched over into the audio world.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Honest, and unforgiving (I will rip your mix apart and build back up if I have to)
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Avenged Sevenfold. They bring such creativity into the studio and I'm amazed at how they evolve their sound with each and every album.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Never EVER fix it in the mix.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Heavy metal, rock, and punk
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Vocal layering and drum sounds.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: An expert ear, a fiery passion to make the song great, and fan-like enthusiasm
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Edit and make the session nice and clean, start with EQ, Compression, and Bus Processing. Then add the fun stuff!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: MacBook Pro, Antelope Discrete 8 Synergy Core Interface, Several Mics, more XLR cables than you can shake a stick at, and access to a tape machine (so we can get that nice warmth for your song).
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Musicians: Jimmy The Rev Sullivan, Chris Adler, Matt Heafy, Corey Taylor, Mike Portnoy, M Shadows Production: Ross Robinson, Will Putney, Mudrock, Quincy Jones
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing, Mastering, and Recording