8 Years of Mixing & Mastering Experience | 10 Years of Composing Experience
I offer services as a recording, mixing, and/or mastering engineer. While Covid continues to go around, I do not take in person recording gigs, but I still offer remote mixing and mastering. I can also assist in songwriting and production.
I am self taught so my style is unique, but I have been doing this for 8 years. You can trust that I will provide competitive and professional results. I have experience in both acoustic and electronic music, so whether you perform your own music with instruments or you write with samples, I can make your music sound great.
I charge along a sliding scale for my services, so check my links and send me an email to get your estimate.
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6 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Baby Arugula Productions
I cannot recommend working with Baby Arugula enough. The communication was clear, kind and timely. It was a pleasure working with them and I hope it's not the last!
Working with Baby Arugula was amazing. Aidan was communicative, detailed and extremely responsive. He brought out layers to the song I hadn't even realized myself. Can't wait to work with him again in the future!
Working with Aidan was a very smooth process. He is very professional and communicative and the final product was well worth every penny. I will be using him again and will recommend him to anyone looking for mixing and mastering.
Working with Baby Arugula was one of the best experiences in my music career so far. He is very knowledgeable and makes working on a project with him a very fun smooth process. After having experienced working with many unprofessional producers in the past, working with Baby Arugula was a breath of fresh air. He was able to make my vision come to life with his musical expertise, insight, and always being open to try new things. I’ll be reaching out to him whenever I work on a new project.
Baby Arugula Productions has been a long time friend ans collaborator. I’d say my favorite thing about him is his dedication. He’s always willing figure out new ways to do things and is a great problem solver. He also is very very passionate about learning and also sharing knowledge which is hard to come by in the us industry. Our experience with him was excellent, we needed something really quick but of course the best quality. He was also very adaptable in the sense that he tries to work well within the confines of an artists’ budget. Very very sweet person and great artist.
The Man, the Myth, the Aidan is an extremely smart, articulate, understanding, and caring human being. His work in producing music reflects these attributes. He is very hardworking and intent on listening to artists to help shape their visions into reality. He has played on, engineered, mixed, and mastered many projects I have been a part of and they all have turned out fantastical. He is always learning and always open to new ideas and new techniques. He is very nice and super easy to work with. Considering the quality of work he does for the price, I couldn’t recommend him highly enough.
Interview with Baby Arugula Productions
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: As a musician, I have been drumming with my hands since I was very little. I began on the drum kit and bass guitar around sixth grade and have since learned my way around several instruments. In audio engineering, my path is the classic tale of using what you have to the max, until you have fully outgrown the equipment you have. I began on Garageband on the iPod 4th gen. Eventually I moved to an iPad with an Alesis preamp doc. Five years ago I got a Macbook Pro and the Clarett 2Pre and began using Logic Pro X. Music and audio engineering has been in the family since before I was born. My dad was an assistant engineer under people like Brett Gurewitz, Jeff Peters, Dave Darling, and others. He worked on Indestructible by Rancid, Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? by Metric, and more. For a time, he was the in-house engineer at Sonora Recorders in Los Angeles. With a past like this, I was almost bound to learn the craft and become an engineer. Just as he learned from assisting some of the industry's best producers, I learned from him directly.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Follow your ears. Follow your heart. Follow your feelings.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: How much should I pay you? A: It's a sliding scale. Email me for a full estimate.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What tasks are you asking of me? How many songs are in the project? Are you sending me the multi-tracks, stems, or the project file itself? What is your total budget? When is your deadline? What are three songs from other artists that were inspirational to the sound you are looking for in this project?
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Big Fun. They are a local band from Los Angeles that is gaining notability, but have not attained stardom yet. In fact they are weird and may never attain stardom, which is a quality I like and admire. I am a big fan of Big Fun, and I hung out with them outside of Echo Park Rising with a mutual friend I did not know they knew. I think that we are both relatively small in our fields, but growing in parallel with artists and other colleagues is hugely rewarding.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Maybe I'm over thinking, but on a desert island I would need power. So first on the list would be a solar powered generator. My own equipment: 2013 Mac Pro 1TB External Hard Drive Sony MDR Headphones iPhone Any Equipment in the World: Fully maxed 2019 Mac Pro UA Apollo X8p Sony MDR Headphones Lefty Hagstrom Viking Baritone Deluxe
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Heavy, Punchy, Vibey
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Apply effects in parallel.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: There is no single genre to claim the majority of my work. Rock, Punk, R&B, Soul, Electronic.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: With 8 years of experience now, I have the skill to bring the punch and aggression often desired without sacrificing depth and clarity. Many novice and entry level mixers will rely too heavily on compression, or eq the life out of elements that do not need it. I can assure you that my mixes are of professional quality because I had to stop making those mistakes to realize that I had been making them.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Work depends on the services requested. Generally speaking, I keep writing, tracking, file prep, mixing, and mastering as separate stages of production. I will dedicate separate days to each and do my tracking, mixing, and mastering in separate projects to avoid option paralysis and remain swift with my creativity.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have access to two locations. My mix and master lab is at my home, where I work remotely during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Interface: Focusrite Clarett 2Pre Monitors: KRK5 & Sub DAW: Logic Pro X Plugins: Full range of professional and creative plugins from developers like Waves and many more. Outboard: Tube Preamp/Eq, T.C. Electronic Multi-FX Unit, Guitar FX Pedals (Original Issue TS9 Tube Screamer, Fuzz, Delay, Phase, Octave, Wah, EQ, Compression) Instruments: 3 Electric Guitars, 2 Electric Basses, 1 Acoustic Guitar, 1 Midi Keyboard, 2 Recorders, 1 Ukulele, Variety of Shakers and other Percussion Amplification: SWR Bass 750 Amp Head, SWR Goliath Junior III Cabinet, Marshall MS-2R Microphones: AT 2035 Pair, Shure SM57, Shure SM58 Pair, 1 iPhone For live tracking and overdubs, I use a separate facility. Whilst Covid is going around, I am not offering in person services here. Interface: UA Apollo 8p Monitors: Kali LP-8 Pair DAW: Logic Pro X Plugins: Full Universal Audio Plugin Suite and more Instruments: Everything mentioned above, 5 Piece Drum Kit (bring your own cymbals, ours are usually broken), Several Right Handed Guitars (mine at home are lefty), Right Handed Bass, 1 Ukulele, Micro Korg Synth Amplification: Fender DeVille Microphones: AKG c214 Pair, AT 2035 Pair, CAD GXL1200, CAD GXL2200, Shure Beta 52, Shure SM57 Pair, Shure SM58 Pair, Two SM58 Knockoffs, 1 iPhone
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Steve Albini, Joe Barresi, Sylvia Massey, Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, Rage Against the Machine
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Despite considering myself a more proficient mixing engineer, I have actually been paid to master more times than I have to mix.