Featured on hundreds of movie and TV scores on woodwinds, Marty has also recorded with Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin and Frank Zappa and runs his own jazz label - K2B2 Records, and classical label - Vivace Records and for the last 15 years has mastered jazz, classical, rock, blues, americana and hip hop tracks.
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Interview with Marty Krystall
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Mixing a trio for guitar, flute and cello.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I make things sound better.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Besides the woodwinds, my preamp, A/D converters, computer and Neumann USM-69 mic.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started in 1972 playing bari sax for Quincy Jones and Aretha Franklin. I've had my own band and record label since 1978. I've played on hundreds of soundtracks for movies and TV on clarinets, flutes, oboe and saxes.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Jazz, classical, r&b.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My ears.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My ears. I get the song just loud enough - not so loud that you can't bear to listen to it after ten seconds. But loud enough so the entire song sounds hot.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mastering services, overdub saxes and woodwinds.