Hi my name is Pete Noriega and I am a 28 year old "mix engineer". I am new to the site "soundbetter.com" but I have been engineering in different recording studios in Burbank, CA for the past 6 years. I specialize in Pop music but I also love working on Hip-hop music. If your goal is to make hits, My goal is to help you sound better, Let's talk !
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Interview with Pete Noriega
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Recently I started networking in different ways, usually I would work with artist that come to LA or live in LA, but now I am getting work from other places in the world. I feel good about 2016 & 2017.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I came to Los Angeles to do "Recording Connection" classes, then I did "Berkley Online" courses. I have now engineered for different recording studios in Burbank, CA for the past 6 or 7 years, but last year I started getting gigs on my own, Producing and Mixing, the two things I love the most.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have music of course, but have a vision and have goals. It makes the process easier, more fun and it makes me work even harder. I already wish everyone the best, but if I work on it, I wanna see it succeed even more. Take pride in what you do !
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Better sound. Creativeness if needed.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Hybrid is my generation. More tools, more options. More crayons, more colors. More languages, more communication , etc.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Music... hopefully we are all here for the music.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: I get asked a lot "After you are done mixing can I tell you what I like and what I don't like" and my answer is always yes!! my job is to bring your vision alive, not tell you what to like.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: music? vision? and goals?
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop with Pro Tools and plugins... if we can make that count as one, Manley Reference Microphone, 1176, Api 512c preamp, and probably a Bricasti M7.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Rihanna would be the artist I would give pretty much anything to work with. Her voice sounds amazing on every record ! she is special to me.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Try to keep Kick and Bass MONO ! at least the sub frequencies.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop & Hip-Hop... and of course "pop" has a wide range.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I always start by trying to understand where the client wants to go with the song. This can mean a lot of things, maybe the artist wants a Pop sound or maybe more of a singer songwriter feel, etc. After I think I can see what they see, I then listen to the demos one or two more times. I always keep a copy of the demos on the Pro Tools sessions while I mix. Depending on the song I can finish mixing the record in one or two days, I might need an extra day for tweaks before I send out an MP3 to the client.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I love the sound Dr. Luke's productions have. Max Martin's lyrics and melodies are Top-10 everyday for a reason right? So you gotta respect that! When it comes to mixing, Chris Lord-Alge & Manny Marroquin are my idols. Rihanna, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Tool & John Mayer probably dominate my iPod.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing. I have a lot of fun mixing! I am amazed how a song can sound better or be destroyed just by pushing some faders.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Pro Tools, Pro Tools, Pro Tools! Control 24 console/controller, Yamaha ns10s and a bunch of different size Sony speakers, all Mogami cables & on my right I have Api EQ's and an 1176.