Ben Gir

Rock / Pop Remote Mixing

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I'm a mixing engineer specialized in Rock, Pop and Blues productions. I received a Bronze award from the Audio Engineering Society, top of the class from Abbey Road Institute and opened my own studio (Radix Studio) in 2020 after 20 years of experience in studios and home studios.

I've played in rock and indie bands for twenty years and I've always been the "sound engineer" of the band: recording, mixing.

I graduated from Abbey Road Institute Paris (head of the class) recently and received a "Bronze Award" from the Audio Engineering Society.
I'm working in my own studio (https://www.radix-studio.fr/) with Protools or Logic Pro, on an SSL hybrid console (AWS), with a wide set of carefully selected outboard equipment (M6000 reverb, Lexicon, MCI channel strips, Drawmer 1960...) and plugins.

What I love in my job is to work closely with a band and help them reach to sound they're expecting. By experience, I know how frustrating a bad mix on a nice song can be!

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

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    He corrected our mistakes and fixed all our flubs! That alone was worth the price!

Interview with Ben Gir

  1. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  2. A: If you're unsure, just ask for an advice, that's not just a business for me, I really love to help bands!

  3. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  4. A: I'm mixing for 20 years and 4 years as a pro!

  5. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  6. A: Mostly Rock music (all genres), Pop and sometimes electro.

  7. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  8. A: Understanding what the band expect and mastering the tool to achieve this goal.

  9. Q: What's your typical work process?

  10. A: I listen first to the raw tracks to make sure everything is fine and if not I ask the band th re-record some parts. Then I setup my Protools session and load the tracks to my SSL analog Console, prepare a rough mix and start working on the edits. This part usually takes half a day (audio cuts, fades, checking tempo...). After that, I start mixing the drums and the bass. Especially in rock music, once the rythmic session sounds great everything else follows quite easily! This step involdes EQ-ing, compressing (parallel compression when needed), and some great reverbs (I use my M6000 essentialy). For the bass, I love to send it through my Drawmer 1960 tube compressor which ads some nice distortion to it. After that I switch to the guitars, sent them to different locations in order to obtain a nice and homogenous space. here again, parrallel compression might help in addition with reamps through my guitar amps available in the studio. And last but not least: the vocals ! I apply common voice processing, EQ-ing, several compression layers, re-sync the voice tracks and the backing vocals, etc. When needed I use Melodyne to fix some pitch issues (but don't ask me for massive Autotune, that's not my thing and I'm pretty sure many other people on the business can do that for you). Then I take a large break and come back with fresh ears for some final adjustments!

  11. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  12. A: I'm quite of a fan of Butch Vig, and his eclectic career of touring musician with Garbage, sound engineer, mixer producer...!

  13. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  14. A: I work mainly with rock bands who have recorded themselves and fail to reach the sound they want during the mix. They contact me to see if the issue is the recordings or the mix and most of the time, it's the mix! When some of the recording tracks have real problems I give them some advices on how to record it again and we go on with the rest of the song!

  15. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  16. A: I bring space and clarity!

  17. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  18. A: The studio is built around an Solid State Logic AWS console and a pair of Genelec 1031A monitors. My go-to reverb is the TC Electronic M6000 and I love my Lexicon on vocals (the famous Chambers preset !). When I need some crush on the vocals, I tend to use my DIYRE Colour modules. My Drawmer 1960 is pretty cool on bass tracks, it adds some subtle tube saturation which helps the instrument to properly "fit in the mix". Sometime, at the end of th day, you realize that the mix sounds good but i maybe "too clean". In that case I use my two MCI JH6000 Channel strips to add some coloration.

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Terms Of Service

Usually, bands send me first their tracks, so that we can make sure all takes are fine before starting the mix process and some reference tracks for the mix result.

GenresSounds Like
  • Arcade Fire
  • Radiohead
  • Joy Division
Gear Highlights
  • SSL AWS
  • Drawmer 1960
  • TC Electronic M6000 + Remote
  • Soundskulptor CP4500
  • MCI JH600 Channelstrips
  • Focusrite Platinum MixMaster
  • Lexicon reverb
  • Yamaha E1010 delay unit
  • Ensoniq DP/4
  • Dynacord DRS78 ...
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  • Free slots on march!Feb 24, 2023

    I'm not fully booked yet on march, feel free to contact me!