An independent mix engineer based out of Los Angeles, I've worked on projects ranging from Metal, to Pop to Soul. I work on projects I love, I've never let a project out of my hands without being proud of it, and I've never had a dissatisfied client. I work in local facilities, as well as out of my own studio, and mix on tour internationally.
A musician turned engineer. After playing about 600 shows, releasing 6 self-recorded albums with my own band, I decided to educate myself in recording, and pursue it seriously. While pursuing my second degree in audio, I worked full-time in a large format studio, engineering, assisting, and even doing most of the wiring for the installation of a custom Neve console that we purchased. At the same time I was also touring live sound for a few bands, and house sound for a few venues in the San Francisco bay area. Two degrees, countless albums, and many many international tours later, here I am working with the artists I grew up listening to...
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Interview with Ryan O John
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A Macbook with Pro Tools HD, a UAD Satellite, an Apogee One, a set of Focal Spirit headphones, and a solar charger...
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been working on records since 1998, I started as a musician, that happened to end up recording his own record, and from there it snowballed into an entire career.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Any project wherein the artist has trusted me entirely to impart my vision upon the project, the records where they say, "go to it, it's yours" and you send back mixes, and they have nothing to change. That is a truly loving project.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Any mix is at minimum a two day process, day one is editing and basic clean up. This includes any tuning if needed, muting squeaks, and noises, tightening up drums and adding in augmenting samples if they need it, as well as getting basic levels and pan. Day two is all of the fun stuff, adding in the character, building all the fx, writing all the automation, and getting the emotional delivery right.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I've got a hybrid mixing setup running Pro Tools HD, a system of faders, and a ton of outboard gear. I tend to like outboard compression, it had a certain breathing rhythm and motion to it, that I haven't been able to achieve in the box.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mostly mixing records, and touring sound. Every once in a while I will engineer a record, but only if it's a client that I know really well.