Hi, Al B here, I'm a professional mixing engineer specialised in hiphop/r&b and its subgenres with over a decade of knowledge. However, I also have experience in other vocal rhythm-based genres as well. Let me know if you want to know more! Al B here if you need me Let me know if you need
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Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: When can I hear the finished product? Normally it's 7-10 days but I always try to finish the job earlier than that.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Where do you from? What's the name of the project? Can you send a reference track from an artist that inspires you? How many tracks you've got? What's the bpm? What's your deadline if you have any?
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: There was a sound design project where we turned a bottle of water into instruments and built a track. I've designed the sounds and mix-mastered the song.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Mixing and mastering a boom pap hip-hop artist. My lofi beat Consultations about studio upgrades.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: The mix of both. The flexibility of the digital stuff is more than convenient for modern expectations and the sound, distortion, noise and history of the analogue stuff is undeniable. Plus these days most of the digital stuff does a pretty good job simulating those analogue boxes.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That your track is going to be loud and clean.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The results. It's like renovating an old car and see its true shine.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That's it's about volume but it's about loudness(for the industry) however for me it's a canvas where every sound has its own place to live.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Check the references and ask questions to see if it's a good fit for your taste.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My SP404, a laptop with Ableton (I guess that's two pieces of gear) my headphones(ath-m70x)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been working as a sound engineer for 12 years for various artists with different styles. Even their main genre was hip-hop the number of subgenres it includes were allowed me to expand my horizon in both sound and style
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Clean and sometimes intentionally dirty.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Freddie Gibbs because his vocal tone is very interesting plus he got many styles.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If you want to emphasize an instrument or track check the frequencies you want to strengthen and make space for it by taking those frequencies out from something else that doesn't need them.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip hop
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing vocals
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Clarity, strength, body and loudness.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Receive the tracks, arrange them, name and group them, basic mix, additional mix, master, bounce, send the song back.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: A well equipped in the box mixing set with equally equipped monitoring devices and an SP404
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Alex Tumay
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing vocals