Hey guys, My name is Braxton Salyer and I run a small mixing studio out of central Oklahoma. I specialize in rock, pop-rock, pop-punk, and metal. I have a hard-hitting, in your face sound, am extremely passionate about my work, and am a very easy going guy. Check out my SoundCloud and website for examples of my work!
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Interview with Scarlet Letters Productions
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Why not both? A hybrid approach gives you the best of both worlds: the sound of analog and tactile feeling of working with real gear, and the speed and precision benefits of digital.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What type of sound are you looking for? Are you open to arrangement suggestions and personal opinions? What is your schedule for this song?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Know what you're looking for ahead of time and be prepared.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Computer, Monitors, a fridge w/ endless supply of food, an SSL Duality, and a good mouse.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started mixing for television sports broadcasting for the University of Oklahoma 5 years ago, which started me on my pro audio path. About a year later I started mixing music and haven't turned back since.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work on a Dell laptop through a UMC1820 and JBL monitors. Studio One is my DAW of choice, and I use various plugins from companies like Solid State Logic, Joey Sturgis Tones, Slate Digital, and Audio Assault. My favorite pieces of gear are my ears and passive summing mixer.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: 100% satisfaction with the mix I do. If you aren't happy, I keep the mix and you get your money back.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I try to keep things as simple as possible. The more you try to start doing fancy effects and complex processing, the more often you'll find yourself chasing your tail. Minimal bussing, very few effects sends, and a strong focus on the basics are a key part of my workflow.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mix their songs. I take the raw recordings from their producer/recording engineer and mix them into a final product ready to be sent off to their preferred mastering engineer.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Musically? Hard hitting, super energized, up front and personal. Personally? Laid back but super passionate.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: An intense and in your face sound that is also polished and organic.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Chris Lord-Alge, Andy Wallace, Tom Lord-Alge, Joey Sturgis, Andrew Schepps, Joel Wanasek, Eyal Levi
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A short 5 track EP by an upcoming metal band, False Albatross.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Getting to work on awesome music and be a part of the creative process.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Mixing can't make a crappy song good, and Mastering can't make a crappy mix good.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Oh God.. They're kind of a niche band, but probably I Am Ghost if they ever did a reunion album.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Commit to a sound as early as possible.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, Pop-punk, and metal.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing by far.