Travis Wills

recording and mixing engineer

Travis Wills on SoundBetter

I am a mixing and recording engineer, who have engineered artist like Timo Tolkki, Earls Of Black, Infidel Rising, Distance of Thought to name a few. If you are within 250 mile radius, I will bring my mobile unit to record you. I have competitive rates, and as well as mixes that can compete with the pros that you hear on the radio. I do most genres

I offer mixing and recording services at a competitive rate, at a competitive sound. I do most genres, from metal, power metal, heavy metal, djent, black metal, death metal, orchestra, pop, country, rock, and even soft rock
I can write midi drums, or record real drums, and even edit real drums. I can also do vocal correction for singers that just aren't perfect. I can everything that you need to be done to make you or your band stand above the rest. Most mixes start at $350 per song, and $60.00 for mastering

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Languages

  • English

Interview with Travis Wills

  1. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  2. A: Listening to the creation of a band or musicians work, and being able to enhance it

  3. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  4. A: I really enjoyed working with Timo Tolkki, former guitarist of the Finland band Straovarius. A pioneer and legend in the Power Metal Scene. I learned a lot from him. I also enjoyed working with the band Earls Of Black, we captured great guitar tones and super takes, the vocalist was near perfection, with a beautiful timber, very easy to work with.

  5. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  6. A: Im finishing up an album from a band in Houston Tx

  7. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  8. A: I dont know anyone On SoundBetter

  9. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  10. A: It depends, each are good in their own right. Analog is warm, punchy, more forgiving, ya really cant beat it, however digital is cleaner, more flexible...it definitely has its place

  11. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  12. A: As long as the source tracks are quality, their songs will be competitive to their favorite bands

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: Do I use Pro Tools? No, I use Studio One, all DAWS provide the same sound, provide the same tools, each have their own specialties though like, maybe certain stock plugins are better from one DAW to the next. Example, Protools has an excellent saturation plugin called Phoenix, but you can not beat the gate in Studio one, that being said, rarely do I use the stock plugins, I have purchased specific ones that I use. Each DAW have their own workflow, some appeal easier for others. For me Studio One is very intuitive for me to use

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: because I don't have a zillion dollar studio, doesn't mean I cant make you sound like it wasn't mixed in a zillion dollar studio

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: what genre are you in, what bands do you like, what sound are you going for

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

  20. A: Do Not send any tracks with fx on them

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

  22. A: I mostly work with progressive power metal bands, but I work with all genres except rap

  23. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  24. A: As a musician already of being able to play multiple instruments, I have a strong sense of hooks and melodies and can help with that when there isnt one

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

  26. A: Jordan Valeriot, CLA, Zeus, Andy Sneap, Mark Lewis, Jason Suecof are some of my fav engineers

  27. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  28. A: My Daw, SM57, Apollo Interface, my Monitors

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

  30. A: I was, and still am a musician, and I wanted to record and mix my own band, and i got interested by being curious about it. Ive been studying under Jordan Valeriot for 3yrs, and prior to that did it for 2 yrs by myself

  31. Q: How would you describe your style?

  32. A: I have an aggressive style, yet im really easy going, and laid back.. but I know what sounds good and what will work

  33. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  34. A: Probably Kamelot, they just seem to be perfectionists and detail oriented

  35. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  36. A: Get the sounds right at the source... dont ever rely on fixing it in the mix

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

  38. A: I will bring life to a song in the way that the genres calls for. I will also make suggestions to help songs stand out or sections to pop, or in some cases dynamics

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

  40. A: My process depends on what Im doing. If Im recording drums, I place the mics, measuring to make sure there are no phase issues, get levels make any adjustments that need to be made, and hit record. If Im mixing i bring the tracks, organize them listen to the raw files and enhance what is there

  41. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  42. A: I run studio one, Soundcraft 20 channel, AKG, Audio Technica, Neuman, Rode, Shure are what make up my mic collection

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

  44. A: I mix, or record. I can record live drums and editing get to best sounds. If you need Midi drums written, i can also write midi drums. I also tune and edit vocals if needed or requested

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Terms Of Service

Typical Turn Around for 1 song is 2 days. Allow up to 5 revisions free per song, each revision after that will be $50.00

GenresSounds Like
  • Evergrey
  • Kamelot
  • Arch Enemy
Gear Highlights
  • Studio one
  • Apollo Twin X Quad
  • Soundcraft ui24R
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