Mixing and Mastering engineer based out of Pennsylvania with a strong emphasis on vocal and piano, A/V tech repairs by trade.
Hello! My name is Dylan Garbrick and I am a recent graduate out of Bloomsburg University where I earned my bachelors degree in A/V, emphasizing on mixing/mastering, alongside majoring in vocals. I have worked with studio and live sound daily for over 4 years and have experience everything from classical to avant garde. I am able to sing well in both English and French, I am an experienced piano performer and I can also play the guitar, bass, and ukulele.
I have a studio that I work out of at home with plenty of software plugins, as well as hardware that I either purchased or built myself. My primary DAW is Pro Tools and I have experience using FL Studio and Audacity. I also have a background in sound design, designing both live and film sound.
While my focus is on mixing and mastering, I have had the chance to work with video game effects as well, designing footsteps in water for an 8-bit game (unreleased) as well as a song for the same. Many of the projects I completed during my undergrad were original as well, so coming up with new ideas is something I can lean into. I have experience orchestrating as well; currently I am composing a large-scale, 5 movement piece for full orchestra.
I'd love to hear your project! Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or over social media!
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Interview with Dylan Garbrick
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Jon Bellion is an artist that I have always said I have wanted to meet and work with. His talent knows no bounds, from his own music to the smash hits he wrote for other artists. His studio is less than five hours from where I live, so I suppose one day that could happen!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: It's never too late to learn an instrument! Familiarity, even vaguely can get you so much farther in your mixing abilities.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I have 4 years of experience recording classical music primarily, but also live shows that travelled through the theater I worked as a Technic Assistant in. We used Dante to record to a studio located in the same building and sent live mixes to the pit during the shows. All of these shows we recorded were then mixed in post as well (which I did), so they could be released onto the social media pages. As a side, I recorded mostly acoustic singer-songwriter songs that used instruments like piano, guitar, bass, and drum kit. Much of these had MIDI comped alongside the recording.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is in my post-mixing. Since I did a lot of my work and studies during COVID, it gave me a TON of time to perfect my mixing ability, since I was fortunate enough to have a studio during that time. This also gave me a lot of time to get familiar with almost all of the instruments need to create a great song, so put the two together and you have me, one strong mixer!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I have always been able to match the energy of any song I listen to and can build harmonies almost instantly on any melody. My system also allows for this very unique Lo-Fi effect when set properly that I like to add to a love of my projects. If all you have is a melody and four chords, I can build your whole song in a few hours!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When I am post-mixing a song, I have a really sharp ear and will silently listen to the song 3+ times before making any changes. I do not take notes the first time through so I can really listen to the song as a whole, followed by several critical listening's, with notes. Then, I work through the song at noted marks chronologically until I finish all of my notes. I'll listen through as a whole once more and then start the process over again. I will do this as many times as it takes until I am pleased with the sound.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio setup is currently a dedicated room in my house that I have segmented from the rest of the house. I have panels up along all walls, as well as multiple removable sound-dampening curtains. I have two PreSonus Eris E5 monitors, an Eris Sub 8, and I run the Logitech Z337 for reference Speakers. My system hardware has the, UMC202, UMC404, BBE 362 Sonic Maximizer, DOD231EQ, S-curve 231 Dual EQ, and I am currently building a compressor. I use Pro Tools with Native, AIR, Izotope, SSSD, etc. plugins. Connected MIDI into the system I have a Yamaha Digital Keyboard, Arturia Keylab 61 Keyboard, and Alesis Nitro Drum set.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Any all-in-one musicians! Melanie Martinez comes to mind since she wrote, directed and composed three full albums, one with a movie titled "K-12". Hozier is another musician I look up to, as a singer and performer he has always inspired me to be more personal with my music. From a technical side, Bob Katz (I know, basic) is someone I have always referred to whenever I am struggling with something. His various textbooks and seminars that have been recorded are really eye opening and a great resource.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I usually do post-mixing, meaning someone has already recorded the parts and mixing/effects need to be added yet. While I am creative in my own words, I hate stepping on other artists toes and am much more comfortable in a setting where they know what they want and I can deliver quickly.