Mixing with passion and experience. Don't like it? Don't pay!
my name is Thomas and I'm a mixing engineer as well as an embedded software developer. Some words to my musical background: took piano lessons when I was a kid for 7 years, tought myseld playing the guitar quite ok (TM), taking drum lessons right now - passionate beginner, I'd say.
My technical background: I studied media technology (B.Eng.) and focussed on audio production/mixing and audio hardware development. After that I worked in my own studio for a couple of years. The I ended up studying communications and information technology (M.Sc.) to really dive deeper into signal processing and electronic engineering. This combination gives me a strong background providing the perfect basis for mixing.
I gave up mixing music a couple of years ago and worked in the industry - and now I regret having given it up. Full of enthusiasm, I'd like to return and provide the best I can do for you, to meet your expectations. If I can't, don't pay.
Looking forward to getting to know you and your project!
Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.
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Interview with Vivid Sound Lab
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Seth MacFarlane - a smooth jazz piano recording with a lot of fun. ;)
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Get a place for everything in the mix. For each instrument, vocal, each reverb (!) and delay. I see this as a key component to get a clean mix.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Acoustic Pop, Pop Rock, Hip Hop, a bit Latin
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Communication, not only with people but also with music and each element of a song. That's important when mixing, to stay in contact with every instrument, every EQ, every compression and effect, and of course with the song in a whole.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Technical knowledge as well as musical emotion to support an artist in realizing her/his project.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: All faders down. Silence. Then I begin with the drums and raise the fades slowly to get surprised by each track. When the drums are complete, the bass comes in. After that, guitars come in followed by the synths, pianos, and everything else I can find. Everything gets its place in the panorama already Finally, at the end, the vocals as most important parts are discovered. Nothing but volume and panning is done to see where the tasks are concerning EQing and compression. Having done this part, the fun continues with effects and automation. Finally a subtle sum bus compression is applied to glue everything together.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I had some outboard equipment, but over the time, I realized that high quality plugins can take you there as well. Neumann speakers together with a high quality DA converter (Mytek), a measured and acoustically treated room and a well trained pair of ears are my studio setup.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Oh, many. Andrew Sheps, Marc Nelson, Fab Dupont, ....
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most times, I get tracks to mix, a regular mixing job. Sometimes also two-tracks are mixed with vocals, hip-hop or trap style. Vocal tuning also is a part of my work, if it's necessary! Not everything has to be in tune perfectly.