My history in mixing…

I grew up in a couple studios, mainly Paramount Recording, and before that, Pacifique Recording. Both of these places weren’t strictly rock or rap or pop studios. Well, maybe Pacifique was strictly rap and pop… but at Paramount, I assisted mixers of just about any genre you can imagine, from the largest pop/rap/rock/metal act to the smallest, weirdest bands ever. My point is, is that I was able to work under a bunch of different mixers, and for a long time afterwards, I would sit down to mix, and I’d emulate what I’d see these big mixers doing. I’d try mixing with the speakers on STUN like Andy Johns, with a couple of Pultecs strapped across the stereo buss, and think I was really doing something. I also tried doing the Neal Pogue thing, I’d clear the board out after every song, and start from scratch, and try using some of his go to pieces of gear(an Alesis Wedge)….and after a while, I realized something.

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Mixing is not that easy, and just emulating other engineers doesn’t work….at all. Until you mix record after record and song after song, you are just pushing mud around and doing what you think is mixing, that is until something finally clicks. Your ears get to the point where you can really distinguish what frequencies are what, and how they all work together. Balances come easier, and you need less and less to do more with. Looking back on my upbringing, now I realize why guys like Matt Hyde, Tim Palmer, Neal Pogue, and of course Andy Johns, could do what they did. It’s because they were mixing songs their way, the only way they knew how to.

I’ve been in the audio business for over 13 years, and I’m thankful to have learned what I have from all the cats I’ve worked under in the past. But now I am happy to say, I can only mix one way, and that is my way.

To contact me for your next Mixing project, check out the FAQ, and email me here.

Dec 2013 Update

Sunset Lodge recording studio control room

Control Room Interior: Console and Speakers

Well, I closed down the studio this year. Sunset Lodge Recording (Studio) was open from 2006 until October of 2013. I spent 7 long years operating that joint and working with everyone from Danzig to Diplo. It was a great accomplishment for me to create a place where musicians could truly get work done! Anyone who ever worked there, knew that when it was time to record, we got killer shit on tape, and did it quick. I always took pride in having my shit together and being ready to track whenever the artist found inspiration.

Stepping away from working in the same room for 7 years has 2 sides. On one side, I miss the familiarity of equipment and sonic footprint of the room(I designed the place after all). After working in a place so long, getting sounds and mixing takes about a quarter of the time, with about a quarter of the risk of things coming out weird. On the other hand, its easy to get set in your ways, and rely on familiarity a little too much. I am looking forward to mixing it up and working in a bunch of different studios in the near future.

Check out my buddy Joe’s studio, Valley Recording Co., where I will be doing a record in the near future.

Currently, I have setup a mixing studio and am taking mixing work via internet transfers all winter. Check out the FAQ here to get the mixing process started or go ahead and shoot me an email.

I’m excited for the records I have coming up in 2014, looking forward to slaying some records with a new found energy, and in the words of Dirk Diggler, “It’s my big dick, and I’m ready to fuck!”