You have a perfect idea. A song. Lyrics. A riff, sound, a loop, or a chord progression. Or any combination of those. Maybe you already have music for an entire album (yes, those things still exist), but aren’t quite sure how to make a record out of it. Or maybe you have the record made, but somehow it just doesn’t sound like your favourite records, or what you were hoping for.
As a musician myself, I know how exhausting, almost intimidating, the music making process as a whole can feel. It’s a long journey to go from an empty word document, a DAW-session or sheet music, to making a song available on Spotify or iTunes. Even if you had the skills to do it, it could still be hard to know what the next step is. I have sorted out many pitfalls before, and I can do it for you, too.
From the First Scratch to Ear-Catching Soundscapes
Typically a music (record) production includes many stages: starting from songwriting and arranging to recording, editing, producing tracks, mixing and mastering. And no matter what size of a project you’re going after, it needs to be carefully planned, especially when there are other people involved. A well-planned timetable, budget and workflow save time and money, and ensure the production will get finished–on time.
I carry out music production with various mandates, from recording engineer and mixer to artistic producer. I do project planning, recording/overdubbing, editing and mixing, as well as co-writing, arranging, producing tracks (check my lush string arrangements!). But most importantly, I can help you find the beef of your music project: What is it all about?
Do you have a band, but your live show is lacking something? Maybe it needs to be pumped up a bit with backing tracks, special sounds, samples or effects? Does the live sound feel muddy and no details pop out?
First of all, make sure your sound sources sound right and your arrangement is solid. A good band cannot be ruined (at least totally) by a crappy mixing engineer, but a great mixing engineer can make a good band sound heavenly.
The keys to the successful use of backing tracks are 1) well-thought arrangements and 2) well-produced tracks, which pop out just the right amount, not too prominently but enough to glue the live sound together.
What do I do, then? Let me consider your arrangements and sounds, help prepare the sounds, or just be an extra pair of ears. Nothing beats an experienced and motivated live sound mixing engineer, but I can help you be prepared in advance before you hit the spotlight.
No need for help?
Perhaps you are experienced in what you do. You record your own vocals, instruments, do your own mixing etc. If that is the case, I’ve still got something for you: When not in use, I rent my Orion Base recording studio for music makers and sound designers. Also, the control room is super silent (thanks to a separate machine room), acoustically dry and therefore suitable for recording, also. Not to mention with pro grade equipment, of course! Did I mention the electric table, which enables easy and ergonomic operation of the DAW while standing (as most vocalists prefer to do)? Ok, now I did!
Read more about renting Orion Base.