COMPOSING/ARRANGING

Composing and arranging music for film/tv, commercials, songs, instrumentals, etc. Genres include modern-classical, jazz, folk, singer-songwriter, pop, and new age/contemporary.

 

SERVICES:

- Scores for trailers, film, commercials, games/apps, etc

- Accompaniment tracks

- Original song or instrumental arrangements

 

RATES;

Please contact me so we can discuss your project.

SOUND RECORDIST

Field sound recording on location for film, videos, commercials, weddings, special events, etc.

 

SERVICES:

- Onsite sound recording with boom/shotgun mics or wireless lav mics

- Post-production editing, mixing, and mastering.

 

RATES;

- Recording - $25/hr, $100/half-day (up to 5 hrs), or $200/full-day (up to 10 hrs). 

- Post-production audio mixing and editing - $20/hr.

 

RECORDING, EDITING, MIXING & MASTERING

 

Studio recording, editing, mixing, and mastering of music to a finished product. 

 

The usual process of producing a song begins with recording multiple takes of the singers and/or instrumentalists, followed by editing the raw takes, then mixing and finally mastering the track.

 

If you're new to some of these terms, you'll find a brief description below...

 

SERVICES:

- Studio recording of vocals and/or instruments for soloists or a small group (up to 4 people).

- Editing and/or mixing/mastering of recorded tracks.

- Stock music and sound effects selection, licensing, and audio editing for film/tv, games/apps, etc.

 

RATES:

Recording - $25/hr. Rule-of-thumb: 3-4 hrs per 3-min song.

Editing, Mixing, and Mastering - $20/hr. Rule-of-thumb: 8-16 hrs per 3-min song. 

 

 

MUSIC LESSONS & PRODUCTION TRAINING

 

SERVICES:

- Piano  lessons - Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced levels. Both play-by-sight and play-by-ear training. Instruction in music theory, harmony, sight-reading, and improvisation skills. 

- Voice coaching - Proper breathing, pitch, volume and tone control.

- DAW Music Production Training - Intro to Logic Pro and ProTools MIDI and audio recording, editing, mixing, and mastering. Includes written mat'ls; a live demonstration; instruction on recording, editing, mixing, and mastering concepts and techniques; and a hands-on session where you will produce a song from scratch-to-finish. 

 

RATES:

$30 per 1/2 hr lesson

$50 per full hr lesson

DAW Music Production Training is $120 for a 4-hr session.

PERFORMANCE

 

SERVICES:

- Piano soloist/accompanist for weddings, banquets, church services, restaurants, bars, and special events. 

 

RATES:

$100 - $150 per event

$75 per church service

$50 - $100 per night

STUDIO EQUIPMENT:

- Acoustic Instruments - Yamaha GH1 studio grand piano, Martin DCPA5K acoustic guitar

- Microphones - Neumann TM-107, AKG C214, Blue Spark, Rode M5 Pair, Audio-Technica AT-8035 shotgun, Rode NTG1, Sennheiser ew112P wireless lavs, Rode FilmMaker lavs, and Sennheiser E835.

- Audio/MIDI Interface - Focusrite Saffire PRO40, Line 6 HX Stomp

- Mixer/Audio Interface - Soundcraft MTK-12 analog/USB, Behringer Xenyx1202 FX analog

- Field Audio Recorder - Zoom H5 w/ stereo mic

- MIDI Keyboard Controller - Roland Fantom X8 workstation w/SRX-06 expansion board

- MIDI Pad Controller - Akai Professional MPK 249 and MPD232 MIDI controllers

- DAWs - Logic Pro X, Pro Tools 12, Cubase 8 LE

- Virtual Instruments - Vienna Symphonic Library, Synthogy Ivory II American D, SoundIron Emotional Piano, EastWest, SoNiVOX Big Bang Cinematic Percussion, Omnisphere 2,  Garritan, EXS24, Expand2 , Halion, and others

- Audio & Mastering Plug-ins - Izotope Nectar Vocal Production Suite, Vocal Synth, RX6, Ozone 7, Melodyne, and others

- Monitors - Event 20/20 basV2 Bi-amplified studio monitors, JBL LSR 310S subwoofer, Roland KC-550 stage amps

- Headphones - AKG K240, AKG K52, Sennheiser HD280

- Computer - Mac Pro (3.7GHz Xeon E5 - 64GB RAM  - 1TB PCIe SSD), MacBook Pro, Sonnet Thunderbolt USB 3.0 PCIe expansion module, Glyph project (2TB) and sampler (4TB) hard drives, Western Digital backup drives (8TB)

 

 

WHAT IS EDITING, MIXING, AND MASTERING?

 

Editing involves taking a raw audio or MIDI recording and correcting for unwanted noise, timing, speed, pitch, harmony, and dynamics. The careful use of gates, quantization, tempo, note/sample editing, and compression is usually involved.

 

Mixing is where each voice or instrument is put in its proper place dynamically e.g. volume and expression-wise; spatially e.g. panning and delay of the audio to produce a full stereo image; and acoustically e.g. frequency slotting and equalizing to allow each voice to be heard and avoid 'muddiness'. Effects such as reverb, delay, chorus, and stereo spread can also be applied during mixing to enhance the sound.

 

Mastering is the polishing step that ensures a recording is dynamically even within a track and between tracks e.g. compression and limiting to ensure the full dymanic range is being used without being too soft or loud (which results in unwanted clipping); not too dull or bright using a mastering EQ to remove unwanted frequencies (subsonics and ultra-highs); and perceived to be in the right 'room space' appropriate to the song by adjusting the wet/dry of the master reverb. The sampling rate and bit depth are also set according to whatever the end-user requires.

 

Without music, life would be a mistake - Fredrich Nietzsche

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