How I Work

Minutes to Midnight Studio (Detail)

In this post I will explain my music workflow and how I work, using a familiar FAQ format.

What is it that I do?

I’m a session bassist and composer turned professional producer and mixer.

What value do I offer?

With an in-depth knowledge of the entire music process, I can understand the need for songwriters and bands to bring their art to the next level.

What are my core services?

Recordist, Producer and Mixer
I empathize with what you want to communicate, so that I’m able to capture and balance all the elements in your music, bringing clarity and definition.

Bass Player
Specialising in the pop, rock, blues and songwriter genres, I bring a solid foundation to your art.

Master engineer
I polish your music, check the quality and make sure the material is approved for public release.

Also, I have experiences in different audio production workflows, such as:

  • game sound design
  • animation soundtrack
  • podcasts
  • sound effect creation and editing.

What is my workflow?

I break down the project before it starts. Using an online project plan form, designed to collect as much information as possible, I try to solve all the potential grey areas beforehand.

I work using accurate estimates to build efficient tasks, defined and mutually accepted upfront.

Whether the job is remote or not, I involve the client from the start by providing full real-time access to my workflow. It’s a great way to reassure the client that I’m going to execute their vision, and deliver on time.

Where is my studio?

I’m in Cambridge, UK. Therefore, I can efficiently serve the Cambridge & London area. I can also offer attended sessions, or come to your place with my mobile rig.

Can I work with you from outside the UK?

Yes. We can work together, regardless of where you are. I’m well versed in remote working.

I have an established professional workflow, evolved in years of experience with clients all over the UK and overseas, delivering for multiple industries.

I don’t work in isolation. I love to have my customers directly involved and happy to know where I am in the production of their art.

What music genres do I specialise in?

I don’t mind experimental, electronic material and synths-based music, but as a recordist and mixer, I do specialise in everything acoustic. Rock, blues, pop, funk, reggae, folk, singer-songwriter, modern classical and a few others.

What if I need a bassist for live gigs?

I can serve the Cambridge & London area as a live session bassist. I can also record bass tracks for your music in the studio, whether you provide a written score or not.

Do I offer other audio services?

Yes. I have a vast experience in related fields such as:

  • sound design
  • sound effects
  • Foley
  • animation soundtrack
  • game audio
  • audio synchronisation and editing
  • audio tuning and correction
  • drum doubling and drum replacement.

What is your equipment?

While I used to work with analogue equipment, I’ve been using digital devices for almost two decades, and now I produce and mix in the box.

Audio interface & DAC
My current studio is centred on Focusrite. Everything is converted from analogue to digital using the Clarett 4Pre. I have a dedicated DAC/headphone amplifier, for when I mix/test with the cans.
Workstation
A maxed out 2015 MacBook Pro i7.
Speakers
I use two different pairs of speakers. I work on the Focal Alpha 80; I test on the Yamaha HS5.
Headphones
  • Beyerdynamic 770 Pro
  • Sony MDR-7506
  • AKG K240
DIs, Mics & Field Recorder
A few SansAmp DIs are available for bass and guitar, along with a series of microphones, large/small diaphragm and dynamic. I also use a Zoom H5 with two different stereo mics (XY and shotgun) for ambience live recording.
Bass & Guitars
My basses are a 1991 Warwick Thumb and a more recent Fender Jazz fretless. A Fender Stratocaster electric guitar is also in the studio.
Acoustic Treatment
The room’s acoustic treatment is from GIK Acoustic.

What software do I use?

Logic Pro X is my DAW. I’ve been working with Logic since the eMagic years. I currently use version 10.4.4 on the latest macOS 10.14 (Mojave).

I also have experience using other DAWs, such as Cubase, Propellerhead’s Reason and Pro Tools.

I have a few sets of plugins, both as software instruments and effect & processors. I take pride in trying to get to know in depth the ones that I love and use, instead of always looking for the next big thing.

My usual go-to plugins are:

For audio editing & repair, batch processing and mastering, I rely on:

  • RX6 by iZotope
  • Myriad for advanced batch processing
  • Triumph (including for DDP files)
  • Steinberg Wavelab 9.5
Do I offer audio archiving for future potential re-mixing or re-mastering?

Yes. I’m always perfecting my solid backup and archive strategy. I believe audio archiving is a must-have feature to offer to clients. It allows for a future remix or remasters. Every single project is carefully filed to guarantee the preservation of the material for years to come.

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2 Comments

  1. Kicker, Simone! its very…seductive?. One question: attended sessions? In what manner? As a recordist/bassist?. Dare I imagine a remote attended session? And you can make SFX? I have something I could use some help with. And how about using a bass line or even a topline in a compostion, say, that you made for me..to play live? Good fortune for your plan?!

    1. I’ve had attended sessions for recording (guitars, viola, vocals thus far) and mix sessions. I’ve never tried that remotely, wicked idea though!

      Yep, I spent five years working as a sound designer for video games and SFX was my bread and butter 🙂 I’m intrigued by your last offer, let’s discuss that. Send an email (along with a Kanelbullar if you can!).

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