How I Work

Minutes to Midnight Studio (Detail)

In this post I will explain how I work, using a familiar FAQ format.

What is that I do?

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

I help acoustic musicians turning their song, album or audio into a professional product.

What value do I offer to my clients?

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?

Bass player: specialising in the pop, rock, blues and songwriter genres, I bring a solid foundation to your art.

Recordist and Mixer: I capture and balance all the elements in your song, bringing clarity and definition.

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

I have experiences in different audio production workflows, like game sound design, animation soundtrack, podcasts or sound effect creation and editing.

What is my workflow from engagement to delivery?

It depends on the nature of the job.

I break down the project before it starts. I use an online form designed to collect as many information as possible from the client. I strive to solve all the potential grey areas.

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 setup.

Can you hire me if you’re not in the UK?

Of course. We can work together, regardless of where you are. I’m well versed in remote working, after many years delivering for multiple industries.

I have an established professional workflow, evolved in years of experience with clients all over the UK and overseas. My goal is to avoid working 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, I use them myself in my compositions sometimes, 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.

Can you hire me in case you need bass tracks or a bassist for live gigs?

Yes! 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, effects, Foley, animation soundtrack, game audio, audio synchronisation and editing, audio tuning and correction, drum doubling and drum replacement.

What kind of equipment do I currently use?

While I worked on analogue consoles in the past, I’ve been using digital equipment for almost two decades.

My current studio is centred on my two Focusrite Pro devices. Everything is converted from analogue to digital using the Saffire Pro 40. The workstation is a maxed out 2015 MacBook Pro i7.

I mix and master in the box, completely in the digital domain.

I listen through two different pairs of speakers. I work on the Focal Alpha 80; I test on the Yamaha HS5. Headphones in use: Beyerdynamic 770 Pro and AKG K240.

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.

My bass guitars are a 1991 Warwick Thumb and a more recent Fender Jazz fretless. A Fender Stratocaster electric guitar is also in the studio.

The room’s acoustic treatment is from GIK Acoustic.

What software do I currently use?

Logic Pro X is my DAW, since the eMagic years. I currently use the version 10.4.x on macOS 10.13 (High Sierra).

Many plugins are available, both as software instruments and effect/processors. My usual go-to plugins, besides many Logic stock ones, are:

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

Do I offer audio archiving for future potential re-mixing or re-mastering?

Yes. I’ve spent a long time perfecting my 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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