Interview: Founder Of Unity Audio – Kevin Walker

Despite having been a speaker manufacturer for less than a decade, Unity Audio has been able to give established brands a run for their money with it’s line of studio monitors, which can be found in respected audio establishments like Metropolis Studios and AIR Studios, as well as in the homes of several well-known artists.

SamInterview: Founder Of Unity Audio – Kevin Walker

Interview: Founders Of Finishing Move Inc – Brian Trifon & Brian White

Though Brian Trifon has been featured on Speakhertz before, under his Trifonic moniker, my talk with him this time covered different ground, particularly since his colleague, Brian White, was on board to talk about their work within the game/film world.

SamInterview: Founders Of Finishing Move Inc – Brian Trifon & Brian White

Interview: Mixer/Producer – Chris Sheldon

With 30+ years in the music industry, Chris Sheldon’s veteran abilities as a mixer/producer are in great demand among rock bands across Europe. He’s someone who’s  worked with the likes of Foo Fighters, Oceansize, Garbage and Feeder, and has sharpened his mixing and production skills on some pretty  acclaimed albums.

SamInterview: Mixer/Producer – Chris Sheldon

Interview: Producer/Mixer – Sie Medway-Smith

With over 2 decades of experience in professional recording, Sie Medway-Smith has been able to thrive in the music industry as a freelance producer and mixer that has worked with everyone from legends like Massive Attack, Bjork and Depeche Mode to current up-and-comers like TALA.

SamInterview: Producer/Mixer – Sie Medway-Smith

Interview : Pettinhouse Founder – Andrea Pettinao

Whilst Native Instruments and Scarbee tend to make waves in the world of virtual guitar and bass instruments, it’s worth noting that Pettinhouse has been around for almost 10 years, providing its own version of such products. This Italian company, operated by Andrea Pettinao, has it’s own range of playable guitar libraries that range from acoustic to electric.

SamInterview : Pettinhouse Founder – Andrea Pettinao

Interview: Abbey Road Studios Head Of Audio Products – Mirek Stiles

My quest for more interviews recently took me to Abbey Road Studios, where my friends at Waves had put me in touch with their Head Of Audio Products, Mirek Stiles. A veteran employee of the legendary studio since the 90s, he’s been around long enough to offer some comprehensive insight into the workings of the place, as well as fill …

SamInterview: Abbey Road Studios Head Of Audio Products – Mirek Stiles

Interview: Scarbee Founder – Thomas Hansen Scarbye

Most producers will at some point become familiar with the software behemoth known as Native Instruments, which will lead them to also become acquainted with a company called Scarbee. With their sample libraries taking up a chunk of NI’s production package, Komplete, Scarbee is responsible for some highly usable software versions of real instruments.

SamInterview: Scarbee Founder – Thomas Hansen Scarbye

Interview: Mixer/Engineer – Joe Tortorici

During my college years, long past, one of the few pleasures of an otherwise arduous and mundane period was to enroll in Audio I and II classes, which allowed my interest in music to briefly overlap the normally unbearable experience of academics. Lying at the core of why these classes proved to be enjoyable was the teaching provided by Joe …

SamInterview: Mixer/Engineer – Joe Tortorici

Interview: SourceSound – Charles Deenen & Tim Gedemer

Unless you live under a rock, cut off from the kind of media that billions of people consume daily, you will have been exposed to both Charles Deenen’s (above right) and Tim Gedemer’s work (above left), though perhaps unknowingly. From blockbuster movies like Fast And Furious, to hundreds of film trailers, to music videos for Jay-Z, Beyonce and Britney Spears, …

SamInterview: SourceSound – Charles Deenen & Tim Gedemer

Interview: Artist – Morgan Page

With help from my friends at Waves, whose interview I recommend reading, I was able to have a quick Q&A with electronic artist and DJ, Morgan Page, about his work in the plugin world alongside Waves, which has resulted in the release of the Morgan Page EMP Toolbox bundle.

SamInterview: Artist – Morgan Page

Interview: Mixer/Producer – Michael Patterson

Being such an avid fan of the Social Network soundtrack by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, I tracked down the guy who mixed the record, Michael Patterson, only to find out that he also mixed “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” soundtrack, some of Limp Bizkit’s best-selling albums, Nine Inch Nails material and was involved in a whole lot of …

SamInterview: Mixer/Producer – Michael Patterson

Interview: Pyramind Creative Director and Senior Composer – Clint Bajakian

Clint Bajakian is currently working at Pyramind Studios in San Fransisco, but his career has seen him work at conglomerates like Sony to esteemed companies like LucasArts. With Pyramind’s growing name as a destination for music education and contracted audio work for games and films, getting to chat with Clint about his work and workplace was great opportunity.

SamInterview: Pyramind Creative Director and Senior Composer – Clint Bajakian

Interview: Jason Graves [Game/Film Composer]

Jason Graves’ resume stretches too far for me to fully go through but some notable game and franchises he’s scored are Dead Space 1,2, and 3, Devil May Cry: Vergil’s Downfall, Resistance: Burning Skies, Murdered: Soul Suspect and the reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise. With his music output not seeming to slow down, I figured I’d throw some questions …

SamInterview: Jason Graves [Game/Film Composer]

Interview: Moog Chief Engineer – Cyril Lance

Moog Music Inc are in possession one of the most powerful and recognizable brands in pro audio and synthesis. They’re also one of the most respected, for their decades of work in creating instruments and sounds that have saturated popular and underground music since the 60s.

SamInterview: Moog Chief Engineer – Cyril Lance

Interview: Activision Senior Audio Manager – Adam Boyd

Continuing in my line of video game interviews with the companies at the forefront of the industry, I recently got the chance to talk to Adam Boyd over at Activision, the publishing division of Activision Blizzard. With his long-standing position within the game industry as an audio professional, I anticipated that he’d be able to offer some insight into the …

SamInterview: Activision Senior Audio Manager – Adam Boyd

Interview: Producer/Mixer – R8DIO

After having randomly bumped into him at the Vintage King store in LA, I became acquainted with Troy Johnson, aka R8DIO, who was unbeknownst to me a producer and mixer with a background and resume in the music world that was to be envied. After becoming more familiar with one another, talk inevitably led to pro audio, the music biz …

SamInterview: Producer/Mixer – R8DIO

Interview: Audio Engineer – Jeff Edwards

Following my chat with Blake Harden, I was able to further dive into the world of audio engineers by interviewing someone who’s experience has taken him from the American MidWest to the South, both as an audio professional and teacher. Jeff Edwards has a credit list that can be made long, covering most of today’s popular urban stars, which gave …

SamInterview: Audio Engineer – Jeff Edwards

Interview: The Recording Radio Film Connection COO – Brian Kraft

In an age where millennials have been granted the kind of access to music-making technology unseen in times past, the volume of people trying to get into the music industry has soared in the 21st century. One of the popular ways to legitimize such efforts is to treat it with the same regard as one would customary academics pursuits: enroll …

SamInterview: The Recording Radio Film Connection COO – Brian Kraft

Interview: Audio Engineer – Blake Harden

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As much as I tend to talk to mixers, it’s important to remember that studio engineers play an equally important role in helping artists reach their musical goals. After all, no-one wants to mix a botched recording. That’s where the likes of Blake Harden come in, an engineer with experience across a wide spectrum of urban music, from Usher, Tech N9ne …

SamInterview: Audio Engineer – Blake Harden

Interview: Mixer – Tony Maserati

With a resume that stretches from here to the moon, Tony Maserati hardly needs an introduction for those in the pro audio world. However, for those just getting into it, it might help to mention that he has credits as a mix engineer for everything from classic hip-hop and RnB records of the 90’s by the likes of Mary J …

SamInterview: Mixer – Tony Maserati