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Honest conversations with real-world music producers and audio professionals from across the globe - exploring their creative processes and finding the inspiration to make amazing music! Join us weekly :)

Secret Sonics Ben Wallick

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Honest conversations with real-world music producers and audio professionals from across the globe - exploring their creative processes and finding the inspiration to make amazing music! Join us weekly :)

    Secret Sonics 175 - Cameron Lister - Forming His Own Voice in Production

    Secret Sonics 175 - Cameron Lister - Forming His Own Voice in Production

    Cameron Lister is a mixing/audio engineer and music producer based out of LA, CA, USA! In our conversation Cameron and I go deep on the following:
    Musical influences
    The ups and downs of his career
    Selling yourself
    Believing in yourself
    Social Media
    Cameron’s philosophy on how you find your artistic voice
    Don’t be afraid of failure
    Synths
    Bottom-up mixing
    Not using templates
    Monitoring
    Productivity hacks
    Cultivating a client-base
    And so much more!

    You can learn more about Cameron at http://www.cameronlister.com/

    You can follow Cameron on Social Media
    IG - https://www.instagram.com/cameronmixesmusic/

    ***Thanks to our sponsors!***

    Carl Bahner's resources for studio professionals - https://www.carlbahner.com/resources


    Progressions with Travis Ference - https://www.progressionspodcast.com/listen

    ***Join the Secret Sonics Discord community here(!) - discord.gg/UP97b72W6t


    ***BRAND NEW!*** SECRET SONICS PATREON - patreon.com/benwallickmusic

    References:
    Travis Ference - https://www.benwallick.com/podcast-episodes/2021/9/26/secret-sonics-114-travis-ference-redefining-success-in-music
    Maynard Ferguson - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maynard_Ferguson
    Tony Hoffer - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_HofferJumper - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRYZijLZR-Q&ab_channel=ThirdEyeBlindVideos
    Maniac - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GCNUeTFSbA&ab_channel=MichaelSembello-Topic



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    Thank you to Zvi Rodan, Mendy Portnoy, and Yakir Hyman for contributing to the podcast theme music!

    Thanks to Gavi Kutliroff for helping edit this episode!

    You can find out more about Secret Sonics and subscribe on your favorite podcast app by visiting www.secretsonics.co

    Have a great week, stay safe, and dig in!


    -Ben

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Secret Sonics 174 - Delegation: The Dos and the Don'ts with Carl Bahner

    Secret Sonics 174 - Delegation: The Dos and the Don'ts with Carl Bahner

    Carl Bahner is a mixing engineer based out of Lancaster, PA, USA! In today's episode, we discuss the dos and the don'ts of delegation. We go deep on the following topics:

    Bottlenecks
    Bahner's first pancake principle (LMAO)
    Don’t assume the delegatee's experience
    Start with a menial task
    Insecurity
    Fair wages
    Deadlines and availability
    The team


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    Carl Bahner's resources for studio professionals - https://www.carlbahner.com/resources


    Progressions with Travis Ference - https://www.progressionspodcast.com/listen

    ***BRAND NEW!*** SECRET SONICS PATREON - patreon.com/benwallickmusic

    References
    Carl Bahner's previous episode - https://www.benwallick.com/podcast-episodes/2021/10/10/secret-sonics-116-carl-bahner-serving-and-nurturing-artists


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    You can find out more about Secret Sonics and subscribe on your favorite podcast app by visiting www.secretsonics.co

    Have a great week, stay safe, and dig in!


    -Ben

    • 48 min
    Secret Sonics 173 - 5 Lessons I'm Applying to My Mixing in 2023

    Secret Sonics 173 - 5 Lessons I'm Applying to My Mixing in 2023

    Here's a little Solo-cast I recorded where I go over 5 lessons I learned this year on Secret Sonics that I'm applying to my mixing in 2023. A bit of a departure from the usual interview format but I hope you dig it!

    ***Thanks to our sponsors!***

    Carl Bahner's resources for studio professionals - https://www.carlbahner.com/resources


    Progressions with Travis Ference - https://www.progressionspodcast.com/listen

    ***BRAND NEW!*** SECRET SONICS PATREON - patreon.com/benwallickmusic

    Episodes I referenced:
    Bob Horn - https://www.benwallick.com/podcast-episodes/2023/1/1/secret-sonics-172-bob-horn-perceptive-and-adaptive-mixing
    Evan Morgan - https://www.benwallick.com/podcast-episodes/2022/2/6/secret-sonics-131-evan-morgan-manifesting-intent
    Daniel Silberman - https://www.benwallick.com/podcast-episodes/2022/3/6/secret-sonics-135-daniel-silberman-driving-the-stereo-bus
    Tim O’Sullivan - https://www.benwallick.com/podcast-episodes/2022/9/18/secret-sonics-158-tim-osullivan-fostering-inspiration-in-the-studio
    Brian Bender - https://www.benwallick.com/podcast-episodes/2022/4/3/secret-sonics-139-brian-bender-leaning-in-to-authenticity
    Mikko Gordon - https://www.benwallick.com/podcast-episodes/2022/10/23/secret-sonics-163-mikko-gordon-establishing-an-aesthetic
    Neenah - https://www.benwallick.com/podcast-episodes/2022/4/24/secret-sonics-142-neenah-exploring-the-mix
    Brent Hendrich - https://www.benwallick.com/podcast-episodes/2022/5/22/secret-sonics-146-brent-hendrich-working-on-what-matters-in-audio
    Josh Bonanno - https://www.benwallick.com/podcast-episodes/2022/7/24/secret-sonics-153-josh-bonanno-minimalist-mixing


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    • 15 min
    Secret Sonics 172 - Bob Horn - Perceptive and Adaptive Mixing

    Secret Sonics 172 - Bob Horn - Perceptive and Adaptive Mixing

    Bob Horn is a multi-platinum Grammy Award-winning audio and mixing engineer based out of LA, CA, USA, known for working with artists such as BTS, Usher, Timbaland, NeYo, Lupe Fiasco, and so many more! In our conversation Bob and I go deep on the following:

    His journey from Berklee, to Nashville, to LA
    Working with Neff-U
    Learning from his clients
    Working with BTS
    His approach to mixing
    Feel vs. Technician mindset
    Getting amazing low-end
    Frequency masking
    Heavy-handed editing from the mixer’s chair
    Paying attention to all the details
    Sidechaining
    Matching all 7 BTS vocalists in a song
    Being cognizant of your attitude
    And so much more!

    You can learn more about Bob at https://www.bobhornmixing.com/bio

    You can follow Bob on Social Media
    IG - https://www.instagram.com/bobhornmixing/

    ***Thanks to our sponsors!***

    Carl Bahner's resources for studio professionals - https://www.carlbahner.com/resources


    Progressions with Travis Ference - https://www.progressionspodcast.com/listen

    ***Join the Secret Sonics Discord community here(!) - discord.gg/UP97b72W6t

    You can listen to the "Sauce" segment in its entirety here - https://youtu.be/KGQD_hKUd8s


    ***BRAND NEW!*** SECRET SONICS PATREON - patreon.com/benwallickmusic

    References:
    Nicholas Di Lorenzo - https://www.benwallick.com/podcast-episodes/2021/10/17/secret-sonics-117-nicholas-di-lorenzo-pushing-boundaries-beyond-mastering
    Neff-U - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theron_Feemster
    Shachar Boussani - https://www.benwallick.com/podcast-episodes/2022/9/11/secret-sonics-157-shachar-boussani-going-all-in-with-mixing
    Dave Pensado - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Pensado
    Manny Marroquin - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manny_Marroquin
    Trackspacer - https://www.wavesfactory.com/audio-plugins/trackspacer/
    Bob's Pro Mix Academy course - https://youtu.be/Dek-3UYfryI
    Donald Philip - https://www.instagram.com/itsdonnybravoo/
    Sonobus - https://www.sonobus.net/


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    • 1 hr 54 min
    Secret Sonics 171 - Exploring the Intersection of Artistry and Audio with Gavi Kutliroff

    Secret Sonics 171 - Exploring the Intersection of Artistry and Audio with Gavi Kutliroff

    Gavi Kutliroff is a folk musician, singer-songwriter, audio engineer, and editor of Secret Sonics! In this conversation, Gavi and Ben let loose and chat about the intersection of artistry, audio, music production, and everything in between. They also go over lessons learned from the podcast and discuss goals/aspirations for the new year.

    You can follow Gavi on Social Media
    IG - https://www.instagram.com/pleasant_peasant_music/

    ***Thanks to our sponsors!***

    Carl Bahner's resources for studio professionals - https://www.carlbahner.com/resources


    Progressions with Travis Ference - https://www.progressionspodcast.com/listen

    Join the Secret Sonics Discord community here(!) - discord.gg/UP97b72W6t


    ***BRAND NEW!*** SECRET SONICS PATREON - patreon.com/benwallickmusic

    Listen to some music Gavi recorded with Ben - https://open.spotify.com/track/3Wk4a7lyogcy0Q404fpF8h?si=ac939822334d4189


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    Thank you to Zvi Rodan, Mendy Portnoy, and Yakir Hyman for contributing to the podcast theme music!

    You can find out more about Secret Sonics and subscribe on your favorite podcast app by visiting www.secretsonics.co

    Have a great week, stay safe, and dig in!


    -Ben

    • 1 hr 47 min
    Secret Sonics 170 - Charlie Deakin-Davies - Full Speed Ahead

    Secret Sonics 170 - Charlie Deakin-Davies - Full Speed Ahead

    Charlie Deakin-Davies is a record producer, songwriter, musical director, and multi-instrumentalist based out of London, England, UK! In our conversation Charlie and I go deep on the following:

    Getting their start and charting from a young age
    Being naive and productive vs. experienced with imposter syndrome
    Working with Gary Barlow
    MDing and touring
    Pop songwriting sessions
    Major labels signing TikTokkers
    Green lights, fast workflow, and virtuous creative cycles
    Approach to guitars and bass
    Compression vs. Automation
    Quantity leads to quality and inevitable successes
    Be friendly
    And so much more!

    You can learn more about Charlie at https://www.charliedeakindavie...

    You can follow Charlie on Social Media
    IG - https://www.instagram.com/char...

    ***Thanks to our sponsors!***


    Carl Bahner's resources for studio professionals - https://www.carlbahner.com/res...

    Progressions with Travis Ference - https://www.progressionspodcast.com/listen

    ***Join the Secret Sonics Discord community here(!) - discord.gg/UP97b72W6t

    You can listen to the "Sauce" segment in its entirety here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

    References:
    Rookes - https://www.benwallick.com/pod...
    Martin Lumsden - https://martintheproducer.com/
    Gary Barlow - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
    Fraser T. Smith - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
    Mannon Grandjean - https://www.progressionspodcas...
    Fred Again - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
    Devil-Loc - https://www.soundtoys.com/prod...
    Arcade by Output - https://output.com/products/ar...
    TCC (the Trans Creative Collective) - https://linktr.ee/TransCreativ...

    Consider rating and reviewing our show on Apple Podcasts and sharing this or any of your favorite episodes with a friend or two.

    Thank you to Zvi Rodan, Mendy Portnoy, and Yakir Hyman for contributing to the podcast theme music!

    Thanks to Gavi Kutliroff for helping edit this episode!

    You can find out more about Secret Sonics and subscribe on your favorite podcast app by visiting www.secretsonics.co

    Have a great week, stay safe, and dig in!

    -Ben

    • 1 hr 18 min

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