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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 145 - Jack Hartley - Capturing a Heavy Record

    Secret Sonics 145 - Jack Hartley - Capturing a Heavy Record

    Jack Hartley is a music producer, audio engineer, and mixer based out of Adelaide, SA, Australia! In our conversation, Jack tells his story - transitioning from bands into the studio and putting in the reps. We chat about trends in heavy music, making sure he gets some pre-production in, and what making a heavy record looks like. He goes deep on his approach to capturing drums - collecting vast samples from every drummer on the kit they play, and how he treats bass, drums, and vocals in the mix. We also chat about work-life balance, staying healthy, being honest with artists, trusting yourself, and so much more! Check it out!

    You can learn more about Jack at https://www.jackhartleyaudio.com/

    You can follow Jack on Social Media
    IG - https://www.instagram.com/jackhartleyaudio/

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    You can listen to the song we discussed in the "Sauce" segment here -
    "Ethos" by Wings of Thanatos - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1ZkdIFYD5Q

    References:
    Brainworx Ampeg SVT - https://www.plugin-alliance.com/en/products/ampeg_svtvr_classic.html
    Dr. Ford - https://www.benwallick.com/podcast-episodes/2022/5/1/secret-sonics-143-dr-ford-a-holistic-approach-to-production
    Mike Pepe - https://www.benwallick.com/podcast-episodes/2020/9/27/secret-sonics-065-mike-pepe
    Where does tone come from - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n02tImce3AE
    Vocalign - https://www.synchroarts.com/products/vocalign-ultra/overview
    Purple Audio 1176 - https://www.plugin-alliance.com/en/products/purple_audio_mc_77.html
    Slate Distressor - https://slatedigital.com/fg-stress/
    Brainworx Townhouse - https://www.plugin-alliance.com/en/products/bx_townhouse_buss_compressor.html
    Adam “Nolly” Getgood - https://www.instagram.com/nollyggd/

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    • 1 hr 42 min
    Secret Sonics 144 - Sam Sherbin - Betting on Himself

    Secret Sonics 144 - Sam Sherbin - Betting on Himself

    Sam Sherbin is a mixing engineer based out of LA, CA, USA! In our second conversation on the podcast, Sam brings us up to date; betting on himself and moving to LA, being a great hang, sticking around the studio, and working hard. He goes deep on leaning into fear, having a beginner's mindset, and always striving for growth. We also chat about working with long-term clients, gratitude to do what we do, what to listen for in an already great-sounding producer's mix, and so much more! Check it out!

    You can learn more about Sam at https://www.samsherbin.com/

    You can follow Sam on Social Media
    IG - https://www.instagram.com/samsherbinmusic/

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    You can listen to the song we discussed in the "Sauce" segment here -
    "CAVIAR" by CL - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzoWpiP1bVU&ab_channel=Jendukie

    References:
    Sam's first episode - https://www.benwallick.com/podcast-episodes/2021/1/17/secret-sonics-080-sam-sherbin-the-feel-of-a-record
    Andy Reed - https://www.benwallick.com/podcast-episodes/2022/2/27/secret-sonics-134-andy-reed-making-a-song-in-a-day
    Dee Kei Waddell - https://www.benwallick.com/podcast-episodes/2022/4/17/secret-sonics-141-dee-kei-waddell-the-way-of-the-mixer
    Manny Marroquin - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manny_Marroquin
    Irko - https://www.benwallick.com/podcast-episodes/2020/12/20/secret-sonics-076-irko-being-true-to-himself-and-the-music
    Tchad Blake - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tchad_Blake
    Al Schmitt - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Schmitt
    Willie Green - https://www.benwallick.com/podcast-episodes/2022/1/9/secret-sonics-127-willie-green-being-true-to-artistic-intent
    John Greenham - http://www.johngreenham.com/
    Nicholas Di Lorenzo - https://www.benwallick.com/podcast-episodes/2021/10/17/secret-sonics-117-nicholas-di-lorenzo-pushing-boundaries-beyond-mastering
    Jesse Ray Ernster - a...

    • 1 hr 43 min
    Secret Sonics 143 - Dr. Ford - A Holistic Approach to Production

    Secret Sonics 143 - Dr. Ford - A Holistic Approach to Production

    Dr. Ford is a music producer, mixer, and songwriter based out of Nashville, TN, USA! In our conversation, Dr. Ford shares his journey; from scrubbing toilets as an intern to joining a country band, to eventually producing and mixing for artists around the world. He goes deep on his holistic approach to production, mixing, and maintaining a career in this industry - including keeping in mind if the fix is momentary or constant, making sure everything is phase-aligned, using dynamic EQ and de-harsh-ers, keeping the mids and sides in mind and using mid-side compression, why dual mono is important, and how he uses parallel compression. We also chat about his game-changing trip to Mix with the Masters with Jack Joseph Puig, vocal textures, the rule or threes, the golden ratio, lessons learned from his mom's real estate business, and so much more! Check it out!

    You can learn more about Dr. Ford at https://www.drford.com/

    You can follow Dr. Ford on Social Media
    IG - https://www.instagram.com/drfordmusic/

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    References:
    Recording Studio Rockstars episode - https://recordingstudiorockstars.com/rsr136-daniel-ford-secrets-hip-hop-lcr-mixing-powerful-vocals-studio-biz/Ronnie King - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronnie_King
    Richie Rich - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Real_Richie_Rich
    Sound Kitchen - http://soundkitchen.com/
    Soothe2 - https://oeksound.com/plugins/soothe2/
    Jack Joseph Puig - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Joseph_Puig
    Waves Vitamin - https://www.waves.com/plugins/vitamin#when-eq-isnt-enough-to-boost-masters-vitamin
    MAuto Align - https://www.meldaproduction.com/MAutoAligniZotope RX - https://www.izotope.com/en/shop/rx-9-advanced.html
    Mike Wells mastering engineer - https://www.dangerousmusic.com/news-press/tribute-to-mike-wells-mastering-engineer
    iZotope Tonal Balance - https://www.izotope.com/en/products/tonal-balance-control-2.html
    Slate Digital VSX - https://stevenslateaudio.com/vsx

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    • 2 hr 21 min
    Secret Sonics 142 - Neenah - Exploring the Mix

    Secret Sonics 142 - Neenah - Exploring the Mix

    Neenah is a mixing engineer, singer-songwriter, and producer based out of Amsterdam, Netherlands! In our conversation, Neenah shares her journey; from artist to engineer, to attending "Mix with the Masters" with Tony Maserati, to mixing records for artists worldwide. She goes deep on her approach to mixing - how to get drums to knock, getting great results in the box, when to send tracks to analog gear, subtle and creative sidechaining, and when she knows the mix is finished. We also chat about working on music that speaks to her, having her artist project as a creative outlet, letting go of perfection, and so much more! Check it out!

    You can learn more about Neenah at https://linktr.ee/NeenahMusic

    You can follow Neenah on Social Media
    IG - https://www.instagram.com/neenahmixedit/

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    You can listen to the song we discussed in the "Sauce" segment here -
    "Arizona" by Jordan Mitchell - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cp5m3zeg_Co&ab_channel=JordanMitchell

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    References:
    Xylo Aria - https://www.benwallick.com/podcast-episodes/2022/2/20/secret-sonics-133-xylo-aria-empowering-women-in-audio
    Tony Maserati - https://tonymaserati.com/
    Fi Roberts - https://www.benwallick.com/podcast-episodes/2022/3/27/secret-sonics-138-fi-roberts-magic-in-the-details
    Brian Bender - https://www.benwallick.com/podcast-episodes/2022/4/3/secret-sonics-139-brian-bender-leaning-in-to-authenticity
    Fabfilter Saturn 2 - https://www.fabfilter.com/products/saturn-2-multiband-distortion-saturation-plug-in
    Daniel Silberman - https://www.benwallick.com/podcast-episodes/2022/3/6/secret-sonics-135-daniel-silberman-driving-the-stereo-bus
    Bettermaker Mastering Limiter - https://www.bettermaker.com/mastering-limiter
    Statinski - https://www.instagram.com/statinski_mastering/
    Knock Plugin by DECAP - https://pluginsthatknock.com/products/knock-plugin
    Waves Trackspacer - https://www.wavesfactory.com/audio-plugins/trackspacer/
    Fernando Lodeiro - a...

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Secret Sonics 141 - Dee Kei Waddell - The Way of the Mixer

    Secret Sonics 141 - Dee Kei Waddell - The Way of the Mixer

    Dee Kei Waddell is a mixing engineer, podcaster, and entrepreneur based out of LA, CA, USA! In our conversation, Dee Kei shares his journey; from playing in bands to opening a recording studio really young, getting a boost of confidence from Leslie Brathwaite at Mix With the Masters, and starting the "Mixing Music" podcast. He goes deep on his approach to mixing - starting with the bass, being aware of his objectivity, thoughts on analog gear, and monitoring. We also chat about believing in the artists he works with, fatherhood, Twitch, having fun doing the work, and so much more! Check it out!

    You can learn more about Dee Kei at https://www.deekeimixes.com/about

    You can follow Dee Kei on Social Media
    IG - https://www.instagram.com/deekeimixes/

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    You can listen to the song we discussed in the "Sauce" segment here -
    "Lover" by Genevra Munoa - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXP2JnaEcwE&ab_channel=VariousArtists-Topic

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

    References
    Leslie Brathwaite - https://www.instagram.com/lesterbud/
    Chris Graham - https://www.benwallick.com/podcast-episodes/2021/5/2/secret-sonics-095-chris-graham-helping-audio-people-in-his-own-unique-way
    “The Mastering Show” - https://themasteringshow.com/
    Jesse Ray Ernster - https://www.benwallick.com/podcast-episodes/2021/8/29/secret-sonics-110-jesse-ray-ernster-going-all-in-on-his-dreams
    "Atomic Habits" - https://amzn.to/3M6MNRu
    Progressions - https://www.progressionspodcast.com/
    Mike McClellan - https://www.instagram.com/mikemcclellanmusic/
    Caleb Parker - https://www.benwallick.com/podcast-episodes/2021/4/4/secret-sonics-091-caleb-parker-getting-the-most-out-of-a-performance
    Tilt saturation plugin - https://www.mixland.io/online-store/TILT-EQ-Plugin-p437766387
    The Invisible Limiter - https://aom-factory.jp/products/invisible-limiter/
    "The Happiness Project" - https://amzn.to/3jKpdh4
    Kids books - deekeiandkayoko.com

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    • 2 hr 4 min
    Secret Sonics 140 - Rookes - Breaking New Ground in Music

    Secret Sonics 140 - Rookes - Breaking New Ground in Music

    Rookes is a music producer, remixer, audio engineer, and artist based out of London, UK! In our conversation, Rookes shares her journey; transitioning from artist to producer as the pandemic set in, winning an MPG scholarship, and forming 2% Rising, a network for women and gender minorities in audio. She goes deep on her approach to working with artists, production, programming beats, and remixing. We also chat about the importance of having an abundance mentality, being open to collaborating with people who might have a different workflow than you, finding inspiration from other art, and so much more! Check it out!

    You can learn more about Rookes at https://www.iamrookes.com/about

    You can follow Rookes on Social Media
    IG - https://www.instagram.com/iamrookes/

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    You can listen to the song we discussed in the "Sauce" segment here -
    "Narc (Rookes Remix)" by Shar - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrJJLNaknjo&ab_channel=SHAR-Topic

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

    References
    2% Rising - https://www.2percentrising.com/
    Katie Tavini - https://www.benwallick.com/podcast-episodes/2021/1/24/secret-sonics-081-katie-tavini-mastering-music-with-intent
    Ben Parker - https://www.instagram.com/benparkerjnr/
    Damian Taylor - https://www.benwallick.com/podcast-episodes/2021/11/28/secret-sonics-123-damian-taylor-music-productions-deep-thinker
    Olga Fitzroy - http://www.olgafitzroy.com/
    Emily Lazar - https://www.instagram.com/emilylazarlodge/
    Waves Vocal Bender - https://www.waves.com/plugins/vocal-bender#meet-vocal-bender-real-time-voice-manipulation
    Waves Vocal Rider - https://www.waves.com/plugins/vocal-rider#how-to-level-vocals-perfectly-in-3-clicks
    Ruby Smith - https://www.benwallick.com/podcast-episodes/2021/3/26/secret-sonics-090-ruby-smith-blending-artistry-and-engineering
    No Such Thing Records - https://www.nosuchthingrecords.com/
    Enoch Yang - a href="https://www.benwallick.com/podcast-episodes/2021/10/31/secret-sonics-119-enoch-yang-forging-an-authentic-path-in-music"...

    • 2 hr 1 min

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33 Ratings

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Informative, interesting, relevant.

Love listening to Secret Sonics and learning from the wide spectrum of audio professionals brought to us by Ben. This is a great show! Keep them coming!

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Ben has done a fantastic job compiling engineers and producers from many different walks of life into this podcast series. There’s a gold nugget of info in every episode and I look forward to each new one!

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