â€œMy philosophy is that the song informs my methods of recording and mixing, and dictates the sounds we capture in the process. I want to be known as a chameleon, working on music that inspires me to try different palettes in order to paint an appropriate sonic picture for the artistâ€™s songâ€.
This desire to work on diverse musical forms using methods apropos to the artist is evident in Ryanâ€™s discography. He is as comfortable mixing major label radio singles as he is producing a jazz record. Throw in traditional Irish instruments, cutting edge indie bands, legendary blues artists, down home country singers, classic rockers and eclectic guitar players, and you get a picture of the wide eyed enthusiasm Ryan has for music as a whole.
Ryan has earner a robust career working with client such as: The Alkaline Trio, The Automatic Automatic, blink-182, Buddy Guy, Eulogies, Flea, The Heavens, Jimmy Buffet, John Frusiante, Three Days Grace, Tift Merrit, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, We Are Scientists and many more.
Ryan's Favorite Gear:
- UREI 1176 Blackface
The original one. It's the single greatest compressor ever. I'd like a whole rack of these one day...
- Tonelux EQ
Essential for mixing other people's recordings. Surgical, but with vibe.
- Aphex 204
Fixes anemic sounds. Can make a tiny, boxy sounding kick sound giant. Adds balls to bass. Adds sheen to guitars. Adds girth to toms...
- Empirical Labs Fatso
In a digital world, like a nice scotch; mellows your world.
- Chandler Germanium Tone Control
FAT. There's a common thread here!
- SPL Transient Designer
Everyone needs one of these.
- Tonelux Mic Pre
Ballsy and open sounding, and the tilt feature often negates the need for EQ.
- Audio Ease Altiverb
When you can't have a collection of the greatest reverbs, rooms, chambers and effects units in your room at the same time, this is the greatest invention ever!
- Yamaha analog delay and API 205 DI
My favorite vocal effect. Clean, dirty, fat, thin, whatever you want...
I love tape. Nearly all music sounds better when it hits tape. I like to track to tape, but that's not an affordable option with budgets the way they are, so mixing to tape is one of the only saving graces these days. 1/4" 15ips can sound amazing!