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Brandon Murphy

Brandon Murphy

Audio Consultant

Detroit, MI

248.591.9276 x164

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For Brandon Murphy, music has always been a part of his self-makeup. The Detroit-native was raised by musical parents who put instruments in his hands at a young age. Brandon’s weekly regimen as a youngster included drum lessons from his father until eventually the gift of a bass from his mother took over.

Brandon’s bass guitar would lead him all the way to Columbia College where he would study jazz performance. While at Columbia, Brandon’s interactions with the prestigious school’s recording studios led him down a different path.

"We had access to to some pretty nice recording facilities," Brandon says. "I started practicing bass less and less and hanging out in the studio rooms more and more."

Since Brandon’s time at Columbia, he’s become consumed by the recording studio and learning how to get the right sounds for specific genres. This has led to him deep-diving into many different aspects of musical production including becoming an Ableton Certified Trainer, learning about modular synths and designing electronic musical instruments.

"I try my best to research and know the history of a genre I’m working in," Brandon states. "From the records that influenced it to the gear and techniques used. I guess I like to take a period-accurate approach."

If you’re interested in learning how to recreate your favorite sounds in your studio or building something new that is completely out of this world, Brandon is the Vintage King Audio Consultant for you.

Q & A

What piece of recording gear changed how people work the most?
I would say Ableton Live has been pretty revolutionary. It did a lot to help legitimize the computer as a real-time musical instrument while allowing people to perform their productions in a more interactive way.

What record do you point to as an example of perfect music production? Why?
Tortoise - Standards: The drum processing on this record is ridiculous. A perfect melding of acoustic and electronic instrumentation, too.

What is the most important piece of recording or production advice you've ever received?
It’s kind of cliche, but to "get it right at the source." Whether it be a vocal take or sample selection for a beat, starting with a sound closest to what you have in mind, as opposed to over processing and editing, makes all the difference in the world.

What's something interesting that we might not know about you?
I'm permanently banned from the biggest rock venue in Chicago (The Empty Bottle) for sneaking in a live, 300-pound guinea hog.