About me

Immediately before the turn of the millennium I started playing music as a singer in Berlin rock bands when I was a teenager. 2007-2010 I studied at the Deutsche Pop Akademie (Berlin) and produced many different kinds of music from 2011. I got more intensive experiences in recording, songwriting, arranging and mixing and was allowed to work with some very varied and interesting artists.

 

MixRocks

Since the summer of 2015 I have specialized in mixing the genres I love the most - Rock/Pop Singer-Songwriter Styles. These genres are a perfect musical mix for me. Also a reason why my service is called "Mix Rocks".

 

Blog (German language)

The idea of my own blog had been on my mind for a long time, but it wasn't until the end of 2017 that I was able to take the time to push this project forward. Under the name "GearFader" the blog starts at the beginning of 2018. With the restructuring of the MixRocks-website the audio-blog became part of MixRocks.com.

This blog describes my own experiences from the audio production area and serves as a place for reviews and ideas of products from the music industry, which arouse my own interest. Since I myself am passionate about experiences, reviews and tests on the Internet, I would like to contribute a small part to expand this offer. Also, as far as my time allows, new introductions, discoveries and product deals are listed here.

 

Joker Drum Tracks

Joker Drum Tracks - JDT - was not a business idea at the beginning.

Some years ago I worked with a client on one of his songs. He had finished his guitar and vocal tracks and I took over the arrangement with other instruments and the drums, which I had first programmed with a virtual drum plugin that I had known for several years. The virtual drums didn't fully convince the customer. The style and the programmed parts were good for him, but all in all it didn't feel "right" to him. By working with many musicians this is not an abnormal feeling with virtual drummers.

So I hired a session drummer for a drum tracking session in a recording studio. On the recording day the customer could not come to the studio due to a personal situation, so the drummer and I had to do the tracking on our own. With the virtual drum tracks, I knew what the customer was looking for, but I wasn't sure if he'd like the first take when I recorded it. I asked the drummer if he had a different idea and so we recorded up to 3 different versions for each part of the song.

Later in the production process, together with the client, I selected the best versions for his song, changed some hits and fills here and there and at the end of the day he was very happy with his drum track. For me it was a great work experience to have an option, but also to be limited in a way that you have to decide what works best for you and can go on with it.

A few months later I needed some drum tracks for my own songs and started building a small collection.

At that time the idea of a webshop with some tracks came to mind, and a few years later I had enough tracks of different styles together to set them up.

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Mix Rack

If you (like me) are also interested in audio equipment, you can find my current hardware & software here that I use for mixing. I find analog equipment impressive for its "sound", but still don't want to miss the digital advantages in editing and mixing. Therefore I work with a "hybrid system" in order to take advantage of the advantages and possibilities of the analog as well as the digital area. With this system and workflow I can create the desired sound for each song.

Outboard

Warm Audio WA76 Compressor
Elysia xpressor 500 Compressor
IGS Stereo Bus 500 Compressor
IGS LA One 500 Tube Compressor
Lindell X7-500 Compressor (2x)
ART Pro VLA II Tube Compressor

Mix System

Apple Mac Pro 2013 6-Core
DAW: Avid Pro Tools
Universal Audio Apollo QUAD
Apple iPad with ProTools Control
AVID Artist Mix Controller (2x)

Monitoring/Amps

Neumann KH120a Activ-Monitor
Yamaha HS80m Activ-Monitor
AKG K 271 Pro Studio Headphones

Hiwatt HiGain 50 Tube Amp
Universal Audio "The OX Box"

PlugIns by…

UAD, Waves, McDSP, Massey, Slate Digital, Soundtoys, iZotope, Celemony, Native Instruments, DrumATom, Soundradiax, Brainworx