Exclusive Interview: Compound Audio.

Compound Audio provide a full range of post production services to suit any requirements their clients have when developing a wide range of media products.

 

Founded in 2014 Dean Pratt aka Dapz has been supporting artists with audio mixing, mastering and post production requirements.

 

Compound Audio was founded in 2014.

What were you doing beforehand?

 

Without going into a lengthy bio.

At 13 I took up Dj’ing Drum & Bass and by 16 I progressed onto producing my own music productions in 1998.

Between 2000 & 2007 I sat many qualifications within audio engineering which gave me the necessary skills to further my career / knowledge within music itself.

Throughout my time Djing & producing (1996 to present) I have gone under various aliases such as: Dapz, Special X, Strugglaz (Crew of: Myself, Slipz, MC Bomma & MC $pyda) 1 half of the duo: SLiPZ & DaPZ and also 1 half of the duo: Silent Code.



Under these names I have had the pleasure to Dj not just in the UK but all over Europe as well as producing / remixing for some of the biggest names / labels in the business.

Before Compound Audio, I have always been mixing and mastering for myself and others from 2008, but at the time I never thought of turning it into a business.

The idea evolved when I was in partnership of running a record label and I was doing the in-house audio mastering, since then I went from strength to strength using skills that I never knew I had, this led to clients returning purely for mastering and here I am today working studio full-time.

 

You’re a qualified Teacher.

Does this help with organising your business?

 

For me, I feel that without organisation it be would chaotic as doing the job in the studio is the fun part, the admin side of things is not so fun.


Though this needs doing, having had the teacher training it helps me put things into priority order and working allocated days.



Planning ahead works for me I guess…

 

With 20 years of experience, you have worked across the whole board

( T.V Companies,Hip Hop Producers ).

You have worked with many Drum & Bass Record labels too.

 Last year you mastered Dj Futures Remix of Babylon which was nominated for Best Jungle Track of 2017…

What has been the most enjoyable project to master so far?

 

Hmmmmm!

Good question.

Although I have been blessed with not only meeting but working with some amazing people from around the word, I have learnt a lot about different types / styles of music and how certain key aspects in one genre might not be the right thing to do or apply when mixing / mastering in others.



I was stoked to be given the opportunity to master Futures Babylon remix as this track is huge and I know it has massive support from major Dj’s.


The original is one of my favourite jungle tracks from when I used listen to it on the tape packs (showing my age).

With that said, I have no preference, I give 110% on all music projects that are submitted to me but if I had to choose I would say… when I mixed & mastered over 4 hours of audio content for the computer game called…

(Dambuster – Homefront The Revolution).



It’s not something I get sent on a regular basis but this project took just under a year to complete.

The job itself had to be very strategic in order for the final audio masters to work with the “in-game-play” on the various sections of the game so that the trailer music does not clash with the narration and Foley sounds.

Mastering is not all that you do you also work with Audio mixing & any post production requirements.

What do all these entail?

 

At Compound Audio we are specialists in Mixing, Mastering & Audio production.

We provide a full range of post-production service’s to suit any requirement’s our clients have when developing a wide range of media products.


We try to cover many areas of “Pre & Post Production”.

Over the last year I broken down audio mastering into different types / styles to suit the needs and budget for the Clients giving them the choice to choose from digital mastering, analog mastering, vinyl mastering, mastered for iTunes and our newest service, Algorithm mastering.

This is not a plugin or a pre-set, its works similar to another well-known company out there (not saying no names) this can be a cheaper alternative yet still achieving a great result.

Other services we provide are…

Mixing | Stem Mastering | Trailer music / Game audio processing | Artwork | Audio Sample packs | Merchandise and more 

you can get a full break down and description via the website: www.compoundaudionet 

 

Artwork and branding is also something you specialise in.

Do you think that branding now is something that really needs pushing and needs to be focused on more?

 

Branding and merchandise have been around for years, it is more easily excessible these days and we have kept the mech to a minimum, I fell that it’s a great way to promote your company / business, not only is it for the musicians and beat makers, you can also sell the clothing to just the listeners / followers.


It’s not a necessity to push branding but if you have a following or maybe a promotion deal, it’s a great way to get people interacting.

As for the artwork, we have a motto, “You got sound, now get the look!”
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Again, being able to do the audio post production, some labels or artists like to get the full package and have artwork made for their release or CD cover, we have in-house graphic designers to cover all this, and more.

 

 What can we expect from Compound Audio in 2018?

 

This year we are planning on putting together a record label using the platform that has been built up over the years, so much great music gets sent to us un-signed.

It’s kind of having 1st dibs on some tracks.


Also, as we provide vinyl mastering, we want to be able to follow this up and press / cut the mastered product onto vinyl for our Clients, 

as always we will continue to push promo’s and discounted deals throughout the year via the website.


Watch this space.

 

Final words,any special thanks?

 

I would like to thank yourselves Drum+Basics for giving me this opportunity to talk about Compound Audio and I hope for those that have never used us before feel the need to give us a try.

I would like to also thank my Wife, Ania, family and close friends.


A massive thank you to all of the artists and record labels out there that use Compound Audio for your post production needs, without you we wouldn’t be here today.

To all the up and coming / un-sung heroes, stay positive, keep aiming towards your dreams and don’t give up!!!

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