Hi my name is Dirk Wolf, nice to meet you.
Besides being a musician, I am also a producer, recording & mixing engineer.
What is a recording engineer?

That is the person that records you or your band with microphones. This is something that takes practice and knowledge to get the best possible sound from the source. If something isn’t recorded properly it will never live up to it’s full potential. Moving a microphone a few inches can change a sound radically.

What’s a mixing engineer?

Now that your performance is recorded it has to be mixed. Mixing is making things sound punchy, warm, bright, agressive, mellow, big, small, what ever suits your needs. This can be done with EQ, compression, saturation and reverb etc. Mixing makes things work together sonically.
This is also an art form that takes a lot knowledge and practice.

What does a producer do?

For me a producer is someone that can help get the best out an artist. Someone who can give an outside perspective on a songs performance, structure and sound. This helpt to prevent some unseen pitfalls and takes the song to the next level.
When I’m producing an artist I like to see myself as a person that is there to take away the brainfog and give some ideas how the song can be improved. To me this should be a somewhat passive role since the final product should be something that the artist is satisfied with, not just the producer.

My sound

I’d like to think of my sound as a mix between Andy Wallace and Steve Albini (With respect to both producers). Punchy and clear but also natural and dynamic. A modern sound.
The guitars are loud when they need to be loud and nice and soft when the songs ask for it. When I record a band I tend to go for a natural sound that makes use of the sound of the room it is recorded in. This way you get al the punch and clarity from your close mics on drums but get character from the added room mics. It of course all depends on the sound that you’re going for. Dry and tight 70’s or aggressive metal drums, it’s all possible if you have the right tools.
Overdubbing guitars/vocals to make them ticker, fuller and make your song come to life. When it comes recording, I like to go for quality, not quantity so Singles/EP’s are my preferred goal. In terms of mixing, albums are also an option.

Here’s some of the work I’ve done:
Click the Soundcloud icon for the mastered previews

NOVKO- Live at the Greenhouse EP
Recording & mixing

for booking a recording/mixing session and for more information please contact me at:
dwolfmusic@outlook.com
 
Available Gear:

Microphones:

  • AKG C214 2x
  • AKG D112 
  • AKG p4 3x
  • AKG p170 2x
  • Beyerdynamic m201
  • Beyerdynamic TGD 71c
  • Beyerdynamic m160
  • Devine sm-100 2x
  • Rode Nt1a
  • Sennheiser e602
  • Sennheiser md421 II
  • Sennheiser e604 3x
  • Sennheiser e906
  • Shure sm57 3x
  • Shure sm7b
  • Superlux r102
  • T bone Rb500
  • Warm Audio WA-47jr

    Synthesizers, keys & drummachines:

  • Korg Volca Keys
  • Korg MS-20 mini
  • Phillips Philicorda
  • Nord electro 2
  • Roland Tr-505
  • Akai Rhythm Wolf

    Interfaces & DAW

  • Focusrite scarlet 18i20 3rd gen
  • Focusrite Scarlet  Octopre
  • Logic Pro X

     

    Plugins  I generally use:
  • Waves 
    SSL-E Channelstrip
    SSL-G Channelstrip
    SSL-G Masterbus Compressor
    DBX-160 
    CLA-76 
    Scheps-73
    Puigtec EPQ1a
    J37 Tape Emulation
    C6 multiband compressor
  • Soundtoys
    Decapitator
    Devil-loc
    Echoboy
    Echoboy Jr
    Microshift
    Radiator
  • Softube
    TSAR-1R reverb
    Saturation knob
  • Izotope RX8 Advanced
  • Logic plugins