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Rising Stars: Taylor Sparks

Daniel Gumble
Rising Stars: Taylor Sparks

Audio Pro International’s focus on the best of the industry’s young audio engineers continues this week with the latest addition to our Rising Stars section.

This week we chat to audio engineer Taylor Sparks…

Where did you study?

Extensive trial and error; the school of hard knocks, I guess you can say.

Which band/project are you currently working on?

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I am currently tracking/mixing/mastering a Beach Boys-influenced band called Parakeets and also my own tunes.

Trying not to get my plate too full right now. I am opening an online audio store called Armory Audio (www.ArmoryAudio.com). Once that gets rolling, I am going to focus more on engineering.

Where are you based/working at the moment?

I just moved back from Nashville, TN so I do not have my own studio space but I rent out others between here (Tucson, AZ) and Phoenix, AZ. I’m also trying to get out to LA sometime soon.

Which audio console are you currently using? And how many channels?

I just sold my modded Soundcraft 6000, but I'm looking at getting an AMEK 2500.

Do you use any outboard effects/EQ, and if so, what are they used on and why?

Yes, I try to mainly stay out of the box when using compression and EQ. However, I don't use too many effects out of the box. I change my mind extremely often with reverbs and delays; it's much more effective for me if I stay inside the digital realm for that matter.

When I use effects, I mainly use slight delay and a little bit of reverb on vocals. If I have a really dry tracking room, I’ll use reverb on a drum bus or a crushed drum bus.

What is your console of choice?

The console of my choice or my wallets choice?! I would love to own an SSL 4k, but for now, I really enjoy working on an AMEK or Trident 80s.  

If you could work with any band/artist who would it be?

If I could work with any band/artist it would have to be The Gaslight Anthem or The Mars Volta.

To get involved in our Rising Stars column, whether you are an engineer who is new to the industry and would like to be featured, or an experienced engineer who would like to nominate a particular student/apprentice, please contact Audio Pro International editor Daniel Gumble on daniel.gumble@intentmedia.co.uk or 01992 535646.

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Tags: Live Sound, Studio, ssl, trident, Rising Stars, taylor sparks, soundcraft 6000, the mars volta, the gaslight anthem, amek

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