April update
April update

This month was partly spent researching various ways to record and deliver immersive sound for music in VR. Apart from that  there's been mixing work for Pandae's debut EP, various singles and an impressive 27Tapes session by Celine Cairo. Mastering projects included Mitch Rivers, The Originators, Pendants, Geronimo end Nick En De Doorsnee.

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Wessel Oltheten works as a mix and mastering engineer in his own Spoor 14 studio. He also records on location, teaches audio engineering at the Utrecht University of the Arts , and is the author of Mixing with Impact, a book on mixing that’s currently being prepared for international release.

 

Wessel cooperates on a regular basis with producer Wouter Budé and the 27 Tapes-label. Together they deliver complete albums, ep's and video productions for (mostly alternative) bands and artists. Wouter is in charge of the production and recording, while Wessel mixes and masters.

 

You can hear Wessel's ear in all kinds of productions, from the cinematic registration of Wagner's Ring Des Nibelungen performed by the Nationale Reisopera, to successful albums by rock violinist David Garrett and a single by Michael Jackson & Akon. Wessel mixed and mastered music by Black Oak, Navarone, Pocket Knife Army, Kraak en Smaak, Amongster, Don Diablo, Geert Huinink, Tim Knol, Dans Dans, Tangarine, DeWolff, I Am Oak, Robin Borneman and many others.

 

Wheter it's in heavily produced impact pieces or small acoustic songs, Wessel's approach can be recognized by the definition and lifelikeness of the sound, and dynamics that suit the music.

27 Tapes

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Black Oak

Mastering

27 Tapes

Mixing

Live sessions of various artists, e.g. Amongster, Black Oak, Dans Dans, Marble Sounds, Sunday Sun, Storksky...
Produced and recorded by Wouter Budé
Mixed and mastered by Wessel Oltheten
Filmed and edited by Doron Tempert & Jesse Immanuel Bom
 

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Spoor 14 is Wessel's mix and mastering studio, featuring Grimm monitoring, 56 channels of analog processing and a small recording room.
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> Mixing with impact

In Mixing with impact - Learning to make musical choices, Wessel Oltheten discusses the creative and technical concepts behind making a mix. Whether you're a dance producer in your home studio, a live mixer in a club, or an engineer in a big studio, the mindset is largely the same.

The same goes for the questions you run into: where do you start for example? How do you deal with a context in which all the components affect each other? How do you avoid getting lost in technique? How do you direct your audience's attention? Why doesn't your mix sound as good as someone else's? How do you maintain your objectivity when you hear the same song a hundred times? How do your speakers affect your perception? What is the difference between one compressor and another?

In a clear structure, this book covers these and many other questions. This will get you closer and closer to answering the most important question of all: how do you tell a story with sound?

Mixing with Impact is currently available in Dutch through Edusonic and is due to be published internationally by Focal Press early 2018.

Wessel Oltheten
> Recording > Mixing > mastering
koevoortseweg 14
5281 SC Boxtel
tel. +31(0)651875617
Mail. info@wesseloltheten.nl