I never thought I'd end up in music...
I wanted to be a veterinarian.
After countless hours spent on the road, in the studio, and on stage have provided Rich with firsthand knowledge of the sacrifices artists make for their craft.
While his musical and technical background provides a solid foundation that bands have counted on, Rich Stine has the real-world experience to understand the difference between knowing the rules and knowing how and when to break them. For the past twenty years, Rich has enjoyed success as a performer, songwriter, academic, engineer and producer. During that time, he’s been fortunate to work with many diversely talented people in a broad range of genres, from classical to metal and everything in between. Some have been among the most revered producers, performers and mixers of our time; others have been emerging talents that will someday leave their mark as well. From these experiences, Rich has learned valuable lessons that are used and shared on every project he undertakes.
Having lived on both sides of the studio control room glass, he believes in a process that allows the artist to have an open dialogue at all times. Unlike a heavy handed producer imposing their sound onto the music, Rich strives to guide each act to sound not just like themselves, but to perform at a level they may have imagined, but never knew how to achieve.
Regarding technology: it is really just a fancy word to describe "tools." Although most recorded music is finalized into a digital world full of ones and zeroes, it doesn’t have to sound or feel like it was created that way. While Rich uses a state-of-the-art ProTools rig to convert those voltages and waveforms, he also maintains a full complement of analog audiophile outboard gear, modern and vintage musical instruments, stompboxes, noisemakers, and some crazy sonic manglers where words just cannot do justice. With this combination of analog and digital tools, you will have the freedom to shape your sound, and the ability to play with or defy any expectations or boundaries.
Hunter S. Thompson once wrote (somewhat accurately):
“The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side.”
Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way. When you work with Rich, you’ll not only be working with someone who is professionally considerate of your budget, timeline, and attention; you’ll be working with a someone who is deeply committed to your music.