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The Journeyman

A versatile, Emmy-winning mixer and engineer (and composer!), Guus Hoevenaars is a Holland-born producer who has had an enviable career in the industry. We chat to him about his experiences and his setup, as well as his advice for those planning on embarking on a similar career…
Guus at work in his studio.
Photography © Ceridwen Foran

From working with the likes of Scissor Sisters, The Feeling and The Pierces to engineering the sound for Emmy-award winning TV shows. Guus Hoevenaars has experienced a great deal of professional success in his time behind the mixing desk. His career has also taken him to many studios all around the globe, from working at Trevor Horn’s Music Bank, Jools Holland’s studio and Manfred Mann’s Workhouse Studios in London to co-designing and working out of A-list pop star haunt Soapbox Studios in Atlanta and now, taking up an in-house position at Newmarket Studios in Australia. Along the way he’s worked with a vast range of artists in varying genres that spans jazz to pop and even classical. He’s also one half of electronic double act HVMNS. Aside from music, Guus has composed for advertisements and been part of the Emmy-winning sound teams for acclaimed documentaries and TV shows. We talked to Guus about how he landed this most sought after of careers…

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In our cover feature this month, Alex Holmes guides you through the science and logic behind why it’s necessary to calibrate your studio and equipment, and the steps you’ll need to take to guarantee perfect, balanced sound at all times. Also this issue, Erin Barra simplifies some vital music production concepts that may have long eluded your understanding – to hopefully increase your sonic vocabulary. We speak to Kanye West’s former controllerist and cutting-edge musician Laura Escudé, UNO synth designer Erik Norlander and Emmy-winning Guus Hoevenaars. Additionally, we present our in-depth reviews of Roland Cloud, PreSonus Studio One 4, Loopcloud 2.0, Elektron Analog Four MkII and more, as well as 5 brand new tutorials to broaden your production chops.