L knew he wouldn’t be able to gig and tour forever, so he taught himself how to record and produce music. He then established Crystal Blue Sound Studios. The entrepreneur has diversified into video, music-ministry consultation, audio design, audio books, life stories, podcasts, CD replication and voice overs. He records a variety of musical genres, including pop, Christian, rock, jazz, Latin, bluegrass and Christian salsa. Some of the artists he has produced are Mark Victor, Jeremy Rosado, Shannon Magrane, Dan Wood, Alan Darcy, the Walker Brothers, Reinhardt Brothers and the Warren Brothers. Pages also works weekly as a sound engineer at New Hope United Methodist Church (formerly First United Methodist Church of Brandon), runs sound for Nativity Catholic Church’s yearly Novemberfest and helps out at St. Stephen Catholic Church. He is a baptized Catholic who now regularly attends the Methodist church and says, “When it comes to faith, I use the whole tool belt.” “I get to sit in the mezzanine of a thousand-seat sanctuary and be the last word for a contemporary Christian band. It was like God put me in that seat. It’s a spiritual performance, so for me to be the end of the line before the congregation gets this message, that’s a powerful seat to be trusted in,” he said. Whether in church, at the studio or now for Abbey Ridge Live, Pages considers it a privilege to work with musicians as a producer and sound engineer. “I have learned so much from them, just by them allowing me to help their art unfold,” said Pages. “All musicians have insecurities, and I’ve learned how to identify them. They’re always a little selfconscious about something. I nudge them into letting the music unfold.” “First,” he said, “they have to hear themselves well in the monitor mix. Then you have to deal with their insecurities and help them focus on what they do are good at. Tell them what they do well, and they get confidence. When they’re confident, they play better. When they play better, it’s easier to mix. Being a
sound engineer isn’t just about turning up the volume or using electronics to make them sound good, you’ve got to start with your content.” To succeed as a musician today, he said, “You’ve got to capture the listener, tell interesting stories and, most importantly, you have to emote, so it’s believable. And a good sound or production engineer has to get the best possible content out of the musicians.” And that is his goal with Abbey Ridge Live—to create an excellent, credible musical and visual experience for performer and audience. Episodes of Abbey Ridge Live can be viewed at www.AbbeyRidgeLive.com or www.cbpro.net. Contact Pages at (813) 928-4052 or Nick@CrystalBlueStudios. com. Tampa-based duo Shane and Emily have some fun with their audience before the taping of Abbey Ridge Live Episode 5 at Crystal Blue Sound Studios in Dover.
Dominick (Nick) Pages begins the editing process after taping Abbey Ridge Live Episode 5 at his Crystal Blue Sound Studios in Dover.
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