Music RICHARD FURCH Award-Winning Mix Engineer With a Gift for Vocals By Lily Moayeri
ou would expect to find Grammys in the homes of rock stars and superstar producers. Not so much in the back house of a construction site. This is where Los Angeles-based mix engineer Richard Furch has his spacious studio, mixHaus. Just inside the entrance is an array of his 22
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Grammy nominations and six wins. Jay-Z’s name jumps out, as does Usher, Outkast, Tyrese, India Arie and Chaka Khan. The name that stands out the most is Prince, a nomination for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for the song “Dreamer.” Furch does not take any of his accomplishments for granted.
Raised in Berlin, Germany, Furch attended SAE Institute Berlin, graduating with an audio engineer diploma, what he refers to as “a driver’s license for a studio. You know everything, but it’s not like you were on a racetrack. You know your way around a studio, but you don’t have any real-life experience.” A classically trained pianist and jazz keyboardist, Furch shipped himself off to Berklee College of Music in Boston; armed with his engineering diploma, he was awarded a scholarship and started as a fifth-semester student there. “You should decide very clearly and early on what you are doing in music,” Furch says. “Are you being a service person or an artist? If you’re
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Mix engineer Richard Furch in his mixHaus Studio.
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