Steve Pageot: Grammy awarded producer, engineer and songwriter.
Henrik Andersson Vogel, January 2013

Steve Pageot has not only worked on platinum selling records like Krayzie Bones Thug Mentality 1999, or picked up a Grammy Award for engineering the Aretha Franklin song Wonderful. He also scores music for television shows on MTV, VH1 as well as major commercials.

Do you think there's a Pageot sound, that it can be heard that you have produced or mixed a record?
Yes, there is a "Pageot" sound. It's made of colorful chord progressions on top of Hip Hop/Pop drum grooves mixed with melodic lines, with a blend of classical music elements played on the flute, which is my main instrument that I've been playing for 30 years. The way I play the flute really adds a unique flavor to a track. You can hear me on the song called Listen!!! by the New York Rapper Talib Kweli from his Ear Drum album and on the song that I produced called The War Iz On by Krayzie Bone from the legendary rap group Bone, Thugs & Harmony.

A lot of the less experienced recording engineers over compress the vocal tracks and that takes the life away from the artist's performance.

Who are your biggest influences when it comes to producing and sound recording/mixing?
When it comes to producing, my biggest influences are Quincy Jones, BabyFace, Teddy Riley, Dr. Dre, Guy Pageot, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. As far as sound recording and mixing engineers, there is Bruce Swedien and my mentor "Prince Charles" Alexander. I learned so much from "Prince Charles". The most memorable day was when he mixed the song How Do I tell Her by Luther Vandross. I was fortunate to sit in the entire session, at the New Hit Factory in New York, and then witnessing Luther give the green light after he heard the final mix.

Do you think there's any particular mixing mistake that you hear less experienced recordists/mixers do? Here's your chance to correct them ...
Yes, a lot of the less experienced recording engineers over compress the vocal tracks and that takes the life away from the artist's performance. When I'm recording or mixing, I usually set my ratio to 4:1, it's not too much but enough to balance the overall signal going into my compressor. To know if you are using the right amount of compression you must not hear the compressor effect on the recorded signal, it has to sound transparent. The same goes for compressing your final mix. An overly compressed recording loses its entire dynamics. On the other hand, if there's a specific sound that you are going after then by all means, go ahead and compress as much as you want. What makes mixing so beautiful is that there aren't any set rules.

I will never do a drum mix without the FET Compressor.

We were told you like our Tube-Tech Classic Channel plug-in. Does it get any particular use, and can you point us to some examples where we can hear it doing its thing?
First I would love to congratulate Softube for making the Tube-Tech Classic Channel plug-in. I am in love with this channel strip. I can shape a sound the way I want it to sound. This plug-in has three sections which can be used all together and individually as well. The Tube-Tech PE 1C "Pultec" Equalizer section gives me precise high and low frequencies with an output gain knob for boosting. The Tube-Tech ME 1B Mid-Range Equalizer section is a mid range equalizer that you can use to add punch on a snare that you want to stick out across the entire mix.

The compressor section, Tube-Tech CL 1B Compressor, is great on vocals and instruments. I like the fact that I can monitor the signal through the VU meter. What is also amazing about this channel strip is ... let's say for example you have a stereo instrumental that needs life, all you got to do is insert the plug-in on your master bus and then adjust the settings to your liking. And voila - a fresh new sounding track. I have used this plug-in on tracks I did for many MTV shows, like Fantasy Factory season 5 and also on my AKG endorsement campaign Music Promo called The Way You Make Me Smile that I produced, which can be found on youtube.com.

I would love to congratulate Softube for making the Tube-Tech Classic Channel plug-in. I am in love with this channel strip.

Nice! Other Softube favorites?
The FET Compressor is an amazing and useful plug-in. I have been using it on all my drum mixes. It has the ability to make my snares pop and make my drums rock throughout the entire mix, especially when the parallel compression functions is activated. I will never do a drum mix without it.

So what can you share about what's in the pipeline for you right now? Artists you're working with, TV or film projects?
I'm currently in the studio developing artists signed to Pageot Productions, LLC. I'm producing songs for major artists and you can hear my music on the MTV network in the United States and in other parts of the World.

Freelance writer.