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Paul's studio has seen many incarnations over the past 15+ years: it began in the underbelly of Montreal, in the boroughs of St Henri & NDG. The studio then spent a two-year stint in the infamous RCA/Victor building before moving to its current location on the west side of Montreal Island. During these initial years of engineering, Paul also undertook some book learnin' at Concordia University. Following his Undergrad Degree in Science and Human Affairs, he took 1 year of ElectroAcoustics followed by 4 years Advanced Sound Engineering and 2 years Audio Mastering. He's also attended Berklee University (Audio Mastering & Video Game Audio) in order to further expand his knowledge of the recording arts.
In 2007 Paul began working for Korg (a division of JAM Industries: North Americas’ leading distributor of musical instruments, pro audio, and more ...) where he spent a few years learning the ins & outs of hundreds of hardware and software products as their Product Specialist. During that time, he eagerly packed his studio with gear from the various companies in the building (Korg, Vox, Markbass, Focusrite, KRK, Presonus, Audio-Technica, etc). Every penny he made, literally, went into buying gear, thanks to the help and generosity of the various product managers and their respective employees. Much respect to those awesome folk!
In February of 2014, Paul accepted a position with LANDR Audio Inc, a Montreal-based music software company. As Lead Audio Engineer he headed LANDR's Audio Team developing and continuously refining their state of the art Artificial Intelligence system that analyzes audio in real-time to perform the fundamentals of Mastering ("Audio Enhancing" is a more accurate description of the tech). On March 27th, 2014 LANDR launched the beta version of their Online Mastering Service. As of late 2017, when Paul left the company, LANDR had reached nearly 2,000,000 users!
Houdini Recordings began [and on rare occasion operates] as a mobile recording unit, which many will remember as Houdini Mobile Recording (HMR). However, Paul now focuses the bulk of his time at his custom acoustically designed studio in Montreal. His work includes audio mastering, producing, engineering, mixing, post-production (audio & dialog restoration for film/documentary), composing for film & multi-media and the occasional Comedy CD.
Paul works comfortably in a variety of musical styles for clients across North America. Thanks to wonders of the Interweb, Houdini Recordings is set up for file sharing where clients can securely send him projects in minutes and which are then returned to the client after completion.
As a musician, Paul has been performing and writing in various bands for more than 20 years and brings his extensive stage and studio experience to all his clients' projects. His main instruments are vocals and guitar, but you'll often find him picking up the bass, jumping on the piano/organ/synths, or even playing percussion and programming a weak beat. Bands he's been in include: Paul Edwards, Shot While Hunting, The Pines, Sonny Best Band, Lesley Lane (Patrick Krief), Hindsight, Wake.
When producing music, Paul often works with his peers or by their recommendations, as he feels creating and capturing music is best left to someone who has a personal interest in the project. However, please don't be shy to get in touch and discuss your project with him: big or small. He's very easy going and always good for a laugh. His philosophy is to be collaborative in the studio and have a great time making music with creative people.
To quote Nietzsche "Without Music, Life would be a mistake."