Stephen Rumph - Audio Engineer/Producer

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  • Loves the studio

  • Mad about games audio

  • Doesn't know it all

  • Passionate music nerd

"The studio is like a kitchen, it contains all the prep and ingredients to create a hit sandwich" - Stephen Rumph

Stephen has been writing and recording music since the age of 10, since picking up the guitar for the first time and playing a note. Now at a spring 33, he is taking on the audio profession from the inside. Last year Stephen made the decision to undertake a Bachelor Degree in Audio Production at SAE, and since starting he has done what all big kids with toys do and got in the studio. Being creative in life is at the centre of all the decisions he makes, whether that be in the studio or in the books. Previous to studying audio production Stephen was a Chef who lead teams in high pressure situations for 13 years, and after leaving that profession he went on to study a Bachelor of Entertainment Business Management where he managed a mildly successful indie band and started writing his own music blog called So Much Power. These transferable skills have helped in many studio and collaboration situations where ideas needed to be free flowing and deadlines needed to be met. 

 

My Own Creations

Podcasting

Music Production

My Roles:

  • Live Room Tech
  • Producer
  • Mastering Engineer

Bring me the Dawn gave me some new parameters in the studio, such as acoustic guitar and banjo. These basic instruments have a tonal quality that requires the best skills to capture correctly. This was my first attempt with acoustic instruments and I learnt a lot in the process. Read on to see my notes about this session. 

My Roles:

  • Recording Engineer
  • Producer
  • Mix Engineer
  • Performer (Bass/Vocals)
  • Band Manager, Agent and Publicist 

Recorded, mixed and mastered at a house in Eltham, Melbourne. I was inspired from this point on to make it my life goal to be an audio engineer. I worked on this project while I recovered from a leg injury for 4 months. Drums were recorded in the living room of my house, the guitars were recorded in an office in the woods and it was the first time I ever layered analogue feedback from a guitar amp to a recording. The real inspiration was the amount I learnt from engineer Josh Grant. He was a key decision maker and supplied all of the equipment. The end result were some pretty great reviews online and in the paper and an album of the week mention in Beat Magazine. Read on to see my notes about this session. 

My Roles:

  • Live Room Tech
  • Producer
  • Mastering Engineer

Brooke is a talented rock vocalist who mainly performs in a metal band, but needed a demo of her songs done acoustically. She is also a gifted videographer and donated her time to capturing and editing a video of my work. In this session I helped create a reverb chamber with a mono speaker and an ORTF stereo mic setup inside the stairwell of SAE Institute. Read on to see my notes about this session. 

My Roles

  • Live Room Tech
  • Producer
  • Mastering Engineer

Deadbeat Society are a heavy grunge rock band with huge guitars, dynamic vocals and punchy drums. We managed to complete 6 tracks in 2, 4 hour sessions, but spent a lot of time on the mix getting the right amount of dynamics between the instruments and re-amping the drum kit. My role was very hands on as the Live room tech and used this opportunity to delve into the world of mastering. Read on to see my notes about this session.