Michael Mechling

Mixing | Mastering | Recording

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Michael is a mix engineer located in Nashville, TN.

While attending Clemson University and Middle Tennessee State University both for Audio Engineering, I was able to intern at great studios in and around Nashville, TN. This included Vance Powell and Reid Shippen. Since then I have been fortunate to assist as many great studios working on everything from indie records to Dierks Bentley's upcoming (2018) release.

I currently work out of three studios:
• Forty-One Fifteen
• The ShoeBox
• My home mix suite

I love what I do, I love the diversity of music I'm fortunate to work on. I imagine you feel similar about your music, I'd love to hear it and see if I could be a good fit for you!

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

Interview with Michael Mechling

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: The upcoming Dierks Bentley (2018) record. I was an assistant engineer for the week of tracking.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: probably a country EP

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Not yet

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both, because the argument is moot. Huge advantages to both, I tend to think the combination works pretty well.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: I want to make you happy

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: its what I love, and the variety of music

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: Why isn't it as loud as the radio...... Listen to the "HEATED" file ---- it also has to be mastered

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: that its easy

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: Can you clean up your edits?

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: Lets have a conversation constantly, the more I know you and you me, the better the result

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: I guess if we're limiting ourselves to analog audio gear: My blue stripe Retro 176 Thermionic Culture Vulture PURE 2 ProAcs (computer obvi)

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: School, intern / assistant all while freelancing studio and live gigs repeating the post school process.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: BOLD

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: Kacey Musgaves, because Kacey Musgraves. Really because its always amazing songs, with amazing musicians tracked at amazing studios, with amazing people the whole way around.

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: think less, listen more, and guitars are always green

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: Indie Rock with a heavy dose of Pop-Country

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Listening

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: I typically pickup where the producer left off. This varies widely in genre. For example, with rock music I bring a long of harmonic distortion and aggression that the band/producer wouldn't normally have at their disposal. With pop and country mixes, its a lot of the same plus maybe some production elements that the producer missed or ways to make sections hit a lot harder etc.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: Setup the song, mix the song

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I have three: Forty-One Fifteen is a modern home studio on the east side of Nashville. All outboard gear, great conversion, great mics, smaller rooms: Fortyonefifteen.com The ShoeBox is more your typical commercial Nashville studio, with a ton of vibe. Cage The Elephant just recorded here. Vintage mics and instruments, Neve VR, Burl Convertors, Atomic Instrument Co. speakers. My mix suite at my house is a hybrid: Great monitor conversion, vintage UREI, dbx, api, pultec equipment on inserts for Pro Tools, with an analog 2-bus chain and Burl A/D.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: Reid Shippen Vance Powell Michael Brauer

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: Most of my clients hire me to mix. The other percentage of my work comes a lot from live band tracking

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  • Obsidian Comp
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  • Urei 1176 (rev F)
  • Urei LA3A’s
  • Chandler RS124
  • Retro 176
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