Jack McKenna


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Recording Engineer, Mixer, and Producer working out of Lightship95 studios in East London. Available for studio sessions, on-location, and online.

After training at Leeds College of Music I spent a year working as a Mix Assistant at an SSL facility called Artillery Studios in London. Here I worked with a number of great Mixers and Producers such as Donald Clark, Lexxx, Daniel Rejmer, Declan Gaffney, and Andy Savours to name a few.

Since then I have been working as an Engineer at Lightship95 studios, working on a broad selection of artists from blues rock legend Peter Green, to electronic prog. band Teeth Of The Sea.

I now offer online mixing and editing form my home studio setup for those who are unable to get into the studio.

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

Interview with Jack McKenna

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

  2. A: After graduating from Leeds College of Music in 2011 with a BA(Hons) in Music Production, I began work as an Assistant Engineer at Artillery Studios in East London. Between September 2011 and October 2012 I had assisted on dozens of great records such as Jessie Ware - Devotion, U2 - U22, and Life Is Elsewhere - Little Comets, to name a few. By January 2013 I was working as an assistant at Lightship95; a recording studio built within the hull of a 550 tonne ship. Gradually I took on the role as Engineer and have recorded the likes of Peter Green, Melt Yourself Down, and Teeth Of The Sea as well as working on live sessions for Last FM which features acts such as Wolf Alice, Glass Animals, and Tycho. Whilst I prefer to work directly out of Lightship95, I am available for location recording, and have the capability of mixing/editing from my home studio.

  3. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  4. A: I mainly work out of Lightship95 which houses an API 1608 console along with a large live room, vast array of mics, and impressive backline. When working from my home studio, I am running ProTools 10, monitoring off Yamaha NS10Ms. I also have Logic X, but will only really use it if I am forced to.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: I go analog as far as I can, but these days it's impossible to not end up in digital. I've always worked in ProTools over tape simply because it's so much quicker and more flexible when it comes to editing. Plus, mastering engineers are expecting to receive a CD or HDD, not a reel of tape.

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

  8. A: An attention to detail.

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

  10. A: When I'm mixing I'll start by getting the drums and bass to sound right together, then work on the vocal. I'll then begin adding everything else to the mix, shaping it to fit around the vocal.

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

  12. A: Day to day I work as a studio recording engineer. However, the majority of my online work is mixing and editing.

Terms Of Service

Dependent on type of project, timeframe etc. Will define terms prior to undertaking work.

Gear Highlights
  • Melodyne
  • Massey DRT + L2007
  • Mellowmuse IR1A + EQ1A
  • Plug&Mix Bundle
  • Soundtoys Bundle
  • Waves SLL Bundle + CLA76 + RBass + Pumper
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