Powerful sound with "in your face" presence combined with some space. Building a sense of movement and drama in songs by incorporating significant amount of volume and fx automation. Recording Academy "Fryderyk" (Polish Grammy) awarded albums, Gold and Platinum sales awards.
My name is Jacek "Jack" Miłaszewski. My albums have been nominated to and awarded Fryderyk Recording Academy Award (Polish Grammy). My discography includes Gold and Platinum sales awarded albums. Numerous of my mixes have been on nationwide radio, including number one spots on radio charts in Poland.
I consider myself a big music fan which has been a foundation of my professional mixing career. In the past I worked at places such as Mayfair Studios in London and SAE Institute London. My mixing mentors and teachers include Andy Wallace (Rage Against The Machine, Nirvana, Slayer, Sepultura, Paul McCartney, Faith No More, Jeff Buckley), Sylvia Massy (Tool, System Of A Down, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Johnny Cash, Prince) and Luca Barassi (COO of Abbey Road Institute). I've been a full time mixing engineer since 2008 for top rock artists in Poland.
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I have worked with Jacek and have found him to be patient, totally competent and a pleasure to be with. As a sound engineEAR I can confirm that he has not one, but two, very good ears.
Jack is an amazing mix engineer. He's patient and thorough and has great ears. He understands all there is to know about both vintage analogue and the latest digital gear. And he's a lovely guy to boot!
We (Fruhstuck from Poland/The Netherlands) are finishing up our 3rd (!) full length CD with Jacek. I've been in the studio with Jacek many hours, he's a pleasure to work with. Patient and wise in his ways with the musicians. A good musical ear, and great knowledge of gear, analog as well as digital. A lot of fun after work and great food!
The Hookline Shakers are a two piece rock band from Christchurch New Zealand.
When our album tracking was finished we sent the first track to several potential mix engineers all over the world. Jacks mix was by far the best and we hired him to do the full album.
Jack is a pleasure to work with and his mixing is just fantastic.
Interview with 5dB Ride mixing and mastering
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be involved in the process and always give feedback of what you like and what you don't.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Arctic Monkeys, Beck, Biffy Clyro, Blur, Gorillaz, Massive Attack, Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age. They are amazing artists!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started from playing drums. I recorded myself to cassette tape using a couple of mics. In 2001 I started doing live sound mixing for bands and it slowly shifted towards recording studio. In 2006 - 2008 I went to London to study at SAE and I got running and assisting experience in top studios with big rooms, SSL and Neve consoles. I became a full time freelance mix engineer in 2008 and I haven't stopped mixing ever since.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Digital for recallability and its clean sound. Analog for its sound, unique to every piece of gear.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise I will mix your songs better than any of my previous work. I get better with each mix.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being a part of something very unique.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Good bands ask how I would like the tracks to be prepared for mixing. My answer is very detailed.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: One of the biggest is the one when people think that great sounding songs can get done from poor recordings and be fixed in the mix.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are your favourite albums that you love the sound of? When would you like to get it done?
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I'd take Pro Tools, Neve 1073 preamp, U47 mic, 1176 compressor and Genelec 1031 monitors. I wouldn't be able to power it on a desert island, would I?
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is mostly powerful sound with "in your face" presence combined with some space. What's unique to my mixes is building a sense of movement and drama in songs by incorporating significant amount of volume and fx automation.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: label everything and use short labels
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: mix automation
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Pro Tools HD + ICON D-Command, Focal Trio, Genelec 1031 and Yamaha NS10 monitors, some analogue and digital outboard.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: My favourite mix engineers and producers are: Andy Wallace, Rich Costey, Brendan O'Brien, Mark "Spike" Stent.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mix records and I deliver them mastered for CD (DDP) and digital online services.