We worked with many chart-topping acts since more than 20 years and had several #1 records on Beatport, Billboard and in sales charts all over the world. We love to collaborate with new people and bringing our experience to your productions. MCP founder Steffen Harning is also producer and part of "Milk & Sugar", a world-renowned house music team.
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Steffen ‚Sugar‘ Harning is one of the founding members and producer of the project „Milk & Sugar“, who scored several chart hits around the globe. As a mixing- and mastering engineer, producer and remixer he worked with a wide range of clients from major labels and corporate businesses. His remix roster contains works of all electronic genres like house, EDM, techno, pop and dance and includes artists like Claptone, David Penn, Jamiroquai, Janet Jackson, Usher or Masters At Work.
Steffen Harning also produced and composed with various famous artists such as Haddaway or Germany's most successful singer Sarah Connor as well as for several casting show bands. In 2016 he produced the official song "Arrastão Da Alegria" for the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (ZDF public TV Campaign, Germany).
He has a deep expertise of international and contemporary dance and pop music. He can always help to transform a good production into an exceptional one that can compete with any A-list recordings.
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10 ReviewsEndorse Steffen 'Sugar' Harning
It was a pleasure to have Steffen working on the track, he made the whole experience painless, he really understood what was needed to take the track to the next level and was respectful of the original, the communication was faultless and I really look forward to working with him again soon.
It was a privilege to use MCP mixing & mastering service for my house track. I’m very pleased and satisfied with the end result. Their professional touch and advice in arrangement was excellent. Thank you so much and keep rocking!
I am absolutely thrilled. In Steffen I found my perfect partner who really staged my track. Establishing contact, communication and working on the track were exactly as I imagined. Highly recommended and always happy. My expectation was exceeded. Thank you.
Steffen kills it. He’s quick to respond, very flexible, and has a myriad of good ideas that will help your song!
I've got a high quality service and product - my track - sounds amazing. I really can recommend his service. I'm very happy with the result!
It was fantastic and fast work with Steffen. We are super happy with the result and will definitely work again with him.
Steffen is a great producer, mixing and mastering engineer. We worked on several songs and he always did a fantastic job on my tracks.- B.Vivant (Jango Rec.)
Steffen has mastered quiet a big part of our Déepalma label catalogue in the past 5 years. It is a pleasure to work with him as he always delivers quickly and with great results. I can highly recommend his studio services to everyone. Thank you! Felix / Déepalma Records
Always loved his sound and his beats that work great on every dancefloor. Our artist Maiba received a lot of attention for her latest single that was bulit around one of Steffens grooves. He is awesome and professional at everything he´s doing.
-Uli Fischer (Disco Brothers / Udo Jürgens/Ice-T)
Always loved how Steffen lets my vocals shine. He´s definately the best vocal mixer I´ve been working with. Thumbs up, yayyy!
-Sandy Dae (Enormous Tunes)
Interview with Steffen 'Sugar' Harning
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I receive a lot of requests from producers who are stuck in their creative process and look for professional help. It could be mixing issues, mastering, but I am also glad to help in the creative production process, always aiming to get the best possible results for my clients. It always makes me and my clients happy to push the quality of an almost finished production another 10-20% forward during the mixing process (with e.g. clarity, pressure, loudness). Working with stems is the best way to achieve this. However, when the main focus of a song is the vocal I often recommend to invest a bit of time and budget into vocal tuning and -timing.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: When I startet playing music my early producer heroes were Trevor Horn, George Martin and later Stock Aitken Waterman. Nowadays there are other producers and engineers that I get my inspiration from, and it is not a secret that some of them are running very successful Youtube channels. I was classically trained and played in 80ies synthipop bands before I moved to eurodance, then to techno and later to house music with my Milk & Sugar brand. Nevertheless, I love to dive into different genres of music and to stay open minded. My most recent productions were in a pop-dance direction.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Am I still missing my big analogue board? Yes, sometimes, but working in-the-box has a lot of advantages and thanks to emulations like the UAD products, the quality of digital productions is better than ever. My main DAW is Logic, but working in different apps like Pro Tools or Ableton does not make a big difference for me. I got a professionally treated room with fitting monitors, which is more important than the workstation brand.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Before and after every production or mixing process I usually "reset" my hearing with a couple of reference songs that I know sound fantastic on every system. Most of the times I start with shaping the drums and low-end, but sometimes I am working on the vocals first, especially if there are a lot of them that have details that could be overlooked otherwise. I own a couple of great 3rd party synth plug-ins and also a bit of vintage gear like a Jupiter-8, a real 303 or an Oberheim Matrix 6, but sometimes I am also just using the factory synths from within Logic.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Working in the music business for more that 20 years means that I have been working on a many different styles of music. My goal is to make every detail in the music sound as good as possible and provide a second pair of ears to any producer, artist or musician. Bringing a production from 80% to 100% can make a difference between hit or flop.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Experience, versatility and attention to detail.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Usually with some electronic background, even if it is just a drum machine. I love mixing acoustic music, but I got the best experience in mixing music for clubs.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Save some budget for a good room acoustics and fitting monitors. You don't need 50 different compressors & EQ's.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I like working with up-and-coming artists that inspire me. But also cooperating with guys that I know or over the internet is fun.
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I stared playing in bands in my teenager years, also in our school big band. Then I moved to produce ads and worked in a studio mostly on music for film and TV. As I started playing as a DJ in the early 90ies, I moved to Eurodance and later to house music. I've also been doing a lot of pop or commercial dance productions in between.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Some percussion instruments and a guitar is all that you need.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Get in touch with me with any inquiry, but don't be disappointed if your project gets rejected.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: If I'm working for artists: Who are your heroes and where do you see yourself in 3 years?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That a DJ can't play an instrument and my computer is doing the music.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "Do you like it?" Me: "Your fans need to like it"
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working with humans.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: It will sound better than before.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, depending on the purpose.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I would always recommend to dig a bit deeper and talk with a couple of people until you got the feeling that he or she is sharing your vision and you feel comfortable with.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I just finished a stem mixing and mastering for a "deep-techno" artist
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Not long after we've stared the Milk & Sugar project we got asked to work on a remix for Jamiroquai. The original analogue 24-track tape was pure magic! The mix then got released on the main 12", which I am still a bit proud of.