Grammy Certified Recording and Mix Engineer based out of Madison Studios in Atlanta, GA. I want to use my 10+ years experience to help make your record the best it can be with a great mix.
Grammy Certified (Usher, Beyonce, Lil Wayne) Recording and Mix Engineer - I've had the honor and pleasure of working with artists including Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Maroon 5, Fergie, Outkast, Whitney Houston, Jamie Foxx, and many others. I specialize in Pop/ R&B/ Trap, and Hip Hop mixes. if you're looking to make your music competitive with the current climate, you've come to the right place.
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Interview with Mack Woodward
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I got to work on Michael Jackson's vocals on the song "Hold My Hand". That was such a crazy moment. I was the assistant engineer and got to tune him up a bit.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently mixing Montell Jordan's new project, as well as various independent projects here in Atlanta.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I love both! However, I'm 95% in the box for easy recall.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You'll be able to hit "play" and be proud.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The excitement an artist gets when they hear their mix back and are proud to go out a play it. That's the best.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "Can you mix for payment on the backend when I become a rockstar?" You can guess the answer.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Mixing and Mastering - 2 very different things!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I love making music, and I LOVE mixing music - but I don't do it for free. I'll work with budgets, but it has to make sense.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, UAD Satellite hardware, and 3 communication pieces of some kind so I could be saved.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Graduated Full Sail, moved to Atlanta, studio intern for a little under a year, assistant engineer for a year or so, big break as an engineer, worked for a few years and developed my craft, and here we are - still working, still learning.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: As mainstream as it gets, but willing to experiment creatively.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Mariah Carey. I've always been such a fan, and that gig has eluded me. (so far!)
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: I love the "rule of 3". When you're starting a track, if it sounds GREAT with just 3 sounds (maybe a great kick and snare and 1 great lead synth sound or guitar riff), you're on your way.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Being in Atlanta, I get to work on a lot of great Trap and Hip Hop music, but I'm fortunate to get a lot of Pop/ Electronic, too.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing, and "pop- sensibilities" (hearing where a song SHOULD be and making it competitive) when it comes to mixing and writing or producing music are my strongest, I think.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring polish and competitiveness to a song. I don't overthink, and I bring an element of simplicity to the music.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When I get a mix, I listen down completely one time to get a feel for what the artist is going for. Then I'll listen one more time (usually all the way down again) in more detail to pick out where things are placed, what kind of effects are being used, and what I feel the artists thinks is most important. Then I'll start carving based on those 2 listens.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a great setup at my room in Madison Studios in Chamblee, GA. I'm running Pro Tools with the complete Waves Bundle, as well as a UAD-2 Satellite Quad which gives me plenty of mixing power inside the box. For Buss Compression, I have an SSL Fusion that sounds fantastic as a last touch on my mixes.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: My big inspirations are Max Martin, Dr. Luke, Serban Ghenea, Leslie Brathwaite, and Chris Lord-Alge.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: A majority of my time is spent mixing personally for artists, or through a site I co-founded with Wyatt Oates called urmixd.com. I've also been producing a lot of up and coming independent artists in the Atlanta area.