I have worked with bands such as Death Cab for Cutie (Grammy Nomination in 2015), Of Monsters And Men, At The Drive-In, Chvrches, HAIM, Kimbra, Sea Wolf, Chaos Chaos, Destroy Boys, Hayes & Y, and Cathedrals
My approach is to apply my skills in mixing and music production that I have developed over the years to serve the artist and their music in the best way possible.
I come from the great state of Texas and have been playing music since the age of 10. I spent two years at the University of Houston, studying music performance and music education, before attending Berklee College of Music. While at Berklee, I discovered the world of manipulating and recording sound, and never looked back. After graduating with a dual major in Music Production & Engineering and Music Synthesis, I moved to Los Angeles and began working at the world class Henson Recording Studios. From 2013 to 2018 I engineered for producer/mixer Rich Costey, and have been involved in mixes for artists like HAIM, Phantogram, Chvrches, Foster The People, and many more. I am now established as an independent recording and mixing engineer, and have had the opportunity to work with great independent artists to help them take their music to a new level.
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19 Reviews - 2 Repeat ClientsEndorse Martin Cooke
Martin is a consummate professional with an amazing set of ears. He works quickly and efficiently, asks detailed questions, and is unafraid of challenges. I admired his patience and tenacity throughout this process. Highly recommended!
Helpful, thoughtful comments! Thanks mate! :)
Great specific feedback on some vocal tweaks I can make to better achieve the sound I'm looking for - thank you!
Excellent thoughts on the track, I really appreciated his attention to detail and knowledge about the mix! He was quite professional and specific with his feedback. I will be seeking further soundchecks from Martin.
Patient and skilled. There was great communication which it is probably the most important thing for me. Thanks man!
Great work, very professional, and delivered quickly
We did a single with Martin, the song was not the easiest one, and it was my first experience working with a remote mix engineer. In turned out I should have not been worried at all. Martin did amazing job, being really patient and responsive during the process, and finally we got the mix right! Very quick responses and fantastic attention to details. I would definitely recommend his service for any projects.
This guy (Martin) was amazing - I HIGHLY recommend him!
Super efficient and very professional. It was such a pleasure working with Martin
Martin is a true professional, and will blow you away with Mix 1. Great with revisions and balancing tons of instruments, he just knows how to make your track shine.
Working with Martin was a breeze. He's a fast communicator, works quickly and most importantly, sent me a top notch product to my specifications. 10/10 will work with again.
3rd time we've worked with Martin, his attention to detail is the same, but now that he knows us he's even faster. We barely had to make any changes this time. Highly recommend!
Great professional! Very fast, fantastic quality and easy communication.
Even though he is from Texas, he's actually quite good. That's kidding around of course, but in all seriousness you'd be hard pressed to find someone more professional and talented. He was fast, very positive, and the music he delivered was impressive in the extreme. Top shelf, world class.
Martin is awesome. He both really knows what he's doing, and is a fantastic person to work with.
Working in production, Martin brings new ideas to tracks as well as helps bring out ideas that I have, both ultimately making the tracks better.
With mixing, Martin is fantastic. I tried working with a couple other mixers on SoundBetter (who were highly rated), and his work was head and shoulders better. Really incredible.
Will absolutely work with again!!!!
Martin is not only an amazing mixing engineer, but also a pleasure to work with. Incredibly fast and professional. His mixes retain incredible clarity and punch. It's a rare treat to get to work with someone so good in this business.
Martin rocks! Was such a pleasure to work with and is the nicest guy ever. Even though all our working communication happened via email, it was very easy for him to really get what we were going for and trying to achieve. Couldn't have had a better mixing engineer for our EP.
Martin is one of the best mixing engineers we've worked with. Super talented and knows what he's doing. You can give him material without mix notes and he'll return it sounding fantastic. He has a talent for tapping into artists' visions while also adding what a song needs to be taken to the next level. Absolutely recommend him.
Martin is one of the best. For the Stereosparks EP he made the mixes come alive and sound huge without losing musicality, in fact he added to it. He knew how we wanted it to sound and nailed it. He also worked fast without sacrificing quality and responded to emails and phone calls quickly. I'll definitely be using Martin for my future projects.
Interview with Martin Cooke
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise to my clients is to reach the maximum potential of their music and to help their vision come to life.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I always ask for a rough mix when working on a song, just so I can get an idea of how the music has sounded to the client during the production process. It helps me gauge where they want the song to go sonically. From there I usually ask if they want to keep it in that realm, or if I have free reign, and then just get to work on making it the best it can be.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My setup at my home studio is based around a 24 I/O Universal Audio Apollo rig that feeds a Shadow Hills Equinox, one of the best sounding summing mixers out there in my opinion. I have a few pieces of select outboard gear that are incorporated into mixing when needed, as well as a small modular synth setup for filtering and fx processing. In the box I have the latest plugins from UAD, Waves, Slate, FabFilter, etc...
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! They both have useful qualities in today's music, and both get better every year.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I like to think I help bring out the best of what the song has to offer. I can't rewrite the lyrics, or change the chord progression, but I can help unify the sounds of a song into a cohesive work.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm always inspired by new sounds, regardless of what kind of music. I think this comes from my slight "obsession" with Tchad Blake when I was in college. His sounds are so unique and have inspired me to always try something new and different.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly engineer and mix for my clients. Occasionally I will do some drum programming, drum edits, tuning, etc..