Producer and Mixing and Mastering professional. - 7 years experience with Ableton Live - Multiple releases on record labels in the US and Australia - Music supported and played by The Glitch Mob, Whipped Cream, Brillz, and others.
- Full mix and mastering services for Electronic music of all genres
- Mastering or mixing on an ad-hoc basis if you don't need both
- Custom sound design and or samples in any style
Specializing in EDM but other genres very transferrable in terms of skill, especially sound design.
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Interview with Michael Alfonso
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing and mastering.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Artists that inspire me are Porter Robinson, Lorn.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work out of multiple studios, all with different acoustics and different monitors but then do final mixdowns on either Mackies or Genelec monitors. All rooms acoustically treated.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: It depends on what i am doing for a client. If I am mixing down a track I can bring clarity to the mix and let as many elements shine as possible, and also ensure that it you will have a professional sound for whatever platform you will be releasing on. If I am including a mastering on the track, that is the last 10% of the completed track process where I ensure that it is commercially ready for wherever it will be posted, at the appropriate loudness, and make sure that you have a copy of an MP3 on top of the wav or aif.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is mixing down tracks.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work exclusively with dance music. Very rarely do I venture outside of this area.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Make sure that when you are producing that you have a hierarchy of important elements in the mix and work around those top few elements in the track. For example, if you're making a house track , you will probably want your kick drum as the forefront driving element in the track, so its smart to work and mix around that.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would like to work with Porter Robinson because he seems like he has an interesting outlook on music and execution of it.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career path started with music when I was in high school, i excelled in percussion and after that i detoured into the world of finance after studying mathematics in college. After that I devoted myself to just music. Ive been working with electronic music since 2012.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: If you want me to master your track, I cant fix the mix and cant make something bad sound good just from mastering it. And if you are wanting me to also mix down your track I will have specific requirements for what I require to get started.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What sound are you going for? How long have you been making music for? Whats your ideal concert to perform at?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That we can make a trash song sound good just from mastering.
Q: Analog or digital and why?