Hi! My name is Michael and I am currently in school to be an Audio Engineer. I am top of my class and am told that I am very talented. I'm just starting out, so I don't expect to get rich. I'm really just here for experience.
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Interview with Michael Moon
What are you working on at the moment?
I really just want to build my portfolio and help people who may not be able to afford the big names yet.
Analog or digital and why?
Hybrid. It's extremely difficult to go all analog these days without a huge budget. I love analog sound...but can't afford it quite yet. Digital is cheaper and easier. Mix the two!
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
If you give me a project to mix, you are handing me your baby. I treat that process with that same kind of respect.
What do you like most about your job?
I can do it for hours on end without getting tired of it.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Mixing is just adding a bunch of plug-ins.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
I always ask for a rough bounce and reference track.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
being able to use a bunch of plug-ins does not make you a good mixing engineer.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I've been doing my own recordings for over 10 years. Just recently thought, "Hey I should go to school for this."
How would you describe your style?
Simply yet effective.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
The Decemberists. I don't know...they're just good...seems like it would be a breeze.
Can you share one music production tip?
Mixing should be reductive by nature.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Indie Alternative Rock. But I'm open to most anything.
What's your strongest skill?
I'd say mixing. Editing second.
What do you bring to a song?
An outside perspective. Sometimes that's the most important thing. I have an interesting ability to listen to a song from many different points of view to find what makes the song most endearing and then I try to bring those qualities to the front.
What's your typical work process?
Depends on the job. Mixing in particular: Organize, Route, Eq, Comp, Reverb, Delay, Bus Comp. Seems reductive now that I see it typed out...
Tell us about your studio setup.
Home studio. MacBook Pro. Akai Interface.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Mixing, Editing, Advice