Michael Matsakis

Mixing, Mastering, Producing

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Show me your amazing art! I take all the music I work on extremely seriously and offer professional grade services. I love working alongside artists who also have a strong creative passion and vision for their project. Equipped with an arsenal of plugins and outboard gear, I will have your music sounding better than ever before!

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

Interview with Michael Matsakis

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: I believe one has to know both extremely well to utilize them for their strengths and weaknesses. I would never cut myself off from one, unless the client specifically asks me to.

  3. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  4. A: I will have the mix done on-time and you will feel like it was well worth the investment.

  5. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  6. A: Learning new practices and perspectives from artists I work with. And hitting that spacebar to listen to that finished mix!

  7. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  8. A: Mastering is just making a song louder. And, people are born with a good ear and it doesn't take time and training to develop it.

  9. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  10. A: What are your goals with this song? What other songs gave you inspiration or mixes that contain elements that you're going for?

  11. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  12. A: Just contact me with whatever questions you have. Even if I don't turn out to be the right fit for your style, I love helping people on their path to creating their own amazing art!

  13. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  14. A: Solar Powered laptop, nylon string acoustic guitar, bus powered interface, SM57 w/xlr, and my Sony MDR-7506 Headphones!

  15. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  16. A: I started recording bands 7 years ago and have only sped up my skills in the process. I have been working freelance through my undergrad in music Technology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, and continue to work freelance while pursuing my graduate degree in music technology from New York University.

  17. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  18. A: People who want a dense and unique sound, if you have elements you're looking to blend better or sounds that are "close to perfect" send them my way and I'll construct a stable sound out of everything. Unless you're going for something trashy and messed up, I have tons of ways to make things sound strange and interesting.

  19. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  20. A: Electronic Pop is usually what people have been sending me to mix right now. Some dreamy indie rock mixes are always fun to create.

  21. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  22. A: My ear for frequency buildups, loudness, phase issues, as well as spatialization. I can shape a mix into whatever form fits it best as well as Master a mix into its fullest form for any medium (Streaming, tape, vinyl, maybe even CD).

  23. Q: What's your typical work process?

  24. A: Depends on the goals of the mix or master. I strongly believe that there is no one correct way to accomplish everything regarding audio.

  25. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  26. A: A pair of Advent full range speakers with a matching sub. I own and possess adept knowledge for operating ProTools, Logic Pro X, and Ableton.

  27. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  28. A: All my best friends inspire me most, the art they produce is amazing and I never feel more inspired than when I'm around them. I love the production styles of Flying Lotus, James Blake, Shafiq Husayn, as well as genres such as lo-fi (Jay Som, Alex G, American Pleasure Club) and Japanese City Pop (Haruomi Hosono, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Ryuichi Sakamoto). I am always studying new music, production, and mixing styles. If seeing this list makes you feel like what you're going for isn't something I've worked on before, this is far from a comprehensive list of genres I've studied. And, if I haven't heard of what you're going for yet, then I love learning new genres and feel comfortable with my technical know-how to identify and learn new techniques quickly!

  29. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  30. A: Mixing, Mastering, Vocal Tuning in Melodyne, or clean Edits and Organization on a mix.

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