University-trained Music Producer/Audio Engineer. Have done various jobs from Mastering to Production to Album Art.
I graduated from the Hartt School of Music in 2011 with a degree in Music Production and Technology. Since then, I've been steadily working on various projects in the NYC scene, from production and keyboards in goth-rock outfits "The FMs" and "Miss Cherry Delight" to work on my solo project "Ghost Stories". My music has been described as multi-faceted, ranging a variety of styles but specializing in anything that requires distortion.
Some of my credits include:
- Lead Sound Designer at The Hartt School of Music theater division (2014-2015)
- Mastering on Old Gray's "Everything I Let Go & The Things I Refuse To"
- Mastering on The Understatement's "Out the Window"
- Music Production, Mixing and Mastering on "Quiet Love" series on YouTube
- Remixing and production duties for The FMs
- Album Art for The FMs "Organic Hate/Synthetic Love" "Change Your Men Up" and "Silent City"
Feel free to reach out to me for: Mixing, Mastering, Production, Remixes, Sound Design, Album Art.
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Interview with Michael Butterly
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Mastering a Electronic Music Compilation.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Matt Baltrucki. He mastered some of my music. He's great.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital, for now, mainly due to finances. Once I have a more stable living situation, I do wanna stop investing in analog gear.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I've been doing music since I started taking piano lessons at 5. Helping create songs feels like a natural evolution of my love of music.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you trying to convey with this song? How did this song start?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing around with music production software around 15. I kept going and wound up going to school for Music Production at The Hartt School of Music. From there, I worked at a slot machine company, while starting to do freelance production work and now here I am.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Arca, or Nine Inch Nails.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Mix in mono. Seriously. If you get a good mix in mono, that's like 80% of the mix done.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Electronic, or bands with electronic elements. Every now and again, I'll work with a straight up rock band (i.e. The Understatement), but for the most part, electronic sounds pervade my work.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Emotion. I usually look for what the emotional affect of the song I'm working on and see how can I intensify that.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Studio Setup: 2014 iMac Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6 JBL LSR305 Audio Technica ATH-M50x Dreadbox Erebus Arturia Microbrute Portable Setup: Upgraded 2012 Macbook Pro Bose QC35II Headphones Software highlights includes: Arturia V Collection 7 NI Komplete 11 Fabfilter Pro-Q3, Pro-L2 Izotope Ozone 7, Trash 2
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: For composition/ production: Aphex Twin, Trent Reznor, Daft Punk, The Haxan Cloak, Arca, Mr. Oizo For mixing/mastering: Chris-Lord Alge, Nilz Patel, Daddy Kev, Matt Colton
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of my work is done mastering different acts, however, I've also done production work, mixing and remixing.