My name is Matthias Zimmer. I´m a mixing engineer from Augsburg, Germany. I´ve done several albums from different genres since 2011. Some mixes got radio airplay. I´m looking forward to find some interesting projects around here to work on.
My credits include
- Antelope Pure 2
- Ear Pleasure 1.1 Monitor Speakers
- Neumann Summing Amp
- Midas Venice F32
- Echo Audio Fire 12
- Höf Dynamic Master
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Interview with Matthias Zimmer
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started making albums with bands in 2011. Till now I did a lot of productions and also got some songs playing on the radio.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I work with all kinds of music.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I`m recording via a Midas Venice F32 mixing desk with some analog outboard compressors (dbx, bss, kuhnle, drawmer,rnc...). On my mixing place I use Earpleasure 1.1 monitor speakers with a Drawmer MC2.1 monitor controller. The Echo Audio Audiofire 12 interface delievers five stereo stems to the Neumann v475 Summing Amp and the summed 2track goes to the Antelope Pure 2 A/D.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I help my clients to get the record they want. If I´m hired for a complete album production the work already starts in their rehearsal room to check out to what they are used to and where they want to go. It´s always about helping the artist to express himself. The most records I´ve done are recorded basically live in one room with ambience. Sometimes the Vocals get overdubbed or guitars get reamped. Finally i mix the recorded songs.
Analog or digital and why?
I´m working hybrid because there are pros and cons on both sides.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I´m not a machine, I get into your project with great empathy until you are satisfied.
What do you like most about your job?
I love being part of a creative process. Every song needs a special treatment. There is no preset, I have to interact with every song on an emotional stage to get the best out of it.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Do you know all the knobs? - Yes.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
I can help you make your tracks sound better in terms of fatness, clarity, width and tone but I can´t do magic on a weak performance.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Do you have an exact idea of what it should sound like? (like the new Adele or something) and are you really happy with the arrangement and all the single tracks?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Check out the audio samples and choose what sounds good to you.
How would you describe your style?
I deliever warm, thight and punchy mixes with a proper space relation and a natural dynamic feeling.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Rage against the machine or Kyuss because they are unbelievable!
Can you share one music production tip?
Listen and try to find the feeling/vibe.
What's your strongest skill?
I will give your single tracks all that treatment which is needed to get an entire unit with the right feeling and pronounced edges to express that character the song requires.
What do you bring to a song?
I bring clarity and punch to your song. I build subtle effect layers to increase vitality and an autentic feel of space.
What's your typical work process?
First of all I try to get the feeling of the song. Whats happening? What should it mean/feel like? If this is clear and the basics are working I support the vibe and bring in the "dramatic" stage.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I really like Rick Rubin, Moses Schneider, Bob Katz, Dave Pensado, Joe Barresi and many more...