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.
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Interview with Matthias Zimmer
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 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.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work with all kinds of music.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: 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.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: 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.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I´m working hybrid because there are pros and cons on both sides.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I´m not a machine, I get into your project with great empathy until you are satisfied.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: 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.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Do you know all the knobs? - Yes.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: 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.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: 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?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Check out the audio samples and choose what sounds good to you.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I deliever warm, thight and punchy mixes with a proper space relation and a natural dynamic feeling.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Rage against the machine or Kyuss because they are unbelievable!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Listen and try to find the feeling/vibe.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: 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.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring clarity and punch to your song. I build subtle effect layers to increase vitality and an autentic feel of space.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: 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.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I really like Rick Rubin, Moses Schneider, Bob Katz, Dave Pensado, Joe Barresi and many more...