Mixing & Mastering
Hello! I´m a freelance recording/mixing engineer, composer and producer from Seinäjoki, Finland. I´m a part of a music production team called HallaFreakquency. I love to mix and master all kinds of music but I´m most experienced in metal, rock, pop & pop-rock.
I work out of our own in-the-box based mixing studio in Seinäjoki. We have a huge collection of audio software and plugins from the best manufacturers like Slate Digital, Waves, Steinberg, DMG Audio, Cytomic, Native Instruments, Toontrack, UVI, Nomad Factory etc.
I rely on Adam A7X speakers as my main nearfield monitors and also use Sennheiser HD600 headphones to gain another perspective.
I work mostly remotely but if you are located in Finland, you are of course welcome to join me to put in the finishing touches into the mixes.
Send me a note through the contact button above.
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Interview with Karri Kallio
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Zerafia´s debut album. I produced, recorded and mixed it together with my colleague. We also played a major part in arranging the songs. It´s the most comprehensive project I´ve been involved in (excluding my own bands).
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital and in-the-box. Because it is much more convenient (recalling, revisions etc.) and nowadays there are lots of fantastic plugins. I´m also quite good at creating "analog vibes" in the digital domain if that´s what the client wants.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The music. Especially making the music "tick".
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: A lot of people tend to think that editing, quantizing and tuning tracks are a part of mixing. They really aren´t. I do some editing work within my mixing jobs but one shouldn´t assume extensive editing is included in the mixing fee.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My headphones, a laptop, an interface/preamp, an electric guitar and an instrument cable.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started recording and mixing as a hobby about 10 years ago, doing mostly demos for my own bands. The last couple of years I´ve been working as a freelance audio engineer, composer and producer. In addition to recording, mixing and mastering I write and produce production music and stock music.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The sound is about the big picture ;)
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, metal, pop & pop-rock.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Definitely mixing
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I take my mixes well beyond getting a nice static balance. I like to use quite a lot of volume automation but I also tend to automate effect sends and EQ´s when I feel the need. I usually like to get the song represent its dynamic and/or dramatic arc as well as possible. My mixes keep the listener glued to the song by bringing up front the song´s focal point in each song section. I also concentrate quite a lot on the long-term dynamics of the song to make it stick.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I own a mixing studio with my colleagues. The studio is based around an extremely powerful PC and a huge collection of audio software and plugins. We have Adam A7X as our main nearfield speakers and Sennheiser HD600 as headphones.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: e.g. Adam "Nolly" Getgood, Nino Laurenne, Mikko Herranen, Chris Lord-Alge, Kurt Ballou
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Remote mixing and mastering