Karri Kallio

Mixing & Mastering

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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.

Interview with Karri Kallio

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. 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).

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. 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.

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

  6. A: The music. Especially making the music "tick".

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

  8. 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.

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

  10. A: My headphones, a laptop, an interface/preamp, an electric guitar and an instrument cable.

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

  12. 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.

  13. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  14. A: The sound is about the big picture ;)

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

  16. A: Rock, metal, pop & pop-rock.

  17. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  18. A: Definitely mixing

  19. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  20. 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.

  21. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  22. 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.

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

  24. A: e.g. Adam "Nolly" Getgood, Nino Laurenne, Mikko Herranen, Chris Lord-Alge, Kurt Ballou

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

  26. A: Remote mixing and mastering

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Terms Of Service

Mixing avg.=1,5-2 workdays for first song, 1-2 workdays for following songs. Mastering avg.=1 workday for an album. Please note that I might have other bookings before I can begin with your project.

Gear Highlights
  • Cubase
  • Wavelab
  • Adam Audio
  • Sennheiser
  • Slate Digital
  • Waves
  • Cytomic
  • DMG Audio
  • Native Instruments
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