You may hear my selected work here: http://retrovibestudio.com I mix & produce independent artists from various genres of music, including all kinds of alternative styles, rock, pop, roots/americane, garage etc. I specialize in combining modern production with enhancing my mixes with "vintage" sonic flavour.
I am Warsaw based mixer, producer as well as active guitaris, singer and composer.
I started my professional carrer as a guitarist in an alternative-rock band in late 2010s, and then gradually expanded my interests towards record engineering, mixing & producing.
Currently, apart from activities in my bands, I work closely with a string of polish independent artists.
I get inspiration from engineers and producers like Tchad Blake, Andrew Scheps, Vance Powell, Joe Chicarelli, T-Bone Burnett, Sylvia Massy, Glynn Jons, Geoff Emerick, Ken Scott, Andy Jons, Paul Rothchild, Jimmy Miller, George Martin, and others.
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Interview with Maciej Bąk / RetroVibe Studio
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Avoid repeating arrangements, mix techniques and mix setups for songs. Approach every mix differently. Mixes driven by emotions and mood of a song
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Alt-pop, singer-songwriter, americana, 80s pop, all kinds of rock, folk.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Adding excitement to "flat" songs and tracks, creative panning, automation, "vintage" sonic flavour
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: By mixing and producing, I enhance emotional level of the song to make it as far exciting and engaging as possible. I also focus on strenghtening dynamics between parts of the song. I listen carefully to the arrangements of the song and try to make it as unique as possible within the realms of the composition. During mixing, my methods include creative panning, effect automation, moody delays and reverbs, distorion and lots of volume automation. I also tend to use "vintage" stylization regarding sonic part of things, simply because I think it makes the overall sound more pleasant to the ears and more cohesive.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Plenty of them. Bedroom producers and big studio names :) Tchad Blake, Andrew Scheps, Vance Powell, Joe Chicarelli, T-Bone Burnett, Sylvia Massy, Glynn Jons, Geoff Emerick, Ken Scott, Andy Jons, Paul Rothchild, Jimmy Miller, George Martin, and others. Genres: all contemporary and 50s-70s stuff, mixed alltogether. Americana, alt-pop, arage/retro-revival rock, alt-folk, alt-country, singer-songwriter stuff, contemporary psychedelic rock, hard rock, rock.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: - mixing - full albums and single songs - production (full albums usually, including attendance to rehearsals, preproduction, arrangement, advice on selection of instruments and gear) & co-production - pre-production: creating rough production mixes, creating production basing on tracks from recording, preparing material for mixing - engineering recording sessions (for entire songs or for some of the tracks), at studios or on-site - track editing & comping - preparation of mix sessions - mastering of songs and albums
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It's simple: I listen carefully to my customers and really focus on getting to know as much as I can from them, in terms of what sounds, emotions and effect they expect. Everything else is just serving those needs. I usually try until the effect of my work satisfies the customer.