Reel Recording

Next-level Mixing & Mastering

14 Reviews (6 Verified)
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Reel Recording is the private mixing and mastering facility of Mark Galup. His work has been featured on critically-acclaimed major label record releases and national television networks. Reel Recording is an ADM (Apple Digital Masters) approved studio. The studio is equipped and ready to provide Stereo and/or Atmos deliverables.

We specialize in next-level mixing and mastering, bringing out the best in your music by taking a custom approach to each project and respecting the original vision of the production. Using both analog and digital gear, we blend the best of modern and time-tested techniques to achieve the sound that will make your tracks the best they can be. We're pleased to offer MFiT mastering to our clients who want the Apple stamp of approval for their iTunes store experience.

Our clients love our attention to detail - crafting world-class vocal sounds and making every track in your recording come to life. We love working with any genre - from throwback indie tracks to modern pop masterpieces, and everything in between. We put our love of music into every project we do.

We work with artists such as The Explorers Club, Claire Guerreso, Aron Wright, Frank Romano, Deer Tick, Dave Rawlings Machine, William Tyler, Kajsa Vala, The Nobility, John Davis, The Secret Sisters, Erin McCarley, Sad Baxter, Jill Andrews, Aaron Espe, and more on their major label and independent releases, and we also work with publishing companies such as Big Yellow Dog Music, Ole Music, Chop Shop Music, and others, ensuring their Film & TV masters are exceptional.

Whatever your project is, you will be shocked at how much better and more impactful it sounds with a professional mix and master from Reel Recording.

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.


AllMusic verified credits for Erik Thompson
  • Jeremy Ivey
  • The Nobility
  • The Explorers Club
  • The Explorers Club
  • The Explorers Club
  • The Explorers Club
  • Connie Smith
  • Astral Doors
  • Dave Rawlings Machine
  • Creatures
  • Lo-Fi Chorus
  • Jeremy Ivey

14 Reviews

Endorse Reel Recording
  1. Review by Doug S.

    Above and beyond!!!

  2. Review by Danny
    by Danny

    Easy working w/ Review Reel and very happy with the mastering output!

  3. Review by Darian L.

    Nice work. Professional, and kept the quoted deadline.

  4. Review by Michael D.

    I asked Mark to mix a vocal track for me. My recording was not of a great quality nor is my voice, but Mark managed to make me sound good. I basically asked him to turn a hamburger into a steak and he did it!

  5. Review by Chris M.

    Again and again, Mark and Erik come through with amazing results. Timely, amazing ears, incredibly nice and considerate throughout the whole process. These guys are giants. Give them your business, they'll give you magic.

  6. Review by Taylor H.

    Erik and Mark produced really high quality masters quickly and with no hassle at all on our part. We would totally use them again!

  7. Review by Chris M.

    Can't say enough nice things about the amazing work Mark and Erik do over at Reel Recording. Amazing guys with amazing gear and, most importantly, amazing ears. Your project+Reel Recording=Grammy. Science Fact.

  8. Review by Scott Revey
    by Scott Revey

    From creative engineering to sound production insights, Erik and Mark are truly a pleasure to work with. I will be proud of the EP I did with them for a very long time and would highly recommend to other artists.

  9. Review by Anders Thorborg
    by Anders Thorborg

    Erik and Mark are authentic, professional and dedicated. They take your project 100% seriously and care about your art. They're both creative minds and the appearance and vibe of their studio further supports and induces creativity. I couldn't be happier with the work we've done together and would recommend working with them at any time.

  10. Review by Alex Mojaverian
    by Alex Mojaverian

    Reel Recording is one of my favorite studios in Nashville. Erik and Mark are hard working, creative, versatile, and excellent engineers. Whether it's recording demos or engineering, mixing, and mastering entire albums, they always approach every project with only one goal in mind: making sure the client gets exactly what they want.

  11. Review by Jason Brewer

    Mark and Erik are two of the very best engineers in the business. They bring an open and creative approach to recording that is also set up to get work done in a very professional manner. They can do wonders with the sonic landscape. Highly recommended for professional and creative work.

  12. Review by cheyenne
    by cheyenne

    These pros excel at two crucial things: they listen and deliver. They listen to an artist's vision.They listen the songs, the room, the gear. They take time sweetening the subtleties of what they hear. They deliver. Tracking, mixing, mastering - they don't skimp on the last 2% that takes a recording from good to great. A day at Reel is not wasted.

  13. Review by Will Medders
    by Will Medders

    Reel Recording has been my go-to studio for pristine recordings for over 5 years. Mark and Erik are down-to-business, professional, easy to work with, and most importantly, care about your project. They have amazing ears and understand musicality on a superior level. My number 1 choice for audio consulting, tracking, and post-production.

  14. Review by Claire Guerreso
    by Claire Guerreso

    These guys are the real deal. I've worked with them for many years on different projects for major labels and sync. They always do an amazing job with my vocals, production, track, mixing, & mastering. They give each song the attention it needs and stick to the vision of each project. I highly recommend them.

Interview with Reel Recording

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: Modern music production is about understanding the strengths of both analog and digital tools. It is not as black and white as people want to make it out to be. A successful engineer/mixer will know the correct tool for the job without being concerned with what medium it is.

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

  4. A: Getting to listen to great music all day and having an integral role in the artist's dream coming true.

  5. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  6. A: What are your favorite records? What are you listening to right now? What kinds of sounds do you like?

  7. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  8. A: Make sure that you have heard and enjoyed other projects that the engineer/mixer has done. Don't simply make a decision by the names they have worked with, you should really like the work they do.

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

  10. A: 30 years combined experience, over 20,000 hours in the studio.

  11. Q: How would you describe your style?

  12. A: Many mixers have a very audible style that can be picked out by the discerning ear. We strive to be elusive and somewhat transparent in our style. Our goal is to mold our techniques to what's best for the song rather than molding the song to fit inside our techniques.

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

  14. A: We work on a wide variety of genres from Americana to Indie Rock to Electro Pop. We pride ourselves in our ability to get into the head space of each project we work on. Take a listen to our sound samples to hear examples of our diversity.

  15. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  16. A: Modern and vintage analog gear coupled with a 1979 Series 1E Neotek console and a super powerful Mac Pro loaded with Acustica Audio's Nebula and Acqua plugins.

  17. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  18. A: We promise that you will be blown away with the work that we do and we will not stop working until you are.

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

  20. A: We specialize in mixing & mastering, as well as production and recording of all types of music. We focus on getting inside the head of each project, and enhancing the essence of the artistry, resulting in a completely unique sound.

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

  22. A: Tchad Blake, Manny Marroquin, Geoff Emerick, Serban Ghenea, T Bone Burnett

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

  24. A: Practice your parts and have them completely worked out before you ever step into the studio.

  25. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  26. A: We bring out the individuality of the artists we work with. We take the time to fully understand the artist's vision and work very hard to ensure that it's realized.

"Drifting Away" by Claire Guerreso

I was the Mixing Engineer, Mastering Engineer in this production

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Gear Highlights
  • Strauss-Elektroakustik MF-4 Loudspeakers
  • Vacuvox U23m
  • Electronaut M97
  • Pulse Mastering Pultecs
  • Spectra-Sonics 610s
  • Terry Audio CEQ
  • Maselect MTC-1
  • Bricasti M7 x2
  • Grace Design M908
  • Ayre QA-9
  • Grimm UC-1
  • Fariman TMC
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