Tommi Tikkanen

Mix & Master Engineer

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Mix & master engineer & producer. Worked 20 years with Caribbean music, rnb & hip hop. Numerous platinum & top 50 singles & albums and a wide range of clients - including some of the biggest Jamaican artists and Grammy winning producers. Link up to elevate your track to the next level!

What I do is warm, smooth and punchy sounding mixes and masters, but I also help with arrangements and editing whenever needed. Working with I'm an expert at cleaning up and solving problems.

I've worked in the field for 20 years - with background as DJ, music producer, mix & master engineer and label A&R I have broad experience and understanding - I know how music should sound and I know how to get there. I'm always open for discussion and love to hear your ideas.

As a producer & songwriter, I have numerous single, double and triple platinum & gold albums & singles and two EMMA (Finnish Grammy) awards. Clients include a number of Grammy awarded producers and many of the top artists from the Caribbean.

Alongside Tapio Tamminen, we run our own 4-room recording studio.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

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  1. Review by Saritah N.
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    Finding Tommi to work with has seriously been a dream come true! He is a world class producer and engineer with amazing skills and musicality, great communication, works fast, I honestly can't recommend him enough!

  2. Review by promilla
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    Such a great experience working with Tommi. His communication is fast and on point. And his creativity and attention to detail are so good. He made me a slammin track and I’m very happy. He used live instruments when needed and really enhanced the vocals with other sounds. Truly awesome.

  3. Review by Studiored
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    Over the years been working with Tommi in many mutual production in studio and on stage.
    Tommi is super professional in what he does, on the controls, his knowledge and insights are always sharp and creative. A well-experienced reliable mixing engineer and producer with whom you can easily get along.

  4. Review by Mixed by ES / Eetu Seppälä
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    I have worked with Tommi on many different projects throughout the years and can only recommend him.

    Whether it is a production, mix or master, he does the job with the highest precision and great taste. He’s trustworthy, easy to get along with and it’s always a pleasure to work with him.

  5. Review by Johannes Jalava
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    A true professional, easy to work with and guarenteed great results. His experience, understanding of music and ability to figure out what the song might need are superior. He's extremely comfortable with his tools and he knows exactly what to use and when to achieve the perfect sound.
    Working with him is inspiring and easy!

  6. Review by Suomenlinnan Studio
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    Tommi's mixes and productions are always inspiring and solid. Whether it's Jamaican dancehall, Finnish pop or acoustic band tracks, he definitely has "that sound".

  7. Review by Komposti S.
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    On point mixes, every time.

Interview with Tommi Tikkanen

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: Both. Digital most of the time because of perfect recall and the fact that most analog gear has very good digital recreations. The digital world also has great AI based dynamic tools that were unavailable in the analog era and they are lifesavers, especially when making bold moves. Sometimes analog grit or specific sounds are needed and then I reach for my trusted tools in my rack and print new versions of tracks through them. If I'm tracking myself, I aim to have a great sounding chain before even hitting the converters.

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

  4. A: I love working with great music and I love being creative.

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

  6. A: Let me know your hopes and expectations as early as possible. Let me know if you have specific aesthetic aims or references, if there's something that you want to sound a certain way - and also create space to be creative where you are unsure. Some projects are very defined by the production and require following it quite precisely, whereas others can greatly benefit from being creative at mixing stage.

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

  8. A: Good laptop, UAD soundcard, Genelec 8351B's, midi keyboard and a Brauner microphone.

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

  10. A: I've worked with music as a profession for 20 years. I ended up producing an album by a band I played in and haven't looked back since. For a long time, I worked mostly with Finnish artists, but over the last few years, I've had the chance to work on projects with some of the biggest names in reggae & dancehall and I'm very grateful for it. Many of the projects I've worked on I've started on in a smaller role but having recognised the music might benefit from certain things, I've communicated with the team and helped with the arrangement and the production. Being Nordic helps, as we tend to be friendly but direct.

  11. Q: How would you describe your style?

  12. A: Punchy, smooth and with character.

  13. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  14. A: There's so many ..

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

  16. A: Be brave, when needed - and refined, when called for.

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

  18. A: Caribbean and African music styles - Dancehall, reggae, hip hop, afrobeats, reggaeton, afroswing and trap. I've also recorded, mixed and mastered soul, EDM, house, trip hop, prog rock, movie scores and children's music.

  19. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  20. A: Listening to a producers work, identifying what a song needs and being able to use the right tools for the job - later on listening to my own work and using a similar reflection to refine what is done without losing the focus on the strengths of a particular song.

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

  22. A: If it's a vocal song, I make the lead vocal shine. I make it sit on a throne that the instrumental sets for it. I give character, definition and space where needed - most importantly I make the song sound like a record.

  23. Q: What's your typical work process?

  24. A: It all starts with listening to a rough mix of the song, identifying the strengths of it and the arrangement and also recognizing where it needs help. I make heavy notes, and when I start to compile a session I try to follow this intuitive guidance closely, while also identifying more refined things to do - reverbs / vocal spaces / small cuts / filtering / whatever the songs needs. Sometimes everything is very refined and straight forward - sometimes I need to use heavier tools. It's all up to the aesthetic of the song and I don't want to use one-size-fits-all solutions.

  25. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  26. A: I used to work on a big console. Having done that for 15 years, I nowadays work very much in the box at my studio in Suomenlinna, Helsinki and use analog gear whenever needed. My Genelec 8351B monitoring is set up so I can hear every detail of every song I work on while still having the feel of the punch of the song when played on a heavy sound system - my NS10's help to refine sounds to work in more limited environments.

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

  28. A: I have so many musical heroes it's hard to know where to start. I grew up with reggae sounds from the seventies to the nineties, so the big Jamaican producers and engineers from that time have shaped my musical thoughts a lot. I love the crispy, spaced-out, yet clean production styles of Damian "Jr Gong" Marley & Winta James, the pop-reggaeton sounds of Tainy & Sky, the modern afrobeats sounds of Kel P & Sarz. I love listening to a wide range of music - from jazz to ambient, from Top 40 hits to movie scores.

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

  30. A: The work I do most is mix & master songs and albums. I make things sit in place, make sure the song translates on any system and often smooth some rough edges and roughen some smooth edges to make sure the whole thing has character and punch. I listen to songs as a whole and when needed, help with the arrangement to create space and air. Mixing vocals is my specialty - I'm proud to make artists shine.

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Gear Highlights
  • Universal Audio
  • Neve
  • Genelec
  • API
  • Manley
  • Neumann
  • Studer
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