Hey! I'm a producer, mixer and mastering engineer with more than 15 years of experience working with artists who span the worlds of pop, rock, latin, hip hop, reggae and beyond. My mission is to always take an artist’s sound to the next level. Hit me up!
Manuel Murillo, also known as Maul On The Mix, is a producer and mix/master engineer with more than 15 years of experience, as well as an accomplished songwriter and artist. He's worked with a wide range of musicians and artists in Latin America and around the world. In 2014, he founded "Vibras The Music Company", which became one of the biggest labels in Central America. He now works independently.
Maul On The Mix is known for being a versatile and resourceful producer, capable of carrying out the music production process from beginning to end, including songwriting, beat making, vocal coaching, recording, editing, mixing and mastering.
He's worked on over 500 official releases for different artists and bands of different styles, genres and musical backgrounds and continues to do so. He's also head of music production at We Could Be Music, a new music company and label dedicated to making music for social, cultural and political change.
In 2016, the Costa Rican national publishing rights organization awarded him the prize for Best Songwriter for his work on "Cinco", Pranz's debut EP, and then again in 2020 for best producer along with his team.
Check out some of the tracks I've worked on: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7eUAGbVPyD0pqOtnElpxyA?si=0MxmmnhIQIWWif7Sf3Eklw
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I truly trust Maul all the music I record and produce, I`m so confortable and happy with the mixing and mastering of my projects ... I have been working with a lot of musicians and producers around the world and I really prefer Maul's taste and final sound!
Maul is an amazing artist! as a producer, mixing or mastering, he always finds the way to get one step further in creativity and effort, I had a great experience working with him and I hope to do it again soon.
Maul is the best. He's mixed and mastered nearly every single one of my songs because whenever I go elsewhere, it's just not as good. It's also really impressive how many genres he's mastered. I'd recommend him to almost any kind of artist. Go for it, you won't be sorry.
Maul has been producing, mixing and mastering my songs since the beginning of my musical project. It's easy to work with and he's always proposing ideas to make my songs sound better. He has my full trust and I will keep working with him on all my future releases. You should too.
Interview with Maul On The Mix
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Well, there's a Fátima Pinto and Mike Joseph song called "Feel Something" that reached over 4.5 million streams on Spotify. I mixed it and mastered it in 2016, so it might sound just a bit dated now, but it's still pretty good, in my opinion. I also produced, mixed and mastered a song called "dosextraños" by Jeudy García. It was his very first single ever, and now it hast more than 682k streams on Spotify with no ad boost, so that was cool. I've also worked on several music-based social campaigns with We Could Be Music, and I really enjoy doing that type of work.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working on many songs at the time. Right this second I have a reggae mastering session open that I'll go back to right after I finish answering the next question.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: This is my first day here. Maybe I'll let you know in a few months.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. It's cheaper and more transparent. And it's just way more practical. I get that analog gear can add some nice color and warmth, but nowadays that can be easily achieved using plugins, if you really want to go for that type of sound.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will always do everything I can to make the best music possible with them.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being creative and helping artists achieve their goals.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "How much do you charge?" Haha.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I'm super young, usually in my early 20s. I'm actually 36.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What their goal is, sound-wise, mainly. But also what their vision and goal as musicians/artists is. I think it's very important to really understand the artist and the audience they're trying to appeal to.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure you compare the sound of that provider with any other option you may have. That's key, and it's the only way to really know whose work you think fits your tracks best.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Well, you know, I don't think they have electricity on desert islands. But maybe a laptop with infinite battery, a pair of headphones, and basically any mic to sample every sound on the island and make some crazy beats...?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 15 years, professionally. I started as a guitar player and singer when I was 15, but then I tried to produce my own band cause I had no money to pay a "real producer" and started learning lots of stuff about music production. Then I worked as an intern in a few studios until I finally decided I was good enough to actually offer my services as a producer and work directly with artists.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Extremely diverse
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: You mean any artist in the world? Well, Billie Eilish and Finneas cause they're really innovative and crazy talented.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: No, I will never share my secrets!!!! Mwahahah. Nah, just kidding. Sure... Uhm... I guess my biggest tip is to always work on your skills. Forget about the equipment. If you're good, I really believe you can potentially make a great record just using a laptop and a pair of headphones.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I've actually worked on anything from reggaeton and trap to indie pop, folk, and hard rock.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Maybe the fact that I can fix almost anything when mixing and mastering, and also the fact that I can do a lot with very little. I mean, it's always best to have impeccable sounding recordings and all of that, but that's not always possible for many reasons. In those cases, I can make everything sound "expensive", even if it isn't. Many of the songs I've worked on have been recorded from home, in some cases even using an iPhone to record vocals and other instruments, especially during the pandemic. That's always a challenge, but hey, I'm up for it. Another strong skill, I would say, is that I can fully produce almost any type of track from beginning to end, including beat making, recording, editing, mixing and mastering.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: That's a hard one. What I think I bring is my experience, my passion for making music sound beautiful and my clear focus on making the artist sound stellar. That's always my absolute goal.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It depends on the process. If we're talking about fully producing a track, we always need to start with a full pre-production session to set the goals and the vision for the song. If we're talking about mixing and mastering, I just need the stems and a few references/indications to understand what the artist and the producer want. And from there I do everything in my power to elevate the track to it's full potential and just make it sound amazing.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It's always the ear. The studio setup is not as important. I have a Lynx Aurora 16 converter, an ISA Two preamp and the Eris E8 studio monitors, though.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Serban Ghenea, Jaycen Joshua, Manny Marroquin, Josh Gudwin
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing and mastering, mostly. I also produce and make beats often, though.