My goal is to enhance your music and raise it to its maximum potential. I work with different independent artist and labels of electronic, indie, pop, rock, psychedelic music, world fusion, dub, reggae.
I was a musician before sound engineer. I have worked in different jobs related to sound for twenty years. Fixed sound installations, direct sound, studio and live recording, mixing and mastering. The last ten years only musical production, mixing and mastering!!
Mixing Process: First I listen and visualize your music, analise the arrangement, talk with you and make questions. Then i proposal changes in arrangement, if i think necesary, add or eliminate some sonic element, change the sound or timbre, record second time. Then start the emotional mix!!
Mastering Process: Your track goes through a high-end analogue chain full of valves, transformers, discrete ops, converters and top wiring in controlled acoustics... The result of the dump is recorded at 96Khz/32bits on a second computer. It delivers in .wav format 44K/16-24bits for different platforms. On request we can deliver files in higher sample rate rates, 96KHz or 48KHz for broadcast or audiovisual. In fact, the first dump we make of your song is done at 96KHz with Prism Sound converters.
Hi end audio equipment, API, Prism Sound, Bettermaker, SSL, Amphion & Proac Loudspeakers, Looptrotter & neutral acoustic treated room at ALSEM mastering studio.
Price List: Digital Mastering $40, Analog Mastering $60, Analog Mixing from $200, stem Mastering $110, Mix Mastering Vocals + Beat $70
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6 ReviewsEndorse Miguel Alsem
Miguel is a druid of the analog mastering, also he played drums & bass previously for a long time. He has a great knowledge about feel the flow & music.
I recored some sitar tracks easyly in one session just following his voice & rhythm examples during the recording. Namaste bro ¡
2/2 me guió en como definir sonidos, dar más espacio, hacer más grandes los sonidos, varias cosas super interesantes, y bueno, también a mezclar mejor cada una de las pistas. Muy agradecido a mi amigo por su sugerencia y mucho más todavía a Miguel, Miguel Alsem que es un profesional de 10.
Un amigo me aconsejo que hablase con el, yo normalmente era reacio a este consejo pues quería ser un todo en uno, desde el principio hasta el final hacer todo el proceso de una canción. Un día dije, voy a probar y le envié una canción para que Miguel hiciese el master. La fluidez en la primera llamada de teléfono me agrado de gran manera y esta llamada me hizo ver de que no se tanto como imaginaba. Prontamente hablando con el me di cuenta que tenía que equalizar mejor los sonidos, que la mezcla era mejorable, etc etc. Me cambio todo, lo que en un principio era hacer un master se convirtió 1/2
I have been working for several years in different projects, with different Mixing and Mastering engineers. Now that I feel myself more confident I have started a new project with my own web www.doctorefe.com and I must say Miguel has helped me not only in the mastering but also in the mixing techniques. Definitely he puts time and interest in the projects I do. Very important for me is the INTERACTIVITY ! In this sense I can only give him a 10/10. Fair prices, very good quality... nothing to complain about. Totally recommended.
I began analog mastering with Miguel and moved quickly to include full stems mixing I as realized this would take my productions to the next level and achieve the sound I had been looking for. If you want top DJs to play your music you want to give them something you know is going to sound amazing on any sound system. Working with Miguel has become an essential part of the production process.
Jake Knights (Planeta Libre, Nutek Chill Records)
Miguel has mixed and mastered 3 tracks for me. I couldn't be happier with the results! His finishing touches are organic & sensitive, and the output is balanced, sweet & harmonious. He knows so much about getting the levels right for different platforms, whether it's digital/streaming or on a big sound system. Even with his huge knowledge, he doesn't lord it over you. In fact, he is super approachable, and patient, so for singer-songwriters like me (sometimes I don't even know the time signature of my compositions!), he is the perfect producer. His new analog setup is the bomb!!!
Interview with Miguel Alsem
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: 14 stem mastering for Nü Tao, mastering for Lingo Kids, mix and master for Wardrobe Sounds feat Dutty Jojo new tape
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Meet new people and make great music
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: If I went to a desert island I would not take any gear I would dedicate myself to building instruments with palm trees :) and to growing vegetables and fruit trees together with friends!!... As for my favorite gear are API 2500+, API5500, SSL Fusion, Amphion Loudspeakers, Bettermaker Mastering EQ
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing drums when I was 13 years old with rock bands, then I started with percussion, congas, Brazilian percussion, then electronic music, then I started playing bass in jazz and fusion bands, then double bass and classical music in the Conservatory of music. In all that time I started working as a sound technician, live and studio, and studied sound engineering at the University. I have worked in different jobs related to sound for twenty years. Fixed sound installations, direct sound, studio and live recording, mixing and mastering. For ten years also teaching sound and music production at the University.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Electronic, world fusion, indie, pop, rock, reggae & dub
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Simon Posford, Bonobo, Massive Attack, Snarky Puppy, Gaudi, Tame Impala, The Cure, Vulfpeck, The Stone Roses, Ozric Tentacles, Avishain Cohen, Black Sabbath, Weather Report, Pergolesi, Fleetwood Mac... A very extensive list of great creators and visionary musicians of all time
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: A session studio sitarist... Xavi Ganjam!! https://soundbetter.com/profiles/195842-xavi-ganjam
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both!! Analog heat and digital precision
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Trust, good communication and optimal results
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Delivery term!! Mix_ 3 day Mastering_ 1 day
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Which is easy to do with a handful of plugins
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you want to convey with your music? to where you want to go?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Ask all the questions you have. Talk with me
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: A fusion of differents flavors
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Learn music and then forget about it
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My musical experience playing instruments in differents bands, studying classical music and doublebass, and produce music
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Enhance emotional intensity
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listen, visualize and get to work
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Hybrid, Analog and Digital equipment
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing and Mastering services