Major label sound at independent prices.
In studio or Dropbox recording, mixing, mastering, session drums, bass, guitar, vocals, voiceover, beats, restoration, sound design, music videos, ring tones...
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6 ReviewsEndorse Annex Audio Studios
I had a great experience working with Mike at Annex Audio Studios on a few different records. Great work, great guy, great sounds, and really a good vibe to be around, positive and enthusiastic. Fully endorsed.
I've worked with Annex Audio on a couple projects & have always been very happy with the entire process. Mike is an extremely knowledgeable sound engineer & a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend Annex Audio Studios!
I've had great experiences working here on two separate occasions. Mike is very professional and has a great attitude. He is honestly a very pleasant person to work with.
Mike is a very experienced and knowledgeable studio engineer who can help you get some great sounds and high quality recordings. Nothing but props and love! Definitely worth the time and cost. Cheers!
I've worked with Mike in the studio for years now...our results are always top notch and always a great time...a true talent and gentleman
Nothing but top-notch service, sound, and quality!
Interview with Annex Audio Studios
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My father is a retired professional musician so I was born into the music business. At a young age I spent my time playing multiple instruments, messing around with my dads 4 track reel to reel and going to gigs. By the time I hit high school I was in a band and started working professionally at 18. In the early 90's I saw the first DAW based computer recording system and I was hooked. In 2004 I enrolled in the "Humber Collage" audio engineering program for a formal education in audio engeneering to elevate my skills. I have worked with dozens of bands and artists over the 30 plus years, from Juno award winning artists, to indie artists. I am always looking forward to the next project !
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm proud of all my projects but one in particular was working with Peter Boynton on his solo project. Pete was the first major label artist I worked with, he hails from Tom Cochrane & Red Rider.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Pop EP for an indie artist "Joy Phillips" www.joyphillipsmusic.com
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Kris Bradley
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, that way you get the best of both worlds.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Major label sound at independent prices.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The reaction when the customer hears the finished mastered product.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What DAW should I use? Answer: The one you feel most comfortable using.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I can make a bad recording sound great. I can improve poorly recored audio and at times make a huge improvement, but the better the original recording the better the end product.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I ask for reference tracks, Final destination for project (Duplication, Sync, Personal use?), Budget.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Reach out first and have a discussion about the project and end goals to make sure it's a good fit.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Assuming there's a Solar powered power supply, My MacBook Pro, My two channel CI 1 USB interface, guitar, keyboard controller, Slate VMS mic.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Music is my religion. The record store is my church, the songs my hymns, the artists my saints.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Finneas O'Connell, because he is the one making the hits quietly in the background.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Using the back bus technique (Andrew Scheps)
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, Pop, Singer/ songwriter.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: 30+ years of experience
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Communicating clearly with client on their vision for the project. Making sure all files (Stems) are clean and gain staged. Have a final sound mapped out before getting started. communicating along the way with artist with frequent updates to make sure were on the same page. Deliver high quality professional mixes and masters with 3 revisions if needed to tweak project to final taste. Deliver on time and on budget masters for both streaming platforms and duplication.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Mac based system featuring. Analog tube mastering Com, Full plugin suites: Waves, Slate Digital, Komplete, Soundtoys, Kush, Plugin Alliance...multiple monitors - YS 1's, NS 10's, Paradigm, Mackie's
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Kris Bradley, Piper Payne, Chris Lord-Alge, Andrew Scheps. to name a few
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: A wide variety, but right now with the Pandemic my most common projects are, stem mixing and mastering.