M Double A Productions
Chicago recording artist Rico Maatre is the owner of M Double A Productions. Since 2008, Maatre has had a career as an independent recording artist, audio engineer, and producer through his independent production company, "M Double A Productions." Booking: MDoubleAProductions@ymail.com
M Double A Productions is a one stop shop audio production company specializing in music of many styles and genres since 2008. MAAP offers many services such as Studio Recording, Mixing, Mastering, Beat Production (leasing & exclusive), Sound Design (TV, commercial, film, and game), Voiceover Recording, Foley, etc.
M Double A Productions can accommodate just about any style of audio/music. We work with many artists of various genres and many creatives in between. We are one of the best knowledgeable production houses in Chicago and we’ll work to make sure that your project is of quality industry standard.
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Interview with M Double A Productions
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The thing I like most about my career is that I get to be creative everyday. That alone is what makes what I do NOT feel like a job. Music is my life!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently worrking on a new urban jazz album.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: MAAP Mastering Tips: - Often, clients that send us files over the Internet will only send a compressed version of the songs (mp3, wmv, and other streaming audio formats). These formats are not accepted by us and are very discouraged as they will not benefit nearly, as well as full-quality formats would from mastering. These formats lose a lot of quality and cannot store all the information that a song requires to properly reproduce the original recording. If your file is only 3-10 megabytes big or only takes a minute to send to us, it is probably the wrong file type. We recommend exporting your final mixes as broadcast wave file formats in 24-bit depths and 48 khz sample rates, or 16 bits and 24 khz at the least. - The other big problem we run into with a lot of sessions is the use of compression, hard limiting, and other mastering effects on the stereo bus/master fader in a final mix. When you are doing your final mix down, please take off all plug-ins on the stereo bus/master fader, and don’t worry about the song not being as loud or as bright as another song you hear on a CD or radio. It is our job to make your song that loud and bright, but we cannot do that if it has already been done to a certain point. Those mastering plug-ins can deteriorate the music and cause it to clip if used improperly. Certain elements of the music can also be lost if those plug-ins are used. We recommend keeping the peak levels of your mix at -3db at the most. The mastering process is an art form like all other music elements. However, it doesn't take nearly as long.