Hey. My name is Jarkko, and I’m a freelance audio engineer. I've been turning knobs, pushing faders and giving bad relationship advice for twelve years and counting.

I record, mix and master music, taking the raw sounds and molding them into finished albums. I specialize in the dirty, dangerous and heavy stuff, but during my years working with musicians, I have gathered experience in a vast array of genres from acoustic performances to EDM and my ears are always open to new stimuli.

I can provide recording, mixing, mastering, reamping and sound design. I work on an analogue/digital hybrid setup, and I personally appreciate dynamic, open and organic sound, but I’m absolutely open to any ideas you might have for your album. Just let me know what you have in mind and we’ll figure it out!

My credits include

Gear highlights

  • Focal Alpha 65
  • Pro Tools 12
  • Matamp GT120 '76
  • Roland Space Echo RE-501
  • various guitars
  • amps
  • effects
  • microphones etc.

Genres I specialize in

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Analog or digital and why?
Both. There's no reason to keep one door open and close another.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Talk. Communicate. Ask. There are no stupid questions or stupid opinions - it's your music, and you're entitled to make sure it turns out just right.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A mobile recorder like the Zoom R16, my old Framus slide guitar, a pair of headphones, a generator and a lifetime supply of diesel.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I got interested in music technology in my very early teens, and made my first recording when I was twelve or so. In school, I was always the guy that was asked to handle the sound for events, probably because I was the only one nerdy enough to think it was cool. At the age of sixteen I got together my first, very modest tracking and mixing setup and started doing stuff for bands I knew just for the fun of it. After high school I got a degree in audio engineering, and to this day, I've been working on and off as a full or part time professional for around seven years.
How would you describe your style?
Raw and crushing.
Can you share one music production tip?
When you feel like you're missing a piece of gear to complete something, you probably aren't. Use what you have and make it beg for mercy. And this is from a gear junkie!
What type of music do you usually work on?
Mostly everything that could be considered rock 'n roll in one way or another.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I run a setup that a lot of people would probably describe as modest. It's a hybrid of modern digital technology and really funky vintage gear. I like to combine the sheer power of a Pro Tools rig combined with strange old stuff that sounds a bit different every time you turn it on.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I hugely appreciate people who can get the most out of strange and modest settings, people who aren't afraid of doing stuff that generally shouldn't be done.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I've done plenty from mobile recording to mastering, but my main gig is remote mixing of all the possible sub genres of rock 'n roll.