Mike Butler

Mix Engineer

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100 Reviews (77 Verified)
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Credits include Diet Cig, Ray LaMontagne, The Shins, Fanfarlo, Norah Jones, Night Beds, Phoebe Bridgers, Nicki Bluhm, Reba McIntire, The Pretenders, Five For Fighting, and many more.

I got my start as an assistant engineer at Record Plant Studios in Los Angeles, CA where I had an opportunity to learn from some of the biggest and best names in recording. As an independent engineer and mixer in L.A., I was lucky enough to work with some amazing artists and producers, including engineering tracks for LeAnn Rhymes, Reba McIntire, Eminem, Pharell, and many more. Along the way I also engineered and mixed over a dozen exclusive sessions for iTunes with artists like Ray LaMontagne, The Pretenders, Five For Fighting, The Shins, Fanfarlo, and Norah Jones. I did extensive mixing work for famed Japanese producer Tetsuya Kamuro that earned several number one spots in Japan. In 2010, I relocated to San Diego and have since engineered and mixed for hundreds of artists, both signed and independent, including Night Beds, Diet Cig, Phoebe Bridgers, Nicki Bluhm, William Wild, and Jesca Hoop.

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100 Reviews - 24 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Armando B.
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    The man, the myth, the legend. Thanks for the phenomenal service Mike!

  2. Review by Ronni L.
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    An exceptional mixer. He did a marvelous job on my project. The mix was better than expected. I love the sound and mood he created. Just what I was looking for. There were no difficulties in working with Mike and he is highly recommended.

  3. Review by Armando B.
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    Phenomenal job! I love his work and very communicative. Please give this man some stars!

  4. Review by Vincent P.
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    Mike does an incredible job
    Super cool guy

  5. Review by Tim C.
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    Great experience working with mike - friendly and patient, and with a great ear!

  6. Review by Jeremy B.
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    Mike was really great to work with! He fit us into his schedule quickly, had great communication, and we were super happy with the sound of the mix he did for us!! I highly recommend working with him!

  7. Review by Alexander P.
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    Professional, friendly and patient!

  8. Review by Cassie S.
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    Mike’s mix is truly a seamless integration of all the elements in my song. Very clean, subtle and impressive. Overall, I love the direction he took my project. He adjusted the work to specific notes I gave, provided timely revisions and communicated well throughout. Would definitely work with him again!

  9. Review by Jon M.
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    It's Mike Butler, what else is there to say? His credentials speak for themselves.

  10. Review by Tim C.
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    great job from Mike mixing a quite complex beast of a song of mine! Very responsive, great communication, great work

  11. Review by Lucas AB
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    I keep working with Mike for a reason and I keep giving him 5 star reviews for a reason. He's fast, he's patient, but most of all he really knows what he's doing. Thanks again, Mike!

  12. Review by Ethan Day
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    Mike is a great engineer, I definitely recommend him if your trying to get your sound that you just can't achieve on your own.

  13. Review by AJ J.
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    Mike did an amazing job with my track and was great to work with! He listened to what I wanted and was able to quickly get my song where I thought it should be. I definitely recommend him and will use him in the future.

  14. Review by Marcus L.
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    Mike has been super dependable and flexible, and his wealth of experience makes me feel like I can really trust him. Looking forward to working with him again in the future!

  15. Review by Goldian
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    My first experience working with a professional mixer turned out to be better than I could have imagined. Mike took the track to the next level. He was super responsive to my feedback and clearly understood my vision. He worked hard to incorporate all of my notes and the final product was better than I'd hoped for. I would definitely work with Mike again on more of my tracks.

  16. Review by Neill MacCallum
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    I couldn't be happier with Mike's mix of my song UFO! I listened to many mixers work on this site and after listening to his mix of Night Terrors I knew my song was in good hands. I literally have no revisions for him which is a first for me. He beat my expectations, which were already very high. Simply put his mix made my song come to life, gave it the edge it needed to pop, breathe and come alive. I'll be working with Mike again very soon, and I recommend you do the same!!

  17. Review by Colin McLeod
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    Mike was great to work with and so pleased with the result. I would highly recommend him. He has done a superb mix and master for me.

  18. Review by Marcus L.
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    Mike did a fantastic job mastering my track. He was very responsive and was kind enough to provide multiple mix reviews. The master came out great and I'm excited to work with Mike again in the future!

  19. Review by Nathan W.
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    Amazing indie mixer/master with a good ear for tuning! Mike has a really fast turnaround time and was dedicated to achieving the sound I wanted, will definitely come back to him again, thanks man.

  20. Review by Lucas B.
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    Mike has delivered once again! He just finished a second track with me and brought to it the same attention, care, and professionalism from the first one. I look forward to many more tracks with Mike in the future.

  21. Review by Vincent P.
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    Mike is incredible at what he does!
    And, a very nice guy!
    This is my second time using his service, and it’s safe to say I will be returning in the future.

  22. Review by Patrick C.
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    This is my second time working with Mike Butler and it was more of the same. He was highly professional the entire time. I never felt rushed working with him the communication was great. He understood where we wanted to go with the track and its really shined in my opinion because of the diligent work he put into the mix.

  23. Review by Stirling C.
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    I really enjoyed working with Mike on my song and am really happy with the way it turned out. I've always wanted to have something sound like it was taken to the next level, and I look forward to working with Mike in the future!

  24. Review by Brent H.
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    Mike has been nothing but great to work with. He completed songs for me in a timely matter, and absolutely blew me away with his technique and skill and willingness to make revisions that I needed. Will definitely come back!

  25. Review by Patrick C.
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    We have had the best experience with Mike.
    What I really appreciate is how easy it was to
    communicate with him. He really lets the music
    breath. I’m so glad we went with him on this song and
    hope to work with him in the future.

  26. Review by Colin T.
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    Great work again, very efficient and made the track sound authentic and powerful.

  27. Review by Tucker R.
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    Mike is a real professional - patient, works with you and to dial in the right mix, tuned the vocals with just the right touch. He's who musicians need.

  28. Review by Lucas B.
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    Mike is excellent and a consummate professional. He's very fast but at no expense to quality. He knew exactly how to take my track to the next level and easily incorporated all the feedback I had.

    This was my first experience using SoundBetter, and thus Mike, and I have no intention of working with anyone else at this point! He's just great.

  29. Review by Jamie Rosenberg
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    Mike is the real deal! Did a fantastic mix and master for me.Fast turnaround and no attitude about the revisions I requested. I'll be sending more his way!

  30. Review by Francesco F.
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    Mike did an amazing job on my project. Communication was on point, he managed to understand my requests everytime. Amazing!

  31. Review by Colin T.
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    Great work - powerful mix with a great eye for detail, delivered in a short time frame.

  32. Review by matt h.
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    Mike is nothing but professional in his conduct - skilled, communicative, accommodating, and quick to make any changes. I was growing frustrated with my mix, and Mike was able to intuitively fix all the things that were bothering me and really take the track to the next level. I would highly recommend you reach out to him about your mixing needs.

  33. Review by Justin R.
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    Mike was the perfect mix engineer for us and was a pleasure to work with! His communication is awesome and knew exactly what to do with our song to bring the most out of it. I can't recommend him enough to anyone who wants a mix that is flawless and brings out the true emotion in your music. I will be going back to Mike for all our future releases right now.

  34. Review by Alan c.
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    Mike is really talented - and super easy to work with. What more can you ask for?

  35. Review by Brent H.
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    Mike was so easy to work with. And mixed my song to complete perfection. He was quick, and responded fast, and did everything I asked of him and a lot more.

  36. Review by Randa K.
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    Mike is an absolute professional. First of all, he was AMAZINGLY fast. That said he hit so many points in making the track I sent better. He heard out the small details I requested. For that and more I'm grateful.

  37. Review by Dougy A.
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    Just finished my first LP with Mike and the relationship we built is pretty darn amaze balls. He's been 'the dude' to work with and this record sounds like a timeless gem. Mike, I can't begin to express how happy I am. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a part of this ride! The engine is just startin to heat up.

  38. Review by Van Arro
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    Working with Mike Butler is always an honor and a learning experience. I keep working with him because he is amazingly easy to communicate your ideas with and will deliver a mix sounding better than one could ever expect. Highly recommended, as always!

  39. Review by Dougy A.
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    Mike as been so amazing to work with. What a great dude, I look forward to working together for many many more!

  40. Review by Ryland Fisher
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    Mike is a truly gifted engineer, and brought new life into these songs. Extremely patient, and an excellent communicator. Highly recommended. Would love to work with him again!!

  41. Review by Dougy A.
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    Mike is a pro in every way! Highly recommend if you want a professional mix that translates across all speakers.

  42. Review by Leona
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    Mike is super patient with very quick response, he gave me many great ideas about mixing : )

  43. Review by Ted S.
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    Mike is simply the best. Super patient and super understanding. Thank you, Mike!

  44. Review by Ted W.
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    Mike did a superb job!
    Ted Wise

  45. Review by David P.
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    Mike is a cool dude. He knows his stuff and I really appreciated the care that shows toward you and your project. I would definitely work with him again.

  46. Review by Van Arro
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    Mike understands where you want your song to goes and takes it there. Simply the best.

  47. Review by AJ L.
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    This was my first time working with a mixing engineer on soundbetter. I could not be happier with the results. Mike is super professional, timely, and skilled at his craft. I was unsure of the direction I wanted to take the mix, and Mike worked with me to seek out the proper sound for the song. His work speaks for itself. I will for sure be working with him again.

  48. Review by Aniruddh
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    Great guy to work with, extremely cooperative and great sensibilities.
    Looking forward to working again :)

  49. Review by Benjamin S.
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    Mike was incredible to work with! Very fast, but didn’t lack in quality. He also brought in his own opinion, which really helped! Great experience!

  50. Review by Iker Q.
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    Mike is a pleasure to work with. Quick and reliable.

  51. Review by Carlos P.
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    It was great to work with Mike 🤙🏾 nice mixing he responds fast :)

  52. Review by Van Arro
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    Mike was great to work with, he's great converting one's ideas and vision into reality. His communication is always prompt and he will deliver an amazing result within a small amount of time. A highly recommended professional!

  53. Review by Frank T.
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    Unbelievable mixing engineer. Super quick and responsive and made my piece some to life. Highly, highly recommend him for your project.

  54. Review by Samuel K.
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    Fast, precise and extremely kind service.

  55. Review by Kevin Q.
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    Mike was great to work with! I had never had anyone mix a song for me before and I was a little nervous about it but, Mike understood exactly what I wanted for the mix of my song. He communicated well and worked quickly. I couldn't be happier! I highly recommend him!

  56. Review by Spence d.
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    Mike was great to work with. He knows what he is doing. He was great with feedback on the tracks and worked quickly considering the work he was handed. I was felt confident throughout the process. I would recommend him highly.

  57. Review by Griffin M.
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    Mike is a phenomenal mix/master engineer. He brought new life to my project and I couldn't be happier with the results he gave me. In addition to delivering a great product, he was extremely professional throughout the whole process. His communication and patience were above and beyond what I expected. If you want a great mix/master with excellent professionalism, give Mike a try. His work speaks for itself.

  58. Review by Jeff D.
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    Great engineer, solid work with dynamics and EQ

  59. Review by Zac S.
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    Mike was very responsive, prompt, and he delivered a mix that sounds great :)

  60. Review by anthony b.
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    Mike is a true professional, easy to communicate with and really let his quality work speak for itself. Mike brought new and fresh ideas to my song, and never hesitated when I suggested variations, even when the changes I wanted to try were subtle, he was always happy to give it a run. And he works fast - this is clearly a person who knows what he's doing behind the board. Very impressed. Hope we can work together again.

  61. Review by Jonathan D.
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    Mike emphasised, enhanced and pushed the original intentions of the piece with an instinct for what would work best for that particular idea. The original idea is intact but it sounds sooo much better!!

  62. Review by G. M.
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    The best Engineer for your best investment on the soundbetter platform.

  63. Review by Rosanne M.
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    It's reasonably easy to find a mix engineer but it's very rare to find a mix engineer who's also an artist. Mike is an artist and a pleasure to work with. 5 stars all the way!

  64. Review by G. M.
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    You want the best mixes? Call Mike!

  65. Review by G. M.
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    You get the best sound treatment from Dr Mike. Excellence and professionalism.

  66. Review by Derek L.
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    Thank you, mix was awesome!

  67. Review by Derek L.
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    Awesome Job! Cheers

  68. Review by Andrew L.
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    Mike did another great mix for me.

  69. Review by Andrew L.
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    Did a great mix with no revisions necessary :-)

  70. Review by Dave Herring
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    Mike is awesome to work with. Great communication, and always hit his deadlines. He's an artist on the console, and the mix he did for my record is incredible. I couldn't be happier, and I'm so glad I chose to work with him. Thanks again, Mike!

  71. Review by Jason M.
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    Mike was an absolute pleasure to work with! Not only is he extremely good at what he does, but he works with his clients every step of the way to make sure what they hear in their head translates to the mix. Communication, professionalism, and quality of work were all second to none! We will absolutely be working with him again!

  72. Review by James C.
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    Mike was fantastic to work with, will definitely be back! Easy to tell he's a highly qualified professional that knows exactly what he's doing from his page, but if you need to see more, take a look at his studio. Wow!

  73. Review by Raag S.
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    Unlike some other engineers i've worked with, Mike actually writes back about changes in the mix and adds to the overall sound. He helped us get the most of our debut EP and will definitely be working with him again!

  74. Review by Mark W.
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    Very pleasant and easy to work with. Mike has a great ear for making my mixes sound their best!

  75. Review by G. M.
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    Top of the line. Patient, professional and dedicated.

  76. Review by Gabriela W.
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    Mike was amazing to work with! He was patient, listened well, very talented, and gave me exactly what I was looking for! Plus, he did it all in one day for a good price!

  77. Review by Will K.
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    Mike is highly professional and delivered a great job! He was very patient and communicated well with me.

  78. Review by JP O.
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    A true pro! Very friendly , timely and easy to work with. And most importantly - passionate about getting a great mix.

    Thanks Mike! Will be back in the future.

  79. Review by JP O.
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    A true pro! Very friendly , timely and easy to work with. And most importantly - passionate about getting a great mix.

    Thanks Mike! Will be back in the future.

  80. Review by JP O.
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    A true pro! Very friendly , timely and easy to work with. And most importantly - passionate about getting a great mix.

    Thanks Mike! Will be back in the future.

  81. Review by Leor Manelis
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    I worked on an album that Mike mixed and the finished product is incredible. He's got great ears and I would high recommend.

  82. Review by Vincent P.
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    Mike did an incredible job.
    He is an exceptional mix engineer and musician.
    Will definitely be returning to him for future mixes!

  83. Review by Josh D.
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    Mike just finished a 9 song album for an artist I produced and I was thrilled with his commitment to helping achieve the sound that the artist was aiming for. Highly recommend Mike and will be working with him again in the future.

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    Mike is an outstanding recording and mixing engineer! I've worked with him on numerous projects. I highly recommend him.

  85. Review by Christof Catlin
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    Mike Butler is a professional and an artist, both as a musician/instrumentalist and as an engineer. This essential combination is a significant quality for me when I was seeking the right mixer for my project. I have worked with other mixers who, may have cared enough, but only understood one side of the music production coin. Mike understands both. Not only that, but he was patient with me, gave me two days in the studio all day long on one single song, and even after that time he did revisions for me until it was perfect. The result was beautiful and what I wanted. Go with Mike B! -CC

  86. Review by Ben L Ambrosini
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    Working with Mike is a pleasure. Not only does he have a confident command over the studio he operates, but he enables musicians to make the music they want to make. He's an extremely efficient producer & engineer... AND he's a good hang. I've never experienced a more creative, professional, focused, yet fun recording experience. Cheers Mike!

  87. Review by Jesse Hofstee
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    Mike is a great engineer. I have worked with him twice on two very different projects and he was able to adapt in both and help achieve the right sound for the songs and style. He is very creative and always up for trying different recording methods to really give a song/project its own unique sound. One of my best studio experiences.

  88. Review by Filligar (the band)
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    Mike is a world class engineer-- he added a lot to our recent session with a perfect balance of technical acumen and creative sensibility. For example, he thickened the kick with a mic dropped into a vintage gasoline chamber, an idea that really elevated the song. We've recorded all over the US-- Mike is a rare breed. Sharp, perfectionist, cool.

  89. Review by Yolanda H
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    Love working with Mike - A true professional who's skills as a producer are outstanding. I've been a part of a small group that's worked with him on various projects. When in his capable hands, I always know we will leave the studio feeling well pleased about the final product!

  90. Review by Arnessa Rickett
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    Mike is the best ever and such an amazing producer. He is able to convay the feeling behind every track and every song. Mike is a real pro and always knew just what we needed to help create and capture those great moments in the studio. He is so easy to work with and greatest professional ever! I would work with him 1000 times over, true blessing!

  91. Review by Ed Kornhauser
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    I've had the pleasure of working with Mike on many occasions at Lost Ark, mostly as a session music on keys. Each time has been a breeze. He's quick and gets a wonderful sound out of everything he records. What's more his ears are great and his thoughts and production guidance are spot on. From the session to final mix Mike does excellent work!

  92. Review by Deane Cote
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    I've worked with Mike at Lost Ark on a number of projects, and he has always been professional and, most importantly, musical. He has a great ability to get the best from his players, and runs the studio very smoothly. I always appreciate the thought and organization he puts into each and every session! Deane Cote

  93. Review by Nena A.
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    I've worked with Mike on several projects over the years in both studio and live situations, and I am always impressed with his ears, technical skills, and ability to keep everyone on task with humor and professionalism. He understands how to allow artists to be themselves while elevating their music to the highest level. Mike is badass!

  94. Review by Jason Hanna
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    As a trumpet session player, I'm always impressed with Mike Butler's professionalism and his "straight-forward" approach when recording at his sessions. Because he is an accomplished musician, He understands what each type of musician will need during the recording process, which makes for a well time-managed and pleasant session. - Jason Hanna

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    When working with Mike you not only get an amazing producer but also a great friend. Mike pushes to get the best out of you and your music and helps you explore any idea that pops up.

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    Mike's ability to bring out the best in musicians always impresses me. His experience as a musician bring a language and direction that's invaluable to those in the studio. The combination of professionalism, expertise, and humor is what makes me always look forward to working with him.

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    I've been called in several times to Lost Ark to track keys for various artists over the years. Mike is always behind the console and makes it very easy. He is great at working with personalities and people and provides as much or as little direction as anyone needs in a session. His mixes are always beautiful as well. Highly recommended.

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    Mike came highly recommended, and even with my expectations high, I was blown away by how awesome Mike got our song to sound. (I recently collaborated with Holland Andrews for a song for a film). I found working with Mike to be a joy, and really look forward to our next chance to collaborate together. - Brent Knopf of Ramona Falls & EL VY

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    Why is Mike is such an amazing producer?. He can not only speak music, he is able to convay the feeling behind track. It takes a special kinda brain to be able to meld these worlds. When we were tracking I would go to suggest something and he would was always one step ahead of me. I would work with him 100 times over.

  100. Review by Mark Stuart
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    Working with Mike at Lost Ark Studio on our full album project was a real pleasure from beginning to end. Mike is a real pro and always knew just what we needed to help create and capture those great moments in the studio. Fast, efficient, focused, relaxed and funny,working with Mike was my best recording experience ever! Mark Stuart/BSOJC

Interview with Mike Butler

  1. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  2. A: I listen to and have worked on all types of music, but I primarily mix Indie Rock, Americana, Rock, Country, Folk, and Alternative.

  3. Q: What's your typical work process?

  4. A: First thing is too start with a conversation with the artist about what they are looking for. We might talk about a specific direction or influences or references from other songs. We may get specific about effects, etc. and if there is a rough mix, I'll listen to that to get a perspective of where it should go. Once I get a feel for what they are looking for I'll dive into the mix. Typically I mix a song in a day. Once I feel I've got in to a place I'm happy with, I'll send it to the artist to get their feedback. If I'm on the right track, I'll do revisions based on the artists notes and deliver final mix versions once the artist is completely happy.

  5. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  6. A: I have been a professional mix engineer for over 15 years.

  7. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  8. A: So many! I am really inspired by anything that evokes a feeling or energy. I'm a big fan of producers like T-Bone Burnett and mixers like Tchad Blake for their innovative approach to making records. I also really like the work of the new breed of producers like Dave Cobb and Blake Mills.

  9. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  10. A: I think any mixers strongest skill should be strong communication with the artists. It takes a tremendous amount of trust for an artist to hand over their art to someone, and without proper communication, that trust can't be there.

  11. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  12. A: I think there are two really important things to do when hiring a mixer. First and foremost, is listen to their work. Find or ask for examples of things that are similar to your style. Listen to as much as you can to get a feel for their approach. And second, have a conversation with them. You should be able to tell in a 10 minute conversation if they are the right person for the job. They should understand your vision and be easy to communicate with.

  13. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  14. A: Some general questions would be, "What is your vision for this song?", "Tell me a little about the process of making it?", "What other things in your genre do you really like the sound of?", "What is currently working or not working for you in the song at this point?", "What are some of your influences?". Usually a few questions in that direction will open up the conversation so I can get get a solid picture of what the artist is looking for and how I can help them get there.

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: That I can make any song sound like any other song. Each song, recording, and production is unique, and created under unique circumstances. The mix should reflect that and serve that individual song. I think references are really important, and a great starting place to get everyone on the same page. But, I think if you try too hard to make your mix sound like something else, you can loose what makes it unique and special in itself.

  17. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  18. A: I love music, and I love being able to use my experience and skill to help musicians see the vision of their art through to completion. Mixing is the stage where you really get to hear what all of your hard work and dedication to a project has lead to, and I take great pride in being a part of that process.

  19. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  20. A: To always treat their music with the same care and attention that they do. I treat it as if it was my own and never cut corners or rush through the process. I approach each mix to make it the best I've ever done, regardless if it's for a major national act, or an artist just starting out with their first recording.

  21. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  22. A: Why not both! They are both just tools at your disposal, each has their strengths and weaknesses. I use both freely and wouldn't want to be limited to either one. My motto is, "If it sounds good, it is good.".

  23. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  24. A: My mix room consists of an SSL Matrix console and Pro Tools HDX system with Lynx Aurora converters.

  25. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  26. A: I really try to find the heart of the song. The place where the most impact and emotion is coming from, and build the track from there. I work to preserve the dynamics and nuances while still having plenty of power and energy. I try to let the song and material dictate where it wants to go and never paint every song with the same brush. I want what is unique and special about each song shine through.

  27. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  28. A: The most important thing for me to remember when I'm working on something is to always try to serve the song. Sometimes it's super fun to slap on 20 plugins and go crazy with effects, but you need to ask yourself, "Does this serve the song, or is it just serving me in this moment?"

  29. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  30. A: Oh, there are too many to pick just one! At the end of the day, I love working on great songs with great performances. It doesn't matter if its a famous artist or someone local just starting out, a great song is always a joy to work on.

  31. Q: How would you describe your style?

  32. A: I would say I take an organic approach to mixing records. I want it to sound larger than life and have a big impact, but I still want it to remain sounding honest and authentic. In the end I don't want the listener to hear the mix, I want them to hear the song and have an emotional reaction to it.

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Night Terrors by Diet Cig

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    Waiting Room by Phoebe Bridgers
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Mix rate includes revisions. Editing, Comping, Tuning, and Mix Stems are available upon request for an additional fee.

GenresSounds Like
  • Phoebe Bridgers
  • Mumford & Sons
  • The Killers
Gear Highlights
  • SSL Matrix
  • Pro Tools HDX
  • Lynx Aurora Converters
  • Neumann Monitors
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