Tom Carmichael

Mix Engineer

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Eight years experience as a recording engineer, mixer and producer, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some amazing artists including Kendrick Lamar, Chance The Rapper, H.E.R., Metronomy, Crystal Fighters, The Temper Trap, Kelela, Childhood, Jamie Isaac, Jerkcurb & Fat White Family

"Tom Carmichael is a UK based mixer, recording engineer and producer.

Captivated by the black magic of the studio as a guitar player, he began fiddling with faders and patchbays as an assistant engineer for producer Ash Workman. A fortuitous introduction to the good folk at record label Marathon Artists led to him taking on a role as their in-house producer/engineer, running their studio for several years and working closely with many of the artists on their roster.

He’s worked as an in-house engineer at London recording studios including Metropolis, Press Play and The Premises, and now works primarily from his mix room in the seaside paradise of Margate, Kent, an hour and a half outside of London, frequently travelling back for tracking sessions."

My approach to mixing is to do all that I can to understand the intention behind the production and the vision of the artist, and to work closely with them to realise this and elevate the work to another level. I love mixes that are bold, dynamic and immersive. I care deeply about the projects that I work on - I'll offer my own creative input and suggestions for you to choose whether to take on board and we'll communicate closely, making as many revisions as necessary until we are both happy with the mix.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Tom Carmichael
  • Fat White Family
  • Fat White Family
  • Childhood
  • Max Jury
  • Max Jury
  • Kairos Quartett

7 Reviews

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  1. Review by Eirik Vildgren
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    Tom mixed our album for us earlier this year and it was a dream to work with him. He's very professional in every way. The end result sounded really good and it was what we wanted it to be and more. He's also a super nice person who´s very comfortable to be around. Patient and full of ideas.

  2. Review by Olivia Compton
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    The go-to sound engineer, Tom mixed an EP for me last year and it was a total pleasure to work with him. Outstanding mixer and producer, Tom had some brilliant production ideas which really added to the tracks. Tom is extremely reliable, professional, and an all-round lovely person to work with. Highly recommend!

  3. Review by Joe G
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    Nice guy, very patient, and respectful. Good banter and banging tunes.

  4. Review by Ben Romans Hopcraft
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    Tom is pretty much the guy I go to in regards to assistance or collaboration on anything sound related. We have worked on countless projects together whether that be albums for Fat White Family, Childhood not to mention the great work he has done outside of our working relationship (Jamie Issac , Kendrick Lamar). Whether it be production of engineering Tom is such a great person to work with on human level. Cool as a cucumber and always willing to listen and actually digest what an artist is going for. Independently Tom is achieving some outstanding work mixing records too. All round maestro.

  5. Review by Christo Squier
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    I've worked with Tom for a wide range recording, mixing and production duties. In each area Tom was incredibly fast, knowledgeable, personable and creative.
    He has the perfect studio attitude; always willing to go the extra mile to make your project the best it can be, full of good suggestions but also happy to work to realise your vision. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Tom for all types of recording projects.

    Christo Squier (Perhaps Contraption)

  6. Review by Robbie Redway
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    Tom mixed a four-track EP for me in late 2018 and was an absolute dream to work with. He was efficient, diligent and hugely accommodating to my feedback throughout the process. I was blown away by how quickly he came back with new versions of my tracks, transforming them from bedroom recordings to professional sounding pre-masters. He's also a lovely bloke - it never felt like 'work' when we were in his studio as he creates such a friendly atmosphere. I'm very much looking forward to working with him again and would highly recommend him to anyone. Robbie Redway (Rondo Mo)

  7. Review by James Burton
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    Tom mixed, engineered and produced an album for us over a year with intermittent visits to the studio. We couldn’t recommend him highly enough. We did a mixture of live and separate(to click) recording and Tom managed to generate depth and warmth to our sound. Everyone who has heard our music compliments the sound quality and professionalism. Not only that, but he is a genuine enthusiast, brilliant to work with and encouraging on all levels. A great facilitator who possesses excellent musical sensibility.
    (The Greeners)

Interview with Tom Carmichael

  1. Q: How would you describe your style?

  2. A: I'm fan of experimentation in the studio, and I love records that create their own world for the listener to live in. That said, I adapt to each project and artist. I don't have one sound that I stamp on everything, and as a mixer I try to stay true to the intention behind the production.

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

  4. A: That it's all about what gear you're using.. it's who's operating it that matters.

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

  6. A: If mixing, I'll start a conversation with the artist to first establish that we'll be a good fit to work together, and that I'm confident I can bring what the song needs and what the artist is looking for to the table. I only want to work on projects that I'm as excited about as the artist, and that I know that I can enhance. Once we've agreed to work together I'll listen to the rough mix, and find out from the artist where they want to take the music sonically. I spend about a day and half from beginning a mix to delivering the first mix to the artist, sometimes less. I'll ask for feedback on this and then make as many revisions as necessary, within reason, to get the mix to a point that everyone is happy with. If producing a project, the first step still applies. I don't typically make beats/tracks from scratch, rather I work with bands/artists to best capture and present, and if necessary enhance the songs and arrangements they already have ideas for. Once we've agreed to work together I'll immerse myself in the song demos, making suggestions on how to improve things in pre-production. We'll discuss musical/sonic reference points for the project and by the time we go into the studio we should have a clear plan of what we are aiming for and how to go about it.

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

  8. A: If we agree to work together, I will give everything I have to the project, I care deeply about the artists I chose to work with and their music.

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

  10. A: Enabling brilliant creative people to fulfil the vision they were aiming for in their music is incredibly rewarding.

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

  12. A: How do you feel about your rough mix? Where are you looking to take your music sonically, and what do you want to achieve with this project?

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

  14. A: Select a mixer or producer whose past work you admire.

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

  16. A: Depth, width, clarity, dynamics, emotion, excitement

  17. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  18. A: I mix from my own acoustically treated mix room in Margate, Kent, and work at various other studios when tracking. My room is based around Adam monitoring with a Genelec1092A subwoofer, Yamaha NS10s, and a Thermionic Culture valve EQ custom modified by Thermionic Culture founder Vic Keary. I can recommend a range of studios that will be suitable for tracking any project based on budget, location, and your needs, so please get in touch if you'd like me to help with producing and engineering your record.

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

  20. A: Mark 'Spike' Stent, David Wrench, Tom Elmhirst, Shaw Everett.

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

  22. A: Mixing, producing and engineering.

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