Mastering engineer at Propeller Mastering in Oslo, Norway.
With a background as a classical trumpet player, my passion has always been within music and arts. I started as a mastering engineer at the age of 21 and have worked with music spanning from classical and jazz to metal and RnB. I currently work at Propeller Mastering in Oslo doing projects for labels such as Universal Music, Warner (and former EMI), Sony, as well as indie labels.
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Interview with Morgan Nicolaysen
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I spend most of my days mastering music in all types of genres. Spanning from classical and jazz to metal and house/RnB. Most of my clients are from Norway and include all the major labels as well as indie artists. In addition to mastering, I also record and mix music on a regular basis.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Alison Krauss, Madeleine Peyroux, Melody Gardot, Sarah Jarosz, James Taylor++ In general artists that dare to keep it simple and let the music breathe and the producers and engineers that work with them. Al Schmitt, Helik Hadar, Dave O'Donell, Gary Paczosa.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Client either uploads the track through our file delivery system or they bring their mixes to the session. If time allows, I'll have a quick listen to the mixes and give any feedback if necessary. When the mastering is done, I'll send a reference master to the client online for approval.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: In the pursuit of goosebumps, I turn the good things up and bad things down.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Jazz, classical & film score, folk, pop, rock, soul
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: The Propeller Mastering room is designed by Munro Acoustics (UK) and matched with a pair of ATC SCM100 ASL Pro. Conversion by Forssell Technologies and custom outboard by Roger Foote of Foote Control Systems
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Imagine your sound field as a big canvas or a movie screen. Use the entire canvas and just not the middle of it. Break the rules!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working with talented artists, producers and engineers together with my great colleagues.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started out as a classical trumpet player and started recording and live sound engineering during my high school years. After high school, I started studying recording and mixing with Bruce Swedien. After audio engineerin studies I got headhunted by one of the major mastering studios in Oslo. After working there for 4 years, I joined the team at Propeller Mastering in 2009. Have been mastering full time since 2004.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Salt water distiller, kiteboard, kite, leatherman, gaffers tape