I love mixing music, and I love real hardware. My studio, Riverworks Music is Toronto-based, with artists and bands from different regions in North America. My mix technique consists of a hybridized mix of character-rich outboard classic gear, and I look for every opportunity to use it all. No laptop mixing here.
The local and long-distance mixing process is the same: simply provide all separated audio tracks starting at the beginning of the song and I can get to work from there.
We'll have an in-person meeting before I get started to go over your ideas and vision, and to sit back and discuss some reference points that you have in mind. I'm also more than happy to also assist in exporting the audio files if you have any questions, or are unsure of the process.
Artists and bands are more than welcome to attend the mixing sessions and I'm happy to explain the process since lots of people are quite interested in it. That being said, I always caution that the listeners don't wear out there ears. It's always a good idea to keep your ears as fresh as possible! And of course, attending sessions is totally optional.
- Hardware: Lexicon 224 (x2)
- Eventide H910
- Korg SE-500 Stage Echo
- BiAmp Spring Tank
- TC Electronic M3000
- MXR Digital Delay
- Roland SDE-1000 (x2)
- Yamaha SPX-90 (x2)
- dbx166 (x3)
- heavily modded Yamaha PM-1000 with inductor EQs
Reviews of Mike Rocha
I'm so grateful to have recorded with Mike over the last couple years. He is creative and understands the artists goals with an an amazing ear and attention to detail. Mike has a great work flow, he is productive but keeps things relaxed to get the best take! Also one of the most genuine and non-flakey music industry peeps I've ever met.
My band has been working with Mike since we started out and we would not be anywhere without him. His knowledge and his attention to detail makes him an invaluable asset to any recording session. He's pushed our band to be better than we ever thought we could be and any musician should feel lucky to be able to work with him.
Mike is an absolute blast to work with. Our time together in the studio has been highly productive and fulfilling - as well as educational. He has introduced me to lots of new hardware, and helped me to become more comfortable in the world of sound synthesis. Mike has been instrumental in the development of my band's sound. A++!
I've done 2 records and 2 EP's with with Mike over several years. I've recommended him to several others. He is extremely knowledgable as an engineer and has a great ear. I especially recommend Mike for those who are doing a first record or ep as he works very hard EVERY project and is great at communication!
Sam - Liver, Bossie, Rival Boys