I’ve been producing, engineering, mixing and mastering music for the last 20 years over more than 500+ credits appearance for most major artists/labels/sync licences publishing companies. I and my team can produce, mix and master most genre of music, whether you have recorded material from elsewhere.
I started my career as a freelance engineer/producer between Montreal, Dublin, Reykjavik and Paris until 2010 when I establisehd myself in my own studio in France.
I founded Mikrokosm which evolved over the last decade as a Group of recording facilities, mastering services, publishing and talent agency roster.
I can count on a solid team to developp the whole business so I can stil spend everyday in the studio working alongside successful arstists.
I mostly work remotely from my production/mastering suite with all my favorite gear, tape machines and instruments.
As a vintage tone lover, I’ve gathered a perfect collection of soulful equipment and instruments.
Smartly interfaced with all the modern creative tools, I’ve found a hands-on hybrid setup to work fast and bring the best vibes out of any projects I’m involved in.
Please get in touch if you have any question.
Can't wait to help you in the making of your music!
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Interview with Benoit Bel
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both Separately or hybrid depending on what were looking for. Because each has strengths and weekness, so why not taking the best from both?
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll get your track where it needs to be.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I'm only at your service, YOU are the creator of YOUR music.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is the idea? What are your expectations? What don't you want?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be clear with your expectations. Be organized with your datas. Have clear references (like a spotify playlist of 10 songs). Be realistic with where your project is right now and the material you're delivering me. I can do a lot but everything starts with what you send me! ;-)
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: ATC speakers Elysia Alpha Comp Elysia MusEQ Neve 2254 comp Pair Chilton / Neve QM3 console
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've started in 2002 as a studio assistant for big producers in Montreal and Iceland before becoming engineer, then mixer for them. Encouraged by them I established myself as a freelance producer - engineer - mixer buidling my own studio in France in 2010. Since then I never stopped making records as long as my company grew to become a group of recording facilities and a roster of engineers, producers. I slowly moved onto Production / Mixing / Mastering duties more than purely engineering. Now it is 30% producing, 30% mixing, 40% mastering an I love that balance, I'm never bored of doing only one type of thing.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I'm really into tone and attitude, getting the sources right and just making things work altogether in a fluid way.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Listen to the artist!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mostly indie pop rock, folk and electronica. But really genres are not the way I see music because behind every notes there's someone who is following an idea. I like considering things from an intimate/personal point of view and dive into the artist's references and influences to help him reach his/her goals. When you think like this and are a bit curious nothing is impossible, really. So I guess I've work on mostly every genres known so far with success.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I have no doubt I'll take you and your music to a higher place because my goal is your satisfaction.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Musicality, Emphasis, Style, Attitude, Warmth, Consistency.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I use either hybrid analog/digital processing depending on the tone we're after on a particular production. For me the rule is "no rules". This is the only way I've found to be free from any receip or habits to ensure my work serving the music, and not the opposite. I hate to copy/paste what I've done before on another project. The key for this is a fluid technical environment. Which is what I've created in my studio. Every single machine, instrument, drums, piano, synths is plugged and ready to go for on the fly additionnal production. This way I can go back and forth easily working on a track, a mix a master or all at the same time.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I've wrapped up my favorite classic gears (Neve console, preamps and comps, Altec and Ampex preamp/eqs, Tape Echos and Studer tape machines) around my set of ATC + 2 subds Loudspeakers and a compact but cut of the edge analog mastering desk. I use Pro Tools or Logic Converters: Universal Audio X16 + Merging Tehcnologies HAPI & Anubis + Burl B2 Elysia Alphacomp, Elysia Museq, Hendyamps Michelangelo, Bax EQv2, Dutch IMC 2.1 custom mastering console, Neve 1073 channels, Neve 2254 pair comp and a bunch of pedals, exotic toys and custom stuff
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Oh so many... But to mention a few that I was lucky to work with or admire particularly I would say Valgeir Sigurdsson (Bjork, Feist, Bonnie Prince Billie, Sigur Ros...), Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Beck, Air...), Tony Hoffer (Beck again), Brian Lucey (The Black Keys, Liam Gallagher, Sigur Ros...), Tom Elmhirst (Amy Winehouse, David Bowie...) and "god" Rick Rubin (Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chilly Peppers, Johnny Cash, Kula Shaker, Saul Williams, Angus & Julia Stone to name a few...)
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: As a full blown musician, engineer, mixer and mastering engineer I love the idea of a fluid unique movement in the making of a record. I have a singular creative approach of crafting a record, abolishing the standard separations the industry tends to build between each role and each production step. Technical knowledge and equipment is nothing but a tool like a screwdriver is to a plumber and has to be at the service of a purpose. Here we talk about music, lyrics and emotions. This means there’s no limit in how you can impart someone’s project, how many roles you can play as long as you have a vision and know how to carry it along with the artist. This is why contrary to most of my peers in the industry I provide indistinctly my services from composing until the delivery of mastered files. Still I’ll be happy to be hired for any producing, mixing or mastering traditional task. I work mostly from my own private studio where I do have all the classics for a full analog tapish/lofish approach, I do have all the new high end digital stuff as well if modern Hifi is the goal. I do mix them a lot for hybrid sessions to benefit from the best of both. Every project requires its own singular path and color. My point is to find the more appropriate chain to enhance your music.