I LOVE EDITING so if you don't, maybe we should talk. Plus I do other stuff, working mainly with rock bands (and, more recently, funk and blues bands) to produce professional-standard and radio-ready tracks. I specialise in audio editing and track mixing, as well as some remix and mastering. I do what I love and love what I do.
Hi! I'm Mike, audio editor, mix and mastering engineer and sole proprietor of Cerian Studios based in the valleys of South Wales, UK. I specialise in rock (of various flavours) and have also worked with funk and blues bands.
I love editing. Could be OCD, but I love the little details, and the pleasure of a join well hidden.
I work from my own small studio editing and mixing tracks, plus some mastering and remixes, so I can cover a few bases for you. I use Apple computers and Logic Pro X, with some outboard gear, although I prefer to work "in the box".
How I work is you send me your recordings and we then collaborate to produce your tracks, with a budget and turn-around time agreed up front. The key for me is for you know what you want the final track to sound like (I may ask you for reference tracks to facilitate this) and that you're willing for us to work together to achieve your goals. If you want hard work and commitment, then I'm your man.
This means lots of contact and feedback. It does not mean you chuck your tracks into a black hole and then don't hear anything for weeks. That's not how I like to do things. There WILL be lots of talking between us. At the end of the day I want you to be happy with the service I can provide, and I want to be proud of the job I've done for you.
With all that in mind, I hope to hear from you soon!
Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.
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Interview with Mike Atkinson
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Headphones (open backed), a huge mp3 player stacked full of tracks, a laptop, an interface and a solar generator.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Editing, mixing, helping to produce will now be my full time job, having done various other things over the years. I'm now free to pursue the thing really want to do, which is this, so here I am, doing it.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I like punchy rock where you can feel the bass (I'm a bass player, so...) and I love layered guitars. Stadium rock is still alive and well in my head so, if I can reproduce some of that, I'm happy.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Mike Oldfield, he's been my hero since I was a boy. I got close by working with his sone, Luke, at Tilehouse Studios when he recorded my band a few years ago. It was a pleasure to be there.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always gain stage, don't skip this step ever.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mostly various plavours of rock.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Editing. It's a good job for a perfectionist.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Pride in my work, a desire to produce something to be proud of, and a bit of old-school pragmatism. I'm in the "older" category so there's a bit of life experience, there, too.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to spend time on editing, comping, balancing and tuning before diving into the mixing in any great detail. That way I've commited to the track before changing any of the sounds. I love editing. I tend to create a lot of alternative mixes and collaborate with the client to get their sound on the track equal to the sound in their head. References play a large part in this.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Soundproof (pretty much) brick building in my garden. Apple computers, Logic Pro X, monitors, speakers, all the usual... plus a sofa and a fridge! I'm kidding myself it's a place of work and not a man-cave.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The producers who have mixed my favourite bands, such as Roy Thomas Baker (Queen), Martin Birch (Iron Maiden, Fleetwod Mac) and Greg Kurstin (Foo Fighters) all influence me strongly. Also the late Kato Khandwala for the work with The Pretty Reckless.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Editing, mixing (and remixing) and some mastering. All remote work.