Hello, My name is Michael Makowski, I have been blessed to be apart of 13 Grammy wins and got most of my major label credits while working at Chung King Studios-Varick St.- NYC.

I am mainly a Mix & Recording Expert but within the last 6 years I've done plenty of Mastering singles, whole albums, & Mixtapes. I also have been doing a lot of Artist development lately. I love the whole creative process and making the artist feel at home & relaxed. So booking a day rate for recording at the studio of your choice is always an option. Please inquire about any recording packages(recording/studio time ,mixing, & mastering)..and Top Notch Productions with my Partners Grammy Nominated Producer/Engineer "Latin Will" Villalona(Toby Love) & C-Ray [K-Ci&JoJo// Stori Ft. Juelz Santana//B-Capp (MTV) Team Snooki], Mitt Music, SOP, ImagineThat, Dymond Stamp.……Building a Legacy 1 song at a time!

My credits include

Gear highlights

  • SSL9000J
  • NEVE VR
  • Antelope 10 MX
  • Antelope Orion32+
  • UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt -Octo 4 Ultimate
  • 33609
  • Focal
  • B&W Diamond Series
  • Slate Raven MTi
  • Apogee Duet2

Genres I specialize in

Terms of Service

4 Revisions FREE - avg.TA time 14days for Mixing(48trks or less)--more than 48 trks expect dbl TA-time, Mastering 2 days max

Reviews of Mike Makowski

  • Default-avatar3 days agoby Verified Review

    Mike has been unreal, he goes above and beyond to help the Australian Indigenous youth, he is an absolute pleasure to work with and an amazing engineer, searched the world to find someone with his expertise and it has been a great team

  • Listing_thumb_rocconeas_bundyscum_youtube15 days agoby Verified Review

    Always an absolute pleasure to hear the value Mike adds to my songs and the detailed treatment he gives his work

  • Listing_thumb_1935633_10204682341133065_4797776119808991399_n3 months agoby Verified Review

    Great mix! Very happy with what Mike did! Will be using him again for future releases!

  • Listing_thumb_william44 months agoby Verified Review

    Mike was fantastic! Not only did he bring my vision and the project to life, he was open to suggestions and ultimately was concerned about making me shine as an artist. He was dedicated and spent long hours ensuring that everything was done right. This guy is the REAL DEAL!

  • Listing_thumb_gn9s0mg64 months agoby Verified Review

    Mike is a wizard with his craft! Very efficient and hard-working with all my records. I strongly recommend his services if you are looking for a top-notch mixed and mastered record.

  • Default-avatar4 months agoby Verified Review

    Mike has been great, he worked on a track for some indigenous youth from Australia and did a sterling job. Overall top bloke and excellent mixer and masterer I would recommend him to anyone, first of many to come

  • Listing_thumb_gn9s0mg64 months agoby Verified Review

    Another amazing job by Mike! He truly brought out the best in my project. Very talented, professional, friendly, literally won't stop or sleep until you're satisfied and happy with the end result of your project. I've worked with him a few times and he never fails to impress me. Definitely recommend to new clients!

  • Listing_thumb_gn9s0mg64 months agoby Verified Review

    Mike is an awesome engineer! He really goes the extra mile to get the mix and master you really want. My second single sounds incredible!!! Thanks, Mike!!!

  • Listing_thumb_gn9s0mg64 months agoby Verified Review

    Mike just mastered one of my singles and the sound quality improved phenomenally! Furthermore, it is a pleasure to work with him. On top of Everything the job was finished ahead of the ETA given. Very professional, talented, skillful, and knowledgeable. Will continue to work with him.

  • Listing_thumb_img_24695 months agoby Verified Review

    Mike is a great and dedicated engineer. His only goal is to get you satisfied ! Very fun and rewarding experience

  • Default-avatar6 months agoby Verified Review

    Very helpful throughout the whole process and easy to work with. So happy with my mixes / masters.

  • Listing_thumb_soundcloud_pic6 months agoby Verified Review

    An excellent communicator who worked tirelessly to get the mix where we wanted it!

  • Listing_thumb_gorgo_spaced_out6 months agoby Verified Review

    Fast, accurate, effective and a pleasure to work with! Mike always makes the mix you have in your head. :-)

  • Listing_thumb_30660046 months agoby Verified Review

    What an amazing mix !!! Mike is truly a genius...He delivered exactly what I was looking for.Very patient and very detail oriented , it was a pleasure working with him..look forward to our next project together. :)

  • Listing_thumb_stock-footage-floodlights-flash-lights7 months agoby Verified Review

    Mike is a really great engineer! He will make sure to understand where you are trying to go with the song and get you the results that you have in your mind. The price is also more than reasonable. Work with him!!

  • Listing_thumb_img_39637 months agoby Verified Review

    Mike is the man! Super professional and he will go the extra mile until you're 100% satisfied with the result. Absolute recommedation!

  • Listing_thumb_11046970_811925025546534_5442156244433210523_o8 months agoby Verified Review

    Loved working with Mike, he is great from the first communication. Very professional and friendly. Got the job done super fast and is was beautiful work. Can't wait to do more with him😊

  • Listing_thumb_image9 months agoby Verified Review

    Like I said before you want your track to be heard in the best form. With MIKE MAKOWSKI YOU WILL GET THOSE RESULTS..

  • Default-avatar10 months agoby Verified Review

    Wow! Mike is just amazing to work with and very professional! I got the track the way I wanted and now I got it with its fully potential!

    If you want take a further step you should really consider to work with Mike!

    I will use his services again in the future!

    Thanks Mike!

  • Default-avatar10 months agoby Verified Review

    Working with Mike Makowski is a special experience, he's a professional at his best. I strongly urge you to use Mike as your engineer. You won't be disappointed.

  • Default-avatar10 months agoby Verified Review

    Excellent job. He got me exactly what I wanted and was open to feedback in a very professional and courteous manner.

  • Picture?type=large10 months agoby Verified Review

    Great engineer, the mixing ended up great and If you have an attitude of Mike I promise you can make it thru anything, very dedicated person, I highly recommend him

  • Listing_thumb_image10 months agoby Verified Review

    Best mixer and masterer out there, makes music better than anyone such a kinggg!!!

  • Listing_thumb_image12 months agoby Verified Review

    Mike is "THE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK" -140

  • Default-avatar12 months agoby Verified Review

    Awesome mastering engineer. Definitely plan to use him for future work.

  • Default-avatarabout 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Mike has the ability to turn good sounding music into great sounding music. He'll deffo make your music sound more "expensive" and professional.

    Mike also has a contagious positive and enthusiastic spirit about him, which gives you further belief in what you're doing is actually good.

  • Listing_thumb_damagedgoods-2about 1 year agoby Verified Review

    We Working!

  • Default-avatarabout 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Mike gave great, detailed feedback that was really useful. I definitely recommend working with him!

  • Listing_thumb_imageabout 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Mike is the best person I have come across since I have been on this site. Your best option would be Mike..... No question

  • Listing_thumb_a_g_promoabout 1 year agoby Verified Review

    If you're still reading reviews at this point. Stop. You want Mike.

  • Listing_thumb_a_g_promoabout 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Mike is friend, bet knowledgeable, and even went a little bit extra to give us a few pointers. Not to mention he had our song mastered and back to us within the same day. Outstanding quality. You'd be crazy to look for anyone else. You can't buy passion.

  • Listing_thumb_10517305_10205124674417480_7423160990328055843_oabout 1 year agoby Verified Review

    mike did a very good

  • Listing_thumb_a1014-180about 1 year agoby Verified Review

    It's a pleasure to communicate with Mike. His responses are very quick and thorough. We've just started working on an on-going project, and I feel like it's going to be a great experience. Thanks, Mike!

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby Verified Review

    The quality of Mike’s work has blown me away. Mike has immediately understood my track, sweetening some rough sounds and injecting new ideas into the mix. Having worked with other mix engineers in the past, Mike has achieved for me a level of quality that surpasses the rest. His responsiveness and enthusiasm match his ability.

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Love where he took the song, and the people around me love it as well. Great mixing. He really brought my vocals forward in the track and gave it a hit feeling as well. Also great communication! I will definitely return for his services.

  • Listing_thumb_donmfidelisover 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Start again an album with Mike, great pro, he has such good ear, find all small faults, and bring the music and vocals to such high professional level. The music comes to live!! I cannot release any music without his skills. Not for nothing, mister golden record. All albums and EP's goes trough Mike.

  • Listing_thumb_donmfidelisover 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Mike is a great guy, professional, fantastic skills, positive, chill, communicates excellent, patient. We still working on this job, and I paid him upfront, because I trust this dude, so I can give him for sure a 5 star rating. A great engineer, we will work on several albums!

  • Listing_thumb_10287007_775667469144398_2697414027195546895_oover 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Super professional, easy to work with, will send him more of my projects for sure. Great experience!!!!!

  • Listing_thumb_imageover 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Mike is your man! Don't waste time on here, this is your guy! His ears are solid and he will give you a product!

  • Listing_thumb_mixer-349850_1280over 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Mike has outstanding mixing skills. His work, service and professionalism were second to none. Will hopefully work again on some new projects.

    Thanks
    Shay D.

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Understanding when it cam to the picture i wanted to paint, i got exactly how i wanted that sound to come out to be. i appreciate the oppruntiy i got to work with mike. thanks again

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Mike is an extremely positive guy who will bring your song to life. He is pacient and communicates very well in order to get it right. If you need professional sounding mixes, mike is your guy!

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby Verified Review

    He is literally the best guy to work with. He will be patient and execute what you have envisioned for the sound. He is very professional and the work was top notch.

  • Listing_thumb_luca-saliu-facebookover 1 year agoby Verified Review

    After a few tries to adjust the aim, the final resul is very satisfying.
    Fast and kind communications, great work, recommended.

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby Verified Review

    You are a great guy, I really enjoyed working with you (to be continued). Very talented, you picked up the tune and vibes easily and gave the song a good structure and base, combined the tracks in a good way! Thanks again!

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Mike is personable, has a good ear, and more importantly, does incredible work with songs. Good communicator that keeps you updated throughout the process.

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Mike did awesome! only took one time to master and he had it right. theres no doubt that this guy knows what he's doing. Ill def be coming back for more of his professionalism. He stands out amongst others with his work and deserves anyones trust for the sound you are wanting.

  • Listing_thumb_greenjacketgettyover 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Mike did an incredible job in bringing my song to life through his mix. He was helpful, patient, and overall an indispensable resource throughout the whole mixing process. Would love to work together again with Mike in any capacity.

  • Default-avataralmost 2 years agoby Verified Review

    It was a pleasure to work with Mike. He took my song to another level! Thank you!

  • Default-avataralmost 2 years agoby Verified Review

    What can I say about Mike? He takes his time. But he does it for a reason. He will work with you until you are absolutely happy with your mix/master. I would highly recommend this engineer to anyone. He will take you where you want to be

  • Listing_thumb_anjeabout 2 years agoby Verified Review

    I enjoyed my experience working with Mike. He is courteous, timely and offers great advice. Most importantly, his work is extremely satisfactory - he pulled off the vision I had for the track very well. I highly recommend his services.

  • Listing_thumb_adga_big_party_westin_ottawa_pic_17about 2 years agoby Verified Review

    No word to qualify Maestro Mike Makowsky, Your are just wonderful.
    Thank you so much for the Great Mix you did with you beat heart for me.
    GORGEOUS GORGEOUS BROTHER.
    I will back as soon as possible.
    GOD BLESS

  • Default-avatarabout 2 years agoby Verified Review

    Mike is one of the kindest and greatest guys I've been ever worked with. Perhaps it is not only worth mentioning his amazing musical skills, but also he had the disposition for giving advise on other topics.

    I had a great experience working with mike, And totally recommend it :)

  • Listing_thumb_adga_big_party_westin_ottawa_pic_17about 2 years agoby Verified Review

    As for me Mike is a genius, once he caught your vibes, he will just enter your soul and make you vibrate with the way he will mix your music.
    this guy is just wonderful. Just try him and see, you will definitely agree with me.
    Brother Mike, you make me vibrate with "LES HISTOIRES DE MA VIE" thank you so much for you kindness.
    GOD BLESS

  • Listing_thumb_adga_big_party_westin_ottawa_pic_17about 2 years agoby Verified Review

    I am very demanding of myself, I like a very well done, it takes a lot of discipline against me but also against people with whom I work.
    Working with Mike was a great experience. One of the things that I enjoyed a lot with Mike outside his great mix qualities is that it can always express his opinions with respect. For sure I will be back.

  • Default-avatarabout 2 years agoby Verified Review

    Great work. Trustworthy fellow!!

  • Default-avatarabout 2 years agoby Verified Review

    Very Professional had no problems making adjustments to the mix. Mike delivered me a high quality mix that sounds big and vocals are crisp and clear. I will definitely use Mike for my next project!

  • Listing_thumb_gorgo_spaced_outover 2 years agoby Verified Review

    Mike is simply great! He easily understood every small detail we had in our vision for the song, made our sound solid and saved us from the infinite revisions nightmare by just getting it right with every step of the process.

    Though we were in far different time zones, the collaboration felt as smooth as if i was in his studio.

  • Picture?type=largeover 2 years agoby Verified Review

    Reliable and "all in time making" person.
    Strongly recommend - Mix Master Mike.

  • Listing_thumb_1386196163_fz3a9411over 2 years agoby Verified Review

    Mike did a great job on getting exactly what I wanted out of my mix and master. Definitely recommend.

  • Listing_thumb_11226056_10153094418774677_7031854282005834896_o8 months agoby

    What can I say about mike that hasn't already been said..great dude to work with. Took my song to the next level! Amazing production value, look no further, this is your guy. Looking forward to working on more songs with him!

  • Default-avatar9 months agoby

    Working with mike was an incredible experience ! I never thought the song I invisioned would turn out to be even better ! So satisfied and Mike overall is just the nicest guy and so patient and willing to go the extra mile for you. The question is not if you should work with him, it's when !!!

  • Default-avatar11 months agoby

    Best option so far.Mike is a professional that will transform your song. Really fast and amazing quality. Highly recommended. We will work together soon.

  • Listing_thumb_12565632_10156717718750157_5051703866284580351_n12 months agoby

    Great communicator, great feedback. Excellent mastering engineer.

  • Listing_thumb_rocconeas_bundyscum_youtubeabout 1 year agoby

    I've worked with a bunch of different engineers before I finally met Mike and he's the first to deliver a high quality product of this caliber. Best engineer around in my opinion and an awesome guy overall with infectious enthusiasm.

    My advice is to stop looking and just contact Mike, you won't find much better than him.

  • Listing_thumb_ls_brainstorm_artworkabout 1 year agoby

    Mike was incredible to work with! Def will be working with him very soon with several projects! He helped me walk through things I was unsure of and kept communication as much as he could to keep me in the loop with how the track was coming. Very friendly and always looking to better the track any way possible! Much love to mike !! - lady saint

  • Listing_thumb_donmfidelisabout 1 year agoby

    An extra review for Mike, my easy listening track, So Much Love (under my label Don Veccy) hit the charts on iTunes USA, and I have position 2 in the top100 easy listening, and a special thanks for Mike, he is the engineer for all my music, and he is really the best!!!, Thanks Mike!!!

  • Listing_thumb_img_20150403_095330about 1 year agoby

    Very professional and hard working. He did a great job on all 5 of my songs. Will do business again. Ski Ftw!

  • Listing_thumb_img_5122about 1 year agoby

    Mike was a pleasure to work with. We hired him for Mixing and Mastering our 6 song ep and he delivered exactly what we were looking for. We were also very pleased with Mike's creative signature he gave our music and his ability to keep our music sounding as natural as possible.
    We will definitely be calling him back for our next project.

  • Listing_thumb_damagedgoods-2over 1 year agoby

    Felt A Great Vibe From Beginning To End, While Working On My Project With RoyalT! Mix Came Out Flawless! Thanks A lot Good Brother!

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    A real genius at what he does!! Was able to take my songs to another level with his creative engineering...Although we worked over the Internet, the process was actually much smoother than in studio sessions that I had with other engineers, simply because he literally delivers exactly what you want. Definitely working on more projects with him.

  • Default-avataralmost 2 years agoby

    Mike is great audio engineer and a great guy to boot. He offered me very reasonable studio time to record the vocal track for my song and helped me get the best out of my vocal performance. Through his mixing he added another dimension to my song. He is very perceptive to the artist's vision for the song. I will definitely use him again!

  • Default-avatarover 2 years agoby

    INCREDIBLE. I've worked with a few engineers and requested samples from many. Mike's was the best from the start, but nothing special. However he worked with me, did countless revisions, and have me the best sounding project I've ever heard. He is literally a wizard, and will TRANSFORM your career. http://youtu.be/n3X-ZpaHx2A - my single he mixed

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Interview with Mike Makowski

Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Really after working with the best of the best in the music business the last few years have been developing talent and whether it be coaching them,, mentoring them, getting the right fit for some of the key people they needed on their team to get them to the next level, or being quality control guy to make sure everything the artist puts out is of the highest quality,,,, producer (finding the right musicians to fit an artists vision.Its been great to build with a bunch of artists getting them into a Professional state of mind to becoming a paid artist traveling the world doing music.
What are you working on at the moment?
a ton of new projects from big Indi artists to a new R&B superstar and a lady just coming offf a big splash on a Netflix stardom and wants to do her own album,,, a hiphop artist that is also a teacher INS(whom i met on Soundbetter) on top of mixing a couple first singles on 2 artists I've developed and now have major label deals.Its a very exciting time meeting some very talented superstars in the making.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Chris Adams is a producer i got to know recently and is amazing. Lance Powell is an amazing engineer/producer who works at Platinum Studios in NYC
Analog or digital and why?
I use both,,,depending on the final client's overall music vision,,, if they were wanting a more "Live" music feel,,,i would use more analog pieces of gear. to give it a more gritty sound or texture. Nowadays the computers processing power can handle creating the analog sound without using actual analog gear.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
My promise would be to put forth all my resources to make your song or album/EP/Mixtape as EPIC as it possibly could be. Last year I had taken on a little too much work and didn't meet a couple deadlines and had a couple people disappointed which was definitely a low point of my career becuz i set out to make every single client extremely happy with the final product i deliver. And becuz I never had that happened to me before,,,,,Those 2 incidences happened to come when my best friend who was helping me setting up my recording sessions and on occasion tuned some vocals for me becuz he was amazing at it,,,,passed away suddenly,,,, besides being devastated had to stay focused to finish a ton of clients that all had deadlines to meet and thats something I learned greatly from and will do everything in my power to make sure it never happens again becuz it happened on this website and besides letting my clients down ,,, i let Shachar down(the owner of Soundbetter) which i never want to do becuz i feel i was here for the beginning of the website and helped them smooth out the edges on their rules/procedures on how to better serve the clients .
What do you like most about your job?
I don't like any one part more then any others,,,,I love the whole creative process from writing, to producing the music, to recording and re-recording a song to make it perfect, the entire mixing process,,,then the final mastering phase or final polish to the finished mix and even the encoding for whatever format the artist or label wants to sell it to the public or to show to potential investors.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
What was it like working with Amy Winehouse? lol It was incredible,,almost surreal becuz it was at my beginning of my engineering career and they were my first 5 Grammys,,,,,which set the bar pretty high for anything else I worked on,,,lol,,,,But it was amazing seeing her sing every song ,perfect in 1 take…..Even though Mark Ronson did another take to possibly grab a word or 2 from the second take to comp it,,,but all 6 songs I was there for,,,she recorded them all on the first take.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
The a completed mixed song takes only a couple hours to finish.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
1-- I am finalizing a list i send to all my clients,,,, to help me get rid of any guesswork in mixing a song,,, 2-- Do u like AutoTune or don't like AutoTune? what degree should i apply it if needed to any of your vocals? 3-- Do u like the Lead vocal out front(in your face like a POP vocal) or do u like the vocal melted into the music more? 4-- Please send a couple Youtube links to a song thats been professionally mixed and mastered that is the most comparable to your song? 5-- How long have you had this Original Rough mix of the song? 6-- What elements of the Rough Mix do u want to keep the same? and what elements you want to improve on? 7-- If u have had someone mix a song for your prior to me mixing for you,, Please send that and explain what you loved about that mix? What did you still want to improve on in that mix? 8-- If the genre is HipHop or EDM or POP genres,,,,,do you like Stutter FX ? 9-- Do you have a specific deadline to meet for completion? 10-- what is the most you could pay to have me mix or master a song with you?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
pretty much the possibilities are endless with what i can do with a song, so please use as much descriptive spellings or different ways how to explain the vibe or feeling u want to express in the song,,,or point out a certain characteristic in another song that u want me to add to your song….. or find someone who can explain what u want to me,,,,,also i don't get my first mix draft i send to you perfect on the first try,,,,i wish i did,,, but most of the time,,,the song will take a couple revisions to get it perfect to fit your personal tastes.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
1- Macbook Pro laptop 2- Antelope 10MX Atomic Clock 3- Antelope Orion 32+ 4- UAD Octo Satellite Ultimate4 box 5- SSL AWS 948 console
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I first started learning how to play Sax and read sheet music in the 6th grade(1984),,,,then started writing my book of rhymes perfecting that rap craft (1992),,,,then bought a couple drum machines and learned how to create the drums to compliment my lyrics,,,,,,then after linking up with a DJ/Producer to sequence my drum machines patterns with my record samples after digging in crates to find that one cool horn sample(1994),, then i assembled an Experimental HipHop band in 1995 called JEDI in Wilmington NC. Then once we recorded and put out are own CD and got very known doing shows in Wilmington,,we got signed to a management/booking agent with Ken Grey( DeLaSoul, Jeru the Damaja, RUN-DMC, DJ Qbert, RocRaida, the Executioners) and were less then 2 months away from being the opening act on the RUN-DMC Reunion tour,,,,,then RUN-DMC's DJ…JamMasterJ got murdered ,,,,so we went on a hiatus to find out who we would go on tour with,,, and in that time my DJ and my drummer both "fell off the map" so to speak,,,,so i had to figure out how i was gonna do music for the rest of my life ,,,and decided to leave Wilmington NC in 2002,,,moved to ClearwaterBeach,FL,,, worked as a chef in a couple restaurants until i got into FullSail University in north Orlando,FL,,,,,,graduated with a 95%GPA & Perfect Attendance in 2005,,,upon graduating FullSail,,,,I took an internship (worked7 months for Free-48hours/week) at Chung King Studios in NYC and have been in the NYC area ever since. Now own my own Audio engineering Corporation, RoyalTmixes.music Inc.
How would you describe your style?
I am an artist's mixer/mastering guy,,,,,meaning i have a tendency to put the artist first in priority instead of the music(producers) being the most important element,,,,, its the era we are in now,,,which a Producers name is what carries the most weight in if the record label will invest into the artist or the song. becuz they think if the song has a big name producer attached to it,,, people will buy it.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Justin Timberlake,,,becuz how hands on he is in every aspect of the song,,,,from writing to knowing where to push the producer to give him a certain feeling or knowing when to let the guitarist do his or her thing with it,,,,, He and Will.I.am did a song for the Hurricane Katrina album,,,,which Michael Stipe from REM was the singer on the song but how i heard he was in shaping the song,,,,instead of someone who sits back and lets everyone just do their parts,,,,and doesn't add anything else creatively to the song,,,, i like that,,,trying new things, experimenting if needs be to see how far u can push the emotions in a song to get the listener excited every time they hear the song.
Can you share one music production tip?
when recording vocals turn the music down 6-8 db,,,then get a healthy level of gain on your vocalist's preamp,,,,so the artists headphones can be loud with the music playing but also have the singer plenty loud enough so the singer/rapper isn't over singing or straining their voice so they can hear themselves against the music track. That helps so u don't have a distorted vocal and so you get a clear vocal performance. Becuz most producers put a serious L2 or a maximizer plugin to make their beats loud to help them sell the beats but it doesn't help when u need to record to it becuz most people leave the beat at the level loudness when u import the beat into the session. which makes for a very distorted vocal,,,,a mixers nightmare.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I usually work on R&B/POP, but definitely work on plenty of HipHop artists,,,EDM,,,and some occasional Jazz
What's your strongest skill?
My strongest skill is definitely my minor in psychology & people skills. Out of the 12 years of being an Audio engineer, I think i have had 3 people out of the thousands of people Ive worked with , that I didn't get along with. On the psychology aspect, I help bring out the best in the artist, the best arrangement that the producer could create, and above all else,,, I never let my ego interfere with the progress of the client's overall musical vision for the song. If the client doesn't like a certain element in the mix that i creatively added or took away from their original Ruff mix of the song,,, i don't get upset about it and try to push my point of view or the effect i used on a sound to pressure the client into using my version of it,,,If they don't like what i did,,,cool, i just change it or mute a echo effect i added and keep it mix process moving towards the "clients futuristic vision of the song".
What do you bring to a song?
I bring the knowledge of having been on both "sides of the glass" or meaning I once was an artist before i went to Audio Engineering school to learn how to be an engineer. I also bring the knowledge of seeing first hand how the best mix engineers, A-list artists, A-list producers,the best Mastering people make 13 Grammy Winning awards.
What's your typical work process?
My typical process starts with Listening to all the files as they were given to me,, and i make notes or issues i may foresee, to maybe address the client with questions about if they could maybe re-send a certain instrument or sound without any FX on it,,,,just so when get into the mix that i have the other DRY sound as an option to use if necessary. Then i import the audio into a Protools session. Typically i have a client send me 2 separate folders,,, 1 folder would have the Tracked out or individual sounds of the music for the song from the producer when a client purchases the fully tracked out music and the other folder would have the recorded vocal session and the music in that vocal session would be a stereo Instrumental. So when i get those 2 sessions, I would have one of my assistants import the "tracked out beat" into the vocal session , line up the separated music to the stereo instrumental,,,,then my assistant imports my FX busses and organizes the music & vocals into my favorite setup(Drums 1st,Percussion 2nd, Bass 3rd, Piano/Synthz 4th, then any other sounds left in the song….then the vocals in their preferred order,,,then my FX busses at the bottom of the session. Then its ready for me to do my "audio cleanup" , taking out the gaps into between recorded audio before the next audio happens,,, in case of headphone bleed,,doesn't clutter up the mix. Depending if any Vocal stacks need aligning to further tighten up the vocals or harmonies,,,,and sometimes a client requests the lead vocal to be "Tuned perfectly" (Melodyne or WavesTune) ,,,Then i begin the mix process which can typically take anywhere from 20-60 hours. I usually would break up the 40 hour mix into five 8 hour sessions,,,,to keep my objective viewpoint….Not all mixes take that long,,,sometimes the client only wants me to use the Stereo 2 track(Instrumental),,,then not having to mix the separated music would speed up the mix process considerably. Once i get approval from the client on the mix,,,which sometimes takes 3 or 4 revisions to get it to the clients tastes,,,,then I will master the song,,,and will revise the master until the client is 100% satisfied.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have a very portable studio setup the I can take with me anywhere. Upon Incorporating my engineering company "RoyalTmixes.music Inc." ,I found an investor to help build with, buy a couple pieces of incredible gear to make my mixes that much better. ITs in a 10Space rolling rack,,,Starts off with my MacbookPro laptop with 16Gb RAM, 500GB SSD as my main boot up drive running all my programs, took out the CD/DVD burner and put a DataDoubler in the optical bay( its a 1TB/7200rpm Hard drive) that has all my recorded audio sessions on it). THen a Thunderbolt-2 Hub,,,,so i can have my laptop & Slate Raven MTi running all at the same time. Then my Antelope 10MX Atomic Clock,,,my Antelope Orion32+ AD/DA convertors, a UAD Octo8 Thunderbolt Satellite Ultimate4-83Plugin bundle box, Bowers and Wilkins Diamond Series 805 D3 Speakers and a Velodyne Sub.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I go back and watch any old recordings of Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson & Quincey Jones in the studio,,,getting as much as i could on where that magic came from ,,,any tips i never noticed or learned before. Also me aspiring to be the next Rick Rubin,,,if thats even possible becuz of the many different genres he produced,,,,and did them well.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I mostly Mix songs or Instrumentals for a client. They send me the session or exported Wavs from whatever recording program they use. But 90% of the songs i Mix,, i also master them too. Mastering is coming in a close 2nd behind mixing. Then recording is 3rd