Zach Midas

Mixing and Mastering

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15 years of experience in both studio and live environments.

I have been a professional audio engineer for 15 years. In that time I have worked in a studio setting as well as a live environment. Some of my notable projects have included writing, composing, producing, editing, mixing, and mastering albums for musicians, live recording albums in mid-size performance venues and recording/editing for major podcasts as well as voice over work. I am committed to achieving the greatest possible results for your project!

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Interview with Zach Midas

  1. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  2. A: Opening a new recording facility.

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: Analog for recording, digital for mixing because analog modeling is pretty incredible these days.

  5. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  6. A: I will give your project the same level of care and attention I would give my own.

  7. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  8. A: The feeling of pride when I listen to the final print of a great mix!

  9. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  10. A: That technical skills are more critical than taste and judgement.

  11. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  12. A: I try to get a sense for what the artist's expectations for their project will be. Do they want their song to sound rough and gritty or bright and polished?

  13. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  14. A: You will always get what you pay for.

  15. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  16. A: Neumann U87, Apollo Interface, LA-2A, Pultec EQ, Neve Shelford Channel

  17. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  18. A: I received an Advanced Audio Engineering degree from The Recording Workshop in Ohio. Opened a small studio in 2003, spent 8 years as lead engineer at a comedy club, and now work freelance full-time!

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: I try to be a chameleon and adapt to the client's needs.

  21. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  22. A: Steely Dan. Their production value is unsurpassed.

  23. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  24. A: Pre-production is everything. The best way to get a great mix is to know how you want your performance to sound before you start recording. Use quality mics and preamps.

  25. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  26. A: The bulk of my clients are in electronic music and hip-hop.

  27. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  28. A: Finding and accentuating the vibe of a track.

  29. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  30. A: Making every second of a song is as interesting as it can be. I never want my ear to get bored. I mostly use automation and various panning or stereo-field techniques to make sure that the mix is always evolving.

  31. Q: What's your typical work process?

  32. A: I go wherever the song takes me. Typically I like to start with vocals and then move to the rhythm section.

  33. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  34. A: Pro Tools, Focusrite Liquid 56, JBL Monitors, Focusrite Pre's, DBX 160's, Waves plugins, Native Instruments

  35. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  36. A: Rick Rubin, Quincy Jones, Chris Lord Alge, Dave Pensado, Michael Brauer

  37. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  38. A: Recording, Editing, Mixing, and Mastering all genres.

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