Matt Dougherty

Mixing & Production

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I've worked with many nationally and internationally successful multi-platinum artists as well as countless local and independent talent, in a variety of genres. Worked on multiple #1's at radio. I'm a multi-instrumentalist with a solid understanding of music theory and approach all projects with a balance of technical proficiency and musicality.

Born and raised in Chicago, went to school at Arizona State and the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences, and currently based back on the NW side of Chicago. Worked under Johnny K at Groovemaster Studios for 7 years as an engineer, with artists such as Disturbed, Megadeth, Staind, 3 Doors Down, Pop Evil, Sevendust, Red Sun Rising, and countless others. After working on mostly heavy music the first 3-4 years at Groovemaster, I've been focused on producing and mixing more indie, alternative, and pop stuff the last 3-4 years. Currently split my time between my home studio setup, and wherever the job takes me.

Every project is different and I employ a variety of different rates and schedules to meet the specific needs of each project. I have musical A.D.D. and LOVE working on new and different stuff as frequently as possible! I am open to all-in discounts for multiple-song projects - reach out and we can discuss the details of what you need done and find a way to collaborate!

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Matt Dougherty
  • Michele McGovern
  • Adelitas Way
  • Adelitas Way
  • Against the Current
  • Alien Ant Farm
  • Kenya
  • Saint Asonia
  • Saint Asonia
  • Pop Evil
  • Pop Evil
  • Kobra and the Lotus
  • Kobra and the Lotus
  • Fight or Flight
  • Fight or Flight
  • Pop Evil
  • Pop Evil
  • Pop Evil
  • The Letter Black
  • Megadeth
  • 12 Stones
  • Nonpoint
  • Aranda
  • Aranda
  • Aranda
  • Aranda
  • Staind
  • Megadeth
  • Megadeth
  • Art of Dying
  • Pop Evil
  • Anthrax
  • Trapt
  • Airbourne
  • Bad City
  • Airbourne
  • Against the Current

Reviews (168)

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  1. Review by Jason P.
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    Matt worked on a very important song for me and I honestly couldn't be happier. He not only provided a great final mix but also brought incredibly and unexpected creativity along with it which took the song exactly where it needed to be. If you have a chance to work with Matt then you should definitely do it. Matt, I'll be back!

  2. Review by Rich Pilkington
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    Great vocal work as always! Matt's super reliable and is always punctual with deadlines.

  3. Review by Alexander C.
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    Matt was nothing but excellent. I worked with two other producers on our track--they had many years of experience and boasted countless 5-star reviews. Neither came close to how great Matt was. He was thorough, professional, patient, and quick. Will definitely work with him again.

  4. Review by Rich Pilkington
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    Awesome job as always!

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    Awesome job as always!

  6. Review by Rich Pilkington
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    Great results as always! Very happy working with Matt and will continue to work with him on many more projects to come.

  7. Review by Michael E.
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    Amazing work as well as always, super professional, massive sound, very patient, great at bringing the best out of the songs! Always a pleasure working with Matt

  8. Review by Axel P.
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    Matt is a genuinely great producer. He was such an immense help in shaping the songs into something that went above and beyond what I had envisioned for them. He always communicated really well and would work tirelessly to get something exactly the way I wanted it. Even the recording studio I recorded at complimented on how professional he was, sharing the files and stating what he needed on his end like the true pro that he is. I would highly recommend working with Matt if you want GREAT work.

  9. Review by Peter L.
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    Matt has just done a complete remix on a song of ours that we had left for dead. It's like a paramedic has turned up just in time and has resuscitated and brought it back to life. This is the third time we have worked together and if he can put up with me again it won't be the last!

  10. Review by TONYB.
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    Top notch!

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    Great time working with Matt as always!

  12. Review by TONYB.
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    Great job and super patient & helpful as always!

  13. Review by Philipp
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    Excellent work as always. He has my full recommendation! :)

  14. Review by Rich Pilkington
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    Matt was an absolute pleasure to work with. Very professional and delivered everything as asked for. Will definitely be using his services again!

  15. Review by Cédric A.
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    Matt has mixed two songs and has been awesome as usual. Total pro, trustworthy, high level guy. I feel blessed to have found him. Can't wait to work with him again !

  16. Review by Cédric A.
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    Matt has mixed Saint Mars new single and he's been amazing ! He brought the song to its highest possible level. Couldn't be happier and can't wait to work with him again. He gets my highest recommendation.

  17. Review by TONYB.
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    Super solid mix as always! Taking my project sounds to another level and super easy to work with!

  18. Review by Иван А.
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    Always love working with Matt. Great guy and great results!

  19. Review by Shaun D.
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    As ever, Matt's ear is perfect and the results show.
    Very happy with the final product and Matt when above and beyond what we needed to do to give us what we wanted.

  20. Review by Gregory R.
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    Matt is talented, creative, and resourceful! I have nothing negative to say about the guy. He isn't just polite, but he seemed to be a genuinely nice dude as well. It was a very positive experience working with him. He's very receptive, and also offers his own input only when solicited or when appropriate. Time and time again, I was pleasantly surprised hearing how well he complied with my feedback, or hearing a subtle creative liberty he took. Literally the bottom line is: Quality Engineering

  21. Review by Aman
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    Well, reviews after reviews, he's obviously got juice. Thanks Matt! Great working with you again

  22. Review by Demond T.
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    There aren't enough good adjectives available in the English dictionary to describe Matt and his ability to transform your music into something even you didn't hear. Matt will be the only person allowed to mix my music from now on. Thanks Matt.

  23. Review by Demond T.
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    I spent a lot of money and even more time searching for someone to mix my album. They all sent back poor mixes. I sent revision after revision only to find out that they just didn't have the ability to mix on the level I was looking for. I almost gave up unti I met Matt on here. He transformed every single song on this album. He made me fall in love with song I almost gave up on. I've never heard myself or my music sound so good. If you want industry quality mixes, please hire Matt.

  24. Review by Kevin B.
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    It was great working with Matt. Always professional and does great work. I look forward to us working with each other again.

  25. Review by Michael M.
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    Matt is so talented and always brings out the best in whatever song he's working on. Very quick, professional and easy to work with -- I will definitely be hiring him again for my future projects! Thanks for your great work, Matt!

  26. Review by Peter L.
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    Matt is incredibly switched on musically and technically and this makes him the perfect guy to work with whether you just want your song to sound better (pardon the pun) or whether you won't it to sound completely different. He also has endless patience (which is a good thing when you're working with me lol) and will always give his very best to the project. A very easy 5 stars!

  27. Review by Peter L.
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    Matt is one of the best guys I have worked with on Soundbetter - sometimes trying to explain what you are trying to achieve in a message is really frustrating but Matt always seems to understand what I'm talking about and often will come up with an even better idea.

  28. Review by TONYB.
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    Another awesome mix!

  29. Review by JoAnna L.
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    Excellent service and quality...Matt is great at what he does and has awesome customer service...he was willing to do several revisions and provided feedback when needed. I'm very happy with the outcome, will definitely be back, and recommend his services to anyone looking for professional, quality work at an affordable price!!!

  30. Review by TONYB.
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    5 stars are definitely not enough to rate the great job Matt did on my track. Definitely brought a new life and gave it that polished sound we were looking for. Super patient and takes direction really well, which isn't always easy while working remotely. Definitely my go to engineer from now on!

  31. Review by JoAnna L.
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    Awesome quality and service...Matt is patient, professional, and delivers excellent work at a very affordable price. I highly recommend his services to anyone.

  32. Review by Aman
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    Matt is accommodating, understanding and professional. Communication is always easy with him. Doesn't take many revisions with him. He even went out of his way to deliver above expectation. The kind of ingredients you want in an engineer when working via internet.

  33. Review by Polovtcev
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    Matt is a pro. Made a proper mix just with one touch. We've made together just a few small changes and the song was completed in two or three passes. I am totally satisfied with what I have. Thank you, Matt!

  34. Review by Josh R.
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    Matt is awesome at what he does. He pays attention to every last detail and is enjoyable to work with. Super easy to work with; he will make your songs amazing! I'm definitely coming back. Thanks Matt!

  35. Review by John P.
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    It was a pleasure working with Matt on our Mastering Project (8 rock songs). He was responsive and professional. He also allowed us to go back to the mix for a fix on a couple songs, and reinsert the tracks, which was helpful. I would work with him again.

  36. Review by Evan C.
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    This was our third time working with Matt on a mix. We appreciated his talent as a mixing engineer and his patience with us during the mixing process. We plan to work with him more in the future.

  37. Review by DonnyJ
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    His vocal processing was unbelievable. Great work ethic and high attention to detail. Easy to communicate with and bounce ideas off of. I recommend Matt to anyone looking to push their sound into the mainstream.

  38. Review by Martin S.
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    Amazing at what he does. Fast, creative and professional.

  39. Review by Bailey
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    So happy I found him. He was so patient with me throughout the entire mixing process.

  40. Review by Alex Z.
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    Excellent experience with Matt - responsive, skilled, unafraid to take a stab at things at his own initiative. Would highly advise trusting Matt with a rock mix, and will do so again myself.

  41. Review by Gregory-Yves F.
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    Matt was not lying when he initially said he understood the vibe of my track. He worked along with me and was quick and really efficient in making sure to build on my original vision and not monopolize it. Would work with him again in a heartbeat.

  42. Review by Rohini S.
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    Matt did a fantastic job mixing and mastering my track. I'm glad I found this guy and will definitely work with him again!

  43. Review by JoAnna L.
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    Excellent service and communication...most importantly he delivered exactly what I asked for...exceptional work at a very competitive price! I plan to continue working with him throughout our project and highly recommend his services to others :)

  44. Review by Tyler B.
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    Matt took my song to the next level by adding a modern and creative touch. High quality work everytime

  45. Review by Roshan R.
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    Really talented Engineer . Great sound !
    Thanks for your work , Matt

  46. Review by Peter L.
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    Matt has great patience and kindness. He is also a great musician along with his mixing and programming skills. I would definitely recommend him.

  47. Review by Timur S.
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    Quick response, fast reviews, highly professional.

  48. Review by MBrown
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    Definitely going to work with Matt again.He was great at understanding what I needed him to do.

  49. Review by Valerie O.
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    Awesome job AGAIN! Exactly what I asked for and WAY before the my deadline. Matt is the best!

  50. Review by Shaun D.
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    Second project with Matt, and as before was very impressed with the results and friendly nature.

    Would definately recommend, as is accomodating and has a great ear.

  51. Review by Valerie O.
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    I've been every facet of the music industry for decades... Matt is the epitome of PROFESSIONAL! He quoted me a reasonable price, asked pertinent questions, listened to my requests and concerns, dealt with my last minute changes and I must say, his talent is INCOMPARABLE! He was done in 1 day! I'm ecstatic with the finished product! HIRE THIS MAN!

  52. Review by Geron H.
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    Matt did a great job and worked tirelessly until we were both satisfied with the end result. Thanks Matt!

  53. Review by Peter L.
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    Just received the second track Matt has mixed for me. He has done another superb job and he is just a great guy to work with.

  54. Review by emma H.
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    Matt always exceeds my expectations. Another great track thanks to his talent!

  55. Review by Bob L.
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    Matt did a great job of figuring out what I was looking for and delivering. He's a great guy and works until the job is done!

  56. Review by Kevin B.
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    Great Engineer. Matt make my mix pop!

  57. Review by Shaun D.
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    Great to work with, friendly and quick to respond.
    We were amazed and very pleasecd with the result of the mastering and are planning on using his services again.

  58. Review by Avinash L.
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    It was a pleasure working with Matt to mix our 10 song LP.
    Working remotely can be a challenge but Matt solves that by being responsive and detailed oriented. He also manages to understand what you mean when you can't find the right words to explain things. Secondly, he knows his stuff. He has a good ear for music and is technically proficient.

  59. Review by Tyler B.
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    MattJames came through with his promise, I provided a reference track and he delivered on the desired sound. Quick replies, gave the song his creative touch, and paid attention to detail. Despite your genre, he will make it sound professional

  60. Review by Aman
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    We had a dateline. We needed a reliable engineer that could take our project (mastering) to the next level with the what we had. Matt stepped up and delivered. He is easy to communicate with. He is positive. He manages your expectations. Definite no brained working with Matt again. Professional, warm and welcoming. 🤙

  61. Review by Evan C.
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    This was our second time working with Matt on a mix and it was just as pleasant as the first time. He’s a reliable engineer and a great communicator in terms of letting you know what knobs he’s using / turning during the entire process. We’re already working with him again on another track.

  62. Review by Kurtis W.
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    I highly recommend working with Matt for your mixes. There is a reason he has so many high ratings; he's an amazing talent that will make your mix the best it can be. Go with Matt, you won't regret it.

  63. Review by Woren W.
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    wow pretty impressive work by matt. he did a super amazing mix master for my song. I highly recommend matt for your work. you can check the song quality he did for me
    woren webbe - Only Thing That Matter Between Us Is Love

  64. Review by Peter L.
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    Matt has just finished our song and has done a fantastic job. We took our time with it as we weren't in a particular rush and he has delivered something really fresh and current sounding. He has endless patience - his only concern is to get the best out of the song. Will definitely work with him again.

  65. Review by Julian D.
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    Matt did such a good job that I would give him 6 stars if i could!
    Trust him with you mixes you won't regret it!

  66. Review by Valerio C.
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    Very kind, helpful and patient with us for all the details and reviews. Hope to work with him again in the future!

  67. Review by Curtis C.
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    He does great work- very professional and good communicator. Quality is top notch and he will work until you are happy with the results. I highly recommend him and look forward to working with him again soon.

  68. Review by Profound
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    Easy to work with, extremely professional. Listened to my critiques and made adjustments. A pleasure to do business with!

  69. Review by Jonathan J.
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    Great engineer I mean great did everything I wanted and more thanks matt !!! #jxhhny

  70. Review by Linus Y.
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    2nd time to work with Matt. He's super friendly, and really quick with revisions. Great with his guitars and mixes. He explains thing really well. I'll definitely come back again!

  71. Review by emma H.
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    Great communicator. Professional and friendly. Gave my song that extra oomph it needed. Highly recommend

  72. Review by Martin S.
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    Couldn't be more happy with the mixes and masters. Sound is warm and big at the same time. The job was done very fast and with great input from Matts side. True professional!

  73. Review by Matt A.
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    Matt knocked it out of the park! He took my song to the next level!

    He was also very courteous and a pleasure to work with.

    I highly recommend Matt for your next mix!

  74. Review by Evan C.
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    We've used him now for a handful of tracks and we keep coming back! He's a great to work with because he works fast, is flexible, and super responsive. Above all else though he always delivers an amazing finished product!

  75. Review by Michael M.
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    Matt was great to work with! Quick turn around time, very clean work and open to make changes if needed. Can't wait to work with him again!

  76. Review by Benjamin O.
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    I find Matt a person who really understood the kind of stuff I wanted and he was really good at it, from the instrument part, producing and mastering.
    Looking forward to do more work with him

  77. Review by Jonathan F.
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    Matt is a musical mastermind. Very professional and creative. He was really involved with the project. He took what I gave him and enhanced it 100%.

  78. Review by Kris Bradley
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    It was such a pleasure to work with Matt. Great at taking direction and clear on communication. Total pro. Hope to do it again!

  79. Review by Paul Elliot
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    Matt deserves a 5 star. He will definitely take your song to the next level. He's got a lot of patience and he's also very good at communicating things. Looking forward to working with him more in the future.

  80. Review by Linus Y.
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    Matt is very professional, really good with replying to your messages and makes adjustments and gets back to you pretty quick. Very easy to communicate with him and he gets the message right away. He does quality work and has creative ideas. I would definitely want to work with him again.

  81. Review by Justin G.
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    Great experience working with Matt. First time recording, he made sure I knew what to expect and made me feel comfortable every step of the way. Ear for detail. Listened to my feedback and applied it to the songs. He took the music to the next level while making sure I was completely satisfied. I would not hesitate to work with Matt again.

  82. Review by Matt C.
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    Matt did an amazing job mixing my song. He took the time to meet all my requests accurately and had prompt communication with me throughout the entire process. He's truly a professional and added a great touch to the song.

  83. Review by Daniel G.
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    Good thing I've found Matt. He understands what you ask of him in the tracks and is always there to see if you need anything else. He is truly there to make your tracks sound better.

  84. Review by Roslin N.
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    Working with Matt was a great decision and experiences as he is easy to work with and best of all knows how to get the job done. Easy to communicate with and understand how to breathe life into the music. I definitely plan on working with him in the future. Thanks again for assisting with getting My Project completed.

  85. Review by Aman S.
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    First of all super talented! The difference between my rough mix and his mix is insane..
    Listens to your needs and does revisions accordingly. Very quick and easy to talk to. Highly recommend!

  86. Review by Gerard W.
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    Totally rocked my mixing job. Great communication. Excellent end product. Made me feel that he really cared how the final product came out. I'll definitely be using him again! Thanks Matt!

  87. Review by Avinash L.
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    Matt is technical as well as artistic. And those are two very important qualities for a mixing engineer to have. He is responsive, pays attention to detail and is a pleasure to work with. We just mixed our first song with him and we're looking forward to finishing the rest of our album with him.

  88. Review by Zaiden
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    Had a track with unusual elements and Matt made it work 👍
    Thank you for helping the expansion of music 😜

  89. Review by Per F.
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    Always good working with Matt. Skilled and patient... always deliver.

  90. Review by Miles S.
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    Matt did great work - timely and attentive as well. Would recommend!

  91. Review by Abigail G.
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    You better believe this guy deserves ALL the stars!!!!
    What a great person to work with! Always quick to respond and very patient with all of my requests and questions. Looking forward to working with him for the future projects we have.
    Thanks so much!!!!!!!

  92. Review by Иван А.
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    Always pleasure to work with. Great results!

  93. Review by River S.
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    Absolute pleasure again. Amazing and prompt communication and revised until I was 100% happy with the mix. Definitely recommend for mixing services.

  94. Review by Philipp
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    Great time, as usual, working with Matt! :)
    - Philipp

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    Great time, as usual, working with Matt! :)
    - Philipp

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    Great time, as usual, working with Matt! :)
    - Philipp

  97. Review by Philipp
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    Great time, as usual, working with Matt! :)

  98. Review by Philipp
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    Great time, as usual, working with Matt! He did an awesome job on all mixes of my upcoming EP. Can't wait to work on more songs with him in the future. :)
    - Philipp

  99. Review by Minh
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    He's really professional and easy to work with. Im very happy with the final result!

  100. Review by Deb F.
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    Matt was a pleasure to work with - got the sound and direction straight up, and was great with communication and feedback all the way through.

  101. Review by River S.
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    Incredibly pleased with the work Matt did for me! You will not find a more attentive and diligent collaborator. Frequent communication is a must with projects like this and he updated me every step of the way, responding to critiques and happily fine tuning until we got a perfect result.

    Definitely recommend for production and mixing work.

  102. Review by Baldur K.
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    Working with Matt was a very good experience, professionalism and out through the entire process of this album, professional experience all the way. If you are looking for a man to mix for you then Matt James Dougherty is the man to do the work. Great sound engineer, and Matt thanks so much for letting our album sound so well.

  103. Review by Per F.
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    Really great guy that knows his stuff! Could not be more happy with the result! Highly recommended!

  104. Review by Michael E.
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    A pleasure working with Matt again, super talented, very professional, very patient, creative and gets an amazing mix! Highly recommended :D

  105. Review by Nick S.
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    Matt is a beasttttt... Brought such life and vigor to my track! delivered a few days earlier than discussed even despite the fact that I am a huge pain in the ass and make many request/changes lol (at least I sometimes feel like a picky son of a b*tch) He also communicates very well and quickly! He's now my go to guy for mixing!!

  106. Review by Kenny C.
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    matt was really keen to do work on my project. He listened to my needs, responded quickly and even offered 2 different versions of the mix without me even asking. He's a good communicator and is highly skilled

  107. Review by Vin R.
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    Second time working with Matt. This time is a mixing project. Just like before, he's given his best and the result is outstanding! Thanks Matt! Looking forward to work with you again in the future.

  108. Review by Vin R.
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    Matt is an extremely talented producer/musician/mixer. Not just skillful, he showed positive attitudes towards every step of the project and has a very well work ethic - understanding my vision as an artist to the core and bearing through all the specific notes I gave. I'm sure it's just the matter of time before I start working with him again!

  109. Review by Landon S.
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    Matt is a class act, and an audio GENIUS. I can personally vouch for his HipHop Sound being industry standard and elite. His credits speak for their self as far as quality, but he also works insanely fast and offers an immense amount of insight. Will use him again.

  110. Review by Alec Y.
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    See my previous glowing reviews of MJD to get my opinion of his outstanding work. As usual it was a perfect job!

  111. Review by Nico T.
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    After experiencing what Matt did for my song "Mother" it was pure logical to hire him again for my next song. His expertise, professionalism, work ethic and kindness is a blessing for everyone who needs a great, innovative mixing/mastering engineer. Thanks Matt!! See you next time !!!!

  112. Review by Alec Y.
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    As usual, Matt is amazingly talented and perfect to work with

  113. Review by Philipp
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    Working with Matt is always a fantastic experience! He makes perfect mixes that sound great on every system afterwards. :)

  114. Review by Kristina L.
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    Matt was awesome. Very fast. Responded quickly and delivered exactly what was asked of him. Definitely recommend to work with him on your mixing projects!

  115. Review by Elvic K.
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    mattjamesdougherty is an outstanding mix engineer with a lot creative ideas. He just gave back life to the track I almost gave up on. And the best of all its that the man can listen and has a big ability to understand peoples mind. I really recommend you to work with him. Thank you so much bro.

  116. Review by Dios T.
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    Very confident sound engineer, great communication and highly professional input on every record we mixed/mastered with Matt. He's got the vision for the sound that matches your one, so far this is my experience working with this guy.
    Recommend

  117. Review by Youth I.
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    We had a second track mixed by MJD and we are very pleased with the result. Once more it was a pleasure working with him and don't regret our choice. You really feel that he works WITH you and not for you if this makes any sens haha Take care Matt!!

  118. Review by Nico T.
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    Don't hesitate a second to hire Matt ! He has done a great job on my song. He's very professional, correct and delivers a final you can be proud of. Thanks again Matt !!! See you next time.

  119. Review by Alec Y.
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    As usual, Matt takes your tracks and blends them with secret sauce to make you sound your best. I can't imagine my tracks sounding any better than after being mixed by MJD.

  120. Review by Philipp
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    Matt is an awesome mix engineer! It was a pleasure for me to work with you!
    I definitely come back to you very soon. :)

  121. Review by Tyler K.
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    I love Matt! He is literally a wizard. He is so professional, so kind, and genuine. He cares about his craft and the music speaks for itself. He just mixed my second song, and I'm never going to another engineer. His mixes have this dimensional depth and vibe; they just feel so great. Thank you my friend, can't wait till the next record!

  122. Review by Scott B.
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    A fantastic mix and production, his ear is detailed and rich with experience. Fantastic!

  123. Review by Fanfickk
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    Matt mixed two tracks for me and I am really happy with how they turned out. Communication was good and he indulged my fussing too. Very professional result - thank you!

  124. Review by Alec Y.
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    If you want your tracks to sound absolutely professional and radio-ready you can't do better than MJD. The man is a wizard and made my track sound better than it had any right to sound. An excellent mixer with great communication and outstanding turnaround time. Highly recommended.

  125. Review by Alexey I.
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    Great engineer! Easy to communicate, very professional, awesome mix from the first edition..It was a big pleasure to work with Mat..

  126. Review by SHINYA T.
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    I'm Japanese and my English is broken but Matt is very kind for me.
    He is very speedy for work and awesome. I'm very happy what he done for us.

  127. Review by Иван А.
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    Mixed two more tracks for us. Great results as always.

  128. Review by Dios T.
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    Experience of working with Matt was as you usually have with a high level professional sound engineer, he has a kind of understanding of what you expect your music has to express, he's got his own ideas on your music that actually makes it sound even better. So he is a great guy and highly professional engineer as well as a producer! Cheers Matt!

  129. Review by Dan G.
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    Intuitive, easy going, pays attention to detail. Great consistant end results and a pleasure to work with!

  130. Review by Иван А.
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    Very nice guy, easy to work with and does awesome job!

  131. Review by Asher A.
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    Matt is fantastic. Very patient and understands what it takes to get to the artist vision.

  132. Review by Chidi E.
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    What a pleasure to work with!. He took what I had and made it sound even better than I thought it could. Very professional and talented. I'm looking forward to working with him again.

  133. Review by Ryan K.
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    Matt did a great job and was super timely and kind about the small revisions.

  134. Review by Alexandre Saint André
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    Really good collaboration, the best sound engineer I've ever met as far as can remember, patient, comprehensive, a pleasure to work with

  135. Review by phoenixcode
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    Matt did an excellent job taking a track that had it's challenges and pushing it to a whole new level. He took a chance by doing some work to demonstrate his skill before the proposal was accepted, and that says a lot.

  136. Review by Michael E.
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    Really big sounding mix, fast with revisions and very patient with notes, good vibes - never felt rushed, easy to communiate with and really talented mixer! Top marks, look forward to working with Matt again :)

  137. Review by Alejandro M.
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    Excellent communication, excellent mix, A great pleasure working with Matt.

  138. Review by Jody P.
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    Asked for a quick remix on song Matt had mixed for me 8 months ago. I provided Matt with the updated files and within a couple days Matt had the remix for me. Great mixing at a great price - with prompt delivery and clear daily communication. Thanks Matt!

  139. Review by Kristjan
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    Yoohoo... Great mixing work! super!

  140. Review by Will I.
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    To start off, I know my strength is more with songwriting than with vocals but Matt was willing to work with me and the material I have, he came up with own brilliant ideas and every suggestion I had, he went back and changed it until I was satisfied, at the end I was amazed by the result. I will mos def work with Matt again.

  141. Review by Cédric A.
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    Matt produced the first EP of a new project I am working on with some established UK musicians. I can describe myself as a demanding perfectionist and all I can say that Matt is a professional of the highest standard. Passionate and so easy to work with. He took all tracks to another level. And awesome drummer too...Highly recommended.

  142. Review by Pepe S.
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    Really nail it! Give us more than we expected. A pleasure to work with.

  143. Review by Jason
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    One of the best,if not the best in the business...very professional and better yet very passionate about the craft,which is most important in my book. We did the 1st single with Matt and will definitely book his services for the remainder of the album. Matt also brings creativity to the table which is another valuable aspect of his mixing skills.

  144. Review by Shay D.
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    Matt is an outstanding Mix Engineer, with some serious skillz, he helped make my project really shine.
    Would not hesitate in working with him again.

  145. Review by Bill O.
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    Mixing is its own art form. I needed my :30 second jingle mixed. I sent Matt the 18 or so tracks and he quickly started sending me mixes. We tweaked it a few times to arrive on a great final mix. Matt has good ears and knows how to "dig it out". Plus he's from Chicago so I knew I was in good hands!

  146. Review by Julian S.
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    Matt was a pleasure to work with, always super responsive and delivered quality results! Thanks a ton!

  147. Review by Kristian G.
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    Matt is excellent to work with. He collaborates and gives great input and his ideas are usually what's best for the track. He also listens and makes any adjustments needed. I highly recommend him for production and for mixing.

  148. Review by Pepe S.
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    A total pleasure to work with, he gave us more than we expected and the results were awesome.

  149. Review by kid
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    Easy to work with, fast, efficient. Great communication!

  150. Review by BJ
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    Matt was an absolute pleasure to work with and did an excellent job. VERY happy with the results and would highly recommend!

  151. Review by Eksteen J.
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    Matt was awesome to work with. A true professional. He was easy to communicate with and I never had to wait at all for reference mixes. His input for the direction of the mix was invaluable and he was also open for suggestions or alternatives. I would love to make use of his services for the rest of my full length album.

  152. Review by Jody P.
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    Great communication and easy to work with. Matt delivers a great mix in short amount of time at a great price. Thanks!

  153. Review by Kevin B.
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    Matt is a true professional. Easy to work with and has a fast turn around. I look forward to working with him again.

  154. Review by Calvin R.
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    Great working with Matt. Really responsive and helpful in getting the right sound. Will definitely be coming to him in the future!

  155. Review by Søren S.
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    Absolute pleasure to work with Matt!
    Great ear for details, fast respond, professional approach and I could continue...

    Looking forward working with Matt in the near future.

  156. Review by Michael E.
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    A pleasure working with Matt again, super talented, very professional, very patient, creative and gets an amazing mix! Highly recommended :D

  157. Review by Youth I.
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    We loved working with Matt on our mix. He's very pro, patient, understands what sound you are looking for a provides it very fast. From the very first mix it was sounding great but he still took the time to take in to consideration our feed back. It sounds awesome! Looking forward to working again with him ;)

  158. Review by Tyler K.
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    Brilliant working with Matt. He massaged the mix until we reached the sound I envisioned in my head. He is a true professional, and I look forward to sending him another mix!

  159. Review by Alexandre Saint André
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    Really cool communication, the best and most comprehensive sound engineer as far as I can remember, really really fast & efficient !

    An absolute pleasure to work with, want to keep on our collaboration !

  160. Review by Arkadiusz Z.
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    Thx MJD, You're The Best !!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_NJAMdAe5A&feature=youtu.be

  161. Review by Jae W.
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    I can't say enough about Matt D's professionalism and expertise. He was very patient with each step of the mixing process. Allowing time for my production team to embelish upon our work while in the mixing phrase. He translated directives with accute proficiency, and also utlize his own artistic creativity to make the record a great experience!

  162. Review by Daniel Salcido
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    Matts attention to detail is superb. He helps with structures, harmonies, etc. His knowledge and ability to pickup any instrument and play definitely helps him in the studio. Great ear, fast editor, and he is a genius

  163. Review by Nick
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    First off, Matt is a genius. I believe he scored a 35 out of 36 on the ACT's. He's not going to tell you that because he is humble. That brings me to the 2nd point: he is chill, fun and easy to work with while tenaciously pursuing your ideas of perfection and enhancing those ideas. You would be lucky to have the opportunity to work with him.

  164. Review by Jasio Kulakowski - Kobra and the Lotus
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    Matt is a class act in the world of music production, fluent in the magic that happens behind big records. Highly recommended!

  165. Review by Tom Boisse
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    Matt is one of the most hardworking engineers I have ever encountered. I'd fully recommend him to any party interested without hesitation. He comes in on time and works from the beginning of the day to the end of the day. His sense of humor creates a comfortable work atmosphere that bolsters creativity. Matt has a great ear and musical sensibility.

  166. Review by Jordan Smith
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    Working with Matt was the first time I've ever felt like I was working with a professional who was passionate about the job. He did an incredible job on our first EP. As a band, we were going through a weird transition period at the time and didn't have a drummer so Matt actually stepped up and did the drums on the EP and it turned out amazing.

  167. Review by Tim Tournier
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    Matt is an amazing producer and engineer with a fantastic ear. I have had the privilege to work with Matt a few times now and he is one of the hardest working musicians I have met to date.
    Matt is one of the few engineers out there that not only helps you get your ideas out but he ads to your ideas.

    100% pro.

  168. Review by Rob Ulrich/Mindset Evolution
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    Matt's relaxed but passionate approach to engineering will not only bring out the best in your performance, but it will make achieving that performance feel so natural, that it will surprise you in playback. He has fantastic music knowledge and an easy manner with which he shares it with you. An absolute pleasure to work with. Thumbs up emoticon!

Interview with Matt Dougherty

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

  2. A: Lots of stuff! Starting an album mix for an R&B client out of Atlanta, a Latino rock act from Chicago, producing an EP for a cool alternative artist from Austin, TX, mixing some cool rock stuff for some bands from the UK, Russia, and Colombia, ....and the list goes on!

  3. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  4. A: Krysta Youngs if you're looking for female vocals. Daniel Salcido / Commandspace Audio if you are looking for a place to record in the Chicagoland area.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Both and why not? All that matters is that the song kicks ass, so I've never really cared too much about the whole analog vs. digital thing.

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

  8. A: That I get to help people in some small way realize their own dreams or ambitions...and in doing so, I realize mine.

  9. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  10. A: Whether or not to send things "dry" or "wet" I would say is the most common question. To which I always say: send it so that I can spend the least amount of time trying to just get things to where you already had them, and spend more time pushing the mix forward and making things better! Vocals are usually best sent "dry", but everything else I'd say send "wet" - the creative vibe that is there when producing / making the actual music shouldn't be underestimated, and should be left as intact as possible :)

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

  12. A: I'd say as a mixer, there is a big misconception that all the magic happens when you go to mix. I would say that magic should be there from the moment you push record - the vibe and idea should be there all along, and my job as a mixer should be to preserve and clarify what is already happening there. Don't save anything for down the road or fixing it later, that rough mix should get people excited! And then when you mix it for real it can take a true step forward technically and sonically.

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

  14. A: What mixes/productions out there do you like / want to emulate aesthetically?

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

  16. A: Hmmm.... if I'm being honest probably a generator, microwave, hunting knife, flashlight, and cell phone, so that way I could actually survive :) But if I'm taking this question at face value, I'd say: Pro Tools (lame I know) Chandler Curve Bender Distressor Neumann M149 Barefoot MicroMain27

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

  18. A: I started out in an experimental rock/indie/hiphop/alt band in high school. I was playing drums, so it made sense for me to get a Pro Tools rig and some mic's since I had the most stuff to record. Then, bands at my high school found out I had some gear and asked if I'd be down to record them. Over time I found I was more into the art/science of recording than I was into the idea of trying to make it in a band and everything that goes with that. Then, at the last second I decided I wanted to go away to college and did the 4-year business school thing at ASU. Kind of put music on the backburner but always knew I wanted to get back to it. I went to CRAS after I graduated ASU, and then moved back to Chicago and secured an internship at Groovemaster Studios working for producer Johnny K. I moved up from unpaid intern to "main" intern and then started getting paid to do editing and basic assisting. After awhile I started handling full sessions and main engineering duties and ended up working there as an engineer for about 4-5 years full time. At that point I started getting more into my own production things and became more freelance based, working out of multiple studios. Currently I spend about 75% of my time mixing out of my home setup, and the rest engineering/producing around Chicago (and around the country).

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

  20. A: Manchester Orchestra - their latest offering was just ABSOLUTELY killer. Also, Biffy Clyro just because they rock so much...and then maybe #TBT Silverchair (probably the most underappreciated rock act of the last couple decades).

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

  22. A: It seems to go in waves, but I'd say I'm currently pretty well split between pop and rock stuff. Overall I probably track and engineer more heavy stuff and rock stuff, and mix and produce more pop/indie-type stuff.

  23. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  24. A: I would say my sense of musicality - I play drums, guitar, bass, and keys and have a fairly advanced grasp of music theory as well as a very strong sense of relative pitch. I can VERY quickly familiarize myself with the chord progressions and melodies of the songs I am working on, and very often contribute creatively to what I am working on, even when it is just "mixing".

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

  26. A: I think I bring a very strong sense of musicality and utility - by that, I mean that I can take a client's stated goals with a particular project and help determine a good sense of how to get from point A to point B. For example, if they are trying to make a radio-friendly single in whatever genre they may operate in, I can offer a fresh perspective on how their song stacks up against industry leaders and what specifically they are doing differently or similarly.

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

  28. A: I work in stages. I always start by getting any file maintenance / organization out of the way first thing; basically, all the boring stuff. Then I'll come back and try and get the mix as far as I can in about 45 min to an hour and see where I'm at. I'll usually step away at that point and move to a different project to keep my ears as fresh as possible, creatively speaking. Then once I come back I try and "beat" my own mix and see how much further I can take things with a fresh perspective. Once the mix feels about 80% there and the overall vibe is starting to come together, I'll usually send a first draft to the client to get there general impressions and make sure I'm not drifting too far from their creative intention. Then I take their feedback along with what I'm hearing and refine from there. I always operate in an open-ended fashion and am willing to do as many revisions as it takes until everyone is happy. I find that I am usually happy after 2-4 passes - clients' input is invaluable to me when refining and pushing the mix as far as I can.

  29. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  30. A: Pretty streamlined and mostly operating in-the-box. I work out of Pro Tools 12, monitoring through ADAM A7x's with a Sub8, and some Mackie CR3's to cover the "crappy" speaker vibes :) Pretty much rely on all the SoundToys, fabfilter, Valhalla, Slate, and some Waves plugs to get me through. I also run my mix buss out through some analog stuff - mainly Pultec-style tube EQ's just to get the transformer juice. I get in and out with Apogee converters. Also have tons of instruments, pedals, keys, etc... on the production and tracking side of things. I work out of the basement of my townhome so my commute is minimal :)

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

  32. A: The list would be too long to fit in here, but some mixing engineers that inspire me would be Andy Wallace, Serban Ghenea, Manny Marroquin, Andrew Scheps, Neal Avron, CLA, Rich Costey, Noah Shebib, and on and on... Production-wise I'm a big fan of Jeff Bhasker, Joel Little, Benny Blanco, Greg Kurstin, Joe Barresi, David Bottrill, GGGarth Richardson, Max Martin / Shellback / Cirkut, Jack Antonoff, Alex Da Kid, Ryan Tedder, Rick Rubin, etc...

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

  34. A: Overall I would say the most common type of work I do for clients on this site is mixing.

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I do as many revisions as needed until everyone is happy - I look at mixing as a collaborative process. Typical turnaround time is 2-3 business days after delivery of files.

GenresSounds Like
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Disturbed
  • Lorde
Gear Highlights
  • I make the most of whatever I have at my disposal! In my home studio setup I am currently using: ADAM monitors
  • Apogee converters
  • Neve Portico 5017
  • Warm WA-76
  • Warm EQP-WA
  • dbx 266XL
  • Mojave MA-200
  • and lots more.
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