Here to enhance the sonic boundaries of your musical art to new heights while maintaining the fidelity of the recording and mix. I aim to help transform your music so it’s at its finest when you ultimately present it to the listening world.
Mike first joined João Carvalho Mastering in early 2012 apprenticing as a freelance mastering engineer while still working, at his then company, Elite Mastering.
In late 2013 Mike moved into a mastering engineer position joining the JCM team. In addition to being a lifelong music buff, audiophile and musician, Mike obtained a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Ryerson University in Toronto while continuing his education studying the art of critical listening and mastering at Berklee College of Music.
Mike’s passion for audio and music along with his ongoing mastering sessions and studies has placed Mike in an excellent position poised for great success in the future at JCM. Mike feels equally at home working on a wide variety of musical genres including, but not limited to, electronic, dance/EDM, hip-hop, indie/alternative, pop, rock, country, jazz or R&B. Whatever project comes Mike’s way, it is treated with taste, an intuitive and sympathetic ear and the utmost in care to bring out the best in a recording.
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Interview with Mike Marra
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both because they both have their strong suits for a given situation.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That we will achieve your sonic vision.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: A great master comes from a stellar mix...it's all in the mix.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: powerful lows with controlled clean mids & highs. I can be dynamic and get things hot if needed.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Really anyone. I learn so much from each artist, producer and mix engineer I work with.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: All types. In one day I can go from EDM to Jazz and everything in between. But these days most of my work comes from HipHop, R&B and Pop.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Critical listening and get the low end big and tight.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listen, Listen, Listen. Then tweak some knobs to make things sound great.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: World Class...know as the best sound room on the plant. Great analog gear along with top notch digital to compliment.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm inspired by all things sound. But mastering engineers like Tom Coyne, Chris Gehringer and my mentor Joao Carvalho really inspire my craft.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mastering...achieving their final sonic vision.