Michael 'Presto' Preston

Engineer and Music Producer

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Hey there! My name is Michael 'Presto' Preston and I'm an American audio engineer and record producer with an immense passion for music and sound. I am a Certified Avid Pro Tools User, and graduate of the renowned Omega Studios’ School of Applied Recording Arts and Sciences.

Whether you need production, mixing, and mastering services online, or require in-person recording studio services, I have the expertise and experience to deliver top-tier results. The proof of my dedication to excellence lies in the millions of music streams my work has garnered and in the diverse range of clients whom I have aided in bringing their creative vision to fruition. Let's create something extraordinary together.

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Interview with Michael 'Presto' Preston

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: In my experience, both analog and digital methods have unique advantages. Analog techniques provide a special warmth and character that is hard to reproduce digitally, while digital methods offer unparalleled precision and flexibility. Personally, I prefer to incorporate the strengths of both approaches in my work.

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

  4. A: The opportunity to help artists bring their creative vision to life is what I love most about my job. There's nothing quite like the moment when everything comes together in a mix, and the artist's vision is fully realized.

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

  6. A: Many aspiring musicians often ask, "What does it take to make my song sound like a professional recording?" My response would be that it requires a combination of excellent songwriting skills, top-notch recording techniques, expert mixing and mastering, and above all, a deep understanding of what sets you apart as an artist.

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

  8. A: One of the most common misunderstandings is that production and engineering are solely technical jobs. Although there is a considerable technical aspect, comprehending the emotional essence of the music is equally crucial.

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

  10. A: Key questions I ask include: What is your vision for the project? What are some reference tracks that reflect the sound you're aiming for? What are your expectations regarding the timeline?

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

  12. A: When searching for a producer or engineer, it is important to find someone who not only possesses the necessary technical skills but also comprehends your vision and appreciates your artistry. A proficient producer or engineer should elevate your work without overpowering your distinct style.

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

  14. A: I have been involved in the music industry for many years. It all began with my first studio internship at age 16, which motivated me to obtain professional certification as an Avid Pro Tools User and a degree from the renowned Omega Studios' School of Applied Recording Arts and Sciences.

  15. Q: How would you describe your style?

  16. A: I strive to blend technical expertise with a profound comprehension of emotion and musicality in my style. My goal is to elevate each project by enhancing the artist's vision while preserving the sound's authenticity.

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

  18. A: I have the privilege of working on a diverse range of music genres, thanks to my broad skill set and versatility. My experience ranges from pop and indie to rap and electronic, enabling me to adapt and cater to the specific needs of each project.

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

  20. A: Utilizing my skills and knowledge, I enhance every song with a refined and professional touch. My focus goes beyond mere technical modifications; instead, I strive to accentuate the song's distinct personality and sentiment, elevating it to unparalleled levels.

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

  22. A: To ensure a successful project outcome, I start by gaining a thorough understanding of the client's vision. From there, I focus on the technical aspects while maintaining constant communication with the client to ensure that the end result aligns with their expectations.

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

  24. A: I draw inspiration from the work of numerous professionals, ranging from the renowned producer Quincy Jones to the innovative engineer Alex Tumay. Their dedication to their craft and willingness to push boundaries serve as a continuous source of motivation.

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

  26. A: I predominantly specialize in delivering exceptional online production, mixing, and mastering services. For clients in my locale, I also provide in-person recording studio services. My duties vary depending on the project's requirements and can range from recording engineer to producer or mixer.

  27. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  28. A: I excel at comprehending and amplifying an artist's creative vision. My technical expertise, coupled with my ability to connect with the music on an emotional level, enables me to produce a final product that deeply resonates with the audience.

Blur by The Woodshedders (example of complicated mix)

I was the recording and mixing engineer in this production

Terms Of Service

Turn-around times and price depends on the job. Please contact me before buying a service.

GenresSounds Like
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Gear Highlights
  • Ableton Live
  • Pro Tools
  • UAD 8P interface and satellite
  • Yamaha HS8
  • Avantone Mixcube
  • Hundreds of plugins
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