Hey there! My name is Michael Preston and I'm an audio engineer, producer, and Avid certified Pro Tools user.
I got my start in audio working as an intern at a M80 Recording Studio in Purcellville, Virginia. I quickly rose through the ranks and in a matter of months was working as an in-house engineer and producer. Currently, I freelance at various studios in the Washington, D.C. area and work with a wide range of local and mid-atlantic artists.
I mix and master inside and outside of the box using a combination of analog and digital gear. My studio and personal computer is integrated with the UAD Console control system and is stocked full of plugins by brands such as Synchro Arts, Waves, Celemony, Sonnox, UAD, Izotope, Soundtoys, and much more!
I am also a multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, and touring musician with 7 years of training in music composition, jazz theory, arranging, and songwriting.
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Interview with Michael Preston
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: A lot of my clients have questions about what file types they will need to upload to streaming services. I always provide a variety of files after mastering to ensure the media is full compatible with all current music platforms.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I can't turn dirt into gold.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I really like to get to know my client's musical background and influences so that I can put myself in their shoes while I'm working on their music.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A drum kit, laptop, 2 Neumann U87s, and a UAD Apollo Twin interface
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Adaptable and attentive.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Right now I'm mastering a new release by Lonely Pirate Committee!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! I'm a huge fan of hybrid mixing via mixing in the box and then routing out to processors and summing to a console for the 2 track recording.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love the last 90% of every project when all the final pieces come to together and you get to kick back and watch the magic happen almost spontaneously!
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My band Hungry on Monday's project Hideaway was a project I had the pleasure of overseeing from the first moment something was recorded until we sent the final masters off for CD manufacturing. It was really inspiring to have the much influence over a project from start to finish.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise that you will be satisfied with the final product I deliver to you.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Distortion is your friend!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rap, jazz, neo soul, experimental, ambient, EDM
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I have a well developed and attentive ear for detail and nuance in almost every aspect of music.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Every project is different, so the only consistency is inconsistency.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: The heart of my home setup consists of an Apollo Twin Mark 2 interfacing with Pro Tools 12 and providing signal to a pair of JBL Control 5 monitors powered by a Cerwin Vega CV-900 power amp. All of my outboard processors and instrument inputs are configured through my Tascam Porta Two Ministudio which runs into inputs 1 and 2 on my Apollo.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Flying Lotus, Manny Marroquin, Noah Shebib, and Hiatus Kaiyote are just a few groups and individuals that have heavily influenced me.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: These days I spend most of my time either balancing and polishing tracks as a mixing engineer or arranging and consolidating ideas as a producer.