I want you to be fully satisfied with your mixes. That's why it's my strong held belief that the mix is not done until you're happy - unlimited revisions. Your sonic vision should always be realized.
I studied under Daniel Wyatt ( a Grammy and Emmy nominated audio engineer with credits from Ultra Records to Old Dirty Bastard to Norah Jones). My studio is in the heart of Berlin. Communication is key for me during the mixing process. Whether it's through soundbetter's messaging platform or coming to the studio I am happy for us to go back and forth to hone the sound you want. I want your music to sound the best it can and for you to feel confident with your music when we are done!
I always mix with care and finesse - enhancing, shaping and capturing your music. I'm a huge music lover and mixing is something that I find so much joy in. I look forward to working with you.
On the technical side :) I mix in Studio One 4 Pro. I listen to your mix through top of the line Event Opal Studio Monitors and Adam A7 Studio Monitors in a specialized sound treated studio. I use the highest quality plugins from UAD, Slate Digital, Softtube, Fabfilter Soundtoys ect.
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4 ReviewsEndorse Benedikt MacIsaac
Ben helped me in various ways in the production of my latest track and I am very happy with the results. His mix sounds on point and he could help me with some final stage editing and fine-tuning as well. It has been a pleasure to work with him and I look forward to collaborating again in the future.
Benedikt was a pleasure to work with and he made every effort to ensure that I was happy with mixing on tracks. He is very patient and easy to communicate and the possibility to attend the mixing session at his studio makes the whole process much smoother. My songs were brought to a new level and sound beautiful. Thank you!
It was a joy to work with Benedikt on a couple of our album mixes. He brought such clarity and space to the songs, and worked so hard with us to achieve the sound we wanted. His patience and work ethic made the whole process very seamless and we’re so happy with how the mixes turned out. Thank you Benedikt!
Benedikt is very responsive, kind, and professional. He's very easy to work with. After a first draft mix of one of my songs, he invited me to the studio to talk over edits and finish it up. This meant a lot to me. I've since worked with him again and the experience has surpassed my expectations. Thanks Benedikt!
Interview with Benedikt MacIsaac
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love helping people to bring their music to fruition. Nothing better then a client hearing their song at its' full potential.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have trust in the process. Your songs are going to be taken to new sonic heights.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I'm pretty flexible. I work on Pop, Folk, Electronic to Hip Hop.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Here is a very simplified summary.Usually on the master buss I put on a channel strip from UAD - a Neve, API or an SLL. I just pass the music through that channel strip with it doing barely anything - just using it as a natural saturator. And then some UAD Ampex master tape. After listening to the song, I begin to channel strip, starting with the Kick ( kick is king). I build the mix around the drums, then the instruments and finish with the vocals. During the process I most always use parallel compression. From there I fine tune the mix, get feedback and make the changes requested.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Some Questions I ask are: What reference tracks would you like to use? When is the due date? What is your artistic vision? What sonic elements are important to you in the track?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I studied mixing engineering for three years under Daniel Wyatt. I then went on to work with local and international artists here in Berlin.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Erik Madrid's mixes are a huge inspiration - they are just massive. Also, I'm inspired by mixing engineer Francesco Donadello.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I would recommend Lee Avert. I've worked with him before and he is stellar.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog digital emulations are the way. I love digital plugins that are analog emulations. One really cannot tell the difference. With plugins I have the flexibility to make changes fast, move between sessions and experiment more readily.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That the mix is not done until you are fully satisfied.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Should this stem be wet or dry. I say dry is alway better. If the effect that you have on the stem cannot be recreated or it is actually the "sound" of the stem - keep it wet.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That a mix can be done in a very short amount of time. It's like ordering food. If it's done too quickly be very wary.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My computer, monitors, UAD audio interface, plugins and my stellar vocal mic.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Warm with punch and finesse.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Label your stems clearly - it makes life so much easier for everyone you'll be working with :)
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My ears. I'm especially good at mixing vocals and feeling into where things should sit in a mix.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring sensitivity, insight and the ability to enrich your song to a fuller more present version of itself.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work in a specifically sound treated room in the heart of Berlin. I listen through my my Event Opal Studio Monitors and Adam A7 Studio Monitors. I have my Universal Audio Apollo 8 DUO as an audio interface. I use the highest quality plugins from UAD, Slate Digital, Softtube, Fabfilter Soundtoys ect. Next door there a two other studios with a wealth of gear. If there are specific requests I can make it happen.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I primarily do mixing work.