Hello! My name is Michael Trepagnier, I'm an engineer living in Oklahoma City. I've lived and worked all over the country, most notably I lived in NYC and worked for The Looking Glass (Philip Glass's former studio) and worked on lots of great records. Check the credits list for more info, get in touch for more specifics.
I'm an audio engineer, so that means I can track, mix edit etc. I'm also a high level Pro Tools user and certified trainer of the application. Let me know what you need done, and I can most likely sort you out.
I'm not a mastering engineer, that's another level of specialization that I do not account for. I do however have a very good relationship with my mastering engineer and can do a value added charge for his services, or put you in touch with him.
Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.
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Interview with Michael Trepagnier
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Modular Synths...I'm in love with CV, but still getting the hang of all of it. It's been a great eye opening experience working with these devices and beginning to incorporate them into my mixing too.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Know how file structure works inside your DAW/sessions. It's the key to your success.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: In no particular order: Blake Mills, James Brown, Brian Eno, Dustin Ragland, JD McPherson, Dan Mangan, Chris Combs...honestly there are too many to list. I'm inspired by all things all the time. I'm an avid listener of music...so I'm taking in new ideas everyday.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Next.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: We will get it how you like it, that's all that matters.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People don't know the difference between Mixing and Mastering and why each is important to the completion of a great record.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What their expectations are for the record/project. I always want to be on the same page so that we have a common goal.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Call me. I can help.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I wouldn't take any gear with me on an island...I would rather have 5 great players.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been at this since I was 16, so 20ish years now. I began as a hobbyist in a garage, then moved to NYC and studied under a great crew of folks at The Looking Glass studios for 5 1/2 years then came back home and have been working as a freelance engineer ever since.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I say that I don't have a style, but I'm told by my friends that I do. I suppose it's pushing the song and the sonics to the forefront in the way that I think benefits the song first. I've always described myself as a "helper" before I'm anything else. All I want is what is best for the product and will do all I can to help get to that place.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring an outside opinion, I bring the forest view. I work to serve the song first.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Pro Tools is the digital backbone, and it's surrounded by a multitude of wacky and lovely analog bits.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: As I'm still building the proper studio, I'm limited to mostly mixing and production services in my current location, but am always willing to work anywhere!