Hello! My name is Michael Trepagnier. I pride myself on letting the music do all the talking in the productions that I work on. For me, that means never getting in the way of what the music tell me to do, and allowing that muse to speak through the song. Give me a shout, I can help!
I've been at this for around 20 years, and have been lucky enough to meet and work with lots of lovely people who inspire me constantly. I've worked with both well known and local/regional acts of all shapes and sizes.
I have lots to offer you and your project. Please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.
CreditsAllMusic verified credits for Michael Trepagnier
- Bun E. Carlos
- JD McPherson
- The Lava Children
- Rachid Taha
- Robyn Hitchcock
- Jenny Owen Youngs
- Brian Cullman
- The Levellers
- Brazilian Girls
- Counting Crows
- Philip Glass
- Motion City Soundtrack
- NOW Ensemble
- Wendy Sutter
- Kathy Zimmer
- Kathy Zimmer
- Kathy Zimmer
- Will Stratton
- Will Stratton
- The Receiver
- Jay Sherman-Godfrey
- Jennie Arnau
- Ripple Green
2 ReviewsEndorse Michael Trepagnier
Michael is an experienced and creative engineer, who has been able to build a wide range of skills that he brings to every recording, mixing, and creative session. His work as a live and studio musician informs his approach with other musicians. His work with analog recording and synthesis tools is perfect to build bridges between different genres, sonic approaches, and compositional methods. He is fluent in both DAW and analog workflows, and provides a studio space and gear that have been sourced throughout his musical life to form a coherent and inspiring workspace.
Always a pleasure working with Trepagnier. It’s not common you get to work with a genuinely good human who is a master at his trade. He puts it right in the “yeah.”
Interview with Michael Trepagnier
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, that led to starting a studio in a dorm. I then moved to NYC and studied under a great crew of folks at The Looking Glass studios for 5ish years then came back home and have been working as a freelance engineer until I opened the new studio in early 2020. It's been a wild ride and I'm always looking forward!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Natural, but with a health dose of love.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring an outside opinion, I bring the forest view, and about 20ish years of doing this.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: We have an API 1608 with the full automation package. ATC Loudspeaker tuned with a Trinnov ST2. Tons of vibey outboard equipment, and Pro Tools HDX w/ 32 II/O as the digital backend to hold it all together.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Doing it! I feel lucky to be able to do this as a living, and I try to always be on the bright side of that conversation.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q:How many days do I need to do my project? A: That all depends on a whole host of things, but lets see what we can do to get your needs met.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People tend to not really understand the difference between mixing and mastering and why each is important to the completion of a great record. I try and help them understand that as a mixer, I'm not your mastering guy too. But I'm always happy to give them recommendations to help get the project to where it needs to be.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Geez, there are so so many. I'm a freak for Gemma Hayes' music and I think that she is infinitely creative, the same goes for Dan Mangan. His record Club Meds is an amazing piece of music. Other dream artists...Will Johnson (centro-matic), The Weakerthans and Fennesz. Honestly I can go on and on. I love music, and I love being creative in the studio with creative folks.
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 type of music do you usually work on?
A: Indie rock, americana and soul music
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing and recording
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: 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: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: It's going to sound great!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: 1) What their expectations are for the record/project. 2) Average track count per song. 3) How/where was it recorded? 4) Is the session prepped and ready for me to get to work?
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Tracking and mixing.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Are we still having this conversation?
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.