Hi, I'm a producer/engineer/mixer/composer living in Los Angeles, CA. I work from my studio (Imagination Surplus Productions) in the hills of Hollywood. I've been a major label producer, mixer, composer and musician, as well as a tv/film/ad composer and producer. I have 20 years of experience and an extreme work ethic.

I offer major label quality services. My mixes include analog summing with beautiful analog outboard compressors and EQ's. I mix in Pro Tools HD with the best plug ins. I can also offer console mixing for additional studio costs. Specific pieces of gear like a Fairchild 670 and many others, can be rented as well, if needed. My editing services are super clean and precise. I think great editing can really make a record sound "polished" and radio ready. In my opinion, great editing is one of the essential ingredients to a professional sounding product. I am extremely meticulous in my drum editing and take extra care to ensure that there are no artifacts left in the drums after editing. I have many years and countless artists experience in vocal comping and tuning. I come from a musical background, so my comps are musical, edgy and tasty. My vocal tuning is very transparent and I always aim to never let the listener hear the tuned vocal, unless that is the desired sound. My mastering services are often included with my mixing services for indie clients. In mastering, I always aim for a clear yet punchy sound with a loud level that does not distort. I treat every project with the same care and attention to detail. I always strive for the best in my work.

My credits include

Gear highlights

  • Pro Tools HD3
  • Apogee Conversion & Clocking
  • 16 Channels Analog Summing
  • Manley Vari Mu (Modded)
  • Avalon 747
  • API 5500
  • Alan Smart C2
  • Avalon AD2022

Genres I specialize in

Terms of Service

Each project and client varies in the time it takes to complete. I always strive for a polished product that retains a high level of emotion. Revisions accepted within reason.

Reviews of Mike Castonguay

  • Default-avatarabout 2 years agoby

    I would absolutely recommend Mike to anyone who wants to take their music to the next level. He produced, mixed, engineered, and mastered both of my solo CDs which have gotten several credible placements and good youtube responses. He not only does great work but he is also a pleasure to work with which is a rare combination! Highly recommend him

  • Picture?type=largeabout 2 years agoby

    Mike is an awesome engineer and great producer to work with. We worked on a bunch of songs together and it was always an adventure. Definitely recommend him. Highly creative and not afraid to share his thoughts and opinions. He's always looking to create a better sound too and improve the quality of a recording.

  • Default-avatarabout 2 years agoby

    10 thumbs up!

  • Default-avatarabout 2 years agoby

    Yeah Mike has evolved engineering skills, is a brilliant musician himself, great ear, multi-instrumentalist, blah blah blah - So what? Here's what makes him an exceptional producer - and rare. He pays attention to the artist - not to what you think you're trying to do but to what your expression truly is - and he shines a light on it... Amazing.

  • Default-avatarabout 2 years agoby

    Well, first of all, I think Mike Castonguay is one of the best engineers I've ever worked with. I first became aware of him through my friend, Mark Goldenberg. I've worked with him for two of my albums this year and he's just an excellent sounding board as well as being a talented engineer and great mastering guy. Very accommodating to my vision.

  • Default-avatarabout 2 years agoby

    I have had the pleasure of working with Mike on several recordings.
    I can say all those things about being professional, being a good arranger, multi instrumentalist, and good communicator etc.. as it's all true, however he is just plain FUN!!! That's just as important as he puts everyone at ease. Which only makes you play better.

  • Default-avatarabout 2 years agoby

    Mike has gone above and beyond to make my songs the best they can be. Super fast turn around on my mixes and a total professional. Responds quickly to emails and just a real pleasure to work with. I am just blown away by the quality of my music Mike has worked on. I highly recommend Mike to everyone I know

  • Default-avatarabout 2 years agoby

    Mike has an incredible ear! He has mixed several of my songs now and he is great at picking up on the direction and running with it in the mixing stages of a song. He is also very good with communication and timing. Im working on a second EP with Mike now and its been an awesome experience since the first.

  • Default-avatarabout 2 years agoby

    Mike has great chops on Protools, killer arrangement skills and as a musician. His ability to tune in to me as an artist and make suggestions completely in line with my goals stems from his own experience as an artist and his musically intelligence which seeks out what the song wants to be. And he knows how to get there. I did 2 albums with Mike.

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