We want to help you realise your musical potential and bring your songs to life. That's it.
Hello! Here at MT Sound, we want to help you realise your musical potential and bring your songs to life. We're here to help at key points along the way by working directly with you, or introducing you to a carefully selected group of people that we trust to honour your vision.
Your songs are a part of you, and it's this mentality that allows us to truly help you bring them to life. We understand that your art is a representation of you as a person, so you need to work with the right people to compliment you and your vision.
Whether it's production, editing or mixing, we've got you covered and we will make sure that your songs sound incredible.
Get your audio fix with us.
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Michael did a fabulous job of listening to me and my vision of a song idea that I came to him with. He produced and mixed the song for me and created something I'm really proud of. I would definitely work with MT Sound again and recommend him to anyone else in search of great work!
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Micheal on many projects in the past. Michael has engineered and recorded many vocals for my previous projects, also mixed a full track for me and I can’t recommend his services enough! Always flexible and professional. Always meets deadlines and to the highest quality.
If you’re looking for someone with a quick turn around, professional and impeccable qualify and attention to detail look no further.
Had a pleasure to work with Michael on guitar and vocal editing. Couldn't be more happy with prompt delivery, attention to detail and professional outcomes. Highly recommended!
A true visionary and master balancer, Michael has an ear for music that inspires and enhances my projects.
A gentleman and a scholar, very dedicated to the craft and always willing to go the extra mile to bring my visions to life. Theres no one else I'd send my songs to. Superb value for money.
Interview with MT Sound
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mostly I work as a mix engineer for artists and an audio editor for other engineers. I love both as I feel like they act as a reset for each other. If I'm feeling too overwhelmed when I'm mixing and feel like I'm losing sight of the end goal, I switch to editing for a while and vice versa.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: In terms of artists, my main influences are Run The Jewels, Hans Zimmer, Architects and Dire Straits. They're all so different, but they each inspire me in different ways. In terms of other audio professionals, I really look up to Michael Brauer, Tony Maserati, Chris Lord-Alge, Tchad Blake, Andrew Scheps and Mike Dean.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I'm fully mobile, so my setup is very modest! It's a set of speakers, some headphones, a Macbook Pro and a Universal Audio Apollo Twin. I love being able to set up and work wherever I want and I use a bunch of reference tracks that I know inside and out to allow me to adjust to any listening environment.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I start off by talking. I want to get into the same mindset of the artist I'm working with. I've been on both sides of this process and there's nothing worse than not feeling connected to your producer. I want to make sure that we're both on the same page about the project before we move forward. After this, I put together the first draft of the song (whether it's a production or a mix) and send it over to the artist. This isn't an official submission as I want to see if we're moving in the right direction. After this, I'll finish my part of the process to the point where I'm over the moon with how it's sounding, then I'll send that to the artist as the first submission. Next, there are revisions (if needed). I don't hold anything against someone wanting revisions, at the end of the day this is a song that they're going to have their name on for the rest of their lives, so it has to be perfect for them. We work through any revisions if needed and then after that, the song is ready to head to the next stage!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A fresh perspective and a sense of objectivity. I'm more than happy to tell whoever I'm working with if I love what's going on, but I'm also not afraid to say if I don't think that a part serves the song, or if I think there is a different idea to try (in a nice way of course)!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Communication. I want to make sure I know the project inside and out so that the end product is the best it can possibly be.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: A mixture of hip-hop, pop, rock and metal.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: When layering drum samples, most of the time less is more (especially with kick drums). Low end can be a nightmare when it comes to phase issues, and adding more samples only increases the likelihood you're going to run into them. A lot of the time drums are the foundation of your song, make sure you take the time to get the sounds right at the source!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: In hip-hop, Run The Jewels. Not only is their music outstanding, but the message they put across in their lyrical content is something that I really think the world needs to pay attention to. In metal, Architects. They are my favourite band of all time and they have been on my list of dream artists to work with for years now!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Thick and heavy. I love tasteful distortion and a really solid low end. I want to help build a fortress of a song for the artists I work with to shout from.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been working in music since I was 11. I began learning drums at that age and fell in love. I joined a band as quickly as a could and played in a good number of different metal bands in my local scene. In 2010 I began studying Music Production at Newcastle College and immediately fell in love with the studio process. Originally I just wanted to record my own band, but then I began to see just how much I could help other people bring their ideas to life and began to focus on that. After I graduated in 2012, I moved to London to study Commercial Music at the University Of Westminster and met some truly amazing artists and musicians that really helped shape my tastes and find my style. After graduating in 2015, I moved back to Newcastle and have been helping people both in my local scene and around the world release music they're truly proud of.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, headphones, Universal Audio Apollo Twin, Manley Reference Cardioid microphone and a midi keyboard.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Every song is personal, so someone you've worked with in the past might not be the best fit for that song. Take the time to find the right producer, mix engineer and mastering engineer and you'll reap the rewards that come with it. Get to know the people you work with and their strengths and weaknesses, then make sure you have the strongest team around you for each song you create.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you looking to get out of this project? Who is your audience? Which artists influenced you when you were writing these songs? What are you looking to get out of working with someone else? Do you have a planned release strategy? Have you budgeted for mastering?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Mastering is making things louder at the end of a mix. I much prefer to send my mixes to a trusted mastering engineer as it's the final step in quality control and preparation before sending a song out into the world. It's arguably one of the most important steps in the whole process, and is often overlooked. I can master my own mixes, but I would much rather have a seasoned professional do it instead.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How much do you charge for a mix? It all depends on the project. I wouldn't charge a jazz artist with 16 tracks in a song the same amount as a pop act that has a song with 160 tracks in it. It's all about what you're after as an artist and the size of the project. Can you master this as well? I can, but I would prefer not to as I think the song would really benefit from another objective set of ears. Mastering engineers see hundreds if not thousands of amazing mixes every year, so they'll be able to tell straight away if anything needs correcting.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Seeing the joy someone has when they get the final version of their song and it's surpassed anything they thought they were capable of. Too many people underestimate themselves and it's my job to help bring the best out of everyone I work with.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise there is no such thing as a bad idea, and when you're working with me I will make sure that you're working in a positive environment that nurtures your creativity.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. I don't think anything beats a quality analog signal chain when you're recording, but once you've got all of the goodness from that analog gear on the way in, you can use digital for it's perfect recall and quick workflow.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: As of yet there isn't unfortunately, but I'm always on the lookout for people I can trust and rely on so that I can pass them work if I'm not a good fit for the project.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently working on some tracks for sync placement along with some drum editing and a rock mix. All very exciting projects!
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: A local band called GroundCulture are signed to Hopeless Records and I edited the drums for their upcoming album (which includes their latest release, Life Won't Wait). The moment I heard these recordings I knew I was working on something special and I can't wait for the rest of the album to drop so that everyone can hear it!