Maarten Tamminga

Recording and Composing

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My name is Maarten Tamminga, I'm a freelance record producer, mixing engineer, drummer and songwriter from the Netherlands. Are you looking for a solid music professional? Please inquire for more information. I can work from my own recording studio or any other.

The services I provide are:

- Recording
- Mixing
- Mastering

- Preproduction
- Production

- Film, TV and Games

- Live drum tracks

The studio is equipped with a wide range of top-notch gear. It's a combination of modern and vintage.
All rooms have great acoustics. The live room has 3.8m ceilings, and the control room is very accurate.

Short version of the gear list: Soundtracs Solitaire, SSL buss comp, vintage preamps, 1" analog tape, Xanadu/Yamaha monitoring, Sennheiser, AKG, Shure/GonzoAudio mics.

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

Interview with Maarten Tamminga

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: Karma's Lab - self titled EP I made this record as my graduation project. We had 3 months to finish the record. In this time I spent a couple of days just miking a guitar cab, just to figure out what every mic position does. The same goes for drum miking and mixing. From this recording project I have learned more than any education could offer

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: A lot of different things actually. A singer-songwriter record, a hiphop record, and also I started writing some of my own material again.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Joram Pinksteren does a lot of remote mixing

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: BOTH. I don't want to edit analog, and

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: I'l always do my absolute best to make the music as good as it can be

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: The total creative freedom and being able to make a living from music. Also the combination of technology and music is a win for me.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: They usually ask me to look into their songs and figure out what could be improved

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: That I'm more an engineer, or a producer. I'm equally adept at both.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: I always ask them what they want their product to be, and what they want to do with it. If you set a goal you can make that happen

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: Send me an e-mail with your ideas, even if they're not fully developed. I can help with that.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: Gonzo Audio tube mics Computer + DAW SSL converters Philips Preamps

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: I started out as a drummer and songwriter in a couple of bands, and ended up as a record producer / engineer / composer. I've been recording music since I was 17, and playing music since I was 8. Right now I'm 27, so do the maths! During my time in university I got two bachelor's degrees: - Music Technology & Production - Music in Education I started my own recording studio 'Tamminga Music Productions' and started teaching music in high schools. Right now I'm only working as producer / engineer / composer.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Ballsy, Open, Balanced, Hi-fi, Dirty

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: Radiohead sounds like a band I'd like to work with. Mainly because every record sounds different and a lot of boundaries of what music should sound like are discarded.

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: Follow your gut feeling and throw away ideas when they don't work

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: Mostly bands and singer songwriters. It ranges from Hiphop to Metal to Classical. I like a lot of music

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Working with people

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: I can pull a song apart and find the good bits, while discarding what's not so good. It's important that the 'soul' of the song stays intact!

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: It depends on what I think the song needs. The song dictates the work process.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I'm all about using whats good about the analog world and the digital world. I'm using a soundtracs solitaire 40 channel console of which 24 channels are filled with AD/DA and 16 with analog tape. Together with a couple of great vintage preamps and compressors, I'm happy with my setup It's about creating a workflow that's quick and easy but doesn't make any compromises in sound and vibe. I'm a big believer in having great monitoring. That's why I'm listening on 3 sets. One is extremely detailed, one is your typical yamaha setup and the third is as crappy as I could find.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: I'm inspired by people looking to bring something else to the table. Fresh ideas are great. Think of people like Nigel Godrich, Brian Eno, Andy Wallace, Butch Vig and Tchad Blake

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: Most often bands hire me to record their EP. This involves producing, recording and mixing. When I'm doing all these tasks, mastering is delegated to a capable engineer.

Terms Of Service

For mixing 2 revisions are included in the pricing. Turn around time is within a week and within a day when required. Please contact me for questions and bookings.

Gear Highlights
  • Soundtracs Solitaire
  • SSL converters
  • 1" analog tape
  • custom built tube mics
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