Recording and Composing
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:
- 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.
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Interview with Maarten Tamminga
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
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
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
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.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Joram Pinksteren does a lot of remote mixing
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: BOTH. I don't want to edit analog, and
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'l always do my absolute best to make the music as good as it can be
Q: What do you like most about your job?
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.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: They usually ask me to look into their songs and figure out what could be improved
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I'm more an engineer, or a producer. I'm equally adept at both.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
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
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Send me an e-mail with your ideas, even if they're not fully developed. I can help with that.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Gonzo Audio tube mics Computer + DAW SSL converters Philips Preamps
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
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.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Ballsy, Open, Balanced, Hi-fi, Dirty
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
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.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Follow your gut feeling and throw away ideas when they don't work
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mostly bands and singer songwriters. It ranges from Hiphop to Metal to Classical. I like a lot of music
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Working with people
Q: What do you bring to a song?
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!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It depends on what I think the song needs. The song dictates the work process.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
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.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
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
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
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.