Colorful, spatial, fat mixes for indie, lo-fi, electronic, psych, & hip hop. Your first mix with me is only $20 (to see if I'm a good fit).
I am here to help bring out the texture, dimension, color, space, and movement in your music. I want to provide creative choices that exceed expectations. I try to build mixes that provide warmth, excitement, and energy.
My influences are mix engineers like Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, MGMT, Flaming Lips), David Wrench (Caribou, Jungle, The XX) and Derek Ali (Kendrick Lamar, Vince Staples). Please check out some of my recent work in my portfolio below.
Micah Smith is a freelance mixer, producer, and composer located in Los Angeles. He has worked on many types of projects including music production, engineering and original music composition for visual media.
Other audio experience includes location sound for film, post-production audio, and live sound. In 2011 he completed a bachelor’s degree in Audio Production and Design from Columbia College Chicago.
Corporate Clients: Comedy Central, CrossFit, Dezeen, Blick Art Materials, W Hotels
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Micah is awesome! In addition to doing a stellar job of mixing and mastering (which he kills btw!) he's also full of knowledge and creative ideas when asked for them. He mixed and mastered a recent track of mine; brought it from dry and flat to big, warm, and full. Also he was very communicative and took the time to understand what I was aiming for with the final product. I highly recommend Micah if you're looking for fast, reliable, and highly professional sounding mixes!
I hit Micah up for mastering on my new single (an indie pop / synth style track). The results were impressive. He breathed life in to the duller parts of my mix using an artist of my choosing for reference. That extra magic has my song sounding much more professional with stronger low end, cleaner mids, and crisp highs. Can't go wrong with his rates and quick turnaround!
I asked Micah to mix a single for my band. He was a perfect combination of transparency and accentuating what he appreciated about the track. Having sung my own vocals, I used to get that "Cringe" feeling when listening back. After Micah mixed them, I now enjoy listening to my own voice a lot on this song!
Interview with Micah Smith
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Electronic dance music and soundtracks for animation.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. They both have their own sound that can be used to create a wide range of styles and textures.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: We will get it to a point where you love it no matter how long it takes.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Hearing all types of new music.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It's easy to make things sound great.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I ask about any specific things they are looking to do to their song as well as any reference tracks that are guiding them.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Try me out and see if I can make your stuff sound better than you can. Everyone thinks they can do it themselves and sometimes that works for your style. But sometimes people with training and experience can really take your stuff to the next level. Give me a shot for one track and see if it's a good fit.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Keyboards, Drum Machines, Headphones and a digital recorder.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been doing this for 15 years. In that time I got a bachelor's degree in Audio Production and Design from Columbia College Chicago. I've worked in all types of roles: composer, band producer, guitarist, remixer, dj, live mixer, location sound mixer, singer, recording engineer. I have been working as a freelance mixer for 6 years
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Spatially aware, playful, dark, warm, jazzy.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Kendrick Lamar. He constantly innovates his sound and isn't afraid of changing it up.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Know your speakers and your headphones well.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Synth Music, Dance music, Hip Hop, Electronic, Singer-Songwriter, Soundtracks
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My ears. Hearing where a sound should end up and the steps and knowledge to get it there. Knowing how a song fits into it's genre and style. Innovating inside those parameters to surprise expectations.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: 3D space, dramatic movement, color enhancement, textural enhancement. Basically bringing out the best, most powerful qualities of each instrument and making sure they fit and reinforce the mix perfectly.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to get wav files of the client's audio tracks at 24bit and 48khz. I drop them into a new project and start to mix usually starting with drums, bass and then vocals. I like to do EQ and compression and really find the problem areas to make sounds more appealing. I can usually do a first draft of a track in less than 5 hours. Most mixes can take anywhere from 6-10 hours depending on how in-depth a client would like me to go.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a sound-treated mixing room with professional monitoring and digital to analog conversion. I do all my mixing in the box using high-end products by companies like Waves, Sound Toys, Avid, Ableton, Valhalla and Arturia.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: My influences are mix engineers like Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, MGMT, Flaming Lips), David Wrench (Caribou, Jungle, The XX) and Derek Ali (Kendrick Lamar, Vince Staples).
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I do full song and album mixing for bands and artists of all genres.