Micah Smith

Indie Synth Psych Mix Engineer

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Mixing and Mastering: Colorful, spatial, fat mixes for indie, lo-fi, electronic, psych, & hip hop. Your first mix with me is 40% off (to see if I'm a good fit).

I'm here to 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, Spoon), David Wrench (Caribou, Glass Animals, Jungle, The XX) and Ariel Rechtshaid (HAIM, Sky Ferreira, Vampire Weekend). Please check out some of my recent work in my portfolio below.

http://micahsmithsound.com/

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. He is a multi-genre mixer, producer and writer specializing in: indie / lofi / dream pop, psych rock, electronic dance, and creative synth/groove music of all types.

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

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

43 Reviews - 9 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Christopher M.
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    Working with Micah was a great experience. He is super friendly and professional. Really enjoyed working with him. He provided an excellent set of pre mix questions to help direct the mix. Additionally, very responsive and reliable

    Planning to work with him in the near future

  2. Review by Dustin D.
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    Micah is my go-to for the projects that are really close to me

  3. Review by Elodie Graf
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    Great at what he does, efficient, super patient and very receptive to feedback. Made sure my desired sound was achieved. Would definitely work with him again!

  4. Review by Adam P.
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    Micah was great to work with and was extremely communicative, efficient, and helpful. He asks a lot of questions to drill down on exactly what I wanted, which was a cool process. Highly recommend!

  5. Review by Molly K.
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    2nd track with Micah. He is very quick and was able to do a really good job with vocal tuning. Will work with him again soon!

  6. Review by Molly K.
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    Micah was very helpful and got back to me with a finished product quickly. I really loved how the final project turned out and will be working with him again in the future.

  7. Review by Ivan L.
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    Micah mastered a track for me and it sounds amazing. Got the job done right away. I plan to use him again soon.

  8. Review by Mitra
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    Micah is a definitive professional by his exhibited support of fulfilling very specific visions and collaborating to arrive at desired results. His experience lends to providing wise, objective suggestions to balance the creative process.

  9. Review by Hans L.
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    Micah is the bee knees- highly recommend working with him! Just completed my second go around with him for another couple tracks. He is very intentional and tasteful in his mixing/effects and working with him is a truly professional experience.

  10. Review by Alex Fisher
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    I've worked with many mixing engineers and Micah has been the best at understanding and delivering exactly the sound I'm looking for. He's clearly very talented both technically and musically.

  11. Review by Mitra
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    Micah is very resilient in dutifully incorporating feedback and professionally respectful of the balance between subjective and objective directions during mixing.

  12. Review by Sean D.
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    His masters sound great! Really good feel for the music.

  13. Review by John R.
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    Micah was great to work with. He was patient, diligent, and reliable throughout the entire process.

  14. Review by Sam L.
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    Micah is an awesome mixing and mastering engineer. He has a degree in the field and it shows! He works with you to get the sound you want, even if it takes multiple revisions. He's a highly professional individual with a great ear. I would recommend Micah for any sort of mix or master!

  15. Review by Daniel F.
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    Micah is such an amazing person to work with! So creative and open to try new ideas! He understood perfectly the approach we wanted and gave our song the mix it deserved!

  16. Review by Gabe
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    I am pleased with his work.

  17. Review by Colin H.
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    Another few songs finished with Micah and they sound awesome. He really up-leveled our overall project not only with well-balanced mixes but also with creative effect suggestions that meshed perfectly with our style. Can’t recommend Micah enough. Very talented mixing/mastering engineer overall and very time efficient in making edits version to version. We’re all really happy with the end result & excited to release our EP.

  18. Review by Amal B.
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    I've worked with Micah twice now, and both times I've been extremely satisfied with my mixes. He is very easy to communicate with as far as the vibe/emotion/feeling I'm going for with my music, he works quickly, and truly helps bring out the best parts of a song. I will be coming back for sure.

  19. Review by Levi Downey
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    Micah's work is super high quality, goes above and beyond with timely service and knows how to completely achieve the vision of a song.

  20. Review by Joel S.
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    Micah has mixed and mastered about a half dozen of my songs now. This experience was as smooth as ever- great response time, strong communication, and a detailed ear for the nuances and textures of a professional mix.

  21. Review by Colin H.
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    Micah has been awesome to work with through every step of the mixing process, and has been very accommodating and quick to respond through the various rounds of revisions. Definitely appreciate how communicative he's been, especially with outlining all of the changes he made from round to round. Also very sharp on knowing how to best achieve an effect when it's difficult to describe. Couldn't recommend him enough!

  22. Review by Amal B.
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    Micah was very responsive and communicative, and I walked away with a great mix! Colorful, spatial & fat like described. I sometimes worry about working remotely with engineers, but it was clear that Micah pays attention to the nuances of a song and really brings out the best parts. I'm glad that we got to work on this!

  23. Review by Joel S.
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    Another successful mix and master by Micah! This track was more complex with many layers and a number of revision rounds. Micah was happy to comply with even the most knit-picky requests. The process was smooth and his turnaround prompt. I'm sure I'll be back again soon.

  24. Review by Danny B.
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    Micah did a great job maintaining the elements of the song while elevating them to a professional standard, and I'll be very proud to release this song. He implemented my feedback well and led the technical aspects of mixing and mastering, resulting in a great track. I would gladly hire him again, and I would recommend him to anyone who wants a professional-quality job completed in a timely manner.

  25. Review by Levi Downey
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    Micah is my go-to guy for mixing. He's got the skills, the ear, and the gear to make many different genre's sound their best! Plus, he's super easy to work with and always ensures that I'm stoked on the project before calling it done. I highly recommend Micah for both mixing and mastering!

  26. Review by Hans L.
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    Micah is great at what he does! Excellent attention to detail, beautiful mixes and great taste in sound design. I really enjoyed my experience with him and will definitely hit him up in the future

  27. Review by Ray G.
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    Micah is responsive and adjusts to your needs. :D thanks micah

  28. Review by Joel S.
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    My second full mix gig with Micah, who's now my go to for this sorta thing. Great work as always! This song involved many different support vocal layers. Micah found a way avoid clutter and give each part space to shine, while keeping his eye on my genre and style preferences.

  29. Review by Rafael C.
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    Micah is a talented mixing engineer and great collaborator. This is my first time working with him, and I was impressed with the sound he helped us achieve. He's responsive and attentive to the artist when working through revisions. Most importantly, you can trust him to put his heart and soul into your song, and it shows through in the final product. I will be working with him again.

  30. Review by Catherine S.
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    Micah is a total boss and a pleasure to work with. He mastered one of my tracks, and the experience was overwhelmingly positive. He was quick to respond to any questions I had and respected my requests throughout the process. It was clear from the start that he wanted me to be happy with the finished product. I am so happy with the sound on this song - I can't recommend Micah highly enough.

  31. Review by Luke S.
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    Micah delivered a creative and excellent mix and master. He incorporated our mix notes and feedback and made something above and beyond what we had originally visioned. Will definitely be working with him again!

  32. Review by Joel S.
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    This is my first Sound Better mixing job and Micah exceeded expectations. I provided stems and a couple influences for reference, along with my rough mix. Micah's ear for detail is exceptional. He took a busy song and gave every track it's own home, skimming off the fat so the heart of the song shines. Here's a professional mixer without the "look at my famous credits" price markup.

  33. Review by Sergey
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    Good job! Patient, professionally, on time.

  34. Review by Ian B.
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    Micah was excellent to work with. Very responsive and has a really good ear. Will definitely hire again!

  35. Review by zak w.
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    Micah was really great. Very responsive and on top of everything. Provided a really good mix and followed the feedback exactly as requested. Would definitely recommend.

  36. Review by Dustin D.
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    I got 2 songs mastered and they turned out great. Micah is the real deal

  37. Review by Levi Downey
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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!

  38. Review by Joel S.
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    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!

  39. Review by Erik B.
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    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!

  40. Review by Matt McClure
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    Micah was a true pleasure to work with and he got the mix right right away. His mix is rich, colorful and completely suits the song. I can’t recommend him high enough!

  41. Review by Amal B.
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    Micah was very responsive and communicative, and I walked away with a great mix! Colorful, spatial & fat like described. I sometimes worry about working remotely with engineers, but it was clear that Micah pays attention to the nuances of a song and really brings out the best parts. I'm glad that we got to work on this!

  42. Review by Amal B.
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    Micah was very responsive and communicative, and I walked away with a great mix! Colorful, spatial & fat like described. I sometimes worry about working remotely with engineers, but it was clear that Micah pays attention to the nuances of a song and really brings out the best parts. I'm glad that we got to work on this!

  43. Review by Amal B.
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    Micah was very responsive and communicative, and I walked away with a great mix! Colorful, spatial & fat like described. I sometimes worry about working remotely with engineers, but it was clear that Micah pays attention to the nuances of a song and really brings out the best parts. I'm glad that we got to work on this!

Interview with Micah Smith

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

  2. A: I do full song and album mixing for bands and artists of all genres.

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

  4. 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).

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. 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.

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

  14. A: Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Synth Music, Dance music, Hip Hop, Electronic, Singer-Songwriter, Soundtracks

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

  16. A: Know your speakers and your headphones well.

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

  18. A: Kendrick Lamar. He constantly innovates his sound and isn't afraid of changing it up.

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: Spatially aware, playful, dark, warm, jazzy.

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

  22. 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

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

  24. A: Keyboards, Drum Machines, Headphones and a digital recorder.

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

  26. 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.

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

  28. 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.

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

  30. A: It's easy to make things sound great.

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

  32. A: Hearing all types of new music.

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

  34. A: We will get it to a point where you love it no matter how long it takes.

  35. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  36. A: Both. They both have their own sound that can be used to create a wide range of styles and textures.

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

  38. A: Electronic dance music and soundtracks for animation.

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