Micah Smith

Creative pro mixing, mastering

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Strong, creative, rich mixes & masters for indie rock, electronic, pop, psych, dance, etc. My clients are very happy! Well-reviewed, very experienced, affordable engineer.

I build mixes that provide warmth, clarity, excitement, and energy. I aim to bring out the texture, dimension, color, and space in your music. I try to make creative choices that exceed expectations. Do you love to mix your own music? I also offer high quality mastering to give your tracks a final technical polish and balance. I have a degree in Audio Production + Design.

My influences are mix engineers like Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, MGMT, Spoon), David Wrench (Caribou, Arlo Parks, Jungle, The XX) and Ariel Rechtshaid (HAIM, Vampire Weekend). Please check out some of my recent work in my audio sample to the right and the "more samples" playlist below. Full portfolio: 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

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79 Reviews - 18 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Matt M.
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    Micah continues to blow me away with his ear, work ethic and reliability. If you need an audio engineer for any reason then he’s your man

  2. Review by Matt M.
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    Another successful mix/master with the audio wizard here. He always goes above and beyond the call of duty and truly nails the atmosphere I'm going for. Thanks Micah!

  3. Review by Matt M.
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    Another wonderful sonic experience with one of the best in the game! Thanks Micah, brilliant as always!

  4. Review by Matt M.
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    Micah is an audio wizard! He's quick, insightful and provides superior results!

  5. Review by Matt M.
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    This was a very difficult song that Micah absolutely crushed with his tremendous skill and acuity. Can't recommend him highly enough!

  6. Review by Matt M.
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    Another prompt, masterful mix and master from Micah. He never lets you down! Thanks a million!!

  7. Review by Domas R.
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    Thank you! Great communication, easy to work with and top notch work.
    Would definitely recommend.

  8. Review by John R.
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    Always a pleasure working with Micah! He does a great job at taking the edits you are wanting and implementing them effectively.

  9. Review by Matt M.
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    Micah is my go-to for any and all Mastering. He’s affordable, incredibly skilled and timely, you couldn’t ask for more.

  10. Review by Crew H.
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    Micah took my demo and made it into something I can be truly proud of. He was open to any ideas I had and went above and beyond to make sure I was happy with the final product. Work with Micah for all of your mixing and mastering needs.

  11. Review by gregoryjkane
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    I worked with Micah for mixing and mastering a song with 30+ stems. He did a great job and was easy to work with. He provided positive feedback on the song as well as questionnaire to better understand what I was shooting for before we got started. Micah helped me understand a flaw with one of my stems and was patient in letting me re-record it to provide a clearer track. He also kept track of mixing time and made me aware of remaining time available for revisions. I will work with Micah again!

  12. Review by Matt M.
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    Micah's mastering really brought out the best in this project. He's affordable, kind and wonderful at what he does, all at the same time. You won't be disappointed if you trust your music with Micah!

  13. Review by henrii
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    If you're looking to bring your song to life, don't look any further, Micah Smith is the real deal. We worked on my first single so I was a bit picky, he looked past that, and was always very professional, responsive, open to ideas and knows how to encapsulate a vision. Very pleased with my results, work with Micah, you will not be disappointed.

  14. Review by Matt M.
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    I’m so glad I found Micah for all my mixing and mastering needs! He’s simply the best!

  15. Review by Amal B.
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    Once again, working with Micah was a great experience! He was always very responsive, took all my ideas & thoughts into account, and helped me finish an EP that I'm super excited about. This was the most songs we've worked on together at once, and through the process I feel like I got a better understanding of his perspective as an engineer. He brings a super dope sound palette to the table, and brings out the emotion in all the right ways!

  16. Review by Neil G.
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    Micah is amazing!! Really knows what he’s doing and doesn’t charge an arm and a leg

  17. Review by James
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    Micah did another excellent mix for me! He is very communicative and was spot on with the requested revisions. I highly recommend him!

  18. Review by Matt M.
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    Micah is the hardest working man in indie rock and consistently provides the highest quality work in a timely manner. He's a wizard, for sure.

  19. Review by Matt M.
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    Micah is an absolute mixing and mastering BEAST! He made our album sound at least 33% better just through his mastering. He's flexible, quick and a pleasure to work with. I can't recommend him highly enough.

  20. Review by Conor Mullin
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    Micah is super helpful and understanding when it comes to executing my vision perfectly!!! Very talented dude.

Interview with Micah Smith

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

  2. 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. I also have a list of pre-mix questions I ask every artist.

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

  4. A: I've been doing this for 18 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 8 years

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

  6. A: Kendrick Lamar. He constantly innovates his sound and isn't afraid of changing it up. Some of the most interesting production in the last ten years.

  7. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  8. A: I have a sound-treated mixing room with professional Adam A7X + Avantone monitoring and digital to analog conversion. I do all my mixing in the box using high-end products by companies like Waves, Fabfilter, Sound Toys, Avid, Ableton, Valhalla and Arturia.

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

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

  11. Q: Analog or digital and why?

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

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

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

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

  16. 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.

  17. Q: How would you describe your style?

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

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

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

  21. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  22. 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.

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

  24. 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.

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

  26. 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.

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

  28. 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).

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I am on a flat fee pricing plan to make it easy on you. First mix is discounted. Turn-around time is 2-3 days.

GenresSounds Like
  • Toro y Moi
  • Tame Impala
  • Arlo Parks
Gear Highlights
  • Adam A7X
  • Waves (CLA-2A
  • API-2500
  • Aphex Vintage Exciter
  • DeEsser
  • GTR
  • InPhase
  • J37 + Kramer Tape
  • L2
  • Meta Flanger
  • REQ
  • Waves Tune)
  • Valhalla Vintage Verb
  • Sound Toys (Echo Boy
  • Decapitator
  • Phase Mistress)
  • Izotope Ozone
  • Ableton Live
  • Pro Tools
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