Give your home studio recordings that credibility only achieved through a polished, "radio-ready" sound you hear from your favorite artists but can't quite achieve yourself.
I'm a freelance mixing / mastering engineer with over 10 years of experience specializing in post-production for home and project studio recordings. Over the years I've become proficient in working with tracks that aren't always recorded in the best environments or on the best gear, and making them sound like professionally produced songs.
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I worked with Mike on my first solo project in early 2017. It was a wonderful experience to work with Mike. He was very easy to communicate with and helpful throughout the whole process even before his work began. I was very satisfied with my finished product and the timeliness in which it was delivered. I highly recommend Mike Rana/Ingenium Audio!
Interview with Mike Rana
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I work quickly and efficiently while maintaining a high attention to detail.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm especially proud of my work on the latest When We're Alone album - I got to mix a variety of musical styles on this one album and it was a blast.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm mixing and mastering an album for a local artist called CK & The Rising Tide.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, but these days - primarily digital. Analog emulation in the digital realm has become so advanced and musical sounding that the workflow efficiency you get working "in-the-box" just can't be beat.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love getting to work with artists to make the sound and vision they have in their minds a reality.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Customers most commonly ask me if I can provide advice/input on recording tips and musical arrangement during the mix process. This is something I'm more than happy to do.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Getting a great sounding mix is not solely about the gear, it's about the ability to hear what needs to be done to make the music stand out and shine. This skill is more important than any piece of gear and can produce astounding results on the most limited setups.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I usually ask what their vision is for their music, what sounds their going for - and what artists inspire them.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I'm easygoing and understand what it's like to be an artist looking for quality mixing / mastering on a budget - I've been there. Just reach out and let's chat about your goals.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, Apogee Duo, Pro tools DAW, great headphones, Slate plugins - keep it simple, on a desert island - that's all I'd need.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been doing freelance work for over 10 years, working with local bands in the Albany area.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style of mixing involves analog emulation, with a tasteful amount of compression to maintain the natural dynamics of a performance while really making the song "pop" out of the speakers.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to work with The 1975 because I like their subtle retro vibe and catchy tunes.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: In my experience, 150 hz is a great spot to check for muddiness on most audio sources.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on Alternative Rock and EDM, but have worked on R&B, Country, Americana, and Indie as well.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Making a mix "pop" and sound exciting, as well as vocal tuning and production.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a distinct ear for sonic balance, musical arrangement, and dynamic excitement to each and every mix I do - no matter the genre.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: For my mixing / mastering projects, I like to exchange emails with my client to understand their vision and goals for the project, what sounds they're going for, and any artists or records that inspire them. Then I spin up a project schedule and timeline for the project and once agreed upon, my client sends me their tracks via WeTransfer.com. At this time I create a PayPal invoice for 50% deposit and once received, we start the project. I usually work on the single first and we go back and forth until that's complete. Then I use that as a model for the rest of the album. Once all songs are mixed / mastered, I submit back to my client and we start the revision process (up to 3 revisions per song). Once all revisions are complete, I lay the tracks out for final approval and we complete the project.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I've got a Pro Tools Native rig with a C24 control surface, a Liquid Saffire Pro 56 audio interface and a few pieces of outboard gear (compressors, EQs). I mix primarily in-the-box using Waves and Slate Digital plugins.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Chris Lord Alge, Erik Ron, Dave Pensado, Graham Cochrane
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I typically mix and master songs and whole albums for my clients.