Guy James Cohen (Guyko)

Record Finisher, Mastering/Mix

28 Reviews (10 Verified)
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I’m truly happy when I feel that I bring out the essence of the music in the most impactful way. Understanding the feel of the music and enhance its musicality in any possible way is key to me. To bring the final input and precision that is so often needed at the last stages of a production.

Your project and song is unique and deserves its own unique process and creative flow to make it the best it can be. Through sharing your vision, influences and desired outcome with me we will create the results you are looking for. All of this in an easy-going atmosphere where you feel welcome and safe to express your authentic self.

Over 20 years of experience in audio, and for me this is a way of life. I was a product manager at WavesAudio, you might have heard of Waves' plugins, and worked in various recording/mixing studios. Now I have my own mixing and mastering studio at the famous location of Funkhaus in Berlin, filled with a fair some of the very best analog and Digital outboard.

How I can help you is by bringing my experience and knowledge to your song. Understanding you, your background and your taste helps me create the best results for your specific needs. And doing it in a friendly manner remotely or with me in the studio.

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

28 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by Joshua T.

    Seemingly easy and smooth experience with Guy. I’ve used him many times now and will continue to. He adds a final polish and sparkle which provides my tracks with a finished feel :)

  2. Review by Joshua T.

    After having worked with Guy a few times now, he is my go to for mastering and polishing up my projects. On each occasion he has delivered in a timely manner with a high duty of care and quality.

  3. Review by Joshua T.

    Again I’m very pleased with the results from working with Guy for a second time. He restored clarity and gave life to an old production of mine. He’s a pleasure to work with and has quite a quick turn over time :)

  4. Review by Joshua T.

    Overall impressed with the quality of work and turn over time of the service. Guy gave my track the finishing touch it deserved and cleaned up the impurities, providing a complete product!
    I would use Guy again and I highly recommend him :)

  5. Review by Pariyaa

    Working with James was an easy and professional process, he is very patience, fast and easy to communicate with, highly recommended working with him!

  6. Review by Jay S.
    by Jay S.

    James is a pleasure to work with and really made the track shine. Turnaround for the master was even quicker than expected and he gave me two versions to choose between - can’t recommend him enough! Looking forward to working together again in the future

  7. Review by Regina H.

    It was super easy to work with james, we got so many reviews on the track, thanks for your patience!! (Mix & master)

  8. Review by Ethan Frantz

    I can’t recommend James enough, I gave him ideas of what I was looking for in mastering and he came through perfectly, really taking my song to the next level He communicated concerns that he had for me to fix before the mastering, and he got back to me for all the questions I had, and he did it all very efficiently with a turnaround of like a day and a half. Definitely going to be coming back to him for future projects.

  9. Review by Florent M.

    A very high quality treatment done swiftly, James was exactly on point and brought our song to a whole new level, adding depth and very punchy dynamics to our mix. We will most certainly keep on working with him in the future.

  10. Review by Markus
    by Markus

    I am super happy with James' work. He improved the track in exactly the right ways, doing his job as a mastering engineer very well. Communication was fast, friendly and enjoyable... I can only recommend to work with James!

  11. Review by Stefan Honolulu
    by Stefan Honolulu

    Best guy!:) Best gear and perfect atmosphere! I can’t recommend you enough to let him do your master but even more you should mix with him and he should do your mastering, that’s where it really gets amazing!!

  12. Review by Oded (KD) K.dar

    James is an extraordinary mixing engineer - highly skilled, extremely sensitive and musical and an all round great guy.
    He mixed a few of my productions and took them to the next level.

  13. Review by Ittai Barkai
    by Ittai Barkai

    I had the pleasure of mutually working with James in Waves(R) audio company. James is not only a pro but a great guy to work with, highly passionate about music, with extra high abilities.
    Recommended !

  14. Review by Klaus Plötzlich
    by Klaus Plötzlich

    Working with Guy as a producer, for mixing and mastering always has been a absolute pleaseure, gift and treasure to my own music as well as for commercial jobs.
    There are few people I know who bring so much care, sensitivity and professinalism to their work combined with great taste and open ears and mind for what the music needs.
    He cares about the concent and the quality of the music rather than making it scream the loudest out of the radio.
    Above all he is a great person to be with and to spend time with equally proffessional and as frind and colleague.
    Trust him!

  15. Review by Adar Aviam
    by Adar Aviam

    The best men for the job!

  16. Review by John Lemon
    by John Lemon

    very very gifted and heavily armed Mastering engineer, serious shit !

  17. Review by Tomer Baruch
    by Tomer Baruch

    James mastered my EP and did a great job, giving it a warm sound and a brilliant finishing touch.

  18. Review by Ran Nir
    by Ran Nir

    Worked with James on different projects and can say with absolute confidant that you will end up satisfied!
    Super professional, great technical abilities, beautiful creative input, open minded, dedicated and devoted to the work and music!
    Great guy to work with and spend time with.
    Lovely experience <3

  19. Review by Marie Meimberg
    by Marie Meimberg

    The Meimberg GmbH has been working with Guy for over two years now, he’s responsible for the live-recording, mix and mastering for a music show we produce for public television online. We create a unique stage for every guest – on an alpaca field, in a thrift store, in a forge – places, where there is usually no live music, where you have to come up with special solutions and unique sound-visions. Guy’s ability to capture the very heart of the music of our guests and the special stage, make him an essential part of our crew. His vision of sound is inspiring and unique - as he is as a person.

  20. Review by Felipe Sanchez Luna
    by Felipe Sanchez Luna

    Is difficult to find so much talent and so much love in one person. Working with Guy is always a pleasure, his style, energy and humbleness makes his remarkable work unique.

Interview with Guy James Cohen (Guyko)

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: Both. Hybrid is the way for me, because it enables a fast and intuitive workflow which can serve as its own source of inspiration. I use some of the finest machines there are for mixing and mastering and am constantly thinking about how to improve the setup even more.

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

  4. A: It's not done till you are happy with the result

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

  6. A: I love the challenge and that moment you feel you cracked it. I love imagining a vision and then realizing in any way or tool I have.

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

  8. A: I have been working in music for more than 20 years. Studied audio engineering first, then while working in recording studios I studied composition for picture. Then, practiced both professions and combined them, making music and productions including a band I co produced and was the lead singer. I like playing piano for fun and still making music. At some point I got a job offer to work in Waves Audio where i worked for 5 years and my way up to be a product manager. I learned a lot there and from the talented people working there and I am very grateful for that. I kept getting requests for mixing and I loved it. Until at some point I decided to focus on it and started James studio. From there I got more and more into mastering, had many mentors as well while gaining a lot of practice, knowledge and experience.

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

  10. A: Everything I got ! If the song needs it. I serve the song, I wanna maximize its emotional impact in a way that feels right for it. That said, I won't impose anything on it. But I will make sure on all professional aspects to deliver high standard quality results.

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

  12. A: I would always begin by listening - have a talk/chat with the artist, get to know him, his style and understand his expectations of me. Then of course I will listen to the music. I would listen as many times as I feel needed, visualizing how I will do the task in hand, till I know and understand how I can make this piece of music more exciting, more emotionally impactful. Once I have the vision, I begin. Probably at the highest moment of the song, from there it varies from project to project and the task in hand. I will know I am done once I can listen from the top to the end and stay in my comfort zone.

  13. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  14. A: My Setup is hybrid, i use both digital and the analog domains. I gave a lot of thought to my work flow and that everything will be fast and intuitive to keep the creative process in all times. I am constantly exploring and improving it. I see gear and setup as source of inspiration as well. My outboard analog gear includes some of the finest machines for mastering and mixing.

  15. Q: How would you describe your style?

  16. A: I like it warm, punchy and groovy, I love the small details in the right moments.

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

  18. A: Even the most complex and overwhelming detail will look simple when it is far away, and vice versa.

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

  20. A: I am inspired by artist who are connected to them selves, passionate and committed to what they do because they love it. some specific artists : Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Grizzly Bears, Miles Davis, Aphex Twin, Daft Punk, ORI, Gallant, Kendrick Lamar. And many professionals whom i had the pleasure to learn from: Manny Marroquin, Michael Brauer, Friedemann Tyschmayer, Tony Maserati and more.

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

  22. A: Mastering and Mixing.

Collection of work from 2019 mostly

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