Tim Karabajak

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Elevate your music with me, Tim Karabajak, a seasoned mastering and mixing engineer. I’m dedicated to excellence, ensuring your tracks reach world-class quality and resonate powerfully. Partner with me for mastering and mixing that surpass industry standards. Let's make your music unforgettable.

Your music embodies your passion, demanding a mastering engineer who truly understands its depth and soul. My mission is to captivate your audience, transforming them into lifelong fans who can't resist playing your songs on repeat. Certified and trained by the esteemed Friedemann Tischmeyer at the Mastering Academy, I bring over 15 years of precision and expertise to your music, ensuring it resonates with clarity and power on platforms like iTunes and Spotify. As an accredited Apple Digital Masters provider, I promise top-tier mastering services that elevate your sound to unprecedented heights.

My passion for mixing transcends genres, particularly thriving in the dynamic realms of rock and metal, enriched by extensive live performance experience and specialized training with Jordan Valeriote's Hardcore Music Studio "Pro Production System" course. I invite you to explore my portfolio; if my work speaks to you, let's join forces to transform your next track into an anthemic masterpiece. Reach out via the 'Contact' button above, and together, we'll embark on a sonic journey that will make your music unforgettable and ensure it stands out in the crowded digital landscape. Let's create something extraordinary.

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29 Reviews

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  1. Review by Ziv Shalev
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    Tim is a great friend and colleague. His music, professionalism, kindness and skills are next to none
    I’m so happy I get to make music which such a high caliber musician.

    Here’s to many more!

  2. Review by Nate Barnes
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    Always total joy working on Tim's awesome tracks!

  3. Review by Ziv Shalev
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    If I haven’t said this before, Tim is such a great and kind guy. That’s so important when working with such high caliber musician. It makes all the difference! The track was so so rocking and fun. Wonderful collaboration!

  4. Review by Nate Barnes
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    Always a total joy working with Tim!

  5. Review by Ziv Shalev
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    High caliber, incredibly talented musician and a great guy. I love our work together Tim. Such great music and killer riffs! Pure joy :)

  6. Review by Nate Barnes
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    Another awesome track with Tim, he's a total pro and a joy to work with!

  7. Review by Ziv Shalev
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    Absolute killer track. It’s always so much fun working with Tim. I love the challenges he throws my way and it’s always a blast. What a great guy and a wonderful musician

  8. Review by Nate Barnes
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    Another rocking track with Tim! Always a pleasure

  9. Review by Ziv Shalev
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    Always a huge pleasure working with Tim. The music is so powerful and fun, incredible music writing and riffs. Super professional. And above all, a really nice and kind guy

  10. Review by Nate Barnes
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    Another awesome track with Tim!

  11. Review by Ziv Shalev
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    I absolutely love working with Tim. Such great and fun music. Wonderful and kind guy. Can't ask for a better collaboration :)

  12. Review by Nate Barnes
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    Always great working with Tim!

  13. Review by Ziv Shalev
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    We collaborated on many tracks and Ira always a great pleasure. Your the best Tim :)

  14. Review by Nate Barnes
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    Always enjoy working with Tim!

  15. Review by Ziv Shalev
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    Tim is one of my favorite artists I. soundbetter. Always fresh, always awesome powerful music with fantastic riffs to record, so happy to collaborate again my friend!

  16. Review by Nate Barnes
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    Another great track with Tim!

  17. Review by Ronaldo Rodrigues
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    Fantastic experience to work with Tim - he gave me a great song to work on and the communication was easy and fast. Highly recommended!

  18. Review by Ziv Shalev
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    Once again, incredible song with Tim. Super fun and talented musician. I can’t wait to hear the final production. Thank you for the music :)

  19. Review by Nate Barnes
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    Another awesome track with Tim- always a pleasure!

  20. Review by Ronaldo Rodrigues
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    It was a great experience to work with Tim - great song, easy and fast communication. 10/10. Highly recommended!

Interview with Tim Karabajak

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

  2. A: I've just finished mastering EP (7 tracks) for Emmanuel Songsore. He is a multi-instrumentalist and composer from Canada. That what he wrote to me after receiving his masters: Beautiful work! This is not the first time I am paying for mastering. However, this is the first time that I can confidently say that the mastering process clearly elevated the quality of my songs. Thank you again for being efficient, patient and prompt with email responses and the delivery of files.

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: I am a fan of hybrid mastering. Hybrid Mastering utilises the benefits of both computer-aided software and most importantly; the warmth, depth and iconic sound of my high-end analogue equipment.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: Here's a list of the most important gear in the Studio: ​WORK STATION - Sweetwater Custom Computing CS450 4U Professional Audio and Video Production Workstation DAW and AD/DA CONVERTERS - Crane Song HEDD Quantum AD/DA, Lynx Hilo AD/DA, WaveLab Pro 11, Studio One Pro 6 ANALOG AND DIGITAL PROCESSING - DuTCH.audio IM2.C mastering insert matrix, DW Fearn VT-5 Stereo Equalizer, DW Fearn VT-7 Stereo Compressor, Elysia Alpha Mastering Compressor, Roger Foote P4S ME - Mastering Compressor, Black Box Analog Design HG-2 Processor, Bettermaker Mastering Equalizer, On the Moon Spacecraft, Tegeler Audio Crème – Bus Compressor and Mastering Equalizer, Drawmer 1973, Bettermaker Mastering Limiter, A pair of Neve Shelford Channels, Manley Core, Bricasti Design M7, Cranborne Audio 500R8, 4 x Universal Audio UAD-2 OCTO Custom PCIe DSP Accelerators, Softube Console 1MKII + Console 1 Fader, Plugins: UAD Ultimate, MAAT digital, Acustica Audio, Softube, Slate Digital, Soundtoys Complete, Relab, Kush Audio, Waves, Plugin Alliance, Mastering The Mix, Fab Filter, Soundradix, Sonible, Soundtheory, Oeksound and more MONITORS AND HEADPHONES - Trinnov ST2 Pro, PSI Audio A23-M, Avantone MixCubes2, Sennheiser HD 650, TC Electronic Clarity M

  7. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  8. A: I had an opportunity to mix and master Electricity by Motörhead under Produce Like a Pro Academy licence. I tried to keep it simple and the song sounded better than the original. I am very proud with the result.

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

  10. A: Subtractive EQ, Additive EQ, Broadband Mastering Compressor, 2 Limiters

  11. Q: How would you describe your style?

  12. A: When mastering I am working on the vaneer not rebuilding the table. Though this varies from track to track or album to album. Some of my masters sound “warm“, some “bright”, some “aggressive”, some “punchy”, some “wide”, some “open”, some “balanced”. I always think about the music itself and how my mastering can bring out its full potential.

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

  14. A: The Black Keys, Imagine Dragons, System of a Down, Radiohead, Green Day, Collective Soul, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Arctic Monkeys

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

  16. A: ROCK, EDM, HIP HOP and POP

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

  18. A: Step 1 - critical listening. My role at this step in the process is to help my client achieve the best mix possible, before we proceed with mastering. Distortion and over-compression in a mix are the two things that are most challenging to deal with from a mastering perspective. Step 2-diagnosis. Diagnosis is probably the trickiest part of the song mastering process. I believe it is in our nature to want to apply as many processes and effects to our music as we can. It's so important to step back, listen and ask "what processing does this song need"? Step 3-processing. Based on my diagnosis, I apply the required processing to the song. Step 4-finishing. After all of the processing has been applied, I will apply fade-ins/fade outs as necessary, and will check the track's gain level. At the very end, I trim the heads and tails (start and end) of each track and add any requested metadata (including ISRCs) to the files.

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

  20. A: I’ve been working as a professional mastering engineer for over 15 years. I provide on-line mastering service worldwide.

  21. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  22. A: Yes, Murat Colak from New York, USA - best one for mixing and mastering classical music.

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

  24. A: Friedemann Tischmeyer, Bob Ludwig, Ian Shepherd and Jordan Valeriote

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

  26. A: Yesturday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.

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

  28. A: I am happy when I take the hard work of artists and make them shine on all types of sound systems around the world.

  29. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  30. A: What kind of improvements can be expected from mastering? Mastering can help to achieve the correct balance, volume, and depth for a style of music. It can add clarity and punch to music, giving it more vitality.

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

  32. A: A very big part of my job as a mastering engineer is educating clients before, after, and during their project. Prior to mastering, this involves things such as explaining what kind of files I need from them in order to give them the best results, what can and can’t be achieved in mastering, and what formats they’ll need for production and distribution masters based on their release plans.

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

  34. A: Please give all of your expectations for this song? When do you need your master done? If you have any questions please ask.

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

  36. A: Mastering is the finish line. Not the start, don't fix it at mastering.

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

  38. A: For more than 15 years.

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

  40. A: Sort the low end out and the tops take care of themselves.

  41. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  42. A: I care about my customers music as much as they do and always do everything in my power to make it sound at its best.

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

  44. A: I strive to find an individual creative approach to musical material, achieving, first of all, a special sound for each artist, and not just a commercial level of loudness.


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Terms Of Service

2 rounds of revisions included per song. 24-48 hours turnaround.

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Gear Highlights
  • Elysia Alpha
  • DW Fearn VT5
  • DW Fearn VT7
  • Knif Soma Mastering EQ
  • LAAL
  • Roger Foote P4S ME
  • Bettermaker Mastering Eq
  • OnTheMoon Spacecraft
  • Trinnov NOVA
  • Hedd Quantum AD/DA
  • Lynx Hilo AD/DA
  • PSI Audio A23-M
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