Matthias Zimmer

Mixing engineer

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My name is Matthias Zimmer. I´m a mixing engineer and run my own recording studio. I´m looking forward to find some interesting projects around here to work on.


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Interview with Matthias Zimmer

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

  2. A: Rock with Electric guitars

  3. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  4. A: I`m recording via a Midas Venice F32 mixing desk with some analog outboard compressors (dbx, bss, kuhnle, drawmer,rnc...) into the Antelope Orion 32+. On my mixing place I use Earpleasure 1.1 monitor speakers with a Drawmer MC2.1 Monitorcontroller. The Antelope Orion 32+ delievers five stereo stems to the Neumann v475 Summing Amp and the summed 2track goes to the Antelope Pure 2 A/D. In the Box i use Cubase 10 pro with the Soundtoys 5 Bundle and Antelope's Vintage Hardware Fpga Plugins.

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

  6. A: I started making records with bands in 2011. Till now I did a lot of productions and also got some songs playing on the radio.

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

  8. A: I help my clients to get the record they want. If I´m hired for a complete album production the work already starts in their rehearsal room to check out to what they are used to and where they want to go. It´s always about helping the artist to express himself. The most records I´ve done are recorded basically live in one room with ambience. Sometimes the Vocals get overdubbed or guitars get reamped. Finally i mix the recorded songs.

  9. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  10. A: I´m working hybrid because there are pros and cons on both sides.

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

  12. A: I´m not a machine, I get into your project with great empathy until you are satisfied.

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

  14. A: I love being part of a creative process. Every song needs a special treatment. There is no preset, I have to interact with every song on an emotional stage to get the best out of it.

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

  16. A: I can help you make your tracks sound better in terms of fatness, clarity, width and tone but I can´t do magic on a weak performance.

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

  18. A: I really like Rick Rubin, Moses Schneider, Bob Katz, Vance Powell, Joe Barresi and many more...

  19. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  20. A: I will give your single tracks all that treatment which is needed to get an entire unit with the right feeling and pronounced edges to express that character the song requires.

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

  22. A: Do you have an exact idea of what it should sound like? (like the new Adele or something) and are you really happy with the arrangement and all the single tracks?

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

  24. A: Check out the audio samples and choose what sounds good to you.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: I deliever warm, thight and punchy mixes with a proper space relation and a natural dynamic feeling.

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

  28. A: Rage against the machine or Kyuss because they are unbelievable!

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

  30. A: Listen and try to find the feeling/vibe.

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

  32. A: I bring clarity and punch to your song. I build subtle effect layers to increase vitality and an autentic feel of space.

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

  34. A: First of all I try to get the feeling of the song. Whats happening? What should it mean/feel like? If this is clear and the basics are working I support the vibe and bring in the "dramatic" stage.

Gear Highlights
  • Antelope Orion 32+
  • Antelope Pure 2
  • Ear Pleasure 1.1 Monitor Speakers
  • Neumann Summing Amp
  • Midas Venice F32
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