Built up my toolbox (from EQing, Compression, Saturation up to Reverbs, Delays or Tuning) over five years and not only go by sound but actually know what I can and have to do, to bring out the best of your song. The final product can easily compete with de facto streaming standards. Brilliant, on-point vocals, punchy base and a heart for details.
I started making music earlier than actually listening HipHop. Therefore, I also know music theory and developed an understanding on what "good music" sounds like. HipHop, especially German Rap then somehow gave me the vibe to get through the day. Soon I started to produce beats, songs, writing lyrics, buying equipment to get the satisfaction of producing the best version of a project.
I began with Cubase and somehow never felt the need to change my DAW. Cubase gives me everything I need. By now, i learned so much mostly by own experience but also hours of videos explaining technical details about song production like loudness, what it actually means to turn the "attack"-knob of a compressor, EQ-ing, soundscapes, panorama, mono, stereo, binaural listening and so on.
That is the reason, why I think that my way of mixing not only gives you a nice sound, because of "guessing" settings and stop when it sounds best, but also knowing what to do, so that the song actually sounds nice.
All in all, that is why i am offering you to tune your vocals, to comp your vocals, do alignments, quantisation, mix your song or even master it to de facto streaming standard (-14LUFS).
My main operation field is HipHop/Rap, but i am also open for new challenges like classical music or rock productions. Do not hesitate to contact me! Peace xD
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Interview with M.A.V.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I got an MacMini which stems all the processing work. An UAD Arrow Audio Interface for exact audio representation and Neumann NDH20 headphones for precise listening. Furthermore, I have got KRK RoKit monitors which I use to re-listen mixes and monitoring the performance of a song in different scenarios. I use Cubase 12 Pro as my goto DAW.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I am not a magician. If the recording/performance is whack, I can not press a button and everything will be fine. See me as an enhancer of your musical self.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: One does not need a big pult with extra ordinary and expensive monitors to produce good songs. Mixing/mastering means to understand the music and bring out the feelings which the artist felt hearing the instrumental and transporting the vibe. Furthermore, mixing/mastering is a time consuming work, which can not be done in hours (by a human). Therefore, every "mixing/mastering engineer" offering service for under 100$ or "ready in 12 hours" is in my eyes sus.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Listening. Actually, listening.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Typically, assuming an instrumental and multiple vocal tracks, I mix/master in three steps: First of all, the vocals get cleaned, meaning I set fad-out/fade-ins, detect silence, do alignments and inspect the material with Spectral Layers ONE. In a second step come the digital cleaning process meaning technical EQ, De Essing, compression and dynamic EQing. Second, the actual mixing happens. Typically starting with gain staging, then doing reverb, delay, panorama and other modulations or tunings. Furthermore vocals and beat get connected by for example cuts, accents, whatever. Finally, comes mastering. I am actually a fan of stem mastering if possible. The instrumental/vocals get a last treatment mostly MB-compression, saturation and parallel compression before flowing into the limiter which brings the song on a corresponding loudness level (typically -14LUFS de facto streaming standard).
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: It is not necessary to have many plugins and the greatest equipment. Know what you have; Know what you are doing; Know the knobs that you are turning; Have a vision for the song; DO IT!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on HipHop/Trap/Rap/Drill/German Rap productions. But also in some classical post mixing projects like the Gouvy Clarinet Sonata or the NY Counterpoint project.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I like HipHop Rap music in general, especially Cr7z because of his rap technique, Kool Savas because of his live performances and being as complete master of ceremony, Kendrick Lamar because of inspiring creative ideas but also JIMEK for his phenomenal way to mix classical elements with modern HipHop techniques.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Clients give me tracks, for example an instrumental and vocal recordings and my job is to mix instrumental and vocals into a song such that the vocals are brilliant, clear and the instrumental is punchy and balanced.