Conor Smalakis

Audio Engineer/ Musician

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Independent jack of all trades, passionate about making each track sound just right. Let's work together and give your project a life of its own.


I'm well versed with mixing and mastering a variety of tracks from Hip Hop to Jazz. I've been producing and recording a variety of artists and bands for the past six years now.

I have produced 11 solo instrumental projects, and have production credits on a good amount of albums. I also have out four independent rap albums as well.

I work relatively cheap, am very detail oriented, and am excellent at communicating. I'm a big fan of the "teach a man to fish" logic and can provide detailed knowledge and project files for those interested and/or trying to learn how to mix and produce themselves.

In the end I just want things to sound the way you want them to and as good as we can. I appreciate being able to build my portfolio and help be a part of and support others art.

Feel free to contact me with your requests, and I look forward to being a part of creating with you.

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Interview with Conor Smalakis

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

  2. A: I've found that a lot of the times it's keeping things simple, or putting so much into it and making it seem simple.

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

  4. A: I most often work on Hip Hop production and vocals. But i've worked with bands and different types of production on numerous occasions.

  5. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  6. A: My strongest skill is thinking of what the artist can't think of themself. Usually we get so absorbed in what we're making that we need fresh ears to hear it and tweak it. That's where I mainly come in, trying to add the flairs that the person didn't know would fit but sounds natural when it hits their ears.

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

  8. A: After i've met the standard of what the artist wants i'll usually try a few test mixes adding things that I think sound good and are more in the vein of what I feel they were going for. A lot of the time people keep them because they feel it improves the overall track or project.

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

  10. A: I usually figure out what sounds the person is going for, and who they like sonically. With that in mind I then try to bring out the best in their voice or instruments with that in mind.

  11. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  12. A: My studio setup is rather simple, I try to sound treat it the best I can but do most of my mixing via headphones. I'll do final mixing and finalizing in the car.

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

  14. A: Rick Rubin is my main big inspiration as far as how he brings out the best in artists and just has a great ear.

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

  16. A: Usually i'll sell productions to local artists and offer recording and mixing services. Four times out of five they also have me record and mix their projects for a package price.


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Gear Highlights
  • AKG K240
  • Rhode NT2A
  • Saffire 6 USB
  • M-Audio BX8D2 (mono).
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