Rock and Metal Mixing
– My Mission –
My mission is to make your vision a reality.
I definitely don’t want to stand out as a producer or put my stamp on you. My aim is to work with you to develop your sound. Not only do your musical and sonic role models play an important role (i.e. where you come from), but above all: where you want to go! Developing a concrete vision not only helps to make the right decisions in every phase of production, but is also very important for all decisions that affect the band (songwriting, sound, gear, artwork, performance, look). As the saying goes: if you don’t know your destination, you can never arrive.
So ask yourself where the journey should go. What do you want to achieve with this production? Together we will then determine how we can best achieve this goal. It doesn’t always have to be the big breakthrough. Sometimes you just want to set an exclamation mark, make a certain development or get some attention in a certain area. Perhaps expanding your fanbase without scaring the existing one. Or simply a first (or last) record as a nice memory.
Whatever your goal, we should talk about it!
PS: check out my Tech Notes for massive tips and informations about recording
Rock & Metal Mixing Engineer located on the German islands of Föhr and Sylt.
Some of the artists I’ve had the honor of working with on stage or in the studio: Contradiction, Fear My Thoughts, Give em Blood, Gutrectomy, Necronomicon, Onslaught, Pessimist, Prong, SAGA, Stepfather Fred, Xentrix, and many more.
Rock & Metal Mixing
Worldwide Tour & Event Management
Recording | Mixing | Mastering | FOH/Monitor Mix
Graduated Audio Engineer | Certified Midas Digital User
Advanced Soundcraft Vi-Operator | d&b Line-Array-User
Accredited Netgear AVoIP Switch Installation Partner
Dante Level 3 certified | SDVoE Design Partner
Lives and works for heavy music since the early 90’s
– My Work –
Since I’ve been recording and mixing music as a sound engineer for almost 30 years, the list of references is correspondingly long. Below is a small selection of audio samples from different areas from soft to hard.
- Pop/Rock | Artist: Spielgeldmillionäre | Song: Sekundenschlag | Album: Megaphon - Recording/Mixing/Mastering at Arsen Music 2012
- Alternative-Rock | Artist: Crow Quill | Song: Trepidation | Album: Elegie - Recording/Mixing/Mastering at Arsen Music Studios 2008
- Alternative-Rock | Artist: Model Decoy | Song: Hearts In Atlantis | Album: Model Decoy - Re-Mixing/Mastering at Studio 54° Nord 2019
- Hardcore | Artist: Dark Times Collaboration | Song: Turning Point - Re-Mixing/Mastering at Studio 54° Nord 2021
- Post-Hardcore | Artist: Miss Fortune | Song: Fentanyl | Album: Miss Fortune - Re-Mixing/Mastering at Studio 54° Nord 2020
- Heavy Metal | Artist: Polaris | Song: Praise the Lords | Album: Praise the Lords - Recording/Mixing/Mastering at Arsen Music Studios 2007
- Thrash Metal Ballad | Artist: Necronomicon | Song: Before the Curtain Falls | Album: Invictus - Production/Recording at Arsen Music 2011
- Thrash Metal | Artist: Captivum | Song: For Every Tear | Album: Rat Race - Recording/Mixing/Mastering at Arsen Music Studios 2010
- Thrash Metal | Artist: Necronomicon | Song: Possessed by Evil (2011) | Album: Invictus - Production/Recording at Arsen Music 2011
- Melodic Death Metal | Artist: Frozen Infinity | Song: Neverending Story - Recording/Mixing/Mastering at Arsen Music Studios 2007
- Melodic Death Metal | Artist: Inner Sanctum | Song: Storm | Album: Principle Leader - Recording/Mixing/Mastering at Arsen Music 2010
- Metalcore | Artist: Fear My Thoughts | Song: The Weapon They Fear | Album: Covering 20 Years Of Extremes - Recording/Mixing/Mastering at Arsen Music Studios 2008
- Metalcore | Artist: Goliath | Song: Better Off Dead (feat. Jamie Hanks) | Album: Darkest Dawn - Mixing/Mastering at Studio 54° Nord 2019
Song Credits & Notes
Track 1 by ‚Spielgeldmillionäre‘ is from their debut album done in 2012 at Arsen Music Studios. My part: Recording, Mixing and Mastering.
Track 2 by ‚Crow Quill‘ is part of a debut mini album done during one weekend in 2008 at Arsen Music Studios. My part: Recording, Mixing and Mastering.
Track 3 is used with permission by ‚Model Decoy‘ and URM Academy. My part: Mixing and Mastering. The original production was done by Alex Prieto and Ari Sadowitz and the original mix was Alex Prieto. This new mix is an unofficial version and not on the actual release. Band Spotify: Band Spotify
Track 4 was done for the ‚Dark Times Collaboration – Turning Point Mix Contest‘ from ‚Rate My Mi’x. My part: Mixing and Mastering. The original production and mix was done by Kristian Kohle at Kohlekeller Studio. This new mix is an unofficial version and not on the actual release
Track 5 is used with permission by ‚Miss Fortune‘ and URM Academy. My part: Mixing and Mastering. The original production and mix were done by Andrew Wade. This new mix is an unofficial version and not on the actual release. Band URL: https://www.facebook.com/missfortuneofficial
Track 6 by ‚Polaris‘ is the debut title song of a metal band from Switzerland. My part: Recording, Mixing and Mastering.
Track 7 by ‚Necronomicon‘ is part of their 7th. studio album ‚Invictus‘, done in 2011 at Arsen Music Studios. My part: Production & Recording. Mixing and Mastering by Achim Köhler at Indiscreet Audio.
Track 8 by ‚Captivum‘ is part of a mini album done during a weekend in 2010 at Arsen Music Studios. My part: Recording, Mixing and Mastering.
Track 9 by ‚Necronomicon‘ is part of their 7th. studio album ‚Invictus‘, done in 2011 at Arsen Music Studios. It’s a re-make of their greatest hit from 1986. My part: Production & Recording. Mixing and Mastering by Achim Köhler at Indiscreet Audio.
Track 10 by ‚Frozen Infinity‘ is an unreleased demo version of the album version done in 2007 at Arsen Music Studios. My part: Recording, Mixing and Mastering.
Track 11 by ‚Inner Sanctum‘ is part of the 2nd. album of a local melo death metal band, done in 2010 at Arsen Music Studios. My part: Recording, Mixing and Mastering.
Track 12 by ‚Fear my Thoughts‘ is a cover of ‚The Weapon They Fear‘ from ‚Heaven Shall Burn‘ for the ‚Century Media – Covering 20 Years Of Extremes‘ label sampler. The recording, mixing and mastering a done during a weekend in 2008 at Arsen Music Studios.
Track 13 is used with permission by ‚Goliath‘ and URM Academy. My part: Mixing and Mastering. The original production and mix were done by Eyal Levi and John Douglass. This new mix is an unofficial version and not on the actual release. Band URL: https://www.facebook.com/goliathband/
– My Gear –
Apple Mac Pro 12-core 3.46GHz with 96GB RAM and SSD drives, Apple Mac mini M1, Apple MacBook Pro M1, Apple iPad 9. 32 analog I/Os, 24 ADAT I/Os, 24 T/DIF I/Os, 8 AES/EBU I/Os, DANTE I/O, 8 MIDI I/Os. Logic Pro X, +800 Plugins (Antares, Celemony, Eventide, FabFilter, iZoptope, McDSP, Nugen Audio, Plugin Alliance, Slate Digital, Sonarworks, Soundtoys, Sound Radix, Synchron Arts, Waves Horizon Bundle, JST, etc.), DaVinci Resolve, SessionLink Pro, Zoom/Skype/Teams/Webex.
AKG, Audio Technica, Audix, Austrian Audio, Beyerdynamic, DPA (Bruel & Kjaer), Earthworks, E-Voice, Neumann, Royer, sE Electronics, Sennheiser, Shure, Sontronics, Sony, several vintage microphones (Echolette, Siemens, Telefunken, Uher, etc.).
Amek, API, Avalon, Bricasti, Empirial Labs, Focusrite, Lexicon, Mäag Audio, Neve, SPL, SSL, Tube-Tech, Universal Audio, Urei, etc.
Amphion, Avantone, Kali Audio, Yamaha.
Several AKG, Beyerdynamic, Sennheiser, Sony and Slate VSX headphones.
’93 Pearl Masters Studio Custom Birch set (22/22/8/10/12/13/14/16/18). ’07 Pearl Masters Premium Maple Set (24/14/18) tour set of ‚End of Green‘. Several snares of dw, Pearl and Tama. Cymbals of Zildjian, Sabian and Paiste. Roland V-Drum Set with hybrid kick, ddrum4SE & Trigger, Alesis DM5 Pro. Several double pedals of TAMA and AXIS with Game Changer triggers. Steven Slate Drums SSD5 and Trigger 2, Toontrack EZ Drummer and Superior Drummer, XLN-Audio Addictive Drums & Addictive Trigger, SPL DrumXchanger, Drumagog and terabytes of drum samples.
Guitar & Bass:
Several active & passive 6- and 7-string electric guitars, several 4- and 5-string basses.
Amps & Cabinets:
Ampeg, Diezel Herbert, EVH 5150 III Stealth, Engl Savage & Powerball, ’01 Marshall JCM2000 DSL, ’91 Marshall Valvestate 8100, Marshall 4×12″ cabs (V30 & T75), Mesa Boogie Tripple Rectifier & Stiletto, Mesa cabs, Omega Granophyre, Orange Rockerverb, Peavey 5150, Ibanez Toneblaster head & 4×12″ cab, Ibanez TSA15H head, Randall KH-120 head, Roland Jazz Chorus combo, SWR 4×10″ Cab, Tech21 SansAmp & Bass Driver DI, Rocktron Velocity power amps, several Amp-Sims and IRs (Joey Sturgis Tones, ML-Sound Lab, Neural DSP, STL Tones, etc.). Several cabinets with different Celestion Vintage-30 (MESA-voiced, UK/Marshall-voiced), T75, K100 and C90 (Black Shadow), several Warehouse, Jensen, HESU Demon and E-Voice 12L speakers.
C. Bechstein Upright Piano, Alesis QSR, E-mu Vintage Keys Plus, serveral MIDI keyboards and -controllers, Studiologic 88er master keyboard, several software synthesizers, samplers and modular systems.
Radial Engineering J48, JDI, JDX, JPC, Phazer and X-Amp, several Boss pedals, several Tube Screamers, as well as Tech21, Darkglass, Fortin, Klirrton, and other pedals.