Tuesday, January 13

10 Top Engineers for Recording, Mixing and Mastering

Ever wanted to know how PatchWerk gets that quality sound? It’s because over the years PatchWerk has dealt with some of the top engineers in the game. If you are looking to have that quality sound, Check out 10 of our recommendations of Top Engineers for Recording, Mixing and Mastering in the Atlanta area.

Leslie Brathwaite
Leslie Brathwaite is a Grammy award winning engineer and producer who has worked with most of the music industry's heavy hitters. Born of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands , Leslie’s environment played a large role in his musical development. With his varied influences and appreciation of all things melodic, a young Leslie would grow up to record and engineer songs from some of the biggest albums ever, including TLC’s – Crazy, Sexy, Cool. Further engineering credits include, Monica-The Boy is Mine, Brandy- Never Say Never. Another of Atlanta’s trendsetting groups Outkast, also called on Leslie’s engineering and mixing talents on the acclaimed Southernplayalistic,…ATliens, and Stankonia albums. In 1999 Leslie was busy working on TLC’s Fanmail and Madonna’s Power of Goodbye. Under the wing of super producer Dallas Austin, Leslie had the opportunity to work with some of the biggest and brightest stars of our time. Aretha Franklin, Boyz II Men, Goodie Mob, B’jork are just a few. Leslie then branched out from D.A.R.P., hooking up with super producers, Jazze Pha and Mannie Fresh, mixing mainly at PatchWerk studios. He has since mixed records for Cher, T.I., 2Pac, Cash Money Millionaires, David Banner, Ludacris, Twista, Akon, Ciara… and the list goes on.

Mike Wilson
Mike Wilson is a Grammy Nominated and Winning Engineer. Just some of his credits include
Best Rap Album 2008: Nas - "Nas" , Best Rap/ Sung Collaboration 2008: John Legend & Andre 3000- "Green Light" , Best Rap Solo Performance 2008: Nas - "N.i.*.*.e.r. (The Slave and The Master)" ,
Best Traditional Gospel Album 2006: Byron Cage - "An Invitation to Worship" , Album of the Year 2003: Missy Elliott - "Under Construction" . The Winning Nod was for Best Contemporary R&B Album 2003: Beyonce' - "Dangerously in Love" .

Kori Anders
After wrapping up work on on T.I.’s GRAMMY®-winning King, Kori Anders came in during the last stages of production to work as a Mix Assistant alongside another Full Sail grad, Leslie Brathwaite. Fine-tuning the album with Akon, the pair helped put the final touches to tape during the mixing process. “Leslie and I have a good rapport, and it’s cool because we’re good friends even outside of the music business,” he explained about their working relationship. “We would get the Pro Tools files from the tracking engineer and I would go and I would assign the different tracks to the different outputs of the actual mixing console so Leslie could manipulate the kick, the snare, and the vocals. Then there would be times that I’d be working on a mix, and Akon would come in and want to add a certain part here or there. So I also took care of some recording during the mixing – little ad-libs or sounds that Akon wanted to add to the record.” This is an exerpt taken from an interview Kori did at his Alma Mater, Full Sail. Since then Kori Anders has come into his own as a full fledged recording and mix engineer. Some of Kori’s credits include David Banner, Young Joc, Akon, Outkast, Shop Boyz and the list goes on.

Mark “Exit” Goodchild
Mark "Exit" Goodchild spent his summer mixing Michael Jackson records on tour with Akon, where he and the multi-platinum artist/producer spent hours everyday recording many of Akon’s upcoming Interscope projects in a full-blown studio on the tour bus. Exit relocated to Atlanta to fulfill his aspirations of a career in the music business, something he was having a difficult time doing as a DJ in his native New Hampshire. Implementing his musical knowledge and his DJ skill set to engineering over years of hard work, Exit has built an impressive discography and a long list of very happy clients. Exit has perfected his skills working with some of the biggest names in music, including Akon, P. Diddy, Santana, Outkast, TLC, Stevie Nicks, Cher, Toni Braxton, Erykah Badu, Lionel Richie, Cee-Lo, Claudette Ortiz and T-Pain.

J. Stevenson
J. came to Atlanta in 2005 from Arizona, where he was a music major at Arizona State University and a graduate of the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences. Hired as an intern at Patchwerk Recording Studios, soon J. was providing support for many local mix engineers, including Leslie Braithwaite, Fabian Marasciullo, Ray Seay and Marcella Araica. After just a couple of months, Jay started working more tracking sessions with artists including Amerie, JC Chasez of N-Sync, Young Buck, Slick Pulla, Eightball and MJG, UGK and Gucci Mane. Leaving Patchwerk in May of 2006 to begin freelance work, J. was immediately busy with DJ Drama and Don Cannon of the Aphilliates, including tracking Cannon’s entire project with artists Swizz Beats, Wyclef Jean, Lil Wayne, Clipse, Lloyd and others. Starting off the year with Milk Money, J. worked with DTP artist Shareefa, producers Justice League, writer Ryon Toby and B. Cox's group Dirty Rose before landing the coveted gig at Hitland with JLack and Usher. He is currently wrapping up Usher’s upcoming album and has been working alongside JLack on several projects, including Yellawolf, Ne-Yo’s upcoming album, and Bow Wow and Omarion’s new album.

Nico Solis
Is one part of the trio Crown King Productions. Based in Atlanta, Crown Kingz Productions is comprised of the ultra-talented Mike Davis, Nico Solis and Howard White. Started just three years ago, C.K.P. is credited for producing sounds for Young Jeezy, Fantasia, Big Boi of Outkast, Mike Jones and LeToya Luckett,Purple Ribbon All-Stars, Yung Joc, Boyz N Da Hood,Remi, P$C, Eightball & MJG, Jody Breeze, Too $hort and Hoodlum among others. Under the tutelage of major producers like Jazze Pha, Mannie Fresh and Leslie Braithwaite, the trio has garnered hype from New York to Los Angeles, from Houston to Chicago, all to work with astounding artists such as those named above.

Miles Walker
Nashville transplant Miles Walker’s everyday gig is tracking for Sean “The Pen” Garrett (who’s responsible for "Yeah" for Usher, "Ring the Alarm" for Beyonce, "Run it" for Chris Brown, and "Soldier" for Destiny's Child, among other hits). Together, they have worked on lead singles for Britney Spears, Chris Brown and Nicole Scherzinger. Miles is also looking forward to showing off his abilities on Garrett’s upcoming solo album; he tracked all the songs for the project and hopes to mix several songs as well. Before teaming with Garrett, Miles worked with Usher, recording tracks for Usher's upcoming project and R&B group One Chance’s J Records debut. Miles also worked with Usher’s brother, J Lack, recording "Get it Shawty" and "Hazel" for Lloyd. Miles has tracked with producers Bryan-Michael Cox and Tricky Stewart on upcoming projects for Omarion, Sammie, and Brick and Lace. OutKast and Cartoon Network fans can hear Miles’ mixing work on songs for Andre 3000’s animated series, “Class Of 3000”.

Glen Schick
Glenn Schick Mastering is a state of the art facility located in Atlanta, GA (the heart of the "Dirty South"). Combining an experienced and innovative technical management team with cutting edge equipment allows our engineers to provide acoustical accuracy for all of your highest expectations. Glenn Schick Mastering has been operating in Atlanta, Georgia since 1996. The studio, one of the most prominent mastering houses in the southeast, has been host to thousands of projects of which many have resulted in Platinum or Gold RIAA certification. In a short time Glenn Schick Mastering has become a valuable resource for the Atlanta recording community. Aside from offering leading edge audio post production, the studio has become a hub for audio engineering information. www.gsmastering.com

Phil Tan
He is a 2-time GRAMMY Award recipient, as mixing engineer for Mariah Carey's "The Emancipation of Mimi" (Best Contemporary R&B Album, 2005) and Ludacris' "Release Therapy" (Best Rap Album, 2006). Some of the producers Phil frequently works with include Jermaine Dupri, StarGate, J.R. Rotem, Polow da Don and The Neptunes.Among the artists on Phil's list of credits: Usher, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Leona Lewis, Ne-Yo, Snoop Dogg, Janet Jackson, Enrique Iglesias, Jordin Sparks, Gwen Stefani, Anthony Hamilton, Ciara, Outkast, Jay-Z, Lionel Richie, Nelly, Sean Kingston, Alicia Keys, Jesse McCartney, Joe, TLC, Kelis, Monica, Toni Braxton, Aretha Franklin, Bow Wow, Jagged Edge, and Da Brat. Sales of albums and singles sold in the US with Phil listed in the credits as a mixer, engineer, remixer or producer total over 220 million.

Seth Firkins
Is a profesional recording engineer currently in Atlanta GA but originally Louisville KY. He hasrecorded/mixed for numerous industry artists such as Shawty Redd, Jay-Z, Young Bree, Yung Berg, Killer Mike, Sophia Fresh, T-Pain, Ciara, Young Joc, Gucci Mane, Khia, Trina, DPG, London, Rick Ross, David Banner, Juvenile, Hot Action Cop, Do or Die, Kanye West, Tantric, Days of the New, Nappy Roots, and many MANY others. To date he has mixed over 100 tracks that have received radio airplay, as well as many tracks that have been on major album releases. He is currently working as personal engineer to music producer Young Sears, and have worked in almost all of the major studios in Atlanta, as well as many across the country.

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  1. Glenn Schick Mastering is the place to be and definitely visit www.gsmastering.com or email me at kevin@gsmastering.com for more information.


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