Mike straddles the line between being an old school analog guy and a digital geek. And while you may not be familiar with his work, just know that he has to be considered one of L.A.'s best kept secrets.
A So Cal native, Mike grew up on the great music of the 60's and 70's. Like many of his contemporaries he was moved by the music of that era to get involved in the making of music. After trying his hand at guitar and playing in bands early on it wasn't long before he knew that he preferred to work behind the glass. So he attended audio engineering school in the early 1980's and opened his first studio, an analog 8 track, shortly after graduating. About two years later he upgraded to 24 track and around 1997 acquired his first Pro Tools rig. In those days the basic tracks were usually captured on a MCI JH-16 "Cream Top" 24 track tape machine then transferred to Pro Tools for additional overdubbing and mixing. Around 1999 clients started asking Mike to master their projects as well and that's when he discovered his love of and natural ability for the process. After all, he was the guy always tweaking the tone controls at parties in his youth so it makes sense. Since then his focus has largely shifted to mastering although he continues to do some occasional mixing as well. After becoming much more skilled as a mastering engineer and refining his processes and approach he decided to form Sonic Vision Mastering in 2007 to expand his client base to the rest of the country and internationally. Since then he has worked on hundreds of projects from all over the country as well as clients from Hungry, Germany and France.
A good portion of Mike's work has been remastering of older releases which has it's own unique challenges such as restoration of the source material. This has allowed Mike to acquire that new skill as well. But that's what keeps his passion so engaged. There's always something new to learn and each project is a new adventure.
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