Michael Wenz

Producer and Mastering Engineer for over 15 years. Michael has remained true to his roots in heavy metal, hip-hop, punk and underground dance music. In 1999 Michael graduated from the Madison Media Institute with a degree in Recording and Music Technology. After graduation, Michael interned and worked for author and guitar god Troy Stetina at Artist Underground Recording Studio. For the next 10 years, Michael learned how to Professionally Record, Mix and Master all styles of music. Michael also became a popular DJ and produced many of his own tracks released on respected international labels including the Drop Bass Network, Naked Lunch, and Elektrax. In 2004 Michael opened Redline Audio Mastering an online Mastering service that became popular using word of mouth and Myspace. Michael has continued to produce and engineer many projects over the course of 8 years. In 2012 Michael moved into a new space that was converted into an acoustically treated studio and eventually making the jump to outboard Mastering in 2016. WenzMastering.com was launched to provide best in the world Audio Mixing and Mastering.

michael@wenzmastering.com


EQUIPMENT

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F.A.Q.

1Project Deposit
All projects must have some form of down payment before we begin. Using the BUY button for the $50.00 Deposit will get your project started right away. For studio time billing begins at the scheduled time and is billed in 15 min intervals, please arrive on time. I am lenient with time and depending on the time spent I will offer generous discount. If you really want to work with us and our price does not meet your budget please contact us and we will make every effort to work something out for you.
2How can I preparefor my upcoming recording session?
Time is valuable and can become costly in any studio environment when the client is unprepared and unaware of how the recording process works. The best sessions are when the artist has had plenty of time to practice and comes in ready to give their best performance. Typically we will try to have your songs loaded and ready to record before you arrive to the studio. We tend to have a few min’s of getting the headphone mix and volumes to our liking be then are ready to go. We typically try to get at least two good takes of every performance. When doing vocals we often layer performances creating depth and unique spatial placement. Some vocals are done line by line or punched in as well. With recording Electric Guitars we almost always try to get two identical takes and pan each take hard left and hard right creating a powerful stereo image. Bass is typically mixed with one track and the bass is edited to play in the pocket with the drums. We try to do all the editing after tracking is done but from time to time we will make composite tracks while recording is in progress. Having practiced as much as possible and being prepared to record to a click track will save time and frustration when recording. Live Drums are always recorded to a click track that is played in the drummer’s headphones. This allows sections of the arrangement to be edited with ease. If you are coming to record in our studio please arrive on time as we bill hourly and exactly as time has been scheduled. We require a $100 deposit for all sessions. Files are released ONLY after being paid in full.
3What is Mastered for iTunes?
Mastered for iTunes was introduced in 2012 to standardize loudness and volume levels on commercial recordings and broadcasting. With the growing popularity of streaming and compressed audio files via music streaming services like Pandora, Spotify and Apple Music audio files that are often pushed to extreme loudness are slightly altered when they are streamed and played back through various converters and applications. This can result in distortion or undesirable results and often can produce lower sounding volume overall after the conversion takes place. When providing a client the final mastered versions of there project we always check to verify that the final version is not clipping the Apple AAC encoder and we have multiple limiting tools that we use in this process. Please provide 24 bit files for best results. To learn more about Mastered For iTunes check this link. www.apple.com/itunes/mastered-for-itunes
4Where are you located?

We currently have two locations in the Milwaukee, WI area that are used for different things entirely. Our Tracking facility is located in Downtown Milwaukee and our Mixing and Mastering Facility is located in New Berlin close to I-43 and Beloit Rd. Both studios share files and there is seamless integration between tracking and Mixing and Mastering. If you are tracking at our downtown Milwaukee location we typically have the project uploaded to the New Berlin location within an hour of being completed so the project can be professionally Mixed and Mastered on world class Analog Equipment.

Why the two locations?

The downtown location is easier to access for many as it is directly on public transportation routes. Recording can be done 24 hours a day if needed as it is in a commercial building. The New Berlin Location is located on a private residence and there is limited availability as time is usually booked solid. With a high demand for a tracking we wanted to give up and coming bands and artists a place to record professionally and have a pain free Mixing and Mastering experience. Once your project has been tracked downtown it is uploaded to the New Berlin location and Mixing and Mastering will be completed in the order it was received. Typically 48 hours. We pride ourselves on doing the best job possible. If you are wanting a rough mix when you leave our Milwaukee location we can provide that as well.