Mark Rubinstein

No two projects are the same, and no two make exactly the same set of demands on a producer. Some projects require a full-contact, hands-on approach, with the producer involved in arranging, performing, programming, and sometimes even crafting the songs; other projects call for the producer to be as transparent as possible, simply acting as a conduit for the music to move through. All projects seem to call on the producer to balance the roles of cheerleader, psychologist, and drill sergeant. I pride myself on my versatility, my wide range of applicable skills, and my ability to find the production style that will lead to the best possible finished product for my clients. Contact me and we'll find the best approach for your project!

Good engineering requires a strong familiarity with the tools of the trade, an ear for nuances in the sounds of musical instruments and vocals, a penchant for creative problem solving, and a sense of when to follow the rules and when to ignore them. My years of experience behind the board for a wide range of projects have given me the skills and judgement to make high quality recordings quickly and efficiently, and I’ve done everything I can to leave a trail of happy clients in my wake. I've turned knobs for a huge variety of projects across many genres. It could be that I'm the right person to record you!

Like many people with an affinity for things technical and musical, I’ve accumulated quite a collection of equipment over the years. My arsenal includes a Yamaha 7’ grand piano; keyboards from Nord, Roland, and Korg; a selection of weird and wonderful electric and acoustic guitars and electric basses along with various stompboxes; microphones from Neumann, DPA, AKG, Sennheiser, RCA, Shure, Audio-Technica, B&O, and others; microphone preamps including Millennia Media, API, Grace, AEA, Neve Portico, and others; compressors from Summit, dbx, and Millennia; and a Pro Tools LE system running on a dual-core G5. It’s all set up in my house which provides a comfortable, low-key working environment and a good variety of acoustic environments to exploit. I’m also prepared to take my show on the road, with a fully equipped portable rig built around Pro Tools LE and a 17” MacBook Pro.

I’ve been a working musical professional since I was 14, and I’ve played a wide array of instruments in just about any style you can imagine. My main instrument is piano/organ/keyboards, but I’m adept and flexible on accordion, mandolin, bass, vibes, and percussion, and I’m a pretty serviceable guitarist on a good day. You don’t want to hear me sing, though. I've also worked as a musical director in settings ranging from dance to theater to worship, and I'm comfortable leading groups while managing a high workload under stress.

Sometimes you just need a little perspective, whether it’s an album project, a demo, or a studio that you’re trying to get finished. Maybe you need some help evaluating the acoustics in your room, or want a second opinion on a big equipment purchase you’re about to make. Whether it’s doctoring a song, tuning a vocal, or helping you figure out how to make the most of your resources, my years of experience and store of knowledge can be put to work on your behalf.

With the explosion of new technology and new tools available to the recordist, even experienced veterans sometimes need a little help to get the most out of the resources available to them. I’m a big believer in the value of recurrent training and the usefulness of private and small-group lessons to acquire new skills and refine existing ones. Contact me for information on private lessons in Pro Tools, Reason, and general audio engineering skills. I offer classes for small groups from time to time on these and other topics, and I teach audio classes at The Ohio State University for those who are interested in studying for credit in an academic setting. I also teach private jazz piano lessons and coach singers in the jazz and popular idioms.