Steve has immense experience as a recording, mixing and mastering engineer and musician. From a creative and technical standpoint, he totally invests himself in a client’s project as if it were his own. He becomes a member of your group, embraces and understands the client’s creative vision and knows how to translate that into the highest quality sound possible. He seamlessly balances his vast technical knowledge of sound with an empirical intuition that only decades of experience in all these capacities can foster- particularly when it comes to acoustic music. His attention to detail is meticulous, and I totally trust his judgement when one needs an unbiased ear to make critical decisions that sometimes an artist too close to their work cannot.
“Steve is the go to guy when you want your project to really come to life in the mastering phase. My projects are a compilation of 15 songs from as many different, artists ,studios, and mixing engineers. It was a daunting task to make this collection of songs end up sounding like they belong together but that’s exactly what was accomplished by Steve. The quality of the finished product is definitely due to Steve’s expert knowledge of how to put the finishing touches where they need to be and make the tracks explode, which bring the project to the next level. I’m not sure what is bigger, his skill set in the studio, or his sense of community and big heart.”
“Mastering a CD is a very delicate process that requires honing a series of songs that the artist and producer have spent months or even years working on into a cohesive whole. Working with Steve Vavagiakis was wonderful because he was able to achieve that unique balance of enhancing and unifying the music, while not changing the character of the original mixes – no easy task indeed!”
“Steve knows intuitively what direction to take the mastering and strengthen the sound of your project. With Steve I never attend the mastering session, I trust his ears more than my own and his compassion and sensitivity for music with dynamics and a wide range of timbre’s is unparalleled.”
“Steve Vavagiakis is the man!! When I took my mixed CD of “The Worker’s Dance” to him to be mastered, he heard things in the music and the sound that I didn’t even noticed. He showed me another way to listen my own music!! My group consists of five musicians. I would have to say that Steve’s work on my project made him the sixth musician on that record.”
“Steve’s work is always diligent and astutely in tune with the artist’s needs. There is never a need to look further for a mastering studio.”
” Steve brought out details in the song I didn’t hear until he mastered it. It sounds warm yet rocks hard. Perfect balance!! Thank you.”
“It’s been a great pleasure to work with Steve Vavakiakis over many years. The sound of my music has been enriched by his attention to detail & highest professional standards..”