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McKay Garner

Stereo or DOLBY Atmos Mixing and Mastering

Since studying music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and playing in countless bands as a drummer, guitarist, vocalist, or keyboardist, most of my life has been lived as a working musician, producer, and engineer, and composer. During fifteen of those years I owned and operated a recording studio in Los Angeles. My wife and I have now lived in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area for the last several years.

I have been fortunate to have worked as an engineer or mixing engineer on records for up-and-coming as well as familiar, Grammy-winning artists such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, J Dilla, Michael Buble, Mike Shinoda(Linkin Park), Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead), Zakir Hussain, Flogging Molly, Styles of Beyond, Los Cojolites. and others. I had the honor of working on records with talented engineers and producers such as Ariel Rechtshaid, Dana Nielsen, Ryan Hewitt, and many others. I also have lots of music in television shows, video games and film. For 3 years, I was a consultant for Dolby Laboratories on their Expert Listening Team where I helped develop Dolby Atmos and other technologies for music and beyond. We are now enjoying the explosion of Dolby Atmos music!

Musically, I strive to be a bridge between experimental and traditional music approaches with an ear to new technologies and musical techniques. I build my own electronic instruments and controllers and am always looking for new ways to explore music and sound. I have a deep love for audio and sound design with a solid understanding of varying forms of hardware and software synthesis and signal processing.

I am an integral part of the Bay Area music community and beyond, offering career guidance for musicians and audio pros, and by working on new music with scores of artists. I also served as a voluntary elected leader on the Recording Academy Board of Governors (the Grammys and beyond) where we helped lift the voices of the music community through advocacy and education initiatives, mentor programs, and more. I was fortunate enough to serve two terms as co-chair of the SF Chapter Producers and Engineers Wing. I am very lucky to be surrounded by countless passionate and talented people!

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