He is one of the most revered and talented producers and engineers in the world of music.
In the recording industry, his is a household name. With good reason, Michael Wagener is known as one of the most revered and talented producers and engineers in the world of music. With more than 50 MILLION copies of his artistry sold around the globe, there is a reason he has become known as the go-to guy for rock and pop recordings. Michael’s name appears on so many great records, that it is hard to list them all. His boundless energy and sound inspired enthusiasm has propelled many artists to the top of the charts. Ask anyone if they have heard these band names and chances are, they have: Metallica, Ozzy Osborne, Queen, Alice Cooper, Janet Jackson, Dokken, King’s X, Skid Row, Motley Crue, and new bands like Hydrogyn and Belladonna.
Michael Wagener’s studio, WireWorld is one of the foremost recording studios for all types of music as well. With some of today’s (and yesterday’s) most prized gear, and a wonderful atmosphere, WireWorld is a very sought after, high functioning facility cherished by many top artists.
So, how did Michael make this already amazing studio even better? Of course, he added Ready Acoustics panels to his arsenal of amazing gear. Michael and WireWorld currently utilize about 18 Ready Acoustics RT424’s to cure a standing wave problem that was present in the mix room before implementing these traps. At WireWorld, the RT424′ are suspended from the ceiling and nestled near the ceiling/wall corners. WireWorld implemented the use of a unique clear plastic hanging hook that fits easily onto a suspended ceiling grid. (You can view them on our products page) Michael also uses the RT 424’s as gobos, and guitar cab tunnels at his facility.
We talked with Michael about his Ready Acoustics panels, among other things
Q: Michael, with more than 50 million copies of your work sold throughout the world, you surely have some memorable recording/ mixing moments you can share with us…would you mind giving us a couple of highlights?
A: The first Skid Row album always sticks in my mind as one of the most fun projects. And of course working with Ozzy is a special treat
Q: What are you working on now, and what have you worked on recently?
A:I just finished the new Skid Row album and I am now getting ready for the next King’s X project in September.
Q: What is the most important part of your mix process?
A:The breaks, it’s very important to step back after while of mixing to clear your head and ears to not get too close.
Q: How have Ready Acoustic panels contributed to this process, or the process of making a great recording in general?
A:The panels enabled me to tune my control room so the mixes translate great to the outside world. They also come in very handy to change the acoustic response of the recording environment.