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In praise of Montreal’s mixing, mastering magician: Everest Witman

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Christmas is coming, so if you’re a musician making a new recording any time soon, you could give yourself a really great gift: sending your masters to Everest Witman, Montréal’s mixing and mastering magician.

Everest has spent most of his life consumed by music. He began playing guitar at age ten, and got really good in no time. Growing up in Brattleboro, VT, in the heart of the New England traditional music and dance community, he was fortunate to have Roger Kahle as an early mentor, teaching him in Irish DADGAD tuning. Everest then learned from Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy from ages 11 to 17. He cut his musical teeth on the contradance circuit from age 13/14 and then just got better and better.

Everest’s dream of playing for the huge Dance Flurry Festival in Saratoga Springs New York was fulfilled when he took the stage with the band Nova when he was just 15. It was a dream come true for him, lifting the feet of nearly 1,000 contra dancers filling the Rosenberg Hall. For some years now, Everest has been the guitar accompanist of choice for many superb bands, including Kavaz and Groovatron.

But that’s not all. Everest, who was also doing sound at dances as a teenager and studied computer science and French at the University of Vermont, has learned the intricacies of mixing and mastering music recordings. He moved to Montréal and became a permanent resident of Canada in 2019. He built a home studio and during the Covid lockdowns of 2020 began a deep dive into the technology of making recorded music. For many months, he spent eight or more hours per day learning – reading manuals and practicing the art of mixing and mastering. He’s now the sound engineering wizard of choice for musicians from both sides of the border.

Everest optimizes sound for online streaming platforms too. While many engineers optimize for loudness, Everest takes the time to learn about the sound qualities of the instruments being employed and optimizes them for best listening. The difference is quite remarkable.

If you visit Everest’s website: https://everestwitman.com, you can experience how he adds colour and depth to recordings that might otherwise seem perfectly adequate. There are “before” and “after” examples of music he has worked on. It’s quite amazing how sound comes alive in the hand of this musical magician.

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