Chief Mastering Engineer
Mark B Christensen- Head Mastering Engineer and owner of Engine Room Audio in New York city. He began producing music at age nineteen, also studying audio engineering and mastering techniques. He has spent the ensuing thirty years staring at knobs and meters. Recent projects include Mastering for They Might Be Giants, Mr Probz, The Killers, 50cent, Trey Songz, Dr. Dre, and OK GO.
In 1996, Scotty became Production Manager for the powerhouse production team, The Characters. It was during this time that Scott worked on numerous Platinum and Gold albums, including releases by SWV, Johnny Gill, Tyrese, B2K, Brian McKnight, Petey Pablo, and Faith Evans. Scotty has been lending his expertise in Studio and Production Management at Engine Room Audio since 2006.
SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY: Trey Songz, 50 Cent, SWV, Johnny Gill, Tyrese, B2K, Brian McKnight, Petey Pablo, Faith Evans.
Assistant Studio Manager
Born and raised in NYC, Aviane comes from a family of musicians. From her father having his own band to her uncle being the top pianist in the Dominican Republic, Aviane found her passion for both audio engineering and music production. After years of self education, she decided to go to the New York Audio Academy at Engine Room Audio to further her knowledge and improve her craft. Her tenacious work ethic and experience in the music and fashion industries has allowed her to build strong relationships and a respectable network.
SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY: Angela Yee’s Lip Service, TaxStone, Combat Jack Show, Friend Zone, Red Light Special, The Premium Pete Show.
Jeet Suresh Paul
Jeet took his first piano lessons at the early age of 3 and has been indulged in music ever since. He has performed and recorded with multiple rock and metal bands throughout the years, playing instruments including drums, bass, guitar, piano, and vocals. Being a musician soon led to a heavy interest in the production side of the process and since 2008, Jeet has been involved in recording/mixing/mastering/producing songs. He was assistant mastering engineer for Mark Christensen from 2014 to 2015, during which time he assisted on multiple major R&B, rap and hip/hop records. After receiving his Masters in Music at NYU, he has fully immersed himself in the music scene, both as an engineer and a musician.
SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY: 50 Cent, G-Unit, Trey Songz, Ryan Leslie, Mr. Probz, Talib Kweli, J’Ax, Ester Dean, The Rooks, The Saints of 35th Street, Firesign, Meaxic, Libricide, The Britanys, Basement Jaxx.
Senior Mastering Engineer
Andy VanDette came to Engine Room with a long track record of mastering excellence. Starting in mastering over 30 years ago, he brought a wealth of experience. After 2 years at Engine Room, he has continued that success with charting and award winning projects, from Sevendust (#13 debut, Grammy Nom), Devin Townsend (#5 debut, Juno award winner), Matthew Good (#12 Canadian album, Juno nom), Hands Like houses (#3 debut), Wiz Kahlifa, Devour the Day, Thank You Scientist, and other artists from around the world. Andy has spoken at both audio schools and AES conventions and has been interviewed for the New York times, Ars Technica, SonicScoop.com, MusicPlayers.com, Joey Sturgis Forum Podcast, and presented “Friends Don’t Let Friends Press Bad Vinyl” at SXSW 21015.
SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY: The Beastie Boys, David Bowie, Whitney Houston, Kid Rock, Skillet, Metric, NeedToBreathe, Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson, Dream Theater, the Rush catalog, Uncle Kracker, Rush, Deep Purple, Porcupine Tree, Sevendust, Matthew Good, Devin Townsend, Paul Gonzo, Framing Hanley.
Considers himself an expert mastering in all genres of music. His experience, personality, and knowledge in the mastering craft along with his skills using world-class analog and digital mastering tools is what makes his service valuable.
SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY: French Montana, Kanye West, Nas, A$AP Rocky, 50 Cent, Trey Songz, Kirk Knight, Mick Jenkins, Joey Bada$$, Julian Lage, Chimaira, Hella, Al Green.
Gabe MG combines creative passion with knowledge gained from years of experience. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Gabe grew up playing both guitar and saxophone while listening to hundreds of classic records. His collaborative and creative approach allows him to work day to day on multiple genres and styles, driven by a passion for music and mixing. He is currently one of the most in-demand mixing engineers in NYC, jumping from genre to genre with no end in sight.
SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY: 50 Cent, Mobb Deep, Trey Songz, Chris Brown, Young Thug , SZA , Angel Haze, Dark Sister, French Montana , Spires, Chad Hugo (The Neptunes).
When you fuse a deep love for music with the passion and drive to succeed you come across success stories like Danny Sardi’s. He started as a Drummer to various bands in HS, turned to production, became an SAE honor roll student, and is now one of the leading Engineers at Engine Room Studios with notable accolades such as major recording and mixing credits on Ryan Leslie’s latest release MZRT. Its evident that his dedication and tenacious work ethic come as natural as his ability to create, perform, and elevate any piece of music he touches.
SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY: Rakim, Russel Simmons ,Big Daddy Kane, Trey Songz, Prodigy/ Mobb Deep, The Rooks Band, G-UNIT, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Ludacris, Rae Sremmurd , Ryan Leslie, SZA, Sean Paul.
Better known as Preme, Lee is a New York native raised on Long Island. His interest in music started when he taught himself how to play the drums as a child. Taking his interest in music further, he finished a 2-year Audio Production program in high school which led him to Boston, Massachusetts where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Audio Engineering at The New England Institute Of Art in 2011. Preme now has a home at Engine Room, working with some of the best talent there is.
SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY: G-Unit, Queen Latifah, Rae Sremmurd, Fred Da Godson, Rowdy from (GS9),Young Dolph. Chedda Da Connect, Chinx Drugs, Sza, Desiigner, The Rooks Band etc.
Michael has always had a passion for music and has been playing and writing since a young age. While in college at the University of Delaware he began to branch out to different genres and develop and ear for detail; after which he would go on to become an honors student at SAE New York. Michael works primarily as a tracking and mixing engineer, as well as an instructor for audio courses. He prides himself on the technical knowledge and positive creative flow he brings to every session he is in, having worked with everything from vocalists and solo artists to multi-piece bands and orchestras.
SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY: Tori Kelly, Mr. Probz, Gazzo, Ryan Leslie, Ryn Weaver, Unconscious Disturbance, Mike Stern, Donnie McCaslin, Thaddeus Anna Greene, SpaceFace, Mercury & The Architects, The Rooks Band
Troy is a self-producing artist/songwriter, engineer, and aspiring Producer. He has been with Engine Room Audio since June of 2014, mainly focusing on new artist development and creative direction, while sharpening skill sets on the back end. Troy has a unique and unbiased ear for new, innovative, and modern styles of music and is eagerly inspired to work with anyone passionate about their craft.
SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY: Angela Yee’s “Lip Service”, Charlamagne tha God and Andrew Schultz’s “Brilliant Idiots”, Kid Fury and Crissle’s “The Read”, Ice T’s “Final Level”, “Fan Bro’s”, “Just Sayin’”, “Combat Jack”, “Tax Season”, Kristine Mills, Isaiah Insomnia.
Hailing from College Park, Maryland, engineer/producer Samir Karam joined Engine Room Audio in 2013. As Head Engineer for Loud Speakers Network, Karam has his hands in the ever-growing podcast community with shows regularly featured on iTunes Top 10, CNN, the New York Post, reaching over 50 million listens to date with clients including Russell Simmons, LL Cool J, Spike Lee, and Young Jeezy. Also a proficient tracking and mixing engineer, Karam brings with him a swift artfulness to every session.
SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY: The Read, Combat Jack Show, Tax Season, Final Level Podcast, Red Light Special, Friend Zone, Fan Bros, Just Sayin’, A$AP Ferg, Ryan Leslie, Prinze George.