THE COP SHOP
The Cop Shop is the Studio of producer and engineer Michael Haves, located at the heart of Prenzlauer Berg/ Berlin close to Mauerpark. After years of working on my own music leading to several albums with my band SUPER700 and working a lot on soundtracks for movies and theater, i additionally started to engineer the music of friends and external clients.
I had shared a commercial studio in Kosovo called Studio C, while living there from 2012-2015, This is why you will find a lot of work for Albanian Bands. Back in Berlin i set up The Cop Shop.
As part of the creative community project „Die Wache“ that consists of musicians, studios and media people, I enjoy access to a number of different recording rooms, a big hall with three acoustic zones and an amazing mastering room.
There are session players of all kinds inhouse and next to my own gear, there is a nice pool of microphones, guitars, amps, pedals, and analog synthesizers. Please write me a mail for a list of the gear.
I have mobile setups of different sizes and cooperate with other studios to find the best sounding rooms and solution for each specific project and budget.
I have been recording for 25 years, since i started to record my own bands on four track cassette tape in the 90s. I have worked as a producer and recording engineer on lots of records and for my own radio, movie and theater soundtracks, so I basically recorded everything from rock bands to rappers, from jazz ensembles to children choirs and classical music.
At Wache we are lucky to have one of the greatest grand pianos available at hand. A beautiful sounding Fazioli F308. Due to the room it is located in, it is predestined for amazing sounding classical and jazz records for smaller groups and solo recordings.
Here we have some test recordings we did with it. Mixed by my neighbor Martin Ruch.
Make things come together, tickle out depth and exitement till nothing stands between the music and the listener.
It is important to me to anticipate the vision of the artist to find their specific sound.
These days i am happily mixing completly in the box using the amazing plug-ins of Universal Audio, Kush, Slate Digital, Soundtoys and many others.
In times of tight budgets , where a lot of artists wanna record themselves to save on the budget, i still encourage people to contact me early in the process.
I am willing to help with tips how to record yourself, which equipment to use and maybe how to improve certain aspects of the music, arrangment or instrumentation, so it will work out better in the mix.
The record will be done.
There is different ways to make a record and i like helping people to find the right way for them.
That starts with selecting the right songs, defining a suitable way to record them and get the best performances and mixes for them.
It includes searching the right sounds and musicians for solo artists or rehearsing
with bands to get the arrangements right.
As many musicians see themselves forced to record on their own these days, or just enjoy the process of doing so, i also offer to help only with single aspects of a production, like e.g. supporting the very important pre production phase.
Originally a bassplayer, I play several instruments and have arranged for strings, choirs and brass sections. I am friends with a lot of of amazing musicians that played and recorded for many of Germanys biggest pop and indie artists.
Next to gaining experiences on my own, I was able to learn from reknown producers like Rob Kirwan (Hozier, PJ Harvey, Depeche Mode, Editors), Gordon Raphael (The Strokes, Regina Spektor) or Alex Silva (Manic Street Preachers, Herbert Grönemeyer) on different occasions and lurk into sessions of recordist like Mark Howard (Bob Dylan, Tom Waits) or bands like Phoenix.
The dark art in audio. As mastering needs another level of acoustic environment and speakers, i offer mastering as a" junior engineer" at Martin Ruchs Control Room Berlin with perfect room acoustics build by swiss mastermind Jürgen Strauss around an amazing set of his Strauss Mastering speakers. These are absolutly the best speakers i have ever heard.
I would always recommend to get a mastering engineer that comes fresh to the project. If i am requested to master mixes that i did myself, i will always have to take a certain amount of time off between the mix and the mastering stage.