John O'Mahony

John O’Mahony

John O’Mahony is a Grammy Nominated mixer and producer known for his indie-rock sensibilities, having worked with such acclaimed artists as Coldplay, Metric, Alberta Cross, Kaiser Chiefs and The Cribs.

Recent career highlights for John include mixing and contributing additional production to Metric’s 2009 album "Fantasties" which quickly went Gold in Canada, and topped the US Billboard Heatseekers and CMJ Album charts; mixing Metric’s 2 previous albums - including their Canadian platinum selling "Live It Out"; tracks on Coldplay’s multi-platinum Grammy Award winning "Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends" and mixing Depeche Mode "Live At World Cafe".

As part of the mixing team for "Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends" John was also awarded the 2009 Tec Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in the category of Record Production / Album.

John moved from his native Ireland to New York City in 1998 to work as a staff engineer for the infamous Chung King Studios for 3 years. In the summer of 2001, John became an independent engineer splitting his time between mixing albums alone and engineering for legendary mixer Andy Wallace.

John first began producing when Metric front woman Emily Haines enlisted him to produce, engineer and mix her critically acclaimed solo album "Knives Don't Have Your Back".

While always interested in traveling John is currently based out of Electric Lady Studios in New York City.

"It's a really exciting time for audio technology, there are still a few classic pieces I love but today's business calls for zero downtime and reliable recall ability so I'm finding myself using more modern designs that have been inspired by the vintage legends".

John's Favorite Gear:

  1. Pro Ac Studio 100's
    I can work on these for hours before listening fatigue kicks in.
  2. API 2500
    Lives on my Mix Bus, The variable stereo link is very cool.
  3. Neve 2254
    This is one of the few vintage compressors I use because it sounds incredible and looks like it came out of an old Submarine.
  4. Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor
    Versatility. If I could only ever have one compressor this would surely be it.
  5. AMS DMX
    This sounds amazing but will break your heart, get it serviced asap!!
  6. ADR Panscan
    I've still not heard a Plug In panner that sounds as rich as this.
  7. EMT 140 Plate Reverb
    It's noisy but classic. Check out #5 at Electric Lady Studios in New York.
  8. Bricasti M7 Reverb
    No matter how dense the mix gets I can still hear this reverb sing through.
  9. Tube-Tech CM1A Compressor
    Tube-Tech lent me a pair of these for a record in Copenhagen. It's the punchiest tube compressor I know.
  10. Chandler Germanium Tone Control
    This is the thickest eq in my rack, amazing on a snare drum.
  11. Evol Audio Fucifier
    I'm a distortion fanatic and I've tried every box, pedal and plug in on the market. When I heard the Fucifier I instantly fell in love with it. I'm using it in every mix, it does amazing things to Bass and Vocals and can bring even the plainest sound to life.