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Matt Leatherman

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Audio Fields:

  • Recording Industry - Post Production
  • Recording Industry - Music Recording/Mix Studio
  • Recording Industry - Home/Project Studio
  • Recording Industry - Mastering Studio
  • Recording Industry - Archiving/Restoration
  • Recording Industry - Film/Video Sound
  • Recording Industry - Location Sound Recording
  • Broadcasting - Television Sound
  • Live Sound - Concert Sound
  • Live Sound - Church Sound

Job Duties:

  • Engineer
  • Editor
  • Mastering Engineer
  • Mixer
  • Musician/Talent
  • Producer
  • Production Sound Mixer/Sound Recordist
  • Recording Engineer
  • Re-Recording Mixer
  • Sound Designer
  • Studio Manager
  • Other: ADR Mixer

About

Matt began his career in audio post-production, performing audio sweetening, sound design, ADR & voiceover work for clients such as Turner Broadcasting, CNN, TNT, TBS, ESPN & Cartoon Network. He also worked in live event production for several sports networks including ESPN, NBA, MLB, NCAA & SEC. Matt has recorded several SEC Championships, ESPN Final Four and NBA All-Star Games and also helped score, edit & mix the original music for Braves Baseball in surround (currently the NBA theme). 

Matt spent the next decade at Atlanta-based mastering studio, Rodney Mills Masterhouse, performing recording, mixing, mastering & editing on thousands of albums and singles for artists nationwide, several celebrating RIAA Certified Gold or Platinum status as well as Grammy & Emmy award nominations & wins. Some of these artists include the Beastie Boys, Eric Clapton, The Wallflowers, Local H, Collective Soul, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Matthew Sweet, 2 Live Crew, Sugarland, Candi Staton, Zac Brown Band, Keith Sweat, Gucci Mane, The Bangles, Sister Hazel, William Bell, The Oak Ridge Boys, Irene Cara, Michael Johns, Ruben Studdard, Soulja Boy, Amy Ray, Taylor Hicks, Drivin 'n Cryin, .38 Special, Ying-Yang Twins and thousands more. Rodney & Matt celebrated numerous Billboard #1 hits and Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 10 Reissues of the year.

Currently, as Senior Audio Engineer & Project Manager at Preserve South, Matt oversees digitization & preservation services, archiving historical audio collections with clients such as the Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution, Jimmy Carter Library, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Atlanta History Center, University of Georgia, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Atlanta University Center, Georgia College and State University, Washington University in St. Louis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), WABE, Emory University and the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. With Preserve South's recent buildout of one of the most advanced, high-resolution, multi-track audio archiving studios in the world, Matt is currently digitizing the audio collection for Austin City Limits, covering nearly 45 years of original, multi-track master recordings. Once complete, this collection will be archived in the vaults of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH.

With the thriving TV & film industry in Georgia, Matt also works with Burbank-based Smart Post Sound (formerly Crawford Media Services) doing on-set ADR mixing for several network TV programs, including The Resident (Fox), Black Lightning (The CW), Doom Patrol (DC Universe), The Originals (The CW), Sleepy Hollow (Fox), Legacies (The CW), The Quad (BET), Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (ABC) & Star (Fox).

He's also proud to celebrate over 15 years working alongside Rodney Mills as front-of-house engineer & music producer for the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, where each year they honor inductees whom contribute to the rich musical history of Georgia.

Matt is an active & participating member of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC), the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA), the Southeast Chapter of the Music Library Association (SEMLA) and serves on the Audio Engineering Society (AES) technical committees for Archiving Restoration and Digital Libraries, Semantic Audio Analysis & High Resolution Audio.

Education Background

Full Sail Real World Education, Winter Park, FL
Associate of Science Degree in Recording Arts, 2002

Employment History

Preserve South | Senior Audio Engineer, Project Manager
Leatherman Productions, Inc. | Freelance Audio Engineer/ ADR Mixer
Crawford Media Services | Freelance Audio Engineer
Rodney Mills Masterhouse | Audio Engineer/ Studio Manager
Georgia Music Hall of Fame | Front-Of-House Engineer/ Music Producer
Sound Waves Atlanta | Audio Engineer/ Intern

Related Experience

Southeastern Conference (SEC) Network | Freelance Sound Recordist/ Grip
Peachtree Presbyterian Church | Broadcast Audio Engineer/ Front-Of-House Engineer
Chet Burks Productions | Freelance Sound Designer/ Audio Engineer


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