Audio Engineering

I’ve worked in a variety of roles as an audio engineer, from commercial recordings to live sound mixing. It’s a great pleasure to work with such fantastic musicians! Please buy this music or go see a live concert!


Paul Galbraith – Allemande – Guitar CoOp – 2017

CSU Wind Ensemble – Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs – Summit Records – 2017

“I’ve done numerous projects with sound engineers over the years, the but ease and professionalism of working with Dr. Matthew McCabe and his assistants takes the cake. One of the things we tried to capture on this disc is the warm and resonant sound of Legacy Hall, which can be tricky, but extraordinary if done right. Matt’s musicianship and acoustic acumen shine through on this recording, allowing the expressiveness of the students to emerge in a more natural way. Thank you, Matt!” –Dr. Jamie Nix, Director of Wind Ensemble Activities, Schwob School of Music

George Curran – Vital Signs – CDBaby – 2017

Purchase: CDBaby, iTunes

“Dr. Matthew McCabe is a first class sound engineer, and I feel so lucky to have worked with him on this recording. He has such a finely tuned ear and understanding of what I was trying to express in my performances that the sessions and production couldn’t have gone easier. I had to return to New York immediately following the recording, so I had to rely on Matt’s judgment often as the CD came together. However, I was completely confident in his handling of the product and I couldn’t be happier with the result.” –George Curran, trombone; New York Philharmonic

Peter Steiner – United – HelloStage – 2017

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“Working with Dr. Matthew McCabe on my first solo album United was surely the best decision I’ve made, and he will certainly be the No. 1 person that I will contact for my next project. The process of recording, especially one of a debut solo CD, is an extreme challenge. The moment I visited Dr. McCabe’s studio I knew I was in good hands. Not only was the ambience really comfortable to record in, but the sound he was able to produce was also exactly what I had wished for. The mastering process was also something I was worried about given the fact I was in Europe, and we could only communicate via e-mail – but Dr. McCabe made the process very convenient and efficient. I cannot emphasize the mastery of his work enough. Thank you so much! I couldn’t ask for a better outcome.” –Peter Steiner, trombone soloist

Jason Bergman – The Lightning Fields – MSR – 2016

Purchase:, MSR, Amazon, iTunes

“Matthew McCabe is able to capture the sound of the trumpet like no other. The quality of sound, masterful engineering, and the positive collegial work environment make him the ideal engineer in the United States. We have done two recordings together and hopefully there are more to follow. A true master of his art!” –Jason Bergman, professor of trumpet, University of North Texas.

“They never just play the notes, and that goes for all of the works on this superbly engineered disc. It’s a first-class production in every respect. – Jed Distler, Classics Today


Hsin-I Huang – Mighty Shadow – CDBaby – 2016

Purchase: Amazon, CDBaby.

“It was wonderful working with Dr. McCabe. He is very easy to work with and he made the entire recording/editing session a lot less stressful, since his editing skill is just incredible. I am very please with the finishing product, and look forward to work with him again.” -Hsin-I Huang

Gerry Pagano – Horizon – 2016

Gerry has made “Horizon” available to all at his website with a “name your own price” download. Visit to download it.

“Matt was a great help in putting together my recording. I love the sound he got, and
perhaps the best part for me was that it was easy. I don’t remember much in the way of changes that we had to make. I showed up, played a few notes, and we were off and running. He took the time to get things right, and even the smallest of details (in this case, a noisy valve!) he was able to take care of quickly and easily. He didn’t make me feel that whatever I was asking for was too much trouble, or not worth doing. I’d be happy to work with him again, and recommend him to anyone interested in making the best recording possible, with the most ease.” –Gerry Pagano

Montanari and D’Antonio – The Other Voices – 2016

Purchase: RMN Music

Vanni Montanari (flute), Donato D’Antonio (guitar), portions recorded live in Legacy Hall in 2010 and 2014.

“I was happy to work with Matt, he has reproduced the sound I was looking for. It is not easy with the guitar. Thank you so much Matt! You’re a real musician!” –Donato D’Antonio

Blackberry Possum – Live at the Loft – 2016

Purchase: Wildman Steve Radio or at a live show

“In the 40+ years I’ve been in the business, and as many producers and engineers I’ve worked with, none have been more responsive and had a better ear than Matthew McCabe, who I plan to adopt as my permanent co-producer/engineer for all my future projects.” –Wildman Steve Bronson

James Markey – Psychedelia – CDBaby 2015

James Markey, bass trombone and Hanako Yamagata, piano
Purchase: CDBaby

“I thoroughly enjoyed working with Matt through my recording project.  His
easygoing demeanor helped keep me relaxed through the challenges of the
sessions; and he was completely open to feedback and changes that I might
suggest.  His wide knowledge of his field and his equipment allowed him to
quickly and easily make these changes to generate a sound I was very happy
with.  I am very, very happy to have included him as the recording engineer
for this project and gladly look forward to future collaborations.” –James Markey, bass trombone, Boston Symphony Orchestra

Lisa Oberlander – Times Like These – Potenza Records 2014

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Lisa Oberlander, clarinet and Yien Wang, piano
Purchase: Amazon, iTunes

“I’m incredibly happy with my finished product–and Matt also made the recording and editing processes as stress-free as possible. His professionalism and flexibility gave me the confidence I needed to do my best work–I had a great time working with him and I’m looking forward to our next project together.” –Lisa Oberlander, Professor of Clarinet, Columbus State University

Sharpe-Zohn Guitar Duo – Mozart – Clear Note Records 2014

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Robert Sharpe and Andrew Zohn, guitars
Purchase: iTunes, Clear Note

“Thanks to Matthew McCabe’s expertise, Andrew and I were able to achieve the exact sound we imagined. Matt understood exactly our vision for the recording’s sound and was able to realize it completely. Since the Mozart project, we have worked with him on multiple occasions and could not be more pleased with the results.” –Robert Sharpe

A Beautiful Noise – Summit Records 2013

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The Columbus State University Trombone Ensemble, with James Markey, Bill Thomas, George Curran, Charlie Vernon, Ko-Ichiro Yamamoto, Denson Paul Pollard, Joseph Alessi.
Purchase: Amazon, iTunes, Direct

“I have worked on a number of commercial recording projects with Dr. McCabe in his well-equipped Columbus State University recording studio, including projects with musicians from the Atlanta Symphony, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, among others.  It is always a pleasure to work with Matt and his well-trained staff.  Whether it is tracking, editing, mixing, or mastering, Matt has a relaxed but very professional demeanor, and his attention to sonic detail is extremely impressive.  He will do whatever it takes to make the client happy with the product.” –Bradley Palmer, Professor of Trombone, Columbus State University

Jason Bergman – MSR Classics 2013

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Jason Bergman, trumpet; Ellen Elder, piano; William Campbell, trumpet
Purchase: MSR Classics, iTunes, Amazon

“The recorded sound is excellent: detailed, but not too close or aggressive.” -Henry Fogel, Fanfare Magazine

“Dr. Matthew McCabe is simply one of the best. He was an integral part of our recording project and On The Horizon is what it is because of his excellent work. Matt makes magic happen thanks to his talent, knowledge, experience, and creative problem solving abilities. In my experience on this recording project, I consistently felt at ease and able to focus on performing because I knew that he had the technical recording aspects completely under control. On top of his expertise, he is a kind person who is a joy to work with. I truly hope we can work together in the future. On top of everything, the recording studio he has developed at Columbus State is first-rate. It was a joy to record in Legacy Hall and work with Dr. McCabe and his great staff.” –Jason Bergman, Assistant Professor of Trumpet, The University of Texas at Austin.

Duo Spiritoso Plays Granados – Clear Note Records 2013


Andrew Zohn and Jeffrey McFadden, guitars
Purchase: Amazon, iTunes, Clear Note

“Dr. Matthew McCabe  is uniquely qualified as technician and a highly educated musician, to record, produce and master projects of the first rank in quality. He possesses a rare combination of technical mastery and musical sensitivity which results in smooth-running  sessions, acoustically appealing raw material and artistically powerful final results.” –Jeffrey McFadden, Professor of Guitar, University of Toronto.

Ko-Ichiro Yamamoto – Octavia Records 2010


Ko-Ichiro Yamamoto, trombome
Purchase: Octavia (japan)

STRIKE – Luminescence Records 2010


Jeff Meyer, piano; Paul Vaillancourt, percussion
Purchase: Amazon, iTunes

“Matt knows how to set up and run a smooth session. He really understands how to
create a sound design specific to each piece and its instrumentation, translating
the spatial positioning of the ensemble into the final product.” –Paul Vaillancourt, Professor of Percussion, Columbus State University.


Live & Venue Sound

Coy Bowles
John Driskell Hopkins
Black Taxi
Cranford Hollow
Hope Cassity
Jeffrey Steele
Marshall Ruffin
Michael Allman Band
Neal Lucas Band
Paul Thorn
Seth Walker
Willie Heath Neal
and many, many more…
Dave Douglas Big Band
Christian McBride
2016 National Trumpet Competition Jazz Finals
Many Columbus Jazz Society performances.

Concert Hall
Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival
Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival
Eighth Blackbird
International Trumpet Guild Conferences
Southeast Trombone Symposium
International Double Reed Society

St. John AME Church (Columbus, GA)
Audio Systems Consulting & Installation
The Loft
Iron Bank Coffee Co.
The Cannon Brewpub
St. John AME, Columbus, GA
St. James AME, Columbus, GA
New Testament Christian Center
Muscogee County Arts Magnet School
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