Matthew J Barnhart - Mastering Engineer


I'm a mastering engineer at Bob Weston's Chicago Mastering Service where I've mastered and cut vinyl master lacquers for hundreds of releases from Merge Records, Sub Pop, Matador, Fat Possum, Polyvinyl, Jagjaguwar, Numero Group, Goner, and many, many others.

I'm also a recording and mixing engineer and offer remote mixing services.

I co-founded The Echo Lab recording studio in Denton, Texas. I'm a member of the bands Mint Mile and Tre Orsi, and have been tour manager and live sound engineer for Superchunk, Destroyer, Bob Mould, The New Pornographers, Ex Hex, Jawbox, CHVRCHES, and the Mountain Goats.

I love helping people make music. Get in touch:

Recent Mastering Projects


What A Time To Be Alive (Merge Records)

Bob Mould

Sunshine Rock (Merge Records)


II (Sub Pop)


Strange Peace (Sub Pop)


Superchunk (Remastered) (Merge Records)

Songs: Ohia

Travels In Constants (Temporary Residence Ltd)


Silent Kill (Dirtnap Records)

Pissed Jeans

Why Love Now (Sub Pop)

Titus Andronicus

An Obelisk (Merge Records)


3 (Goner Records)

Mind Spiders

Furies (Dirtnap Records)


1992-1998 box set (Numero Group)

The Gotobeds

Debt Begins at 30 (Sub Pop)

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone

Etiquette (2018 Remaster) (Orindal Records)

The New Year

Snow (Undertow Records)


In The West (2020 Remaster) (Comedy Minus One Records)


Nightstand (Polyvinyl Records)

Advance Base

Animal Companionship (Run For Cover)

for Merge Records:

for Sub Pop Records (and related artists):

for Numero Group:

for 12XU:

for Goner Records:

for Dirtnap Records:

for Super Secret Records (and related labels):

for Damnably Records:

for Comedy Minus One Records:

for ever/never Records:

Recording and mixing

Production samples

Selected tracks from recording and mixing projects.