Matthew J Barnhart - Mastering Engineer


My name is Matthew and I'm an audio engineer. I've spent my entire adult life helping people make the records of their dreams.

I'm a mastering engineer at Bob Weston's Chicago Mastering Service where since 2012 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've also recorded and mixed tons of projects (mostly at The Echo Lab and Electrical Audio) 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)

Bob Mould

Blue Hearts (Merge Records)


II (Sub Pop)


Strange Peace (Sub Pop)


Acid / Slow Decay (Sub Pop)


Superchunk (Remastered) (Merge Records)

Twin Peaks

Side A

Songs: Ohia

Travels In Constants (Temporary Residence Ltd)


Silent Kill (Dirtnap Records)

Pissed Jeans

Why Love Now (Sub Pop)

Mint Mile

Ambertron (Comedy Minus One)


The Cypher (12XU)


Void Moments (Trouble in Mind)

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)

Advance Base

Animal Companionship (Run For Cover)

Patois Counselors

The Optimal Seat (ever/never)

Los Mundos

La Fortaleza del Sonido (Little Cloud Records)

Chris Brokaw

Puritan (12XU)

for Merge Records:

for Sub Pop Records (and related artists):

for Numero Group:

for Goner Records:

for Damnably Records:

for Comedy Minus One Records:

for ever/never Records:

for 12XU:

for Dirtnap Records:

for Super Secret Records (and related labels):

Recording and mixing

I co-founded The Echo Lab recording studio in Denton, Texas in 1997 and have recorded, mixed, and produced projects such as:

Production samples

Selected tracks from recording and mixing projects.