Hi I'm Michael Baldonado, but most people call me Baldo or Mike. I've been at Sweetwater since 2009 assisting my customers in selecting and configuring the gear they need to perform, record, and reinforce audio at the absolute highest level possible.
My background covers a very diverse array of music performance and audio technology. As a performer, I've competed with a drum and bugle corps as a brass musician and conductor as well as spending time on stage playing guitar and bass in bands. On the tech side, I've done work as an intern and later an Instructor/Audio Engineer at a great recording school while working as a systems tech for a live sound company on the weekends and evenings. Just like you, I've "been in the trenches" for a while.
What this really means is that when you call me at Sweetwater, you can be assured that you are working with someone with technical knowledge as well as tons of practical application. Together, we can assemble the best rig possible to keep you sounding great. So give me a call, let's talk gear!
As your personal contact here at Sweetwater, please let me know anytime I can offer help or advice.
(800) 222-4700 ext 1315E-mail Mike
Recording Workshop honors grad, Apple Product Specialist, and certifications from numerous pro audio manufacturers.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
As a Sweetwater customer myself, I got to see an intense but exciting work level from the outside. The experience with my Sales Engineer really drove the desire to see what it was like as an employee and I couldn't be any happier!
Pro Tools. Recording and Live Sound system design. Guitar and bass guitar rig design.
dci.org (Drum Corps International)
youtube.com (you never know what you'll stumble across looking for music here)
I play the guitar, trombone, euphonium, and trumpet. I dabble on the keys and drums on occasion, but my main instrument and love is the bass guitar. Also, I spent a summer conducting for the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps.
Guitars and basses by Dingwall, Pedulla, Fender, Gibson, Music Man, BC Rich, and Ibanez. Amps by Fender, Line 6, Epiphone, H&K, Gallien-Krugger, and an AxeFX. Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56 with Pro Tools running on an Apple iMac and plugins from just about every manufacturer. Korg MS2000, and many microphones.
Tractors. I love them. If I could have a huge farm and a bunch of tractors, you might not ever hear from me again... :) Oh yeah, and motorcycles.
Paul from Paul Reed Smith guitars was hanging out at Sweetwater. I had just sold a PRS guitar to a customer and asked if he'd like it signed by Paul. The customer was super excited to hear we could pull this off. Needless to say, when the customer opened the guitar he just about lost his mind (in a good way) upon seeing the autograph and personalization.
In 2002 I got to conduct a world class drum and bugle corps. The show was in front of our home town crowd in the Denver Broncos Stadium and the corps was at the top of their game. After cutting off the last note, I turned around to salute, and saw a WALL of screaming people. That was a rush.
I am very satisfied with the level of service at SweetWater. My dad was looking at purchasing some other gear and was in touch with Mike Baldonado. My dad informed Mike that I was shopping around for the mixer and case. Mike Baldonado personally reached out to me via phone after his work hours to talk to me about buying the mixer through SweetWater. He informed me that SweetWater offers a free 2 year extended warranty and technical support. Because of the personal sales effort, free 2 year warranty, and technical support, I decided to cancel my order with the competitor and give my business to Sweetwater. I also received my order within two days! Thank you and keep up the good work!
Ken from Vineland, NJ
I just wanted to take a minute and let you know how pleased I have been with my Sweetwater Sales Engineer, Mike Baldonado. I appreciate all the help with my purchases and his input to questions I have about products. Talking to Mike is like talking to a friend and that is something I have never found with other companies.
Al from Black Canyon, AZ
Sweetwater and especially my friend Mike Baldanado has done everything right every time. Mike and I have spent enough time on the phone helping me with my needs it seems that I have know him for years. I can't imagine that you have a better Sales Engineer than him. Every time I call, I know that whatever my needs might be, Mike will be straight forward and make sure he does everything he can to solve an issue, answer a question or sell me what I need. Hopefully I will get to visit one day and meet him in person. I recommend Sweetwater and Mike at every opportunity and plan on continuing that. Thank you for building a company that is first class in every way. You can count on my future business!!!
Don from Columbia, SC
Mike Baldonado always treats me great and gives me the time to make sure I purchase the right guitar. I feel confident that Sweetwater will take care of me.
Brett from North Hollywood, CA
Excellent customer service, excellent product, excellent staff! I love that I can always reach a live person with questions. I always get individual treatment.
Kathy from Wilmington, NC