I'm 46 now and 25 of them passed in the record business. From assistant to the owner of the recording studio. Currently has a studio with 5 rooms and guitar/ bass amps drums and others instruments. Good equipment and great monitoring system.And many good musicians around.
Mixing on analog console /32ch 64 inline Soundtracs/ whit good outboard collection / SSL,UA,SPL,DBX.../ .Mastering. Song editing. Recording drums ,acoustic guitar and acoustic grand piano for projects. Tuning vocals. Time alignment and etc.
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Interview with Todor Chorbov
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing. Recording drums, vocals or full band. Mastering.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Many are. From Beethoven to Stravinsky. John Lee Hooker to Stevie Ray Voun.Ot Led Zeppelin to Fife Finger Death Punch. Hector Piazzolla. Coltrane. Will do vacation until they finish. By sound engineers Mike Fraser - Pure rock'n'roll, Chris Lord-Alge - LOUD, Dave Pensado - elegant. Michael Brauer - The Godfather
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Soundtracs analog mixer, very low noise floor,great eq, many routing option. I love faders and pots. Mac based Pro Tools rig. Good outboard collection. I know all my staff inside and outside and I can squeeze allot from them. And most important for me - great acoustic and monitoring in control room.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: For mixing. Listen song two or three times. Make notes on paper. Time alignment if needed. Vocal tune. Lunch.All channels straight to mixer. A lot of time on faders and pan pot. Little eq and comp. Dessing whit some plugins. Maybe little reverb from my rack or/and delay from plugins. Coffe time. Final touches. For recording. Long time selection of microphones and their positioning. Even more time for good monitor mix for the musicians.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Nothing. I have no ego. Serve Мusicians
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Transparent recording and mixing.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock ,Hip Hop and....Classical - crazy a
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Yes. I recently started youtube channel - Todor Chorbov - and inside I have some tutorials and other staff.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: With all. Because I do this for a living.
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Bulgarian band called Cofein. Recording mixing mastering and co-producing. Good communication. Good guys.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 25 years. Assistant ,jingles ,tape deck alignment ,live sound engineering, recording engineer, etc..
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My MacPro, My Dynaudio B6A, Pro Tools Rig,My Soundtracs...damn no place for Sm 57 an U87...
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I do not know. Maybe what they expect from me..
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: A can't fix bad performance or recording.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q-Can you make us sound like ...? A- no.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Just Love my Job
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Hard Work and relatively good English :)
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog. Digital is like Photoshop. Analog is like painting whit brushes ;)
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Blues band called LOST. Hip Hop project called Two Smoking Barrels and single song - rock version on Ave Maria from Franz Schubert.