I have a lot of experience in editing, vocal comping & tuning, mixing & mastering.
I'm using Pro Tools HD 2 accel system.
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Interview with Andrey Podgainey
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Editing and tuning vocal for interesting folk band Vertep.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital technology is a big step forward, but the presence of analog components in the mix brings an element of magic.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I guarantee that I will make every effort to achieve the best quality. I also like to be proud of my work.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Most of all I love my mixes to reach a wider audience and people to like it.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Young customers ask would they sound like Metallica. I honestly answer "no". Metallica is Metallica., And you are you. Experienced customers take guitars and start to rock.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I think The biggest misconception is trying to make Marshal sound like Mesa Boogie.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What generation of Protools did you use recording your songs?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: The most important thing is to learn listening to your music as if from outside. The most difficult obstacle is the so-called author's jealousy. It bothers to treat your music simply.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Funny question. It is necessary to survive on a desert island. I think I would take fishing rod to catch fish and something that will be useful to make a fire. I think so...
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been doing sound recording for 15 years.There were both young and experienced, talented and not very much musicians among my clients . Unfortunately, none of them has become world famous name yet. I hope, this will change.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: There is a song of Metal Force, called Deceit on my Sound Cloud profile. Those guys are so strong musicians that my role was just to save a spirit of their playing. This is one of the records which can be shown without any disgrace. Although back then I have had the equipment of lower class.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would like to work with such artists like Lemmy Kilmister, Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC, because I guess I could learn something usefull from them.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: This is usually live music. Live drums, live guitar, live vocals. Rock bands playing, both classical and quite brutal music are 80 percent of the projects I work at . There are also bands among my customers playing soft and moderate music. The laws of sound and balance are the same for all types of music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is the ability to listen to music and musicians.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I think that the main thing is to catch the mood of the song. Mix should convey the mood of the song.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First of all I carefully edit a song. I beleive that quality of performance and attentive revision session are 80 percent of success rate. The mixing process is a reward for me after a tedious, but necessary work to prepare songs (for mixing).
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have ProTools HD 8 Accel 2. I also have Focusrite ISA 828, Universal Audio LA 610. A pair of audio monitors "Tannoy Reveal 5 A" which provide clear sound to me and clear understanding of the process of mixing and mastering.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: It's amazing how well and musically recorded AC/DС's album Back in black . As if it was recorded just yesterday. The same can be applied for example to the Queen, Pink Floyd, Def Lepard, and others. The best modern work is always based on the experience of predecessors.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I know recording, editing, mixing and mastering of original songs of live bands, equally well at all stages of the process of creating music product
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I'm a rocker, I'm a roller, I'm rocking rolling man!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Unfortunately, I can't.