Music programming / Mixing
Hi ! This is Abhinav R here ! I am a music programmer / arranger and also into music mixing.I've done a diploma from SAE institute Mumbai in audio engineering.I am a decently trained self taught pianist and have completed 5th Grade from ABRSM school of Western music syllabus and also have about 6 years of formal training in Indian classical music.
I am into full time music programming and also music mixing.I have great dexterity over Cubase DAW since it has been my all time favourite workstation ever since i switched on to it .
Apart from that i am also into background scoring and jingle making and one of my personal interests lies extensively in the area of game music especially like creating soundscapes and cues for a wide variety of games.
I have enough experience in music production since more than 4 years and have dealt with a wide variety of sound libraries and other music softwares.
The genre of music that i most love listening to and composing is orchestral scores / film scores as i love epic film music and have produced my own stuff !
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Interview with Abhinav R
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I feel that both of them have got their own distinct qualities . I would opt for analog since that it is the most essential phase where the sound is as natural as it is unless it has been subjected to digital conversion.The warmth that an analog sound device can provide cannot be reproduced digitally !
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You think about it in your minds and i would deliver it into your hands !
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: It involves the process of creation of certain sequence of sounds (melody / harmony in general) that has'nt been heard anywhere on this planet before !
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Oh ! I could just jot down misconceptions one after the other but the main thing what the society believes is that music is just an option apart from the mainstream academic qualifications and corporate jobs . Most souls don't understand its value and the rewards its got to offer a creative guy once he/she considers it as a profession.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make me an offer that i can't refuse and yet satisfy the customer in his own ways and limitations !
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I would prefer building up a studio there once deserts have electrical connections and plug points ! Just kidding ! My laptop , HDD , Audio interface and Headphones are the ones that i would prefer carrying . .
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I am actually a computer engineer and ever since i had been into college , the tables suddenly turned and i found myself in this extraordinary world of music since the joy of creating something that actually did'nt exist before the time creation is one paradise of pleasures that nothing can emulate .
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: One of my projects involved creating music for an international commercial . I loved creating the music because it had to be different and for that i ended up doing an online course on musicianship from the Berkelee school of music from the most prestigious and renowned website called Coursera.Once i grasped its nuances , i was able to apply the knowledge in my workflow and create the cue to underscore the commercial.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style infact has been the result of several influences by various composers including the ones that i aforementioned down my jacket . Musically a composition might change but the soul of the artist who has inspired you remains at the core of what you create !
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: The name that first comes to my mind is A R Rahman since he is the one great artist responsible for me actually taking time to answer all of these questions with a keen source of interest . The reason being that be it any genre of music , it is the same liberating feel that emanates constantly from his music no matter how many times you take a listen to it ! It just grows on you and becomes a part of your DNA !
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always keep yourself thirsty for more sounds , more music technology in order to obtain the best from your limitations.Keep learning !
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I normally take a listen to multiple genres , interpret their arrangement and then try to reproduce the same in my workspace . My favourite genre is western classical and i truly enjoy composing film scores and orchestral soundtracks.Recently started trying out other contemporary forms 1
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill lies in the efficient use of Cubase and creating a quick arrangement by choosing the sounds carefully and using my ear as an important tool , building up the entire piece of music.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Try hard to bring a mood or an emotion that the song requires throughout the arrangement.Most importantly it is the task of bringing in a feel or rather i could call it the feel that would convey the meaning of the piece through music !
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I normally keep experimenting and messing around with sounds unless i procure what i want with respect to the current framework that i m working upon.Then its all about layering , adding and subtracting sounds till you achieve the final programmed mix in your DAW palatte !
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: i5 Processor , 16 Gigs RAM , 2 TB Sounds , Focusrite Saffire 6 USB , Yamaha P 35 , M Audio Keystation Mini , Gibbon 5 Monkey banana studio monitors , Shure Beta 58 !
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The ones that actually fall first down my inspirational jacket are Hans Zimmer , John Williams , A R Rahman , Harry Gregson Williams , Brian Tyler , Jesper Kyd !
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Its got to do basically with all , that goes along with my musical credentials i:e creating music and mixing and obviously my client's satisfaction .