Being a full blood musician I can almost play every instrument I am tipically mixing. That gives me a mixing perspective that is more musical than technical. Do you know Chris-Lord-Alge? I do and I cannot even describe what a game changer it was to get a 7-day extensive training my the legend himself.
Mixing 100 songs a year I have the experience to give your song exactly what it needs. I love to work on a lot of different genres to keep my sound as fresh as possible.
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Interview with Dominik Aster
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Taking raw multitracks and working my way up to a finished master
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Serban Ghenea, Chris-Lord-Alge, Philippe Zdar, Ryan Hewitt
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I am working on a high end ITB setup with my brand new Genelec 8331 being the centerpiece, perfectly calibrated to my room, I only use Vovox sonorus cables, the D/A from my Apollo was not clean enough for me so I added a Dangerous Source to get the cleanest Digital to Analog conversion possible. I am a big believer in Universal Audio plugins being the best on the market, so I decided to get every single plugin they have.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Being trained by CLA the mix prep stage is extremely important for me. Usually I will not start the mix the same day I am preparing it. Once I start mixing I can focus 100 percent on being creative.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: The most important thing for me is to give the artist a signature sound to be noticed in todays oversaturated market. It is never my goal to make the artist sound like me. I am not afraid to mute or add stuff if I think the production could be improved.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Knowing when not to do something. That was the hardest thing to learn for me.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Most of the artists that hire me are based around the Pop Rock scene.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: I love to get specific sound for specific sections of the song, especially for vocals. A cool trick is to make the verse vocal darker and more roomy, in the pre chorus we can change it to be more dreamy with long reverbs and delays and once the chorus kicks in we get the vocal really bright and in your face. There is no way one setting works through out the song.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Mixing a song for Biffy Clyro would be really rad. I grew up with rock music but working as a mixing engineer now I think that sonically pop music is miles ahead. This band just melts those two genres perfectly together.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started recording my first written songs when I was 12 years old and never stopped since then. So basically I am doing this for over 12 years now.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: An Apollo or a Satellite to have access to UAD plugins, my beloved Genelec 8331 monitors and of course my iMac with Pro Tools. That is all I actually need to get worldclass sounds.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: The artist and the provider both need to be extremely stoked to work on each others projects. I think that is the most important thing.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Can you please send me a playlist with all the songs and artists that changed your life. I need to create a musical character for you in my head.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Will you also master my songs? Yes I can but not in a separate process when I am also the mixing engineer. In that case the finished mix is also my finished master.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: There is no time domain when I am working on a mix. I am completely in to it.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My goal is your vision.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital is just more efficient and nobody can beat a Serban Ghenea mix.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Josh Bowman and Travis Ball, great guys, gave me tons of helpful advice.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently I am working on a crazily good recorded acoustic album with crazy arrangements.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: ATOP THE HILL - QUESTA MODA I just love the song and I am extremely happy with the mix I was able to deliver.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I am not your last resort because your not happy with the songs or the quality of your recordings. Mixing will in most cases not change that. I am here to enhance your beautiful music not to rescue it.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I love clear and clean sounds, that is defenitely what I'm mostly going for. I don't try to just go as wide as possible but the depth is even more important to me.