Audio engineering is all about capturing, preserving and enhancing the emotional impact embedded in the sounds we hear.
Freelance audio work in Helsinki, Finland and remotely over the internet. I specialize in music recording, mixing and mastering in all genres, with an appreciation for classic tools combined with modern techniques. Also: music production, multitrack/2-track editing, sound design and editing for video (short films, commercials, YouTube, etc.) as well as other media (e.g. spoken word, podcasts).
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Interview with Alec Havinmaa
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital recording for clean and precise audio and efficient workflow, combined with analog gear (usually preamps and compressors in the recording process) for different kinds of "vibe" or classic tones. I'm also a fan of certain analog-modeling plugins.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The feeling I get when a mix really starts to find its shape.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: "You'll Auto-Tune my vocals, right?"
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you hope I can bring to the project? What do you think it is that I do? What should our work dynamic or relationship be like in terms of artistic responsibility?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Audio engineers don't just tweak knobs and fiddle with faders. Even though "tech support" is a big part of the job, we're also there to support your creative process and provide constructive input when needed. We do invest our own time and creative energy to make your music as good as it can be.
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Andy Partridge, my favorite songwriter of all time.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, rock, hip-hop, jazz.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Using my ears.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I want to enhance the emotional effect and meaning of the song. Equalizers, compressors, reverbs and stuff are just tools to find that meaning.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Bob Katz, for demystifying the mastering process and fighting the good fight against gratuitous compression; and Chris Lord-Alge, for showing us that gratuitous compression can be fun!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Remote mixing and mastering jobs, sending files back and forth for feedback.