Hi! We are Peter (Mongoose) and Ivan. Together we form Betyar Studio specialising in songwriting, mixing and mastering EDM. Working with Dub FX, AWOLNATION, Girls' Generation and others we have experience in making people dance and get goosebumps! Also, we know what a drop is.
We set up our studio in Wuppertal, Germany, a city in the Ruhr-area. Our setup is minimal and we have no console or a lot of outboard gear. We mostly work in the box, not counting the few analog devices such as a Moog, a Virus and an Elektron AR.
We have a fresh approach on producing, mixing and mastering electronic music and we know that feel and style, sonic clarity is what make a song great. We know what is considered fresh today in EDM can be outdated tomorrow. It's very important that your track is up to date in terms of sound and composition and this is exactly what we can help you with.
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Interview with Betyar Studio
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: We've won the AWOLNATION remix in 2012 and the track was released by Red Bull Records.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: We are preparing a remix contest for Sugarpunch with Adapted Records. The first prize is a desk from Buso Audio.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Analog brings the warmth, digital brings the workflow.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Goosebumps when they are listening to their own songs. Really.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: It's literally the best job anyone could ever have. It's where arts, technology and people come together!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Customer: Can you make it sound like ...? Betyar Studio: Yes.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Mastering is not magic.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you have a reference track? How loud do you want it to be?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Contact us, tell us what you need and let us take care of the technical stuff. We will work on your material until you are 100% satisfied with the results.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Thermionic Culture Nightingale, Moog LP, Elektron Analog Rytm, Ear Trumpet Labs Chantalle and a mac.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Started in the early 2000's in a very different music landscape. We've been doing a bunch of different things, like gigging with Haddaway and the Captain Hollywood Project which is a lot of fun. Now we are focusing on music production, mixing. The learning process never ends!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Fresh. We are really into glitch hop now. Check it out if you don't know what glitch hop is.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: We would love to work with Trent Reznor and see how he works in the studio.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Go easy on the side chain.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: We usually work on EDM tracks, such as glitch hop, deep house or electro house. Occasionally we work with indie or rock artists here in Germany. That's a lot of fun too!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: We don't just mix and master, we also produce music and we can tell, for example, how well it will do in the charts. We can help you to achieve the best results by making it fresh for today's EDM genres.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: That extra sauce that makes it stand out of others. We have the ability to maximise the tracks potential.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: We start mixing by adjusting volumes and panning. Our approach is to make the mix as good as possible before even opening a single plugin. Once we got that we process individual tracks either by going out of the box or with plugins. We have 2 set of ears between us and we work together on the final product by cross-referencing the mix on different speakers.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Minimalistic setup. 27" iMac as main DAW, Mac Mini for editing, Logic, Ableton. Thermionic Culture Nightingale for a preamp, Virus, Elektron, Moog. BeesNeez and Ear Trumpet Labs microphones.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The Prodigy with their busy songs and yet they keep exceptional sonic clarity. The Nine Inch Nails, Bonobo, Lamb and so many others.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most commonly we do music production, mixing and mastering work. After discussing what the client exactly needs we listen to the tracks and see what could be better. We give recording and arrangement advice to make sure that the material is as good as it can get before touching it.