Ankit Gupta is a multi-instrumentalist mix engineer known for his clean and wide mixes. He has worked on projects with multi million reach like Duur Hai Wo by Deepak Rathore, Khamoshi by Sahil Syndicate, Astitva and the list goes on.
Ankit Gupta is a mixer, record producer and a multi instrumentalist who has worked with a wide range of class A clients over the past 8 years. To his credit his has artists with multi million reach like Ranjit Barot to smaller independent artists and bands. He has worked with artists like The Local Train, Astitva, Deepak Rathore, Swastik, Sahil Syndicate, Utsav Manga, Shubhank Sharma, Faqat and the list continues.
I believe that communication during the creative process is very important. Executing the artist’s vision for their track is my top priority.
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i happen to work with him till date since i got my first project mixed from him
Great sense of understanding the vibe of the song and delivering industry standard outputs is Ankit all about !
He’s just amazing!! Be it producing music or mixing the tracks , he Does it all with so much efforts and dedication. Indian music industry is actually blessed to have an engineer and a producer like you !! Love your work and love the way you turn a “Song” into a “Story”
One of the finest producers I've worked so far with and
Indeed he is someone who can embellish your tracks with his on wide and dynamic mixing techniques.
An amazing sound engineer and a great musician.
It was great working with ankit on Mridang’s debut track. Looking forward to work with you again.
Fantastic sound engineer for both kive and studio mixes
Love his work
Thanks ankit for making astitva's song sound amazing 🤟
Interview with Ankit Gupta
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Oh definitely the fact that no single day resembles the one before. It is a new challenge every single day bringing new lessons. Every client has a different sound, requires a different arrangement and different vision that I need to understand to get the sound we need. This unending need to adapt myself to different clients makes me feel so connected to my instruments, ready to change their tones as the song demands.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Alot of my customers ask about my not using much of the analog gear for my mixes. While I understand the beauty of sound that these gears provide, I believe the plugins and emulations these days are spot on and the digital way helps me provide faster mixes and easier revisions without compromising the sound quality at all.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People believe recording and mixing is all about placing a mic and pressing the record button, balancing some faders and volume and your track is good to go. Let me assure you it’s much more complicated. Hiring an experienced producer and mix engineer takes your sound ahead by miles. Focus on the creative process and let a professional worry about the frequencies and other tech stuff.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: The questions definitely start with their vision for the song. Understanding this allows me an insight as to what their expectations are with the song and the direction that they wish to take it which in turn enhances my ability to provide them with quality work matching their wants. Once I know that, come the basic questions of the expected turnaround time and dates to ensure that I can provide them their mixes punctually with great sound. Lastly, when all that is all good and dandy, I ask for the reference songs and rough mixes.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be completely, totally, absolutely (honestly I can’t stress this enough!) open with whatever you want for your project. A mix engineer is like a sound doctor and just like you need to be completely descriptive of your symptoms for a correct diagnosis, our ability to mix is also only as good as how well we understand the client’s need.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My mac obviously, sound interface, headphones, a condenser mic and an acoustic guitar.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Spending most of my growing years locked in my basement with a self made studio where after days and days of research I taught myself crazy things about the field, I started mixing for a sound rental company. It was after I started working that I began to build my studio and gear. After 8 years of learning, growing, mixing live shows and touring with live artists; I run two fully equipped studios. It's more of an unruly ride than a path and I’ve loved every dip, every jump, every turn and I look forward to more!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: This choice will definitely be the man behind musical bests like 24k Magic. Bruno Mars without fail has given music that consists of well recorded performances and clean wide mixes. The powerful production quality that comes with his work is what I aspire to contribute to every single project I undertake.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: A strong arrangement and well recorded performances are the most essential part of a great sounding song. As important as is your capability with the gear, equally important is your ability to understand the vision behind the song with which the arrangement is prepared. Once you have both, then begin working with harmonies, double tracking and panning to add width and thickness to your arrangements.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: My personal favourite is one that comes with hard hitting drums and guitars. Furthermore I love adding to all tracks of the Alternative Rock genre. Apart from that I mostly work on projects which revolve around the Rock, Country, Progressive Rock, Pop, Pop-Rock and Alternative genres.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: A client favourite of all my services have been my mixes that consist of hard hitting drums/grooves that come with strong bass and guitars. As I’ve said before all the mixes I work on are balanced and well defined that further add to its audio. So I’ll say mixing is my strongest skill, humbly so.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: You mean apart from the well defined, balanced mixes with the ability to provide post production arrangement decisions that provide the much desired dynamics to the song? The added ability to understand your vision and bring your raw tracks to life just how you heard it in your head when you envisioned it!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My work process varies with every client. The first thing I do is to understand the client requirements. We share ideas/projects and I suggest what more or less could be done for us to achieve the desired goals. From there we move on to whatever the project requires to be done.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My ever growing studio currently consists of pristine conversion and pre-amplification by RME and monitoring by Neumann KH120. Sonarworks Reference 4 and Smaart V8 have helped me achieve true flat sound in my room. There is a collection of instruments like the Pearl Masters MCT drums, Marshall JCM900, Fender Twin Reverb, Ampeg SVT4 Pro, LP Percussions, Zildjian cymbals, PRS and Ibanez guitars, Marcus Miller Bass and a lot more gear I can speak for the whole day. My mixing process is mostly done with digital plugins from various manufacturers.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Musically I’ve been inspired by artists like Linkin Park, Steven Wilson, Bruno Mars and a few Indian artists like Amit Trivedi and Vishal Shekhar. I’ve loved the productions and mixes by people like Andy Wallace, Chris Lord Alge and Greg Wells.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I’ve been regularly doing recording, editing and mixing jobs for my clients. Editing jobs may include time correction for instruments and vocal pitch correction. During the recording process, I’ve helped the artists achieve better tones at source and guide them through arrangement and music production decisions.