Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I was an assistant engineer during music recording and mixing sessions for "Anna Karenina" movie by Karen Shakhnazarov. It was a big project and I'm proud that I've been part of it. I've got a lot of experience and everything seems a little bit easier now :-)
What do you bring to a song?
During the mix my main objective is to help the song to clearly deliver a message, making sure that is instrumentation is working, nothing distracts and every element of arrangement supplement each other. And of course the mix should rock and sound awesome.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I mix rock, indie, blues and country music
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Any questions that let me understand their vision for the track/album. Usually I ask for reference tracks, to name artists or songs that inspired them to write their songs.
Can you share one music production tip?
Check your mixes in mono and on different sets of speakers
What's your typical work process?
I start by preparing the session. I place tracks in particular order, color code everything, name tracks the way I find comfortable etc. After that I start listening and exploring the song, during that stage I make sure that the gain staging is right also I try different balances and panning to determine what suits best for the song. During that stage I get a good idea of what the song is about, whether some editing or tuning is required or if something needs to be reinforced or replaced by samples. After I got that initial balance I usually print it for the future reference. This initial balance which was made with fresh ears help me to regain the perspective after a hours of work and to determine whether I've gone too far with the processing. After that initial balance is done I mute everything but the drums and work on them. I don't like to work with particular instrument in isolation for a long time so I constantly switch other tracks in and out to check balances and refresh the perspective. When I feel that I need to abandon drums for a moment and work on another element of the mix I will do it. It can be anything that catches my ear - bass, vocals, keyboards, guitars or some particular effect that I need to work on. While mixing I make sure that all elements of the arrangement sound great, exciting and complement each other, when I feel that this goal is achieved the mix is ready for the first review by the artist or band. After that I make some adjustments in accordance with the notes from the artist.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started doing recording and mixing job for the band where I was playing on electric guitar about 7 years ago and I decided that this is something that I want to do professionally and entered Music Production department of the Institute Of Modern Art in Moscow which I graduated from in 2015. My professional career started in sound reinforcement field but I always wanted to make records and was so happy when I've been offered a job as an recording engineer at Russian State Musical TV and Radio Centre which is the umbrella organisation for the Orpheus Radio station - the biggest classical music broadcast station in Russia. I've been working there for more than 2 years and that was a great time - we had to record and mix about 5 - 6 live concerts per month starting from quartets to full symphonic orchestras and jazz big-bands. Now I work as a recording engineer at the biggest Russian recording facility - The Mosfilm Tonstudios - which was my dream for a long time.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I mix completely in the box using Avid Pro Tools software and plugins from Universal Audio, Audioease, Fabfilter and Waves. I rely on my Event 20/20 BAS Monitors which I know pretty well. I also use Yamaha HS 50M monitor for checking mixes in mono.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I'm really inspired by the work of Andrew Scheps, Tchad Blake, Michael Brauer and Eric "Mixerman" Sarafin.