Hey, Myself Maniratnam From Southern part of India. I have been into mixing for past 2 years and have worked on various tracks as mixing and mastering engineer.
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Interview with Maniratnam
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
My First work as a Mix Engineer as i had to work on that for a while and the output came outy to be really good and the client was really happy@!!!! :)
What are you working on at the moment?
Mastering A Punjabi Track which is having some sexy beats and Wonderfull Vocals!
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Analog or digital and why?
Mix Of both! :)
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
Quality and Il Deliver My Best Possible!!!!
What do you like most about your job?
Since something creative there is always something new to learn everyday!
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Mixing is an easy job :D!!
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Usually how the mix should be sounding and what reference do you have in your mind!
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Trust Me We Can Make it Sound Like How You Wanted which Wasnt possible by you! :)
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Manley Massive Passive, Crane song STC 8, Prism Dream AD/DA,Chandler Tg Compressor and Beyerdynamics DT 880 Pro
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Completed Graduation in Mechanical Engineering and then did a course on sound engineering and was initially into composing music but later into sound mixing and mastering! :)
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A.R.Rahman. Because he has been always one of my inspiration
Can you share one music production tip?
My tip will be always to concentrate on the music balance when u mix.....if ur musical balance is not good enough then whatever technical stuff u do it wont make it sound it good enough
What type of music do you usually work on?
i usualy work on country,hip hop,r&b, classical music in india
What's your strongest skill?
Since am a musician i try to bring the best musical balance to the track.
What do you bring to a song?
I usualy love to bring the life which wasnt there in the song already and improve the musical balance of the track and bring into the track more beauty :-)
What's your typical work process?
first of all i usually arrange my tracks into my usual taste. then i figure out the best way to balance it musically, then i usualy do the processing and move into serious mixing :)
Tell us about your studio setup.
I Have A good recording setup in my studios , Some Of the mics at my studio are Neumann U87, Akg C414, Rode NTK, Shure Sm57. We have an API 3124+ and Vintech 1273 Preamps routed to a Digi 96. Usually use a hell lots of pluiggins. Waves, Bx,lexicon,Uad Pluggins etc
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Lots of Engineers are there and lots of musicians too....am a big fan of Bon Iver,Chet Faker,Ray Charles,Eminem,Daft Punk,Dave Tipper,Metallica & A.R.Rahman
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I usually do Recording,Mixing and Mastering works for my clients