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
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: 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@!!!! :)
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Mastering A Punjabi Track which is having some sexy beats and Wonderfull Vocals!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Mix Of both! :)
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Quality and Il Deliver My Best Possible!!!!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Since something creative there is always something new to learn everyday!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Mixing is an easy job :D!!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Usually how the mix should be sounding and what reference do you have in your mind!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Trust Me We Can Make it Sound Like How You Wanted which Wasnt possible by you! :)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 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! :)
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: A.R.Rahman. Because he has been always one of my inspiration
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: 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
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: i usualy work on country,hip hop,r&b, classical music in india
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Since am a musician i try to bring the best musical balance to the track.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: 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 :-)
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Manley Massive Passive, Crane song STC 8, Prism Dream AD/DA,Chandler Tg Compressor and Beyerdynamics DT 880 Pro
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: 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 :)
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: 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
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: 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
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I usually do Recording,Mixing and Mastering works for my clients