What are you working on at the moment?
I am finishing working on my own album and I also continue working as a sound engineer.
Analog or digital and why?
These days one doesn't exclude another. There are studios, which only work with an analog, and they have their own special sound. I prefer to work using both analog and digital equipment. I believe, that this combination allows you to achieve the best quality results.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
They ask if I can do the job exactly how they want and what is the deadline. I always do all I can to make sure the songs sound as best as possible!
What's your typical work process?
First, I create a working project in which I load tracks of the records. Then I listen to the record, analyze it and a make plan of adjustments of the performing errors. I fix corrections and then proceed to the reduction. During its process I try to achieve the balance that is required for the best sound of the song in my opinion.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Recently, I worked as a sound producer with a rock band and symphony orchestra. I performed recording, mixing and mastering . I improved the skills on working with scores and working with the orchestra as well. In my opinion, it was very valuable work and great experience for me as it would be for any engineer.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Yes, there is. I will recommend, if necessary.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I will do my job as best as I possibly can.
What do you like most about your job?
Everything! The step of creation, completion and the date of the project due.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
The biggest misconception is that you can't make enough money doing what I do.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
I ask under what conditions the recording was made and what equipment was used.
If I play the role of a producer, I will ask in what style and color they want to hear the mix, what is their budget and the deadline.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
It is important that the sound engineer has experience and knowledge in the music, he will work with. More important to know on what equipment the mix is made and how well the monitors in the studio sound. It is also important to have skills in editing errors performance if it needs to be done. Ask to listen to the demo material.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I developed an interest in music and the playing technique since childhood.
I became a musician in 1997 and I started working as a professional sound engineer since 2009.
How would you describe your style?
Modern, clear, legible.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
It would be very interesting to work with Andy Wallace, Butch Vig, Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney. I very much like the results of their work.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I usually work with alternative rock, indie rock, indie pop, pop rock, MIDI technology, electronic pop music, music where real instruments and synthesizers are present.
I also work with symphonic music and I have the skills of working with scores.
What's your strongest skill?
A sense of dynamic, sense of style, understanding of balance. I really enjoy the process of creating a sound composition. I give a special attention to it.
What do you bring to a song?
Good balance, essential stylistic color, clarity, groove.
Tell us about your studio setup.
The basis of my studio is a program called pro tools HD and a full set of components of the Avid company. I carry out the reduction according to the principle "completely in the box". I also perform a reamping process, if necessary, and I use my hardware setup with pedal effects and special fx, such as a reverb, delay...
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I get inspired by the following artists -Andy Wallace, Butch Vig, Dave Grohl, George Martin, Paul McCartney, Rupert Neve, Jimmy Page, Steve Albini, Bob Rock, Brian Eno, Rick Rubin, Andy Sneap, Nigel Godrich, Sam Phillips, Alan Parsons, Fab Dupont.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Most of all, I make mixing and mastering. In addition, I work as a sound engineer in a studio where I record live bands.The process of mastering includes fixing of performing errors, correction of the overall sound of the song, search for specific stylistic colors, which are inherent for the style recording is made and where it is needed. As a rule, I offer a service of the songs mastering for my clients. After the completion of the reduction step I carry out the song mastering and hand over the originals to my clients.