I'm an audio engineer in the process of opening a recording studio in Mexico City. I'm also a sound designer and mixer for video. I'm a certified Pro Tools Operator for Music and Post Production. I also a play the drums for a rock band and a reggae/funk/rock project. I like all kinds of music ranging from Jazz to Metal and Electronic Music.
I can offer remote sound design, editing, mixing and mastering for your projects. I work on Pro Tools 11.
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Interview with Thoru G. Oguri
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I produce, record, edit and mix songs for clients. If I mix the record, I don't usually master it. My associate does. I also tend to mix audio for short films and commercials.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: In terms of musicians, I'm inspired by Gavin Harrison, Carter Beauford, Richie Kotzen John Mayer, Billy Sheehan, Nile Rodgers, Steven Willson and many many more.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I mostly work in the box but my outboard gear consists of: 1 Focusrite ISA One, 1 Focusrite Scarlett 18i20, 1 UA 4-710d, 2 Drawmer DL241 compressors and KRK Rokit 8 RPG2 Monitors.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When mixing, I usually start with all the faders at 0 and listen to the song several times. After I get a feel of the mood and concept I start mixing levels. After that, I clean each channel with EQs and continue the mixing process, tweaking whatever is necessary. After I go through the general mixing process I finish with effects and automation to enhance the song's dynamics. Having said all that, It always depends on what the song needs.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I respect concepts and try to enhance the message a song is trying to get across.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I would have to say editing and mixing.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on pop/rock, EDM and funk.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Save every single take the artist plays, no matter what he says. ALSO, save your work every 10 seconds.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Any artist that is dedicated and passionate about what they do. Music is about transmitting a message.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: "If it sounds good, make it sound great. If it sounds great, DON'T TOUCH ANYTHING".
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: It's not gear specifically but... My guitar, interface, computer, headphones, SM57.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: A provider might seem like the best choice, he/she might have amazing work under the belt but might not be right for your project. Go with your gut.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: 1. Why are you making/playing/ music? 2. What music do you like? 3. Can you explain your project to me in one sentence? 4. When do you want to start?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Audio engineers are not wizards. "Fix it in the mix" is the worst possible thing you can say.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q. Do you use ProTools? A. Yes, I'm a Certified Pro Tools Operator.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Materializing an idea is the best feeling in the world. I also love it when you can witness the evolution of an idea.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will treat every single client as an equal, giving my best in every single project.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Whatever floats your boat. Each of those have pros and cons.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm starting the pre-production of a Mexican band called MamiGruv, I'm co-producing and recording my rock project album, as well as playing live gigs. I'm also working on starting a video production company.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started taking piano lessons when I was 4 years old. I then transitioned to the drums at 13 and started messing around with guitar and bass. I started messing with a DAW at 17 and haven't stopped since. I studied Audio Engineering at a small school in Mexico City and now, I am a certified ProTools Operator for Music and Post and couldn't be happier about my carrier choice.