The Janka-Industries recording studio has organically grown through the years with a combination of creativity and Janka’s passion for all machines. The studio wasn’t created with a master business plan, but instead grew organically as a place for creativity and audiophile excellence.
When I’m recording, I capture the sound so that it already sounds almost as good as it will sound after mixing. This means that my mixing process can be more about subtleties, allowing me to get all the intricacies of the end product perfect. I find that the best way to record is to have all the musicians in one room, this improves not only the musical relationship between the musicians, but also it enables the recording to have a homogeneous room sound, like all the great classic recordings have. I only use separate rooms when absolutely necessary, for example when very loud instruments are playing with very quiet instruments. Or if the room is too small….
When I’m mixing, I believe there needs to be an element of three-dimensionality to the sound, not just the two stereo channels, but importantly what is behind and what is in front. In my experience, this approach makes the tracks more exciting to listen to and also makes them have a longer life for the listener. I am always amazed how much this also applies to electronic music, that when you approach mixing it like you would a live band, you are able to bring a new life to the music.
The benefit of this 3 dimensional approach can only be maintained if during the mastering this approach is kept in mind.
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Interview with Janka Industries
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: everyone of my own releases....the last one is always the best one!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: film music
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: don't know yet..
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: analog for the flow and haptic
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
Q: What do you like most about your job?
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: can we do this in one day? no!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: if the music is bad I can't help too...
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: do you have a plan
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: a good plan safes time
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Urei 1176, Pultecs, Microtec Gefell mesurement mics, and my desc! and something to record o.c.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: ....20 years now...shit...
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: my stile is my stile and not a copy.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I don't have the whole day to write this list...
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: old one: less is more even when it's less
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, pop, jazz and free improv
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I am musician, and can bring this in. Often I play some instrumenst on the clients recordings....
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: An open and strong sound and a hand for arrangment.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Make the situation conftable to the clients to be creative.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It is based around an mazing sounding broadcast Siemens Sitral C48 desc sorrounded by nice analog hardware. There is also the possibility to record onto studer tape machines.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I love recorings where you can hear the recorded 3 dimenional room.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Due to many people record themselfes my mainjob is mixing and mastering.