Remote Mixing & Mastering
As a musician myself, I play four instruments. The drums, guitar, bass and I'm a singer. I believe to really a good sound engineer and producer you must be a musician yourself, to be able to mix a song musically rather than scientifically. Over the years, apart from doing live sound, I've recorded and mixed many songs for many different artis
I've always grown up playing musical instruments and naturally I was always intrigued by different instruments, the different sounds and instrumental capabilities. During my late teens, I set up my own home studio and did my own research and study to learn and teach myself more on music production and recording techniques. This is when I really became interested in everything that had to do with sound engineering and music technology.
I then decided to go to uni to study Sound Engineering and Production at Birmingham City University. This opened my eyes on the way we hear sound and the importance of how we hear sound to create a desired tone. Over the years I learned a lot, from recording, to mixing & mastering, to signal processing, to digital audio effects.
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Interview with Jacob Momjian
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I recently released my own song on iTunes. I'm proud because I wrote, produced, performed, recorded and mixed the whole song on my own.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Analog has it's warm tone which everybody loves, but at the end of the day, digital is just practicality. I always however make sure I record with analog gear when I have access to them.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Listening to new styles and meeting different musicians.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Who inspires you and why?
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Condenser mic, Pair of headphones, Audio interface, Laptop and XLR cables.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been a Sound Engineer student for 3 years and I have worked on many projects a long the way.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: If the song doesn't make me groove, it's not done right.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Ed Sheeren. He's a very true and real musician and recording him would be entertainment as well as a pleasure.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: More is not always better. Pepple have a perception that over compressing, EQ-ing and adding effects to the song makes a track better. A lot of the hit songs nowadays are RECORDED well and therefore not much effects are added in the mixing stage. So my advice would be make sure you plan a track well before the recording stage for a better outcome in the end.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Acoustic, Rock, Pop and Hiphop
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing drums and Vocals. I myself play 4 instruments, drums, guitar, piano and I sing. I always make sure that the Kick, Snare and Vocals sit perfectly together in a mix. Those three make or break a record.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I always listen to a song first from beginning to end AWAY from the laptop. I get a feel of the track, see what it lacks and what it holds as strengths. After that I begin the mix process to work towards a more lively, punchy and energetic mix.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First of all I like to talk to the client to make sure I understand what he wants for an outcome. I usually ask for a reference track as well to get an idea and feel of the energy in a mix before I start mixing the clients tracks.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: At the moment I have a basic set up with an m-audio fast ultratrack sound interface and BX7 carbon monitors. I use Logic pro X and have access to many high-end plug ins that are used in the industry today.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Chris Lord-Alge, Tony Maserati & Andrew Scheps
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I just moved back from England after studying Sound Engineering for 3 years therefore I have a lot of experience in new and upcoming techniques for recording, mixing and mastering.