Hello ! I am a French sound engineer, I have been working in music for 3 years now. I acquired knowledge in sound and music thanks to my studies (graduated in 2019) and my personal experience I am also a passionate of electro music and rap which are my favorite styles for mixing and mastering.
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Interview with Royer Antonin
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm particularly proud of a track I'm working on right now called ghost, there are 3 rappers the track lasts 5 incredible and intense minutes. For this piece I took care of the mixing of the mastering and the arrangement.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: I'm new, ask me my first question ! ;)
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I often ask my clients what they are recording with and under what conditions before anticipating possible mixing problems. I am also interested in their artistic direction and influences so that I can help them convey their message/music as accurately as possible.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My musical style is rather electro but since a few years I produce a lot of instrumentals and I orient myself towards trap and drill. However, I keep a foot a little bit everywhere to remain versatile. I like to compose energetic music with an epic character.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: i want to work with artists like travis or drake because their vocal treatments are really specific and define the current industry standards in US rap but i also want to work with french artists because french rap is trying to dissociate itself from US rap
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently I'm working on a 13 track rap album with my friends. It's a great project and I hope it will be as successful as it deserves to be. I'm doing the recording, mixing, mastering and arranging on this album.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Nope, I am new to this platform.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both because they both have advantages and disadvantages but are complementary.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise them quality work and deadlines and if the client is not satisfied with the mix I will proceed to touch up the sound.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: What I like in my job is to participate in musical projects, I am passionate about music and it is always a pleasure for me to get to know other artists and their songs.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Many people think that it is enough to follow tutorials, that sound is a science and that there is only one truth or way to do it, this is false. Sound is an inexact science, there are things to do necessarily but it is necessary to understand why we do them and always take in context and case by case.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: If you looking to hire a provider like me try to be sure that your sound is well finished (composition, recording, artistic effects).
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A musical instrument, food, water, seeds, a knife.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started music on FL studio in 2016, then I did a higher technician's diploma audiovisual option sound professions. I graduated in 2019. I trained from 2019 to 2021 to gain quality on my work , my goal being to provide a professional quality work. Now I am ready to provide the quality I wanted to achieve to my customers. In parallel to my studies and self-training I have done a lot of music and film projects with my friends and acquaintances.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If the unmixed sound sounds good it will be a killer after the mix.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I can make your song sound like a pro. I'll give you clarity, punch and volume.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Usually, I work on Rap or Electro music but sometimes I made some Rock.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My best skill is voice processing.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: For a rap or electro track: First, I import the files in the pro tools session, I do my gain staging. Then, I make a balance of the elements by treating the sources if necessary and in context. Once my balancing and processing is done, I check the tonal balance of my mix against some references. Finally I set up parallel compression in order to gain punch and then I go to the mastering stage where I adjust the loudness of the track to the reference style.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I got an Appolo twin USB Mk2 as soundcard, a blackhole BH2 microphone, Yamaha HS7 as speakers. My speakers are calibrate with sonarworks refrence 4. I do my mixes on protools and I have the waves, fab-filter and izotope plugin suites.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I really love Matt Lange's work on his music, his level of production is incredible as an artist and sound engineer. I really like the vocal treatment of the voices in the USA and I try to get closer to it otherwise my reference artists in rap are Kekra, Drake, Travis Scott, Laylow, Josman, SCH, Jok'air... In electro my reference artists are Worakls, N'to, the Blaze, Malaa, Tchami...
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Usually I do recording, mixing and mastering but I am also a beatmaker and a musician so I can make custom music. I also do sound post-production for the cinema (mixing, broadcast mastering, sound-design ...).