Saarni Music is owned by a 27 years old professional audio engineer from Finland, Markus Heinonen, who has been a musician for 17 years and an engineer for 7.
Saarni Music is divided into 3 sub-divisions: "Saarni Music" provides musician services (songwriting, producing, session instrument tracks), "Saarni Studio" provides recording, mixing & mastering and "Saarni Records" is a record label.
Toft audio ATB32 – 32 channel analog console
MOTU 828 mk3
Behringer ADAT x 2
- > 24 track in/out
ADAM A5 x 2
Behringer Truth B2031A x 2
Mic list: AKG C214, Violet the Atomic, Oktava ML52, Audio Technica AT2020, Sennheiser MD421, Sennheiser MD421-II x 2, Audix D6, Audix i5, Audix D4, Audix D2 x 2, AKG D7, Fostex MC10 x 2, Samson C02 x 4, Shure SM58 x 4, AKG D11, JTS NX2, Samson Qkick, Samson Qsnare, Samson Qtom x3
Gear & Instruments:
Bass amps: Laney 100-Watt tube Bassam, Orange AD200, Ashdown MAG 600 EVO II
Bass cabs: Warwick 4x10, Custom made 1x10, Ashdown 8x10
Guitar Amps: Marshall VS100, VOX AC100CP, ORANGE Dark Terror 50
Guitar cabs: Marshall 4x12 (2kpl), KOCH 2x12, Orange 2x12
Drums: PDP MX Series, Tama Starclassic, Tama Superstar
BC Rich Platinum Warlock bass, Wolf-baritone, Washburn HM, Haverinen Customs Les Paul, Haverinen Customs Kelly, Haverinen Customs Rickenbacker, Greg Bennet series acoustic
Keyboards: Kurzweil PC3-masterkeyboard, Galanti x360-organ
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Interview with Saarni Music
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a TOFT ATB32-analog mixing desk, going to MOTU 828mk3-interface, recording 24-tracks at a time. I use the mixing desk for recording every time, but occasionally I use it for mixing too.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: For my own band Kausalgia I recorded, produced and mixed everything and mastered the whole thing for CD and Vinyl. The project went on for almost 3 years and we ended up building our own studio (which I work in right now) in the process.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I like to record as analog and ready sound as possible, but mix digitally because of the versatility. For me there is no fight between analog or digital, both have their pros and cons and I like to use only the pros from both of them.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to make them sound original. And in most cases, very good.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to record or mix a song and I get to decide what it should sound like!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Strangely many clients want to book the studio for one hour to record a 2-3 song demo by themselves. My answer: "That is humanly impossible".
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception is that I am a stictly metal guy. That is not true, I love all kinds of music and am willingly to work with any kind of genre. I love a good song, no matter if the genre is afrojazz, funk, hiphop, doom metal or polka.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: If the gear can't include anything to aid my rescue, then all I need is an acoustic guitar.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I got my first cassette player in maybe 3rd grade and first guitar in -99. I started doing vocals in 2004 and audio engineering in the same year. I have studying and done professional audio engineering since 2009. I finally started my own business in 2016.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is definitely to capture the sound of the band. All my mixes sound very different from each other because the band is different every time.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Having recorded only amateur demo bands, it would be great for once to work with a professional band and see how it affects the sound of the final product.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Each new project should be considered as "the best thing ever" and as a producer you should be able to understand the love and the passion that the artist has towards his/her music.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Most of my clients have been Metal and Rock bands, or bands that like analogue sound or live feel, which for me is very ok.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is actually propably Vocal production. Being a vocalist and having recorded numerous albums as a vocalist myself, I know what it is like and what a good vocal should sound like.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Being a music fan for 20 years, I have developed a vision of what the song should sound like musically in order to get the listeners attention.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I watch everything in Youtube posted by Glenn Fricker, Warren Huart, Graham Cochrane or Dave Pensado. I am also a fan of Steve Albini and Anssi Kippo, who share some (perhaps unconventional) visions on producing with me.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work for me is recording an EP or a full-lenght album for a band from scratch. I occassionally do record drums/vocals or mix tracks that have been recorded elsewhere, but it is more rare.