We are a small project production studio situated in Turku, Finland. providing a premium quality service with both analog and digital equipment. Our engineer has 10 years of experience working with music both as an engineer and performing.
Aura Music Studios is a small project production studio based near the heart of Turku, Finland. Our engineer Tom Fensome has 10 years of experience in working with music.
Tom studied Music Theory and Performance, before moving onto get his BSc in Audio Engineering and Production. Having worked both as a performer and as an engineer he understands the process, and uses this knowledge to bring out the best in the music presented to him.
Aura Music Studios utilises a hybrid setup, using both analog and digital equipment allowing for a better workflow, and thus fast turn arounds, while still maintaining the quality expected of a professional music studio.
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Interview with Aura Music Studios
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I once as an assistant engineer working on capturing the impulse response of different spaces around London with my at the time lecturer Nikolay Georgiev. It was great fun getting out of a studio and recording sounds on location to be able to create usable reverbs.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently working on an 8 track metal album (mix), and 2 tracks of mastering (soul/RnB)
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: When working with me you will receive the utmost professionalism from start to finish. Along with this, you will receive a mix and/or master that brings the soul out of your music.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being able to work on other people's music. I feel the music people make allows you to see how they experience life, at least to some extent.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: 1. Do I need to edit anything? 2. Is everything able to be dragged directly into a DAW? 3. Which artists have influenced your music?
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A flare gun, a water purifier, a generator, a tent, and something to make fire with. It wasn't specified it had to be audio gear.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Originally started off wanting to be a performing musician and session guitarist, however while studying for my Performance and Theory HNC I discovered I loved the production side of music.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Anything guitar based. When in the UK I more often than not worked with blues and jazz. Since moving to Finland and setting up shop here it has shifted to the more heavier side of guitar. However I am comfortable with most music types.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: The heart of the studios is an Antelope Audio Orion Studio Rev2017. I use Adam Audio T5Vs along with Presonus Eris E5s. The workhorse of most of the mixing is the Softube Console 1 for which I have 4 different console emulations, along with this is use a plethora of other boutique plugins. In terms of analog gear I have a KlarkTeknik valve EQ, an SM Pro Audio OC8E 8 channel optical compressor, and a Behringer Sonic Enhancer (might be behringer but it makes drum busses sound amazing). I also have the ability to reamp guitars via a Peavey Vypyr 30 modelling amp, along with a handful of pedals and different microphone choices. I mostly use Pro Tools, however also use Presonus StudioOne from time to time.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: In terms of musicians I love the old school. I am inspired by Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King, Albert King, Buddy Guy. But inspiration for my mixing style is Andrew Scheps, his work across multiple genres is always spot on and his workflow with both analog and digital gear is legendary.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I am first and foremost a mixing engineer. However as part of my service I am often asked to provide mastering as well.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Why not both? Analog has the natural warmth and adds harmonics/saturation that people have grown to love, however analog workflow can be arduous. Digital has the improved workflow of recall and presets (I have made my own) however also has its own drawbacks of having to emulate that warmth of analog. Using analog preamps, compressors, or EQs before or after the digital side allows for the optimum workflow.