Analog or digital and why?
both of them are great, and each has it own advantage, to try to make it works from both analog and digital is the real job.
but in the very end, good mix is a good mix and the man behind the gun is what matter most, whether is came from 48ch SSL mixer or from cubase 5 with stock plugin
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
i will try hard to make your song sound better, i will try to make your drum sound bigger, your guitar sound wider, your vocal sounds cooler and in your face, and your song "radio ready"
What do you like most about your job?
when my client smile when hearing the result of my works
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
"where's the big bald mixer?", "i don't see any hardware here?!", "you mixing ONLY using computer???!"
i just answered with my mixing mastering result
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
that 100% in the box mixing is BAD, and you MUST always go 100% analog
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
what do you want your song to be?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
ask them to send some before-after mixing mastering job
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
acoustic guitar, ukulele, cajon, timpani, megaphone.
then i'll make a band with spongebob, and sing in front of squidward house
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
i've been doing this for more than 10 years
How would you describe your style?
my style?, In Your Face mixing style
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
i'd love to work with any artist from outside my country (Indonesia), because i want to broaden my skill and experience
Can you share one music production tip?
when you layered snare/kick with sample (using drumagog/aptrigga), always use the original sound with minimal 20-30% mix with the sample, never ever 100% replace the sound, because however bad the drum sound, it will bring more natural groove and feel into the song
What type of music do you usually work on?
i mixed lot of genre, but most of my works is pop-rock-metal stuff
What's your strongest skill?
my strongest skill is drum mixing, i can make bigger than life drum sound from plain and bored drum sound
What do you bring to a song?
i'd try my best to bring some excitement into the song, also punch and tightness, in short : i'd try to make your song sound cooler
What's your typical work process?
after i got the recording data, first i check it for any noticeable flaw, then i do some rough balance and send it to client for verification, then i'd start the editing-mixing-mastering after the client is confirm with the rough balance
after i finish the song, i send it back to client for some revision
Tell us about your studio setup.
Now my setup is 100% in the box, but with DSP card based plugin, UAD2 solo, and TC Powercore, with a lots of other plugin
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
i love the Lord-Alge brothers (Chris and Tom) works, and Andy Wallace, also Colin Richardson
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
i usually do almost all kind of works, from edit and comping guitar track, tuning vocal, quantize snare and kick to match the tempo, and in the end : Mixing and Mastering the song