Hello music lovers!! I got into this business because I love music. I always wanted to be part of making a record. Recording and mixing are my main focus, however I'm always up for a creative collaboration in different ways.
My name is Ilan and my goal is to help you, the band/singer-songwriter/producer or any collaborator, to produce the best sounding music. I want to take the song you hear in your head and bring it to life by capturing the idea and guiding it to become something emotive.
I studied at SAE Institute and graduated in 2014 and am nowadays working there on top of working freelance. I have been an intern at Red Bull Studios Amsterdam for over 2 years. First as an assistant engineer and then as a head engineer. In this environment I got the chance to work with a variety of artists, from recording metal to mixing tracks by EDM producers.
I offer recording, mixing and mastering services. At HAL5 Studio Amsterdam or at my home studio I work on the mix and master. For recording options are a plenty especially if you got a studio you love, but I work closely with HAL5 Studio in Amsterdam.
Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.
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Interview with Ilan Rom Sound
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mainly focus as a recording and mixing engineer.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I try to approach every song with a clean slate. Meaning I want the song to dictate what kind of sound it wants. Songs need to breath and feel like organic to its nature, even if the song is full of sides and is complicated. It needs to feel like it wasn't worked on for ages.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Listening. At the end of the day without hearing in context and for pleasure the song wont be as good as it should. Just knowing a lot of tech info will never make the song punch and be memorable.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Honestly hard to define as nowadays everything is mixed and mashed, which I love. I feel like the greatest bands are always hard to define. Which is what I'm looking to work on. Having said that, I love people who play their instruments and the real creativity coming from that and collaborating with other musicians.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I guess I would go for Opeth. An amazing song writer with such diverse music. It would be exciting to start every session knowing that it is gonna be a completely different song. Amazing musicians.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I'm a DJ.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to listen to music all day!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll do my best and give my attention to detail until the song is where it should be.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both because each has its advantage. I love the creativity and workflow when working on analog gear. But I also love the fact that I can recall sessions using the computer and plug-ins. So, best of both worlds I say.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: From a producers point of view I am inspired by works of engineers Joe Barresi, David Bottrill, Josh Wilbur and Kurt Ballou. As far as sounds of bands I love these include Opeth, Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age, Snarky Puppy, Tigran Hamsyan, Faith No More, Tool, Outkast and of course many, many more.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Get it right at the recording, because fixing in the mix shouldn't be the moto and can not get the results you want. And, especially for mixing - use you ears and not your eyes. Obvious, I know, but I see many who judge things based on a graph when working in the box.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: For mixing I usually work from my home studio where I have an acoustically treated room. There I mix in the box with some great plug-ins I find sounding really interesting. When I need some more analog vibes I go to a couple to studios I have residency at.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: From the gut. I let instinct set me in the right direction as a starting point in a project. I love analyzing music, but there is a fine line where it could become to "cold" and intellectual. At the end of the day music should emote.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My monitors and guitars. As long as I can playback music and actually hear all the production done, I'm good.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Try to sense if it's someone you wanna trust and spend time with, because you need to be relaxed and feel you're in good hands when making music.