HOFA College certified mixing and mastering engineer, my most impressive accomplishment is that one of the artists I produced (Tyler Linkman) got signed to Universal Music South Africa
My name is POP Rares Vlad, I am a mixing and mastering engineer specialized in Hip Hop, which I also produce as a beatmaker and arranger. I graduated from HOFA College in Germany in 2019 and since then I produced, mixed and mastered for a number of artists localy, nation wide and also from other countries
Mixing project - 200$/song
Mastering project - 50$/song
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Interview with BeatzShack
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: an EP and a few singles for a south african artist, Tyler Linkman, that got signed to Universal Music and we still collaborate,
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: two hip hop albums
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Gyb, https://soundbetter.com/profiles/503416-gyb
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital: amazing plugins (Plugin Alliance MEGA XXL, Softube, Soundtoys, Slate Digital All Access Pass, Waves and more), instant recall, insignificant sound differences.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: that they will receive exactly what they payed for, even more (advice, support, friendly attitude)
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: mixing it is my life passion and I love everything about it. Every step of the way until the finished product
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: why do i want to work with you? hire me and find out! ;)
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: that everything needs to be perfect and clean
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: the gear used to record the vocals
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: always be careful with who you record the vocals with. Never skimp on quality and always strive for best performance. ”Fixed in the mix” vocals never sound good
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: my mac mini, monitor, my Senheisser HD650 headphones, my Ableton Push2 and my Blue BabyBottle SL mic
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: my first produced album - 2008 and since then I kept on perfecting my skill also attended an audio school
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Boom bap
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Method Man because of his vocal tone, skill
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: always use the cleanest samples or synths. It will bring much better value to the finished product then needing to clean the signals
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip hop
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: song production, mixing
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Production, arrangement, vocal production, mixing, mastering
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I make the beats and send them to the people I collaborate with. They chose the beats they want then record the vocals in their own studios or mine, then I receive the vocal tracks and further arrange the song
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 3rd gen, Neumann KH120A + Neumann KH750 DSP sub, Focusrite ISA One Analog, Blue BabyBottle SL, RODE NT1-A, KT-76, KT-2A, DBX166XS, EQP-KT, Pro Tools 2022.4,UADx, Plugin Alliance, Slate Digital, Waves
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Leslie Brathwaite, Chris Lord-Alge
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Hip Hop Production, from beat making to complete song, including mixing and mastering