Mix engineer based in İstanbul
I learned my engineering skills from my mentor Michael White (Whitney Houston, Talking Heads, The Rolling Stones) and now i offer my mixing services to independent bands. I have a strong passion for music, i believe in D.I.Y work ethic and i always look for better results for the people i work with. Even if you have great recorded material, i would want to take that sound to next level and give it a beautiful, huge finished sound. Or maybe your recording didn't go well and you have a poor material, to me, it really doesn't matter, i'll do my best to get the most out of your performance.
Through the years i've worked with local bands mixing live shows time to time and recording studio projects. Still, some of the recording and mixing is happening at Erekli Tunc Studios.
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Interview with Coşkun Yüce
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Creative focus creates another dimension to a production. So my focus and dedication are my strongest skills.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Definitely more emotion with more dynamics and clarity. The mixer should see the heart of the song. That's what i am trying to achieve.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Rock, Electronic, Indie.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Clean, sharp, loud and sweet.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Making your session clean and parts organized before sending multi-tracks is really helpful for me!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly do mixing work for my clients.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I start with technical stuff. When i get the tracks i import them into the new session, i clean up the unnecessary noisy bits, make organization between the tracks, color coding and bussing for easy navigation. Then i start mixing.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Sure, be honest with your production and see what is missing and what can you do about it. That's crucial if you want to improve yourself and your music.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Oh, Morrissey would be great. Because he has great lyrics, melodies.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: SSL bus compressor, my speakers, 2 Neve 1073's and 2 API 550a's. But that's 6.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I want to learn as much as things about the production and the song. Cues about the sound and vision for the mix. It is important for me to have some kind of guidelines before starting to mix. Their choice with the effects and so on.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise would be delivering the best version of the song.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital, because it is fast and recalls are easy, you open up your session and go. If budget allows why not go to analog, both works great.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My band's album.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I tell you this. I re-mastered a track from the '70s, just a stereo track, and it had this old sound quality with bad distortion in it. The left channel was almost destroyed with it so i muted the left channel and used the only right channel and mastered that. And it sounded perfect. Because eliminating that extra distortion was crucial for the making the song more listenable.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being creative is what i like about my job. Even dealing with technical issues.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jack Joseph Puig, Nigel Godrich, Tom Elmhirst, those guys are doing some top-notch work.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Working in the box with a large selection of plug-ins made by Waves, Slate Digital, Brainworx etc. I also use Dynaudio Bm15a's for monitoring.