Mixing Engineer and Session Guitarist with a focus on Jazz, Rock, Pop and Indie related genres. Taught by producer Mike Nielsen (Jamiroquai, U2, Craig David).I have degrees in Music Production and Composition. I offer fast turnarounds, great communication! I am obsessed with quality in sound and mixing.
As a Performer/Composer myself; I understand your language and your needs. We will always be on the same page. I will listen to you all ears; because to me, your artistic/compositional direction and input matters the most!
I believe that every project is unique and I am very flexible in order to fulfil your needs with each mix. We will work and communicate closely for you to get exactly what you want to hear and I won't blink an eye until we get there! The mix isn't done until you are fully satisfied.
l only use world-class high-end equipment and plugins while mixing to achieve the best sound.
I have studied Music Production in Kingston University, UK and Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey. Currently collaborating with www.soundpicnic.com.
I am here to provide excellent communication and pay great attention to detail. And I will do everything to make sure you are happy with the result.
Feel free to contact me about your project. I am looking forward to work with you!
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
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Interview with Cem Arapkirlioglu
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Dynamic, Open. Obsessively chasing for the best.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I am using Protools, through Universal Audio Apollo, monitoring through Neumann speakers.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing and Session playing.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Depending on the genre, I serve the music! Whatever the idea wants to be transferred through the composition I am working on, I make sure that it's received by its audience.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Andrew Scheps, John Paterno and Fab Dupont inspires me in Mixing.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Thinking a bad recording could be fixed in the mix :)
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My work process starts with trying get as much as information and input from the artist in order to be able to understand, and help them figure out what they really want. And shapes around the idea of delivering mixes that are stylistically accurate in the music industry and %100 satisfying for the artist.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I ask about the writing process, if they had a glance of the sound of a part while they were writing, what their influences were and if they have any sound a-likes for the beginning. After that in detail questions start.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Ask every question in your mind. Don't let it bother you, we are here for you!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Neumann Monitors, Macbook Pro, Universal Audio Apollo, A big fat second monitor, my old trusted headphones.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been recording for 6 years. Mixing for 2 years.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If the composition is to be played live, nevermind the leakage and play it live!
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I have been working as a mixing engineer for www.soundpicnic.com
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. Because it's mobile!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: %100 satisfaction.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like taking a track something from scratch and make it ready for being published. It's like creating an entity. Something that will live.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "Don't you sleep?" they ask. I say "sometimes".
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working with musicians from local jazz and pop scene in Istanbul.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on Jazz, Rock, Pop and Indie based genres.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is my musical background as a composer/performer of wide range of genres.