Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
My debut album "The Hot Shot Diaries". [ http://www.NashvinCunhaGomes.bandcamp.com ]
TBH it ain't my best work in terms of Mixing and Mastering. But this is where I beat myself to have released it in a hurry. The album work commenced over a year back but remained incomplete as I was swamped with projects and my marriage preps. But it was my college dream to release a one-man debut album before I got married. Hence, i hurried up and released the album.
The reason I am proud of it cause its single handedly produced by me.
Role: I have sung the backing tracks, harmonies too. Every song has been purely arranged, played and recorded by me. The title track is the only track where in I had two of my friends give me backing vocals as i could not impersonate a female!
What are you working on at the moment?
I completed my project on an electronic track this evening. The producer gave me total liberty to work the track my way. Just presented it to him this evening and his awestruck reaction to the track while it played was priceless!
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
I am new to SoundBetter so I am yet to make new connections.
Analog or digital and why?
Digital gives you the true sound while analogue adds excitement, warmth and colour. I mix both the worlds during my sessions to give you a promising new age sound with classic vintage warmth, feel and punch!
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
If you trust me completely, give me my space to work with and I will deliver results that will certainly please you.
What do you like most about your job?
There is something fresh to listen, learn and experiment everyday!
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Q. "There are a plethora of audio engineers who will be willing to the mix for way lower a price, can you match their rate?"
A: Please hire someone who best suits your budget and expectations. As for me, my charges come from years of experience and expertise. There was a time when I charged less too. Those days are way behind me...
Q. "Can you deliver the file as quick as possible"
A. Yes i can, although i wouldn't recommend it. I'd request you to trust me with time the same way you trust me with your project. I love my job and i love doing it thoroughly to my satisfaction before I send it across.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
1. "Mixing is easy... simply play with faders and gains. Tops add some eq, reverb, compression. How do you justify your rate?"
- Mixing Is An Art! It involves "Training the ear". Its a learning process. Every individual thinks he can mix cause his/her ear isn't trained. And mixing being subjective adds to the misery. Every mix done by an unprofessional seems the best only to him and perhaps the speakers he mixed on. Sometimes he'll crib about the mix sounding bad the second day... well thats cause, it takes years of dedication and training to become a good mixing engineer. Please let the professionals do the job and give your song the credibility it deserves. Its worth the buck. If it were so easy, the industry wouldn't have spent million dollars on hiring professionals for the job! Something to think about.
2. "You claim so many hours of work but you also took breaks!"
- Sir, if I do not take breaks from time to time I will not be able to deliver my best. Ear fatigue is a common phenomenon and there is no way to "get rid" of it. We have to deal with it BY TAKING REGULAR BREAKS. Yes, you pay for that time but you do not pay for my sandwich and tea. These breaks are in honour and benefit of your project.
3. "I want the song to sound exactly like this <reference track>"
- Truthfully, It is impossible to make the song sound as a replica cause there are various factors involved! But yes, we will use it as a reference while working on your track so we know we are on the right path.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
1. Rough mix of the song
2. Processed stems of the rough mix
3. Unprocessed stems
- preferably separate stems for every element of an instrument (Eg: Drums: 1. Kick, 2. Snare, 3. Hi Hat, 4. Low Tom, 5. Crash etc...)
4. Midi files
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
1. Please be patient. Mixing is dependent on our ears to deliver the best. However, all human ears suffer from a common phenomenon called "Fatigue". Hence, we engineers are forced to take periodic breaks to refresh our ears. Trust me every engineer hates moving out of the seat while in the zone! But it is vital in order to deliver best results.
2. We are professionals with expertise in our field. If we have suggestions please embrace them cause we mean well.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Laptop, SoundCard, Monitors, Headphones & a Midi Controller
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Purely passion driven. Love twiddling with EQs no sooner I was allowed to operate the music system at home! Professionally however I have been doing this over 8 years!
How would you describe your style?
Clean and audible.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I am open to working with everyone however, an experienced artist would be preferred as he/she would be familiar with the technical barriers that we audio engineers are exposed to and would thus value and respect our feedback (suggestions) and time.
Can you share one music production tip?
If you use similar sounding instruments, shape their tones wisely!
What type of music do you usually work on?
I have previously worked on Pop, Electronic, Acoustic, Ballads, Jazz, and fusion.
What's your strongest skill?
What do you bring to a song?
I make the track sound as clean and clear as possible. This involves a lot of engineering during the mixing process. I strive to make the song sound tight and crisp while laying focus on the low end and vocals. I generally prefer mastering my mixes as i know what to strive for.
What's your typical work process?
1. Open all the unprocessed stems in the DAW.
2. Listen to the rough mix a couple of times while carefully understanding the stems and client's requirements.
3. Arrange the stems as per my preference
4. Tackle/Treat every stem for its transients and tonality.
5. Mix the project
6. Compare to the rough mix
7. Do necessary changes if required.
8. Prepare for mastering.
9. Run necessary processes to tighten the track and bring it to broadcast level
10. Compare with commercial tracks and alter if needed.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Macbook pro, Yamaha PSR 910, Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP soundcard, Yamaha HS 50s (pair) monitors, Yamaha HS 10 (sub), Behringer T-47 condenser microphone, AKG K271 MK II headphones
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I am very open minded to music and music professionals. Every professional has his/her own insight, style and brings expertise to the table. I look at the positives that I can learn from.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Audio Mixing & Audio Mastering