Hiro is a Japanese Producer, Mixing and Mastering engineer. He graduated from Berklee college of music, with awarded renown SPL international official endorser. - Yundi Li, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Orchestra - Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Berliner Philharmonie, Rock - Eric Clapton, Elton John, and Billy Joel with worked.
Hiro's Mixing and Mastering is making of typical new generation sound that particular sonic is constructed by his newest philosophy, skills, and high quality piece of gears. He has produced sound a lot of renowned artists from classical orchestra to rock stars, therefor he is able to make sensibility and transparent sonic by his 14 years experiencing. Why is Hiro having newest and the highest peak of gears and knowledge? Because Hiro is receiving support from high quality equipment manufactures and endorser due to result with his sprite of inquiry. Furthermore he utilizes high resolution mixing and mastering solution systems, his studio installed compatible DSD and PCM at 764kHz configurations (The high resolution files can make a convert every format by his studio, for example PCM 44.1kHz 16Bit or MP3). Especially the DSD has capability incredible accurate and natural sounding for acoustic instruments, so that he is good skillful at piano recording. Thus his studio is employing to develop high quality session pianist whose is working for session and over dub. It service is recorded by Steinway(semi concert), Baldwin(full concert), Yamaha(middle size) that can choose to favorite piano sounding by client. All piano installed his studio.
And Hiro is classical pops singer as well. He released 3 albums that worked with many Grammy Award artists such as Paul McCandless.
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Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: 90% analog 10% digital. You know analog gear is very high cost, but analog based sound can get very rich, natural and wide range sonic.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Capacity to listen. I am thinking very important the skill. I've ever worked as STEINWAY piano tuner experiencing so that I know acoustic piano detailed and sensitive sounding from classic to rock genre.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Highest sound for you.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: SSL XL-DESK, elysia alpha compressor, Custom Audio Germany HDE250A, Bettermaker Limiter, and Maselec MTC-1X mastering console. They have skills superb versatile so that almost songs sound can make probably.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I aim newest sounding.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I remember to worked with Billy Joel. I am his luge fun since 10 years old. Past 20 years, I was waiting for his arrive at one's Tokyo hotel by his world tour. Then he arrived the room, he looks like a very nervous so that I could get any closer. He ignored me and playing piano, but I knew all songs his playing. I whispered "I know your this song when its song composed you were not famous yet, so that you could not present birthday for your wife. Instead you presented this song for your wife!". Billy sad " Oh you know context this song, let's sing with me". This story unforgettable my memorial.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, Pops, Classic. Some times I'm working techno music.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Primary the song file bring to DSD recorder that all file format. The DSD recorder has superb quality of AD/DA converter. It's know how from sensitive classic music production.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio based to utilize SSL recording & mixing cosole with Maselec Mastering Console. They have very accurate and transparent sounding that installed versatile functions. For example the SSL console can be installed multiple EQ or compressor, especially I like 2 types tube compressor which gear makes particular tube warm sonic. Also the Maselec mastering console has highest skills equipment that may educate EQ, compressor, limiter and other high performance gears. Its an indispensable for modern sound.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Usually the my client project augment to sonic wide range, depth, aggressive, and dynamic rage by mixing and mastering. Furthermore I'm arranging for estimate, booking artists or stuff and contract with record company as producer.