Isaac Choi (Germano Studios)
Mixing Engineer that specializes in Pop, K-Pop, Hip Hop and R&B. Currently work at Germano Studios NY and a freelancer with music production team Ilban Music (recognized by Berklee College of Music)
Graduated from Berklee College of Music with a B.A. in Music Production & Engineering in the year 2016. Currently works at Germano Studios NY and does freelance work with Ilban Music production team. Specializes in mixing Pop and K-Pop music. Service provided are mixing projects.
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Interview with Isaac Choi (Germano Studios)
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: One project would be for Arden Cho. To be able to meet and work with an artist personally was a huge honor and pleasure for me. For this project I was the Mixing/Recording engineer.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently working on a mix for Arden Cho. She found our team Ilban Music and wanted to make a few covers with us and so far a few of them have been uploaded on both of our channels.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I would recommend Matthew Sim and Immanuel (Manny) Park. They are both co-workers at the studio I work at and they have been providing services to clients on SoundBetter for quite some time and have received great feedback from clients. We enjoy the same kinds of music so we have similar taste.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. Currently many current and up and coming producers, mix/recording engineers all work in Pro Tools. Analog gear such as consoles or outboard gear are still used to have that specific 'color' in recordings and mixes, but a lot of people use plugins to mix and record that can provide a very close similarity without having to buy expensive analog gear.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To bring out what they want from their music.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I am able to meet and greet many big or small name artists and hear what their story is at the moment.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What service(s) do you need provided? What is the main objective/focus of the project sent?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Communicate. Communication between the provider and client is what helps create a clear and successful gig to happen so you know what the provider can do for you and know what the client wants.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My laptop, headphones, interface, UAD card and a microphone. These are the minimum I would need to make music.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I attended Berklee College of Music in the Fall of 2013 and throughout the years I did a lot of recording sessions as well as mixed songs for fellow peers. I'm currently in a freelance production team called Ilban Music and we did many covers and was featured in Berklee's YouTube channel for being the first ever K-Pop cover on their channel. I also work at Germano Studios NY as a General Assistant and have been there close to a year.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Lecrae. He and I share the same faith and he shows it through his music. He provides healing and support through his music and that's my lifetime goal in my career.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Organization. It will indefinitely help increase workflow when working on projects whether it may be mixing or recording.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I specialize in Pop, K-Pop, Pop Rock and Singer-Songwriter genres.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Balancing a mix and vocal tuning. I spend a sufficient amount of time in finding the right balance for each component. As for tuning vocals, I have perfect pitch which makes tuning vocals a quick and easy process.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: It's intentions. I mix a song to reveal what the client wants to bring out and hear.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I start off organizing the session project to increase the speed of my workflow. Having an organized project will always help the speed and efficiency when you mix. I then start to balance the mix. Balance makes up 80-90% of a mix. Once I find a solid balance, I go through the project and see if there are any editing procedures that needs to be done. The last step would then to start mixing.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It's a small but humble setup. I currently own an Apogee Duet interface, UAD-2 Satellite Duo, Tannoy Reveal speaker monitors, and a pair of Audio Technica ath m50 headphones.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: People that I've been inspired by are Bruno Mars, Lecrae, Big Sean, producer Malay Ho and Mix Engineer Serban Ghenea just to name a few.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I provide Mixing services for Pop, K-Pop, and Hip Hop projects.