I'm an Audio Engineer based out of Lebanon. My goal is to craft moderate sounding songs into big-budget sounding records. Doesn’t matter what tools I have at my disposal, I will make your music shine as it should.
Audio Editing & Restoration:
○ Noise reduction and glitch removal such as distortion, pops, clicks & hums
○ Silence removal & reverberation reduction
○ Phase alignment of audio sources
○ Audio-book editing of multiple audio tracks
○ Audio synchronization to video
○ Drum editing to grid / create tempo map from drum performance
○ Create phase accurate transient trigger tracks from drum shell microphones
○ Live instrument editing in relation to tempo or music
○ Vocal & instrument tuning
○ Gain staging & session preparation for mixing
Audio & Music Mixing:
○ Sound enhancement of audio files using equalizers, gates/compressors, saturators, fx, etc…
○ Mixing singles, EPs or albums in stereo
○ Mixing audio for video in stereo & 5.1 surround
○ Mastering audio for radio & commercial release
○ Live sound mixing using outboard gear such as digital & analog mixing consoles
Audio & Music Recording:
○ Studio recording in the box or using outboard gear (Audient ASP 880, SSL AWS 924, iCON, etc…)
○ Voice over recording for audio-books & video
○ Sound effect recording using Foley techniques
Some of the software i use: Avid Pro Tools 2019, Waves, Izotope, Slate Digital, Soundtoys, JST etc..
I look forward to work with you on your project! Hit me up, and I'll get back at you as soon as possible.
Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.
Interview with Toufic Aoun (Sonic Mix)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I went to school at an institute called Middle East Audio Suite in Lebanon to study Sound Engineering for a certificate. I got certified but was still unhappy with my knowledge of audio so I decided to travel to The Netherlands and study for a BSc in Audio Engineering at SAE Institute of Rotterdam. Throughout my time there I learned so much and even started working as an audio engineer at Redbull Studios Amsterdam where I have had the privilege of working alongside Martin Garrix at a recording session. After graduating I decided to leave The Netherlands and go back to my home country of Lebanon and search for a job. Not less than a week passed by and I landed a spot at The Brain Studio to work as a recording engineer. I was promoted to mixing engineer after impressing the studio owner with a mix I did for one of our clients. Now I work as a freelancer under my online company name Sonic Mix where I edit, mix and master for clients online.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Audio editing entire sessions. This ranges from grid editing & clean up editing to vocal tuning & midi programming Mixing. Polishing sessions to the very best they can be. Giving space to each instrument in a mix while retaining their glue together to sound as professional and crisp as can be.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: As audio engineers my top 3 are Chris Lord Alge (without a doubt), David Bendeth & Andrew Wade. As musicians my top 3 are Dave Groh, Caleb Shomo & Travis Barker.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: The main DAW I use is Avid Pro Tools 2018. It's a great workstation for recording/editing/mixing, especially when you know all the shortcuts. Main plugins i use when it comes to mixing or editing are Waves, Izotope, Soundtoys, Slate Digital, JST, Celemony, Toontrack & Trillian. My current monitoring set up consists of Sennheiser HD 650 (Headphones) & Genelec 8030 (Speakers). Audio runs in and out through a Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 interface. I also built myself an 1176 Blackface Compressor that i usually run bass and vocal through while mixing.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I receive the audio files, and start organizing the session. That means I re-name all audio files if i have to and color code them in the session. I then check each file for noise & glitches to fix. I clean up all audio tracks from un-needed regions. I do the task the client requires me to do and send it back off for approval. Once approved, the client can send me his/her notes regarding changes to be made (call it a revision).
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring life, excitement, and clarity to a song. Every mix I do, I make sure each element of the song is sonically visible and then they all merge together in a nice way. I always try to compete with award winning mix engineers' mixes to make my mixes sound better than theirs.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing Rock & Metal music. I tend to always get a great hard hitting drum sound (the essential element to any great mix is a solid beat).
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: All types of music. Be it classical music, pop, rap or electro, I can work on any genre and make it sound good. My main passion though is rock music, but that does not separate the fact that I can work on any genre out there.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always check phase between related tracks. The number one under-looked thing in mixing is phase. If u start processing a snare drum but it's just not cutting it in the mix, flip the phase (it might be out of phase with the room/oh mic's making it less punchy or visible in the mix).
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Caleb Shomo from Beartooth. The man is a genius. He's been solo writing all 3 of his band's albums. The cool thing is that he plays all instruments during the recordings (meaning he recorded the drums, bass, guitar, vocals, and synths)
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style of work would be fast, organized, and detailed.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1- Solar Panel 2- Laptop 3- Audio Interface 4- Speakers (preferably ADAM A7Xs) 5- Microphone (Shure SM57)
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be sure to explain as detailed as possible what you are looking for. The audio industry can be very subjective at times. Without a clear vision of what you're looking for, you are giving the provider a shot at adding his own touch to the project. You may or may not like it. If you do, then you did a wise choice working with said provider.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: - What are you looking for? - Are there any limitations to the project? (Because I usually do more than what's asked for) - How do you want it to sound?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Most of the people are still unsure about what I exactly do. When I tell them I'm an audio engineer they always tend to think I'm a DJ that plays live events.