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Joel Zhou on SoundBetter

My goal is to provide exclusive service to my clients for the best possible audio quality.

When you have a great song written, arranged, rehearsed, and recorded, you want a quality mix that justifies the amount of effort spent on your masterpiece. That's where I deliver that quality mix.

Or perhaps you shot a great featurette, the hours spent scripting, coordinating, and shooting demands breathtaking sound effects, and a quality mix. That's where I deliver that breathtaking sound effects and quality mix.

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Interview with Joel Zhou

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: Digital. Because everything would be eventually be played back digitally. And the convenience digital brings... Wait... If it's gear, analog... =P

  3. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  4. A: Your listening environment is very important. It would be ideal to review a mix on different playback systems. A good example of that would be to listen to a mix on studio monitors, TV or computer speakers, and in-ear monitors. That would give you a good gauge on how well the mix translates on different systems. Though the priority would always be on the system the majority of your intended audience uses.

  5. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  6. A: My Macbook with my DAW and all my plugins, Yamaha NS 10's, Avantone Mixcube, Barefoot Micromain 27,

  7. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  8. A: The subtle things done to a track makes a huge difference. Tuning the vocals, time aligning the instruments, or a 1dB change for an element in the mix goes a long way.

  9. Q: What's your typical work process?

  10. A: In a music mix, I tend to start with the drums and the bass first, because the beat gets the listener dancing. Then I would move on to mixing the rhythm instruments, creating a stage for the vocals or soloist to shine, then finally mixing the lead instruments and the fillers, these would give the listener small surprises every now and then. To me, mixing is a process of constantly listening to the song over and over again, making adjustments each time. I would start with broad strokes, getting the mix going somewhere, then gradually fine tuning until I get the mix that gets me grooving. I would also mix over a period of three days. Because I want to listen to my mix with a fresh set of ears at least 2 more times before I know a mix is done, and that would mean a good night's sleep to give my ears plenty of rest.

  11. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  12. A: I am currently getting mixes for ads. I have done a number of music mixes previously.

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Soundtrack of a Video directed by Ong Zheng Kai, music by Elaine Fung

I was the Mixing Engineer in this production

Gear Highlights
  • Mackie MR5 MkII
  • Pro Tools
  • Logic Pro X
  • Izotope RX
  • Izotope Ozone
  • Melodyne
  • Assorted Waves Plugins
  • Slate Digital Trigger
  • Slate Digital FG-Stress
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