"SRNDR to the Music."
Hi. I am a musician and producer from Singapore. Until a couple of years ago, I was the singer, guitarist and songwriter for one of its premier indie-rock bands, The Great Spy Experiment. The band released two albums and the latter was the first-ever Singaporean album to top the local iTunes charts. Since the band disbanded in 2015, I've largely been producing dance music (deep house, house, tech-house, progressive house, etc.) and now run an independent dance music record label, SRNDR Records.
For the mixing service, I will carry out high quality audio mixing, leading to one mixed audio file optimised for mastering, in 24-bit, 44.1/48 kHz WAV format. Prices are differentiated by the number of audio channels (not inclusive of bus channels) and start from USD$50. Price includes up to 5 revisions.
Note: All mixing is done ‘in the box’ (digitally). I use a bunch of plug-ins from a variety developers. Please note that I do not do mastering.
For the vocals service, I will record quality vocals in a professional studio, leading to two versions of a vocal track, tuned, edited and optimised for mixing, in 24-bit, 44.1/48 kHz WAV format. Price start at USD$125 and includes free, optional backing vocals, and up to 5 revisions.
Preferred genres: Dance (Deep house, tech-house, techno, progressive house, trance) & Rock (Pop-rock, indie rock)
Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.
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7 Reviews - 2 Repeat ClientsEndorse SRNDR | Saiful Idris
SRNDR is a experienced and great mixing engineer and once again, he made the best out of my song! I would totally recommend him to anyone.
Hi Saiful is awesome. He is very good with communication and really tries to bring out what the artist is looking for. I have released under his label and I am happy to be apart of his team. His organisation and communication are amazing compared to many other labels and mix engineers. I always feel he tries to bring out the best in every track. We recently released Sunday Morning on his label and he transformed that song into a chart breaker. Thank you, Saiful!
As always, working with SRNDR has been a fantastic experience, i couldn't recommend them highly enough and there's no-one else that I'll be turning to for mixing in the near future!
It was a pleasure to work with SRNDR. He brought my mix to another level an worked really hard to get the best result. I would definitely recommend SRNDR to everyone! 5 Stars Mixing engineer!
Super stuff as always, a pleasure to work with SRNDR!
Genuinely cannot recommend this guy enough. Absolute fantastic service from start to finish . This man is giving sound better a fantastic name . Will be back again
Absolutely super to work with, I will 100% be going with SRNDR again for future mixes, I can't speak highly enough of Saiful, he is a genius.
Interview with SRNDR | Saiful Idris
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: At the moment, I'm mainly mixing for the artists on my label, SRNDR Records. So far, I've mixed seven tracks by four different artists and I'm really proud and happy that I've managed to improve the mixes quite significantly. As someone who has only been doing this for five years and is definitely still learning, it brings me great joy knowing that I'm at a stage in my growth where I can help others elevate their mixes to the point where they are release-ready. Only recently, I've started to mix for producers outside of the label and I do the same for them as I do my artists - give honest feedback about the songwriting/arrangement of the track, and mixing and bringing the best out of the elements in the track.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I've worked with a bunch of people on Soundbetter. These are the few that immediately come to mind: Mixing/mastering: Vintage Division (Paul Jalowiecki) for tech-house/techno, Connected Mastering (Damian Handzlik) for more nuanced house productions, Austin Leeds for EDM-style stuff, Sonar House Studios for indie/rock Piano: Jonah Wei-Haas Saxophone: Carlo Saxophonist Vocals: RobinB., Kat Webb, Eileen Jaime
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Give the young, 'cheaper' providers a chance. I've been doing music for over fifteen years, as a singer/guitarist/songwriter for an indie rock band and now, a dance music producer and mixing engineer. Throughout that time, I've worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, some at very great expense, people who charge top dollar for services like mixing and mastering. Some of those experiences were really wonderful, e.g. mastering with Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound in NYC was an experience I will never forget, but most of the time, I realise we were just paying for the name and expensive gear but not much else. In fact, right now, the two mastering engineers that I currently trust and rely on heavily are those who charge just slightly more than I do. I reckon if you spend enough time doing your research, you'll find someone as good as any who won't cost you an arm and a leg. And nowhere better to find them than right here on Soundbetter. :)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: This interview actually documents my journey quite well, so if you fancy a bit of a read, do check out https://www.lifeinarpeggio.com/blog/saiful-idris-interview-surrender-hq-house-producers-singapore
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Original school dance music. It's music that moves the mind, body and soul, built on elements that transcend the different sub-genres of house and techno music, but all bound by a deep appreciation of the structure and aesthetics of early but timeless electronic dance music - of the old but original school.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: At the moment, because of my current endeavour as a dance music producer and record label owner, my focus is very much on dance music, specifically the different sub-genres of house and a bit of techno.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Bringing out the emotive potential of a song. My favourite kind of music is the kind that speaks to my emotions, and I think every good song has the potential to do that, if treated right.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I don't just bring the ears of a mixing engineer but those of a songwriter and true music lover.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I start by analysing the song and breaking it down to the different elements, to really see what's critical and what's 'noise'. If necessary, and depending on the project, I would recommend some arrangement changes and maybe suggest a few elements to bring in or take away. And when it comes to actual mixing, I guess the workflow is as typical as it gets: kick and beats, bass, topline/vocals then everything else.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It's as basic as they come: an iMac + Steinberg UR12 + KRK Rokit speakers + AKG K240 MKII headphones. All mixing is done ‘in the box’ (digitally). Just loads of plug-ins from a variety of developers.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: As a producer, I am largely inspired by the sounds I fell in love with back in the early 2000's - from the warm, organic, deep and soulful sounds of Blaze, Osunlade, Masters at Work, Francois K, Ben Watt, Bugz in the Attic, Restless Soul, Tortured Soul, DJ Gregory, Jerome Sydenham, Joe Claussell, Dennis Ferrer and more, to the big room, electronic manouevrings of Danny Tenaglia, Steve Lawler, Futureshock, Circulation, Subtech, Pete Heller, Underworld, Sasha, Max Graham, John Digweed, Gareth Emery and of course, Singapore’s very own Aldrin Quek. The goal - to create music that not only moves the body, but the heart and soul.