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Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? Where and what do you study?
Hallo! I’m Jasper Ras from the Hague, The Netherlands! I study at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague on the Art of Sound department (I’m probably done with the study when this interview is online).
It’s a cool study where the focus is a lot on the music and the technological side of engineering. One can choose to specialize in doing live sound, recording (jazz or classical) or producing (my fave). When doing the study you get main instrument lessons on conservatory level, solfeggi, music theory, etc. While also doing engineering, signal processing, music technology, ect, because I think it’s important to know and play music when working with audio.
Other than producing for other bands, I play drums in a 60’s/70’s blues rock band called Thin Pillow, I do keys in a ska-punk band called De Skaggerz and I do drums and sampling in an electronic based duo band called TAKYON.
What initiated your passion for audio? When did it start?
I guess it started when I got a crappy 20 euro keyboard for christmas when I was 7 or 8. After playing on that thing I got piano lessons, and drum lessons years later. I got a Boss BR-1600 digital multitrack recorder when I was around 13/14 years old where I did my very first productions. I got it to record my drumming and rehearsals for my bands, but I also used it to make productions for myself.
I guess listening to bands like the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and The Who in my early days also helped me in developing an interest in producing.
Tell us about the production of your submission. What is the story behind it? What was it inspired by? How long did you work on it? Was it your first entry?
Ashes (the production) is part of an album I made with the Rotterdam based alternative pop band MAYÍN. The album is themed around the death of Misha's (the lead singer) mother, who died tragically a few years ago. She, and her band wrote a album-full of songs which I got to produce. Ashes is a song about the fear of also losing It's in the making since August 2015, and now (July) I've finished the mixes. It was actually the first time I ever was at a AES convention. I believe I am the first Dutch price winner ever at the competition, so I'm very honored to get this award.
What was your most significant/funny/inspiring experience as an audio engineer?
At the first day at my internship-studio where I worked, I had to take over an job of my boss, to record demo's for a 15 year old girl. So I prepared like a good intern would do on his first day. But she was totally unprepared, had no singing experience at all and thought that studio's are places where teens can be transformed into instant superstars within a second. So after choosing an song (I just took an karaoke version of a Katy Perry track of the internet), I tried to record her singing but as soon as her first note hit, I knew it was gonna be a tough day for auto tune. After she came to the control room (and asked me if I already made a track with Justin Bieber) she also told me that she thought that renting studio's is for free. So that was the first time I had to kick someone out of the studio. I
What was your biggest mistake in a production and what did you do to redeem the situation?
One mistake I keep making, to overwork myself. Whenever I do a session I keep forgetting to drink water and to eat, which causes headache and lost of concentration. Taking breaks is important and will be more efficient in the long run than to keep on working.
What’s your advice for engineers who are just starting out?
Simple: RTFM. You need to know how stuff works, before can benefit the most from it.
What are your favorite pieces of equipment (microphones, outboard, plugins), and why?
Plug ins: Just to give a shout out to some dutch companies, I love the FabFilter and Audio Ease plug-ins a lot. I love to work with the weird IR's of Altiverb, like 30 feet oil tanks, or an tin can for doing creative production. I'm also a frequent user of the soundtoys plug ins.
Mics: Some of my fave mics are: SM(5)7 and SM58, Neumann TLM170, RE20, Sennheiser MD441, Schoeps MK21 and the Royer R121.
Outboard: LA-2A, Lexicon PCM70, Ensoniq DP/4, 1176LN
What/who made you join the AES?
At our school, our head of department is very much into letting students join the AES, so I became a member to check it out.
Tell us about your favourite experiences at the 140th AES Convention in Paris!
The student recording competition was, of course, a big highlight. Talking with other people in the field on the convention floor and meeting new friends from all around the world was also very nice. I also loved walking through Paris, seeing the city and going into adventures.
What is your favourite frequency?
What do you do when you’re not in the studio or doing anything music related?
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Making an living out of music, in some way or another. From September I'll start a studio in The Hague where I can work on stuff. Hopefully working more abroad would be amazing to do in 10 years.
Could you provide us with some closing comments?
Eet elke dag een appel, anders wordt je kaal.
Posted: Monday, August 15, 2016
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? Where and what do you study? What audio field are you in?
Hi! I’m Lukas Lohner (24), audio-engineer student at the Institute for Music and Media (www.musikundmedien.net) at the Robert-Schumann Hochschule and University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf, Germany. I’m originally from Karlsruhe, Germany, but moved to Düsseldorf five years ago to study audio and video engineering with a major in jazz piano. Since I’m in Düsseldorf I do various projects and try different things - I work as a recording/assistant engineer, play piano/keyboards in different bands, compose, mix, fiddle around. I’m not really set to one particular thing, but somehow it’s all about audio and music.
Tell us about your project and its development process. What was it inspired by?
My project was inspired by a ridiculous youtube video (I think it was some viral ad or so): A very ripped man triggers several instruments by electrodes, which are attached to his muscles. So for example, when he contracts the biceps, he plays a bass drum. Of course this was faked, but I thought: that idea has potential! I wanted to build an interface, which connects digital instruments and the real world in a closer and more intuitive way than the ‘usual’ tools like knobs and sliders. It was the first time I made such a comprehensive project become reality. From the idea to the final (working) prototype it was a long, exhausting way of trying different components (Arduino/Teensy, WiFi, Amps etc.), programming (signal processing, implementation…), learning the basics of EMG (Electromyography), designing circuits and cases and finally finding use for this thing! But now everything works and I can control effects (e.g. filter, delays…) while playing keyboards with an armband attached to my triceps. But the possibilities are much greater than just using it for fun. I could imagine a use in medical fields, for disabled people of music therapy, also for combining fitness programs with music or so.
I’m thinking about sharing this idea, the code and the experiences I gained during development with the online community. There is nothing online yet, but I will upload it soon. So stay tuned!
Was it your first entry?
What are some recent favorite pieces of equipment and why?
The Wireless-Muscle-Controlled-OSC-Interface of course… Well. There is so much going on right now, it’s hard to tell, which is my favourite equipment. But I like the fact, that there are more and more powerful but affordable tools on the market like plug-ins, pro-audio equipment, microcontrollers, and other components. And also easy to learn programming languages like Arduino or Swift. Plus there is an online community for almost everything. I think that’s awesome and very important for newcomers.
What are some of your favorite recordings or productions?
Snarky Puppy (Family Dinner). But there are so many more!
What/who inspired you to join AES?
The competition, member benefits, the (student) community/network. Unfortunately I didn’t know very much about AES before AES140, if I would have known, I might have joined earlier. Now I’m looking forward to AES142 in Berlin!
Tell us about your favorite experiences at the 140th AES Convention in Paris!
It was super lovely to get to know all the other audio students from all over the world! And of course the croissants and the french bakery in the convention center!
What do you do in your free time?
I do stuff with my friends. Make music - check out one of my projects called “Rhythmussportgruppe” ;-)
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully doing the same as today - with more money. That would be fantastic!
Thank you, Lukas!
Posted: Friday, August 12, 2016
Calling all SDC Entrants - There has been an update to the SDC rules!
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Posted: Tuesday, August 2, 2016