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When did you know that you're going to become an Audio Engineer? Tell us a bit about your journey?
Like most other engineers on our Faculty, I also started out as a Musician. At the time, I wanted to record some of our music, but Pune had only 2-3 studios, and the good ones were obviously out of our budget. So I thought, why not try recording our own demos at home? Luckily, one of our band members had a MBox Mini that he had lying around which he had never used. I took this opportunity to figure out how to use it and started experimenting with it. My first demo was recorded on that Mbox as my AD/DA and a set of creative speakers. This process of recording and working with Musicians was so exciting to me that I knew I had to become an Audio Engineer. I started off with a small 100×100 sq ft space in a basement which I turned into a studio with my makeshift acoustics and started recording my other musician friends who couldn’t afford a studio, this was the beginning of my career as an Audio Engineer and a studio owner.
How did you get into Mastering?
Once the mix was ready, all it needed was some polishing and tweaking to make it release worthy. This is when I started to really take the idea of Mastering seriously. I tried it on a couple of projects and the clients were really happy with the work. That’s when I started taking on more work and grew from there. People still label Mastering as some “mystical” thing that is done to a mix that makes it sound flawless. Honestly, the truth is that it’s just a double filter process and just a finalizer that’s added to the Mixers perspective.