A conversation with professional audio engineer and fellow musician, Martin Salomonsen (www.martinsalomonsen.wordpress.com)
M. Salomonsen January 25, 2011 at 05:03 #
I really like your approach to music and the way you try to make it flow through you. Having been on the “other side of the glass” performing my music for as long as I can remember, I am first and foremost a musician. Much like yourself, I threw myself into audio engineering, due to me wanting to be self contained. In my training I have been fortunate to work on some large industry standard mixing consoles, like the Neve VR Legend, SSL AWS 900+, Midas Venice, Toft ATB Series, D-Command in a 5.1 setup and D-Control broadcast dubbing theater. These are all fantastic consoles to work on and paired with good monitors like Dynaudio, Genelecs, PMC, ATC and the likes, I have already had a taste of how it is to work on professional level as a Studio Audio Engineer. But not all music needs these industry standard concepts to shine; not all music needs Neumann microphones and valve circuitry. . .
Some times the environment the musician plays their music in, is the key factor in getting a good result . As engineers, I firmly believe that we are there to capture “a recording of the event”, much like they did in the old days of Motown. The performance was captures first and foremost. The energy had to be there before it got put to tape….
At the moment I am putting together a mobile studio along with a colleague, where we can go to where the music is and record it there… eg. theaters, stages, churches, halls, or even well, bathrooms, where the musician feels good and can perform…
I will be playing music until I draw my last breath – if I am lucky I might sing my way out as I did my way in to this world. The way I approach my audio studies is as a singer, a musician, a storyteller and the in the end as an engineer.
Hope to hear more from you soon, Tim.