Hi, I'm an Audio Engineer based in Jakarta, Indonesia. My work ranges from mixing scores for feature films and major label bands/solo artist. Kindly check my web www.reynerferdinand.com if you want to know more.
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Interview with Reyner Ferdinand
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I was the Chief Engineer for a movie called Yasmine. Yasmine is the very first Brunei Darussalam's feature film, i am very honored to be a part of the country's film history
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Mixing Gamelan for some horror movie scores
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: The grammy nominated ones? lol, i don't know them at all, hopefully someday i'll get to know them.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Technically speaking, bit of both. Artistically speaking, its all about the music, if the music is not up to standard, no amount of analog gear can salvage it.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Its not my vision, its your music, your artistic interpretation. Its my job and pleasure to understand it and draw out more from your point of artistic view.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to know new people and get in touch with great new music.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Why are your rate so cheap? I live in Jakarta where the standard mixing rate is far bellow the States, so I charge you according to Jakarta's rate, which is a win-win situation for everyone.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Some people abuse the use of limiter; they think that just by making them louder, the client will be in awe, which is totally false. If you make them louder to a point of no return and kill the dynamics, people will just skip your song, music is all about tension and release, hence the importance of dynamics.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What kind of feel they are trying to achieve in that particular song? What are the improvements they seek from the rough mix? And the one they wish to retain
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Listen to my tracks, you'll know whether to hire me or not just by listening to them, and my price is very affordable.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Shure SM7b, UAD Apollo, Rode NT5, Mic stand, Focal Spirit Headphones On our way making some desert island music.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been doing this since I was 20, now I'm 29, so its been a good 9 years. I started out by assisting Tommy Utomo in doing orchestral recording and live gigs. Then i move on to mixing and recording movie scores with Aghi Narottama.
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Simian Ghost, just love their music, its like i was born to hear them.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always look for the magical impromptu moment, and that is only achievable by tracking the band live.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Film Scoring, Indie Pop/rock, Blues
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Comprehending the artist's musical vision
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I let the song mix itself, it varies from one song to another.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I edit the song for 1 day, get a break on the 2nd day (or I edit another song on the 2nd day), start mixing on the 3rd day and finalize on the 4th (if time allows). But if the client wants it to be done asap, i can speed up the process, no biggy.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work mainly in the box with tons of UAD, Waves, and Slate plugins. The mixbus signal receives analog processing through Trident stereo eq and Smart Research C2 to get that analog goodness which I can't seem to get if I stay totally ITB. The audio is printed through Apogee Rosetta 200 and monitored using Mytek 96 DAC. I use Focal Solo 6 as my main monitor
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Orchestrators, Film Composers, i find that most of them are great people with great talent, and the most down to earth human being that i ever met, most of them.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing film scores and major label bands. Recently I get a lot of calls from indie bands that seek out my service, it seems that my movie scoring credits have sparked their interest in creating that cinematic record feel.