Sam Skaf


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Professor of Audio Engineering NYU, IAR Mastering Engineer

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Interview with Sam Skaf

  1. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  2. A: Musician to recording & Mixing Engineer to Audio educator, to Mastering. 28 Years to date 2019

  3. Q: How would you describe your style?

  4. A: A mix of Tae Kwon Do and Wing Chung

  5. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  6. A: All types from all over the world.

  7. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  8. A: Listening.

  9. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  10. A: All the above, but most importantly that I am a pro musician who knows what's musically needed at this stage of the project.

  11. Q: What's your typical work process?

  12. A: We do boutique mastering with UNLIMITED REITERATIONS until the result is “Perfect!” Boutique, meaning the treatment is special and better than what you would get from commercial facilities. This includes tape, tubes, & class A processing.

  13. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  14. A: All gear at SSM was modified for better performance electronically and sonically. Our goal is not to be “typical”. We want our equipment to stand out as much as our skill set combined with decades of musical expertise. This was made easy by Sam Skaf’s academic and industry affiliations built over the past 28 years.

  15. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  16. A: Mastering single songs or albums.

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