Toufic Aoun (Sonic Mix)

Editing, Mixing & Mastering

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I'm an Audio Engineer based out of Lebanon. My goal is to craft moderate sounding songs into big-budget sounding records. Doesn’t matter what tools I have at my disposal, I will make your music shine as it should.

Audio Editing & Restoration:
○ Noise reduction and glitch removal such as distortion, pops, clicks & hums
○ Silence removal & reverberation reduction
○ Phase alignment of audio sources
○ Audio-book editing of multiple audio tracks
○ Audio synchronization to video

Music Editing:
○ Drum editing to grid / create tempo map from drum performance
○ Create phase accurate transient trigger tracks from drum shell microphones
○ Live instrument editing in relation to tempo or music
○ Vocal & instrument tuning
○ Gain staging & session preparation for mixing

Audio & Music Mixing:
○ Sound enhancement of audio files using equalizers, gates/compressors, saturators, fx, etc…
○ Mixing singles, EPs or albums in stereo
○ Mixing audio for video in stereo & 5.1 surround
○ Mastering audio for radio & commercial release
○ Live sound mixing using outboard gear such as digital & analog mixing consoles

Audio & Music Recording:
○ Studio recording in the box or using outboard gear (Audient ASP 880, SSL AWS 924, iCON, etc…)
○ Voice over recording for audio-books & video
○ Sound effect recording using Foley techniques

Some of the software i use: Avid Pro Tools 2019, Waves, Izotope, Slate Digital, Soundtoys, JST etc..

I look forward to work with you on your project! Hit me up, and I'll get back at you as soon as possible.

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Interview with Toufic Aoun (Sonic Mix)

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

  2. A: I went to school at an institute called Middle East Audio Suite in Lebanon to study Sound Engineering for a certificate. I got certified but was still unhappy with my knowledge of audio so I decided to travel to The Netherlands and study for a BSc in Audio Engineering at SAE Institute of Rotterdam. Throughout my time there I learned so much and even started working as an audio engineer at Redbull Studios Amsterdam where I have had the privilege of working alongside Martin Garrix at a recording session. After graduating I decided to leave The Netherlands and go back to my home country of Lebanon and search for a job. Not less than a week passed by and I landed a spot at The Brain Studio to work as a recording engineer. I was promoted to mixing engineer after impressing the studio owner with a mix I did for one of our clients. Now I work as a freelancer under my online company name Sonic Mix where I edit, mix and master for clients online.

  3. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  4. A: Most of the people are still unsure about what I exactly do. When I tell them I'm an audio engineer they always tend to think I'm a DJ that plays live events.

  5. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  6. A: - What are you looking for? - Are there any limitations to the project? (Because I usually do more than what's asked for) - How do you want it to sound?

  7. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  8. A: Be sure to explain as detailed as possible what you are looking for. The audio industry can be very subjective at times. Without a clear vision of what you're looking for, you are giving the provider a shot at adding his own touch to the project. You may or may not like it. If you do, then you did a wise choice working with said provider.

  9. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  10. A: 1- Solar Panel 2- Laptop 3- Audio Interface 4- Speakers (preferably ADAM A7Xs) 5- Microphone (Shure SM57)

  11. Q: How would you describe your style?

  12. A: My style of work would be fast, organized, and detailed.

  13. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  14. A: Caleb Shomo from Beartooth. The man is a genius. He's been solo writing all 3 of his band's albums. The cool thing is that he plays all instruments during the recordings (meaning he recorded the drums, bass, guitar, vocals, and synths)

  15. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  16. A: Always check phase between related tracks. The number one under-looked thing in mixing is phase. If u start processing a snare drum but it's just not cutting it in the mix, flip the phase (it might be out of phase with the room/oh mic's making it less punchy or visible in the mix).

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

  18. A: All types of music. Be it classical music, pop, rap or electro, I can work on any genre and make it sound good. My main passion though is rock music, but that does not separate the fact that I can work on any genre out there.

  19. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  20. A: Mixing Rock & Metal music. I tend to always get a great hard hitting drum sound (the essential element to any great mix is a solid beat).

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

  22. A: I bring life, excitement, and clarity to a song. Every mix I do, I make sure each element of the song is sonically visible and then they all merge together in a nice way. I always try to compete with award winning mix engineers' mixes to make my mixes sound better than theirs.

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

  24. A: I receive the audio files, and start organizing the session. That means I re-name all audio files if i have to and color code them in the session. I then check each file for noise & glitches to fix. I clean up all audio tracks from un-needed regions. I do the task the client requires me to do and send it back off for approval. Once approved, the client can send me his/her notes regarding changes to be made (call it a revision).

  25. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  26. A: The main DAW I use is Avid Pro Tools 2018. It's a great workstation for recording/editing/mixing, especially when you know all the shortcuts. Main plugins i use when it comes to mixing or editing are Waves, Izotope, Soundtoys, Slate Digital, JST, Celemony, Toontrack & Trillian. My current monitoring set up consists of Sennheiser HD 650 (Headphones) & Genelec 8030 (Speakers). Audio runs in and out through a Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 interface. I also built myself an 1176 Blackface Compressor that i usually run bass and vocal through while mixing.

  27. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  28. A: As audio engineers my top 3 are Chris Lord Alge (without a doubt), David Bendeth & Andrew Wade. As musicians my top 3 are Dave Groh, Caleb Shomo & Travis Barker.

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

  30. A: Audio editing entire sessions. This ranges from grid editing & clean up editing to vocal tuning & midi programming Mixing. Polishing sessions to the very best they can be. Giving space to each instrument in a mix while retaining their glue together to sound as professional and crisp as can be.

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I was the Editing & Mixing Engineer in this production

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