Talented producer and engineer OriJin breaks down his latest album, the South Korean music scene and leaves us with 5 mixing tips to keep in mind.
“RHAPSODIES ON VINYL” GOT US FEELING SOME TYPE OF WAY.
OriJin released the album last November with up-and-coming composer Nani, using the pseudonym F.A.Q.
They had some ground rules:
“no LP samples, no copyright-violating samples, no loops, and no analogue outboards. The aim was to reproduce the warmth of vinyl, using only digital tools.”
I asked OriJin to tell me more about how he uses our service in his creative workflow.
“LANDR is great. It’s far better than I could’ve ever imagined. I use It in many ways, like mastering my stems, buss tracks and final tracks.”
“Not only that, I’m like “are you kidding me”?! This is so affordable. For engineers and producers who really understand what LANDR can do for your sound, this is practically free.”
He ended on this awesome note:
“But do you know what the best thing about LANDR is for me?
You, François, Sebastian, Rory and others [at LANDR] are really great. The friendly atmosphere you guys provide is simply the best.”
BEING AN UNDERGROUND ARTIST IN SOUTH KOREA
OriJin then got into the roadblocks of trying to carve a space for himself in the South Korean music scene:
“The music I produce doesn’t quite fit in with the mainstream. It’s really more of a sub-pop genre. The truth is that the South Korean pop charts are filled with K-Pop artists. That’s why I have more of a global outlook for my music.”
“As a matter of fact, I’m always looking overseas for potential collaborations. I’m actually launching my own label with excellent South Korean artists and other like-minded artists from around the world in February 2015.”
IN THE STUDIO
5 MIXING TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND, COURTESY OF ORIJIN
1. A great monitoring environment is key.
What you hear is far more important than what you input.
2. Fully understand what compressors do.
Whether you are using outboards or plug-ins, good music is dependent on good compressing skills.
3. Choose good audio sources.
Quality audio sources makes it easier for any engineer to mix.
4. For clearer results, proper low cuts and hi cuts are essential.
Cut low frequecies you don’t hear because they might be rumbles and tame high frequencies above 10k. Simple and proper cuts on individual tracks make the results clean and precise.
5. The time alignment for each track matters in order to create a better groove.
Shift your sounds off the grid (back and forth), especially when making tracks with a lot of snares, hats or bass. This will give your mix a better groove and will avoid phase cancellation.
Listen to OriJin’s music here:
Check out OriJin on LANDR Master Channel Mixtape 002.