From the establishment of Sound Engineering Academy in 2004 till the current 25th batch, what makes us proud is ‘Our Students’. They have been attaining new heights in the field of sound engineering day by day. Every day we used to get news regarding SEA certified sound engineer’s achievements in the field and every week we used to write about our students and today we would like to introduce Aswin George John.
An industrious student and a sound professional, Aswin who completed 1 year diploma course from the Sound Engineering Academy in the year 2014, has gained formidable experience in the field of sound engineering and design.
Aswin has proved that completing basic education and with passion towards sound field clubbed with 1 year training from the academy is all you need to add wings to an individual’s sound career ambitions.
Having a tenacious grip in studio recording, Aswin was blessed to work extensively with music stalwarts like Padmavibhushan Dr. K.J Yesudas, Padma Shri Kadri Gopalnath, Pandit Ramesh Narayan, Padma Shri K.S. Chitra, Srinivas, Karthik, Vijay Yesudas, Swetha Mohan, Javed Ali, Naresh Iyer, Haricharan, Chinmayi Sripada and with ace music directors like Kadri Manikanth (Kannada, Telugu and Tulu Movies) Gopi Sundar (Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil films).
Being an Indian and especially being a Keralite, it is long-standing wish of many sound engineers to record the impeccable voice of the legendary singer Dr. K.J Yesudas. Aswin who exhibits rich artistry in works has bestowed with the opportunity to work with the great singer.
How was your experience with Dr. K. J. Yesudas?
When asked about this, Aswin was quite excited talk about the same and pointed out it is pure luck as he has got a chance to work with the legendary singer. He said the great singer K.J. Yesudas, who is in his late 70’s is still eager to learn about new technologies and loves experimenting with various hardware to bring quality output. Enthralled about the topic, he said that he had got the opportunity to share technical tips and updates with the singer.
When asked about this, Aswin was quite excited to talk about the same and pointed out that one of his long cherished dream came true, as he has got a chance to work with the legendary singer.
During the talk with Aswin, who has worked for more than 50 feature films in various South Indian languages, has told that prowess in various sophisticated software tools and hardware gears is inevitable to be a futuristic sound professional.
Aswin is proficient in software tools like Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Nuendo and hardware gears like Aurora lynx ad/da, Shadow hills equinox, Shadow hill monogama, Manley core, Universal audio 4 710d, Lindell, Solid state logic x alpha, Neve portico mbp ii, Api 2500, Apogee rosetta 800, various 500 series modules, Dangerous Audio hardwares, CraneSong hardware, Summing mixer etc
Born and brought-up in Thrissur, Kerala, Aswin has started his career as a freelance sound engineer after completing 1 year diploma in sound engineering and sound recording course is now working with KADRISKEYS STUDIO, Chennai (SUNSA DIGITAL WORKSTATION), headed by Kadri Manikanth. Previously he had worked with 20db Sound Studios (Chennai), Sound Fortune Studio (Kerala) and completed his internship from Chithranjali Studio in DTS mixing section.
Being a sound engineering professional his current responsibilities includes.,
Studio management: Primary management of studio services, schedules, liaison with musicians, clients and sessions.
Recording arts: Recording and Tracking sessions for music and re-recording projects with high end pro-audio gear workstations, sophisticated miking techniques and pre-amp selection.
Editing and Sound designing: Editing and Manipulating of sessions with ease, working on all major platforms such as Cubase, Protools and Logic.
Mixing and Mastering: Pre-mixing for DTS, Mixing and Mastering for Music Directors, Independent Musicians, Films and Advertisements.
What would you like to share with budding sound engineers?
Read books / online articles, tutorials, Watch YouTube videos, Do research based on what you read or view, Be in touch with professional sound engineers and keep an eye on the works they deliver.
Aswin has told that it is quite natural that some technical words may be perplexing in the initial stage, when you start learning but don’t give up keep on watching more videos and read more articles related with the topic. Explore the internet for the information you need and develop a research mentality in order to learn new stuff.
Aswin has also pointed out that, once you watch a YouTube video and if you feel that the YouTube channel is providing quality information do subscribe the channel to get future updates on your mail. That will help you to get updated with the topic.
While talking about chance for upcoming sound engineers in the field, he said that industry needs technically updated hands and those who have strong audio engineering basics. Moreover your attitude, how you are behaving with others, interest in learning new hardware and software tools, how you are keeping good relation with the team-mates and client also plays key role in your career development.
About the training in the Academy.
Aswin strongly believes that the training in the academy paved the way in building a strong career in the field. The knowledge he gained from the classes and hands-on experience he gained during the course has helped in reaching new career heights in short span of time.
Aswin told, as the academy has incorporated real life projects and covers all the topics related with sound engineering in the curriculum it feels quite easy as we go out to work. Aswin has also stated that the training in the academy has helped in laying a strong foundation on the concepts of sound engineering which is very important when you start working.
According to Aswin, what makes Sound Engineering Academy standout from other institutes is the leadership of Vishnu Sir (Vishnu A.R., CEO & Director) who is very keen in inspiring students with his motivational speeches and sharing his vast experience in the field. “Yes, it has in lighted a fire inside me to learn new things and developing a strong career in the field. Thank you Vishnu Sir” – Aswin says.
Aswin is truly an inspiration for budding sound engineers and for those who are ambitious to become studio engineers / sound designers.
We, Team SEA wishes that your guarding angel follow every step you take and may it help you tackle all problems and defeat failures! Good luck!