SEA Alumini

In one of our previous Facebook post we quoted a comment that if you want to become a recordist of your favorite singers then learning sound engineering can unfurl the world of opportunities.

It is true with regard to many sound engineers who had passed out of the our institution and has been working as recordists for leading musicians / singers in India and abroad. As you know, every thursday, we talk about one of our alumni sound engineer who is working in the field of sound engineering and this week we are introducing Sai Prakash.

A prodigious keyboardist and tablist, who excelled in many state level Tabla competitions in the years from 2009 to 2011 had joined the Academy in August 2012 batch.

Hailing from Shiribagilu near Kudulu in Kasargod district of kerala has completed 3 years as studio recording and mixing professional in Malayalam Film Industry.

Since childhood Sai Prakash had a strong ambition to work in the film industry and before joining the academy he had completed his basic education from various institutions in Kasargod.



While talking about the projects, he had provided us with a list of Movies, Music Directors, Artists, Programmers, Singers and Lyricists for whom he had associated with in the recent years. Currently he is working with MYStudio located in Panampilly Nagar, Ernakulam for the past couple of years.

Movies
Banglore days, Kavi Uddeshichadu?, Aanandam, Swarna Kaduva, 10 Kalpanakal, Kappiri Thuruthu, White, Maruhoomiyile Aana, Kocchavvo paulo Ayyappa coelho, Peruchazhi, Vellimooga, Persiakaran, Ormayundo E Mukham, Angels, Picket 43, Ivide, Premam, Lavender, Rudhrasimhasanam, Kunjhiramayanam, Kohinoor, Life of josutty, Kanal, Ben, Salt mango Tree, Anarkali, ATM, Rockstar, Ormakalil oru Manjhukalam, Jo and the Boy, 100 Days of love, malgudi days, Hello Namasthe, Rudramadevi, Akashavani, Darvinte Parinamam, Mohavalayam, Ithuthada Police, Madhugavu, Happy Wedding, Aadupuliyattam, Orumurai Vanthu Parthaya, Anuraga Karikin vellam, Pa Va, Alamara, Avarude ravukal, C/o Saira Banu, Kamboji, Oru Mexican Aparatha, Poomaram, Angamali Diaries.

Music Directors
Rahul Raj, Prashant Pillai, Mejjo Josseph, Anil Johnson, Gopi Sunder, Ranjith Meleppatt, Bijibal Maniyil, Shaan Rahman II, Ratheesh Vega, Jakes Bejoy, Deepak Dev, Justin Prabhakaran, Anirudh Ravichander, Vipin Atley, Ousephachan, Vishwajith, Vishnu Mohan Sithara, Rahul Subrahmanian Hesham Abdul Wahab, Antony John, Govind P Menon, Drt Praveen, M Jayachandran, Arun Muraleedharan, Vinu Thomas, Sankar Sharma, Sandeep Pillai, Sumesh Parameswar, Sachin Warrier, Anand Madhusoodanan, Deepankuran, Mithun Eshwar, Sooraj S Kurup, Manikandan Ayyappa, Athul Anand, Ranjin Varma, Ajith Mathew, Nandhu Kartha, Shanty Antony Angamaly, Nelson Peter, Varun Unni, Jim Jacob, Biby Mathew, Sejo John David Bright, Sanjeev T, Berny Pj, Kailas Menon, Rajesh Murugesan, Manu Rameshan, Varun Unni.

Artists
Sumesh Parameswar, Sandeep Mohan Rajesh Cherthala, Josyflute Alappuzha. Francisxavierpd, Francis Sebastian, Josekutty Violin, Daya Sankar, Mithun Raju, Josy John, Varun Sunil, Khaleb shaji, Roopa Revathi, Harald antony, Jithu oomen, Sunil Kumar, Achuth Jaigopal.

Programmers
Ashwin Sivadas, Nihil Jimmy, Sumesh Anand Surya, Sumesh Anand, Nithin George, Bibin Ashok, Nikhil R Nair, Anoop Kammaran, Vijay Jacob, Aloshya Kavumpurathu, Rex George, Gopu Krishnan, Jecin George, Sreerag Saji, Shyam Ramesh,Sam Simon, Prakash Alex.

Singers
Vijay Yesudas. Sreevalsan Jayaprakash Menon, Arun Alat, Najim Arshad, Mridula Varier, Sithara Krishnakumar, KS Harishankar, Haricharan, Shabareesh Varma, Vineeth Sreenivasan, Ranjini Jose, Sangeeth Rajagopal, Job Kurian, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Vaikom Vijayalakshmi, K S Chithra, Sangeeta Srikant, Hesham Abdul Wahab, Jassy Gift, Niranj Suresh, Haritha Balakrishnan, Anju Joseph, Anna Babyý, Arun Haridas Kamath, Ashwin Gopakumar, Siddharth Menon, Vipin Lal, Anish Krishnan Mamtha Mohandas, Nithin Raj, Mithun Jayaraj, Uday Ramachandran, Nithya Balagopal, Ajay Sathyan, Ranjith Ram , Kavya Ajit, Manju Warrier, Arjun Sasi, Sachin Warrier, Sachin Raj, Radhika Narayanan, SJo Joseph, Srinath NAir, Aswathy Sanju, Rahul Lexman, Arun Naik, Harish Sivaramakrishnan, Gowry Lekshmi, Anne Amie Vazhappilly, Divya S Menon, Sinov raj, Madhu Balakrishnan, Sruthi Lakshmi, William isac, Yasin Nizar, Sneha Warrier, Shwetha.

Engineers
Renjith Rajan, Kiran Lal, Shiju Ediyatheril, Vijay Vattakkat, Binil Eldhose, Nishanth BT, Shanu Shaju, Kurian Joseph, Ragesh Swaminathan, Sethu Thankachan, Brijith Madhavan, Balu Thankachan, Avinash Sathish, Abin Pushpakaran, Sujith Sreedhar, Vivek Thomas. Abin Paul, Midhun Anand, Saji R Nair, Lijesh Kumar, Joju Sebastian.

Lyricists
Manu Manjith, Santhosh Varma, Rafeeq Ahamed, Anu Elizabeth Jose, Hari Narayanan BK, Kamal Kartik, Subhashree Das, Gilu Joseph, Ranjini Menon.

During the talk Sai Prakash has told that he had recorded more than 50 songs of Vijay Yesudas and mentioned that it was quite unfortunate that he didn’t took a photo with Vijay Yesudas.

Even during the course itself he was actively involved in various projects like conducting stage shows, worked as an audio engineer for Malayalam short film “AndharaGandharam”  a classical love story, directed by Dr.Balashankar Mannath. He had also worked as  as  Audio engineer in antoher Malayalam short film “Punyaala Scene Ayallo!!!” directed by Rijo John. All the above said projects has been created in association with the academy.

After completing the course he engaged his music direction skills for album “MUSIC Octaves” for the song Dil Yeh Mera sung by Celin Jose, for the Jingle – SPIRIT OF SOUND (Sound Engineering Academy) and for the song Neeyum Njhanum sung by Ragesh for the college album (Peoples College, Munnad , Kasaragod , Kerala).


While talking with him regarding the diploma course he expressed the feeling that the training he got from the academy and the projects completed during the course has laid the foundation for building a strong career in the field. He also thanked the academy in providing the right sort of guidance and for the encouragement.

We at Sound Engineering Academy wishes Sai Prakash for all success in life and for his sound engineering career.

 

SEA Alumini

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!

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