Having the opportunity to chat with a high-profile audio engineer, it was a no brainer to ask for some tips on engineering in this particular field of mixing music for film. “First of all, listen to and understand as many different styles of music as possible and record them. Get your hands dirty with them. The music world is infinite and there are no limits when it comes to what instruments and styles get integrated into the world of film music. And remember that the single most important thing to pay attention to is the dialog and how that is affecting the solo and lead instruments of the music. Making those things marry well is the key in my opinion.”
Finally, we wondered if there was a single project that Jason had worked on that turned out to be particularly challenging, but we were not exactly prepared for this reply: “Each one has it's own unique challenges. Sometimes I feel – when I start a film – that I am doing this job for the first time in a way. It’s an odd feeling. But I really feel like my next one is always the most challenging, because I am always striving to make the next one my best one!”
Talk about always looking ahead and try to outperform your past achievements. But in many ways, this philosophy is actually very close to our own. We are proud of past monitor designs, and we appreciate that they are being put to good use each and every day by passionate audio professionals all over the world, but that is absolutely no reason not to keep focusing on research and development in order to come up with new designs that aim at continuously raising the bar of what great monitoring should sound like.
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