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SoundFix says

Hey guys I don’t own the Rokit andf i would not want it, because i have a nice pair of Quested (but the cost 6x more…). But: I never heard better nearfields for that little money like the KRK RP6 G2!! I sell them often to customers and i really like it too! So i would recommend them too! btw: I use the Rokit Sub 10s together with my Quested Monitors :) and another one in my living room for my surround System :))) a really good subwoofer – again for little money!

Well you’re very lucky Mat (maybe lucky is not the right word since I’m sure the speakers didn’t come into your possession through luck haha), no wonder your tracks sound amazing with such high quality gear. Where do you work?

Good to hear you also recommend KRK gear. Do you find the sub for mixing very useful? Or only in certain circumstance? What’s the frequency range of your Quested monitors?

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SoundFix says

I’m a little late here, but congrats on the interview! Thats awesome. Talk about getting some good early exposure!

Thanks a lot Jon, yes I hope so :D As I said earlier in the thread, if anyone else has one, let me know as I would like to read them, maybe I can steal some tips ;)

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matsteiner Envato team says

Hi Sam! Well, your right, luck is the wrong word, but i have some nice equipment because i run my own business for consultng and selling recording equipment and audio computers (since 1994), that’s why i’m not bad equiped of course :) But since the last 5 years i’m getting more focussed on recording, mixing and mastering for more and more of my customers, instead of selling as main activity.
So i’m lucky anyway because with AJ it’s the second time in my life i turn a hobby in a profession (well on AJ i’ts a bit overdone when i say a “profession”, but at least i earn some money with it). But to encourage everybody with not so great equipment: It’s not the equipment making the REAL quality of a AJ file (and music in general), it can save the last 10% -20 % of quality maybe, but the other 80-90% is to be a good writer, arranger, mixer and mastering engineer… i’m sure many successfull author on AJ works with a scrappy equipment… so, it’s too bad for me that my equipment doesn’t help me to reach those 80%, but only the 20% :). But for a pro it’s not THAT great equipment either, it’s not even that expensive for somebody that works every day with it and lives from that.
My Quested F11 Active are not available anymore and the new models i don’t like. Somehow i feels to me like they are made “cheaper”. So i would buy a pair of “ADAM” Monitors for around 3000.- $. They are pretty similar to my Quested (great mids), but the KRK Rokit 6 is really not that much worse by the way (specially not if you consider the price) !! My Quested go down to 65Hz which is not very low. So i really like a subwoofer, especially for mastering. I carefully measured and calibrated the (separate) crossover and the room itself, so i got i pretty accurate sound. And of course i don’t disturb anybody around with the bass before i damage my own ears….. Before buying a subwoofer you have to consider that too, depending on possible neighbours… Cheers, Mat

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Hi Sam! Well, your right, luck is the wrong word, but i have some nice equipment because i run my own business for consultng and selling recording equipment and audio computers (since 1994), that’s why i’m not bad equiped of course :) But since the last 5 years i’m getting more focussed on recording, mixing and mastering for more and more of my customers, instead of selling as main activity.
So i’m lucky anyway because with AJ it’s the second time in my life i turn a hobby in a profession (well on AJ i’ts a bit overdone when i say a “profession”, but at least i earn some money with it). But to encourage everybody with not so great equipment: It’s not the equipment making the REAL quality of a AJ file (and music in general), it can save the last 10% -20 % of quality maybe, but the other 80-90% is to be a good writer, arranger, mixer and mastering engineer… i’m sure many successfull author on AJ works with a scrappy equipment… so, it’s too bad for me that my equipment doesn’t help me to reach those 80%, but only the 20% :). But for a pro it’s not THAT great equipment either, it’s not even that expensive for somebody that works every day with it and lives from that.
My Quested F11 Active are not available anymore and the new models i don’t like. Somehow i feels to me like they are made “cheaper”. So i would buy a pair of “ADAM” Monitors for around 3000.- $. They are pretty similar to my Quested (great mids), but the KRK Rokit 6 is really not that much worse by the way (specially not if you consider the price) !! My Quested go down to 65Hz which is not very low. So i really like a subwoofer, especially for mastering. I carefully measured and calibrated the (separate) crossover and the room itself, so i got i pretty accurate sound. And of course i don’t disturb anybody around with the bass before i damage my own ears….. Before buying a subwoofer you have to consider that too, depending on possible neighbours… Cheers, Mat

Thanks for the detailed reply dude, some interesting points in there. You have such a cool job, it explains why your mixes are top quality! I would have thought the speakers would have extended further to be honest but I guess with a sub it doesn’t matter too much. Luckily, the side of the house my speakers face, the house next door is empty, it is being completely re-decorated I think, which is good. Well in a few years when I’m working full-time I well definitely be investing in some serious gear to pursue my dream of composing for a living :)

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matsteiner Envato team says

Hi Sam! Yeah, i like my job! But you are very talented too! What do you study? Music or something “real” :) ? (to be serious, you would be a good musical student with a brighter future for sure!)

You know what a sound engineer without a job usually says to a sound engineer with a job?
Answer: One Big Mac menu please! :)

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Hi Sam! Yeah, i like my job! But you are very talented too! What do you study? Music or something “real” :) ? (to be serious, you would be a good musical student with a brighter future for sure!)

You know what a sound engineer without a job usually says to a sound engineer with a job?
Answer: One Big Mac menu please! :)

I study, that’s always a difficult question haha…I study a very broad course called Interactive Media Production: A bit of music recording/production/post-production, interactive multimedia programs (I mainly just use Cycling 74s Max), Music/popular culture/psychology and as with all degreees I have a big research project which is taking most of my time up at the moment, I’m doing that on the film score and how it is able to manipulate peoples emotional states subconsciously as the visuals and dialogue steal conscious focus (It’s a bit more long winded than that but I can’t even explain properly myself yet as I’m only a third of the way through really)

Thanks! :) I hope I have a bright future, because I’m really working on it.

haha nice joke Mat ;)

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matsteiner Envato team says

Hey Sam

Sorry, of course, i read already that you study interactive media… now i remember… But that’s a very interesting project about the film score!! In one year you will have that important conclusions out of this that you produce hits only for AJ :) Cheers!

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Hey, no worries, I didn’t explain it in detail in the interview :)

Well actually in one year I’m going to be doing another course, a Masters Degree in Music Production, but after that I will begin my mission to get in to music full-time. In a way I’m itching to just write music now but I think the music production course will really help me improve my productions a huge amount and then at the age of 23 I will finally have to enter the real (non-student) world! :D

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ScorePro says

Great and very interesting interview, Sam :-)

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matsteiner Envato team says

Hey, no worries, I didn’t explain it in detail in the interview :) Well actually in one year I’m going to be doing another course, a Masters Degree in Music Production, but after that I will begin my mission to get in to music full-time. In a way I’m itching to just write music now but I think the music production course will really help me improve my productions a huge amount and then at the age of 23 I will finally have to enter the real (non-student) world! :D
Cool! I wish you all the best for that! But please don’t start to make aj files as a full time job, not that we all others don’t sell ours anymore :):)

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