May 27, 2023
Ronen Roth records, mixes, and masters records, based in Tel Aviv since the year 2000. He is always in the search of the "Magic."
The Secret Sea 2013 Self-Titled album
The Secret Sea 2012 “Not About Us” EP
Robin 2012 "Efrat Ben Zur"
Narkis 2017 "Bo Nedabr Emet"
As a mixing and mastering engineer, my primary role is to achieve the desired sound and bring the creative vision of the artists to life. My ultimate goal is to help the music connect with the listener on a deeper emotional level and create a lasting impression.
I aim to enhance and elevate the recordings given to me by artists, even if they were recorded in non-professional settings like a home studio.
At the end of the day, what matters most to me is delivering a unique and exceptional experience to the listener.
I began my musical journey as a bassist for local bands, However, when I discovered the synthesizer, the new possibilities of manipulating sounds just blew my mind. I didn’t really know how to play conventional instruments well but I did know how to design and manipulate sound.
That brought me into recording and audio engineering where I could design sound while recording others and also “play” (with the console faders) on many instruments.
My methodology became “design and commit to the sound at the moment you record it and don’t wait for the future mixing stage.”
Initially, I drew inspiration from bands such as Joy Division, The Cure, and Depeche Mode. Later, my musical influences expanded to include the likes of Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Black Keys, Nick Cave, and Daniel Lanois.
Some artists and albums have had a particularly strong influence on me, notably Daniel Lanois. I was particularly struck by his use of unique ambiences during recording and allowing the band to play together in the same room, resulting in wide and impressive dimensions in the recordings. This inspired me to venture out and record bands in special locations outside of the studio. The connection between the players in these settings brings a truly unique, honest, and three-dimensional quality to the recording.
Tchad Blake, a remarkable audio engineer. His techniques for recording and mixing left a lasting impact on me, particularly his ability to create cinematic and dynamic 3D recordings that make you feel like you're sitting in a movie theater. Personally, I find this experience more exhilarating than the new Atmos technology.
It's really frustrating when a mix doesn't "come together" and get the "glue" that you're looking for. In such situations, it may be advisable to call it a day, head home, spend time with your loved ones, get some rest, and return to the studio the following day with a fresh perspective and find this glue in a couple minutes.
It happens when an artist decides not to use my mix, however, in such cases, I try to learn from the experience, knowing that I did my best at that time, and then move on to the next project.
I constantly rely on the AEA R88 Microphone, as it produces an exceptionally realistic, beautiful, and grandiose sound, making it the top-notch equipment in my collection.
My suggestion is that instead of attempting to imitate popular trends, they should aim to introduce something distinctive and innovative. It's important to always explore your own ideas and have a sense of curiosity.
I'm working with them these days on a really special project- remixing (from the original tapes) one of the albums of the iconic band Mashina. It's really exciting to touch those historic recordings and to invent a new sound to it.