May 16, 2023
Roman Kašník is a musician, sound engineer and technician. A person who likes technical innovations as well as vintage hardware. Music and sound have been with him all his life.
If I had to choose one project from my professional life, it would probably be the installation of the LAWO system for the National Theatre in Prague. As a project manager I was responsible for the installation and configuration of the entire system. It was a very complex project and a great experience for me.
Everyone who comes to the studio expects a job well done. My job is to meet all expectations. It's hard to pick one specific role. You have to be a great sound engineer, producer, part psychologist to get the most out of the artists.
I started with music like everyone else - elementary art school. 8 years playing trumpet, later piano, keyboards. You're most influenced by music when you grow up. For me, it was definitely the '80s. I still love them to this day.
In 1990 I bought my first MIDI computer ATARI ST. I remember the harrowing bus journey to Munich, where I bought it with my hard-earned money. Subsequently, I bought my first MIDI keyboard. That changed my professional life.
One learns throughout life. There are a lot of things I would have done differently. The important thing is to learn from it and move on. There's no point in endlessly worrying about something that can't be changed. But I think it's the same in all fields.
An essential tool in any recording/mastering studio is monitoring. You can't record, mix, master a record without having a perfect monitoring. This is one of the reasons why I bought the Audeze MM-500. I also really like to use real hardware. Nowadays almost everything can be digitally simulated, but it's nice to be able to compare and touch things and hear the difference.
Be persistent. If you enjoy music, you need to put in the time. Don't be afraid to experiment and try new things, push the boundaries, look for new ways. That's the only way music will continue to evolve around us.
I've been using headphones more often lately than I used to. It's good to use both headphones and quality monitoring. With headphones I am able to analyze some problems more clearly and quickly. I liked the MM-500 after the first test. It's almost unbelievable how similar the listening experience it offers me compared to my studio monitoring. Simply put - everywhere I have the MM-500s I have studio-like listening and can rely on them. Also, with the rise of streaming, a lot of people are listening to music on their mobile phones via headphones. Checking how the resulting mix will sound in headphones is a must.
With the Audeze MM-500 I am able to achieve the desired result faster. They help me with critical spots of the mix. They are great with my main studio monitoring. Simply precise and rigorous listening that I can rely on. Plus, I can take them on the road and work outside the studio.
There's always something going on. I'm currently finishing up the mix of an album and two EPs that are due out before the end of the year.