Recording and mixing

Noam Akrabi, an Israel-based music producer, and sound engineer was 22 when in the 90’s he followed his dream of becoming a professional guitarist and moved to LA, USA. Soon, he discovered that writing and producing music was far more appealing to him. So after working for a short stint in some semi-pro recording studios in LA, he decided to return to his homeland and enroll in a music production class.

Noam Akrabi, music producer and sound engineerNoam is now a successful producer working with many well-known Israeli artists such as Eliad, Ivri Lider, and Shimon Buskila. According to him, the most important point for a producer is to ‘listen’ and understand the artist’s nature.

“I put emphasis on getting to know the artists and their personality, and learn what makes them unique and interesting, and amplify that,” says Noam. “I’m working with the artists on the lyrics, harmonies, melodies, style, recordings, as well as helping them inject their feelings into the produced songs,” continues Noam.

When recording, Noam always chooses various studios for the different projects, taking into account the vibe and color required for the specific production. He gives character to his work by using a variety of tools. These include folk instruments such as the ukulele, bouzouki, mandolin and oud, as well as virtual and analog synths, and self-made samples from 808 machines, to different percussion from around the world. Noam’s recording weapons-of-choice are Neumman U87 vintage (74) modified and AKG 414 ULS mics, BAE 1073 and Neve 1073 MPF stereo, UA’s 1176 Classic Limiting Amplifier,  Bricasti M7 reverb. The signal then goes through his Prism Sound Orpheus converter and Amphion Two18 studio monitors powered by Amp500.

Having worked in a range of studios with various setups, Noam has always been looking into monitors that will not tire his ears, while being honest and detailed. Shortening the mixing process has also been one of his goals.

“I went through most of the known speakers today trying to find what I was looking for and couldn’t decide because none of them was a perfect match and none of them made me feel completely comfortable to commit,” shares Noam.

After reading about Amphion studio monitors in Gearslutz forum, Noam got in touch with Danny Koryto from RecordShop, who is Amphion’s dealer in Israel, and arranged his first demo.

“As soon as I connected the One18, I was amazed by the natural and detailed sound,” says Noam about his first Amphion experience. “There are many good speakers, but none of them are doing what the Amphion did in my opinion. It’s just completely different from everything I know,” adds Noam.

Now, after a year and a number of projects, Noam is still pleased with his purchase.

“With Amphion, I have cut my mixing/mastering time by roughly 20-30% and all the decisions I make are pretty much final,” says Noam and adds: “I have noticed that I don’t go back to the mixes I bounced in order to address any technical issues, they translate smoothly to any other playback system, being at home, in the car or even a laptop.”

Follow the link to listen to some of Noam’s tracks.