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 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.
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.
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.
Now, after a year and a number of projects, Noam is still pleased with his purchase.
Follow the link to listen to some of Noam’s tracks.