POSTED ON – 12.03.13
Martin Desai Visits SSR Jakarta & Stone Roses Concert
Martin Desai is the Head of Audio for SSR in Manchester and is an expert, industry active sound engineer who has worked with Kings of Convenience, Sugababes ,Ian Brown (Stone Roses), Elbow, Doves and many other high profile artists. Martin recently visited SSR Jakarta for a special Masterclass and to attend a concert in the city by The Stone Roses, accompanied by two lucky SSR Jakarta students.
The master class was titled “Remixing and The Role of Technology in Modern Music Production” and was attended by sound engineers, major record label personnel and SSR Jakarta’s students. To get brilliant mixing outputs, Martin discussed the main keys to accomplishing the best mixing results. The keys consist of handling roles of sound recording, quality controlling and microphone placement etc.
Remixing is about arranging all elements to be integrated. “The best recordings are more than the best songs. Do not close your mind to modern technology. Think out of the box to be outstanding.” said Martin.
Aside from sharing his knowledge and experiences, Martin also arranged a special treat for two SSR Jakarta students who had been chosen to look behind the scenes of the legendary Stone Roses’ concert in Jakarta. The two lucky students were Eliandy Andojoputro and Revandy Effendy, both studying Audio Engineerign Techniques & Technology (AETT).
“ The Stone Roses concert was probably one of the most important concerts of the year. It featured one of the best bands from UK. I liked how they used the equipment and how they set-up the sound. We were given a very concise and also a very detail explanation about sounds and the equipment they used. Their equipments were very nice and old yet an Iconic one such as the Leslie amp. For me, it was a fantastic moment when I got the chance to see both the back stage setup and the Stone Roses live concert directly. I saw how a great band organized their concert well with good plans and preparations. Moreover, being with Mr. Martin Desai and the tour crew gave me the real experience and knowledge of how the music industry operates. They share a lot of music business and how the band is developed from time to time. ”
“ It was one of the best moments of my life when I got this opportunity to learn about live concert directly from those great people."
When being asked about Stone Roses concert in Jakarta, Martin answered that it was an amazing live concert with impressive equipment. Martin also appreciated by the Stone Roses’s fans in Indonesia. Martin was aware about Indonesian economic development which assured him to think positively about media and audio developments.
“ With the facilities SSR Jakarta has, this school has started training young individuals to succeed in the music industry. I think it’s fantastic, and with SSR, I’m very impressed by the students and the people here.”