I’ve always loved recording studios.
My earliest memory of being in one is of me playing guitar and singing on a title song of a radio show for children when I was eight or nine years old. I started recording my own and other people’s music in my college years, working first on an 8-track analog tape recorder and then on ADATs, all the while mixing down to 2-track tape or cassettes. By the time I went to university the digital recording revolution had arrived and I was recording both at the university and at home on an ever-changing recording rig I put together.
Towards the end of that period my bedroom was used as a live room and the room next to it was a control room that housed a 40-channel Soundtracks console. Anytime I recorded something really loud – like a horn section – I used to give wine bottles to my neighbors as a reward for their patience but it soon became clear that I was spending too much on wine and had to have a separate space built. Luckily I came from a family of building engineers and architects so the thought of building my own space came naturally and access to professional help was available at all times.
My first real recording facility was thus designed and built in 2006 by me, my brother and two other professionals we shared the space with. I started kentalamusic.com with my brother at the same time and since then I’ve worked with dozens of artists and done different kinds of commissioned work for TV and the game industry.
Check out examples of my work at https://www.kentalamusic.com/work.html
In addition to working with and studying music I’ve always been interested in acoustics.
Sharing the results of my acoustical experiments with anyone interested has eventually lead to me getting hired both as a teacher, a consultant and even as a contractor for various projects involving room acoustics and sound isolation.