Pouya is a Juno-nominated sound engineer and producer based in Toronto. He is a graduate of the Master’s program in Sound Recording at McGill University and has been recognized with multiple awards (see below). Recent projects include engineering the 2015 album by the Juno-winning classical ensemble Gryphon Trio, and Afiara String Quartet’s innovative double CD album with DJ Skratch Bastid called Spin Cycle, released on Naxos label. He has been invited to The Banff Centre regularly as guest faculty, since completing a work-study there in 2013. He is also an engineer at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto where he frequently records in Koerner Hall. He has worked with major orchestras in Canada including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and the Royal Conservatory Orchestra. He was the recording engineer of the prestigious International Honens Piano Competition.
In some examples of his non-classical work, Pouya has assisted engineer Damian Taylor (Bjork, The Killers, Arcade Fire, Prodigy) in Montreal and recorded the Juno-nominated gypsy punk group, Lemon Bucket Orchestra. He has also worked as a Music Design Specialist at the gaming company Ubisoft. He won the Traditional Studio Recording Prize in San Francisco for a recording, at the International Audio Engineering Society’s convention. In Montreal, Pouya started a video series called Audiolens, which brought musicians into the recording studio and created HD performance videos with high quality studio sound.
Pouya has experience with streaming audio and video, and he was the Technical Director of the webcasting team at McGill University. Since then he has streamed content for the Canadian Music Centre, Honens’ Piano Competition, and the Royal Conservatory of Music. He has also worked at The Banff Centre broadcasting live video events. He provided audio for video projects produced by Soundstreams and Riddle Films in Toronto. He is always excited by the latest media technologies and has worked on designing and building custom audio pedals and software.
Does not include demo recordings. Also does not include live and album recordings done at Royal Conservatory of Music, CBC's Glenn Gould Studio, Soundstreams, and Canadian Music Centre. Too many to list.
Date Artist Project Credit Label 2018 Michael Bridge Solo accordion album Recording, mixing 2018 The Tailbreakers TBC Recording, editing, mixing 2018 Sofia Mycyk Water Colors Recording, editing, mixing, and mastering 2018 Maneli Jamal Ambient Sketchbook Mixing and mastering 2017 Sina Bathaie Ray of Hope Recording, editing, mixing, mastering Windcatcher records 2017 Ton Beau String Quartet The Silent Voices Project Recording, editing, and mixing 2017 Maziar Heidari Sonatina Recording, editing, and mixing Pardis Records 2017 Michael Bridge, Guillaume Tardif, Kornel Wolak Tales from the Dinarides mixing and mastering WIRTH Institute 2017 Jonathan Crow Violin excerpts lessons Recording 2017 Maziar Heidari Trio recording: tar, tombak, and piano Recording, editing, and mixing 2017 Toronto Symphony Orchestra National Anthem of Canada Children Choir Recording, editing, and mixing 2016 Pilar Koerner Hall Live Recording Recording, editing, and mixing 2016 Chloe Charles With Blindfolds On Recording acoustic tracks Make My Day 2016 Amin Honarmand Clarinet Sonata Recording 2016 Sina Bathaie Into the Sky - Single Recording, editing, and mixing 2016 Jesse Dietschi Catalyst Ensemble Recording, editing, mixing, and mastering 2016 Samira Bazgir Forgotten Dream Recording 2016 The Mozart Effect The Mozart Effect Assistance and editing Linus Entertainment 2016 Nelya Safaei Iranian Women Compilation Recording KIRKELIG KULTURVERKSTED 2016 Spectrum Music La Suite Du Petit Prince Live Recording Recording, editing, and mixing 2016 Chloe Charles With Blindfolds On Sound engineer Foreseen Entertainment 2016 Janice Munn Tsui Shorts Sound engineer, editing, and mixing 2016 VC2 Selected Arrangments Sound engineer, editing, mixing, and mastering 2016 Maneli Jamal The Mardom Movement Sound engineer, editing, and mixing 2016 Eybler Quartet Beethoven Quartets Assistant 2016 Eddie and Quincy Bullen Dulling Pianos - Renaissance Expedition Sound Engineer/Mixing and Mastering 2016 Luca Buratto Luca Buratto: Live at Honens 2015 (2 CD) Sound Engineer Naxos Records 2015 AroarA Give You a Game Mixing Club Roll Records 2015 Toronto Symphony Orchestra Chamber Soloist Live Video Performance Mixing 2015 Afiara String Quartet and DJ Skratch Bastid Spin Cycle Sound engineer, editing, mixing, and mastering Centrediscs/Naxos Records 2015 Lemon Bucket Orkestra Counting Sheep Sound engineer 2015 Gryphon Trio Elements Eternal Sound engineer, editing, mixing, and mastering Naxos Records 2015 Kiya Tabassian and Charbel Rouhana Kiya Tabassian and Charbel Rouhana Sound engineer 2015 Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto Secret of Solstice live recording Sound engineer, editing, mixing, and mastering 2015 Duo Kalysta Duo Kalysta Sound engineer, editing, mixing, and mastering 2014 Chris Paul Harman Chris Paul Harman: After JSB-RS - Works for Keyboards and Percussion Sound engineer, editing, mixing Naxos Records 2014 Doldrums The Air Conditioned Nightmare Editing Sub Pop 2014 Duo Novus Duo Novus Sound engineer, editing, mixing, and mastering 2014 Owen McCausland "Ah non son capace" Sound engineer, editing, mixing, and mastering 2014 Del o Jan Choir Live Concert Recording Sound engineer, mixing, and mastering 2014 Various Artists Rebanks Fellowship Royal Conservatory of Music Showcase Album Sound engineer, mixing, and mastering 2014 Pouya's Telescope Pouya's Telescope Sound engineer, mixing, and mastering 2014 Ladom Ensemble Ladom Ensemble Mixing and mastering 2013 The Donefors Lush Life Below the Poverty Line Recording and mixing on certain tracks 2013 National Youth Orchestra of Canada Russian Masters Assistant engineer 2012 ICOT Persian Piano Night Mastering 2012 Maneli Jamal The Lamaj Movement - Album Producer and engineer CandyRat 2010 Sacred Balance Self Titled Producer
- MusiCounts Fred Sherratt Award, 2014.
- Schulich Scholarship for Academic Achievement, 2013.
- Excellence in Sound Recording, John R E Bradley Prize, 2013.
- Audio Engineering Society 133 Student Competition in San Francisco, Traditional Studio Recording Prize, 2012.
- Excellence in Sound Recording, John R E Bradley Prize, 2012.
Audiolens is a multi-city (Toronto and Montreal) company that is about capturing and disseminating live musical performances with high quality studio sound and multi-camera videography. It started in fall of 2011 in Montreal. It was facilitated by having access to the great facilities at McGill and having the opportunity to work with inspiring artists in the city and beyond. Since then, it has expanded to multiple Canadian cities and provides various audio and video services.
Design and Construction of the Stringer: A Polyphonic Signal Switcher for 13-pin DIN MIDI Guitars
The Stringer is a polyphonic signal switcher for use with 13-pin DIN MIDI guitar pickups. Used as an intermediary between a guitar and a synthesizer pedal, the purpose of the device is to isolate a single string for monophony, such as bass note accompaniment. A height-and-depth-adjustable fulcrum bar supports the performer’s feet, and brings them closer to the foot switches, allowing for smoother and faster string switching.
Location: New York, NY.
Publish Date: Oct 19, 2013
Journal Name: 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention
DPA 4099P Position Comparison
One afternoon I did a test of positioning my new DPA4099P microphones inside a Yamaha C7 to see what I prefer. Here are the results.
Hidden Path – A Producer’s Tool
Hidden Path is a OSX software to assist the producers or engineers with the tools needed to have clear communication with the musicians and with the other audio production team members.
Momentary Switch Option for Totalmix’s Talkback
Momentary Switch Option for Totalmix's Talkback is a OSX software that makes it possible to use Momentary Switch on Totalmix RME software when using a MIDI controller and also change the MIDI note coming to the Talkback.