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.
|2016||Pilar||Koerner Hall Live Recording||Recording|
|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.