Well-known musician Andrew Chu has been working in Hong Kong and Taiwan with many big name singers in Greater China region, and has penned material for artists that have included Andy Lau, David Tao, BiBi Zhou and Kary Ng.
As well as writing and arranging songs, Andrew has demonstrated skill and devotion to his craft by providing potent musical arrangement for highly-successful concerts starring David Tao and A-Mei Cheung.
Andrew has recently been producing albums for artists such as Aloys Chan from mainland China and Taiwan’s Ding Dang, whose latest release carries six songs produced by Andrew. He worked his magic by introducing distinct elements that gave rise to rock, dance and even R&B flavoring, while preserving Ding Dang’s sentimental style.
Andrew said: “Record companies are normally responsible for selecting songs, but as a music producer, I prefer to take on the whole job to include writing and arranging – so that I can be sure to tailor great songs for the artists I work with.”
On the subject of using in-ear earphones at concerts, Andrew said: “The environment can be extremely complicated, so use of in-ear earphones help with the important function of noise control. If isolation of sound is difficult, producers often find themselves having to adjust volume upwards to get a better impression. Another factor to consider, of course, is that working constantly with high levels of noise can damage our sense of hearing. This is the beauty of in-ear earphones with an excellent sound-isolation function, because they will enable a producer to do the job well without needing to work with dangerously high levels of volume.”
Sound isolation is equally important in a recording environment, but studio headphones work differently to their in-ear “relatives” inasmuch as they need to prevent outward leakage that could affect the overall recording process. Andrew explains: “Studio headphones differ in that they emphasize the balance of sound, and work to provide a kind of naturalness that producers can use as a reference.”
He added: “The performance of the Shure SRH840 is ‘transparent’ because the lows, mids, and highs are balanced, making it a great studio tool that provides a very good and accurate sound reference for music producers.”
Turning to the subject of microphones, Andrew said: “Different microphones tend to have different applications. Having said that, I’ll apply the Shure condenser KSM44 to a viola for an outstanding thick sound when recording a string quartet, but the large-diaphragmed KSM44 is also a good choice for vocals.”
Andrew believes that the quality of a microphone ultimately depends on whether it is able to retrieve the natural sound of an instrument or voice. He said: “Shure microphones always perform very well and to expectation for singers and music producers alike.”
What Andrew Chu uses
What Andrew Chu uses
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