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Sri Lankan music entrepreneur chooses analogue desks

Sri Lankan music entrepreneur chooses analogue desks

Sri Lankan music entrepreneur chooses analogue desks

Sri Lanka:

Student of the Pearlbay Institute in Sri Lanka, Isiwara Manthrirathna is a 24-year-old music entrepreneur and producer who is forging a path for himself in the industry. Holding an International Diploma in Music and on his way to completing an Audio Engineering degree qualification, Manthrirathna chooses to work with analogue desks at his own Serene Studio based in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

The setup at Serene Studio
The setup at Serene Studio

Manthrirathna was first introduced to analogue during his studies, where he noted he utilised Audient’s ASP8024-HE mixing desk. “I particularly enjoy working with the ASP8024-HE because of its intuitive feel and its excellent DAW controller functionality,” he said. “The practical tasks assigned during our lectures have been a fantastic opportunity for hands-on learning. They’ve given me the confidence to operate any studio console effectively.”

Manthrirathna’s Serene Studio centres around Audient’s iD44 audio interface. “I use all the outputs for my monitoring purposes, connecting Focal Alpha 80s and Yamaha HS8s as my main monitors through the iD44,” he explained. “For headphone outs, I use both outputs with my beyerdynamic DT 990 and DT 700 Pro X. The iD44 has really changed my game. In my setup, the interface isn’t easily reachable, so the software control is a huge convenience. It fits perfectly into my workflow.”

Working under a few different producer monikers on the Beatstars platform as well as Spotify, Manthrirathna is already making a name for himself in the industry. In terms of the future, he noted his plans to set up a successful commercial studio offering his own recording, mixing and mastering services – incorporating analogue audio technology. “Most studios here use digital audio interfaces, but I’ve been inspired by analogue desks,” he confirmed.

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