7 years of my piano school ended in 1991 with me graduating with excellent marks. Having studied acoustic guitar and some bass on top of that, today I play a fantastic, custom-built Fender, engineered by my brother Alex (and still can't believe to play the instrument sounding that good!) I stepped into the "digital" domain somewhere in 2000 picking up CUBASE SX3 as a DAW - as it's been the only option I could find around at that time - and spent hundreds of hours reading and trying to apply all that tech to practice with no luck.
I switched to Live 6 in 2007 and consider it one of the biggest decisions that influenced my "audio path still.
Having purchased my first synth/groove-box the same year (Korg EMX1) I caught a hardware frenzy that lasted for 5 years or something. I've been battling all major Audio Holy Wars: "Windows vs Mac", "Hardware vs Software", etc. All that helped me to grab the concepts of synthesis, drum programming, arrangement but mixing, The Hardest Part, was still no success however hard I tried. Until one lucky day I decided to hire a tutor - Keith Mills from Quantize Courses (UK) turned out to be a perfect match (the only problem was the genre - I wanted to learn DNB while Keith's been teaching techy house things) Yet mixdown itself is genre-independent so this 6-week course turned out into another key decision that helped me to move on towards my sonic targets.
In 2013 I successfully passed a Skype interview with 2 Ableton Engineers and was going to attend the Certification event in Berlin. Life got a different plan though so I had to put music aside for almost a year. But when I returned to the studio I kept on thinking to quit my office job, concentrating on music 100% as just I couldn't handle 2- full-time jobs any longer. And I took the risk. 2014 turned to be a payout bringing me the first students and qualification for the first game audio project (as a composer). In 2015 I delivered my first commercial mixes, held a couple of gigs as FOH-engineer, further improving my DNB production techniques in parallel as, sending the demos here and there.
At the end of 2016 exclusive Ableton distributor in Ukraine offered me an official Ableton Endorser position and I can't stand accepting it) At the same time Push 2 entered my setup becoming one of its cornerstones.
To be continued..
Andrey Romanenko [RA]
It happened that two dozens of shout-outs posted here in 2016 are gone due to the page re-design I did mid-March... but I've asked peeps to re-post them and it's it's coming)