Zsolt Gulyás interview


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Tell us a little about yourself and what you do for a living?

My name is Zsolt Gulyás and I’m a Serbian based self educated self employed survivor.. ups… I mean composer. Currently I`m working as a cello teacher in elementary music school at my home town.
I’m lazy and …shhh(grr mr. devil get out of my head!) I spent most of my free time learning the new fashion of composing techniques, using VST’s. I˙m working as a library composer for US TV shows, for games and any kind of moving pictures.

What is your niche or speciality, that makes you stand out from rest of the audio professionals?

I’m trying to be the next John Williams… no no I totally reject that. I just do what I love (sometimes not, because thats maximalism..) maybe the only speciality is that I’m a peaceful man who just listen to clients and tries to impress them.

Can you give us a brief summary of the equipment you use regularly?

I work in a Acer i5 Ultrabook with 1+2 TB HDD and 8Gb Ram, M-audio Keystation 61 and M-audio Fast Track Ultra and C400 Soundcard, Audio Technica mic and Barcus Berry cello pickup for live recordings. I am using ATH-D40fs headphones for mixing.

What are your go-to plug-ins and software? (virtual instruments, audio processing etc.)

My main DAW is Cubase. I don’t use sample libraries that much. I mainly use Albion I and II layering with EWQLSO gold for orchestration, Omnisphere for synths, Superior for drums and one of my favorite is Eduardo Tarilonte‘s Era Medieval Legends, and some free stuffs.

When do you find you are most creative?

When I sleep… but I’m productive at early night.

What is your usual process for creating audio content for games, films etc.?

When a client wants music, I first panic, then I listen to similar music, get as much information as I can, then I start with one key note, erase that, panic again, listen and listen again, start composing and later I notice that I’m “done”.

Are there any particular secrets to your creativity?

Yes, I’m a secret agent!(ah!)

Do you have any audio creation techniques that resulted in something interesting?

I don’t use new and extreme techniques, but every day is a new day for discovering new things and techniques.

Any specific “lessons learned” on a project that you could share?

Of course! First listening and paying attention within the process of collaboration. Always ensuring what the client wants. Turning down the reverb, and the most important thing is backup, backup and backup twice (after that my two hdd’s damaged at the same time).

Any tips, hints or motivational speeches for the readers?

Be yourself, be original and love what you do!