HUMAYUN SIDDIQUI

LIVE SOUND ENGINEER,
SYSTEM DESIGN TUNING & ALIGNMENT ENGINEER


New Delhi - India

Mrigya

Strings of the World

TablaTronics & Violince

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Since 2006 I have been working as a freelance Live Sound Engineer. I worked as FOH Engineer for India’s biggest Bollywood Musical called Zangoora - The Gypsy Prince and Franz Harary's Mega Magic show at the prestigious Kingdom of Dreams theater in Gurgoan, India, where I ended up mixing some 200 odd shows of the musical. This was around 2010-2011.

 
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The band Mrigya.

From 2011 to 2013 I worked as the Chief Sound Engineer & HOD for BlueFrog Media Pvt Ltd, a live performance indoor venue which hosted some very big international bands and bands from India as well.

I ended up mixing FOH, Monitors & System Engineering for some great artists like Bill Evans & Infected Mushroom, The Idan Raichel Project, Goldspot, Nitin Sawyney, Etienne Mbappe, Sean Kutty & Egypt Eighty, Gotye, David Broza, Mrigya, and Avial to name a few.

 
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My first encounter with sE Electronics was in 2014 at an Indian classical gig of Anoushka Shankar (daughter of late Sitar legend and Maestro) at a prestigious performing arts auditorium in New Delhi India called the Kamani Auditorium, where I happened to be the System Engineer for this show. This is where I met Anoushka's touring FOH Engineer Dennis Fernandez.

Dennis used the sE Rupert Neve RN17 to mic Anoushka Shankar's sitar to capture the nuances of the instrument, and I was really blown away by how amazing the sitar sounded at a live gig. So that is how I was introduced to sE Electronics, and thats when I decided I needed to get a few sE mics when I mostly knew about the other "expensive" microphone brands...

 

My favorite sE mics are the sE4 and sE5. I have been using them for overheads, hi-hats, baby grand piano, flute, saxophones, solo acoustic guitar and esraj (Indian stringed instrument) and achieved excellent results.

They sound great, with very little EQ. These mics have a smooth HF response which is really pleasing and sweet to the ears and not harsh - the rejection is also great, which helps a lot on loud live stages. I cannot wait to get my hands on the RN17, Voodoo VR1, and V7.

 
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Mrigya is one of India’s most premier and prodigious World-Fusion bands, hailing from New Delhi. Formed in 1999, the band has blossomed into a fascinating contemporary world music band venturing to stretch the boundaries of Indian classical music becoming the harbinger of a unique fusion band offering a rich blend of Blues, Funk, Folk, Latin, Indian Classical and Jazz.

The band has toured extensively around the globe winning accolades and representing India at various international festivals. Mrigya shows range from international performances around the world for elite audiences, and the most exclusive shows ever performed. Their music shares and introduces an audience to the new, modern, contemporary sound fused with classical Indian music. The music of Mrigya carries the legacy of thousands of years, of not only music, but also the heritage of Indian culture. Mrigya aims to evolve, share the cultural nuances, and promote the Indian ethos through its music in a global way – drawing attention and inviting one to explore the Indian heritage. Inspire, get inspired, educate and most importantly, continue to pass on, the legacy of Indian and western fusion for further generations.

CURRENT LINEUP:

VIOLIN • SHARAT CHANDRA SRIVASTAVA
KEYS • SACHIN KAPOOR
BASS & VOCALS • INDRANEEL HARIHARAN
GUITARS • KARAN SHARMA
DRUMS • RAJAT KAKKAR
TABLA & PERCUSSION • GYAN SINGH

 

"Also, Heiko Djeiker - a renowned Tabla Player and electronic music producer from Amsterdam - has a live project called TablaTronics & Violince. We use the X1 for his recording and live gigs."

 
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"I would say one just needs to experiment with different microphones like I did. For example, it yielded great results on a flute in a live gig once, and now the flautist always asks me if I am carrying the sE5 or not!"

"The sE5 also sounds great on the saxophone with a high-pass at around 80 Hz."

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