Senior Internal Tools Engineer

Chinmay W.


Q: Who are you? Where are you from?

A: Hello, I am Chinmay and I work at Modulate as an Internal Tools Engineer. I was born and raised in Mumbai, India. I spent almost 21 years of my life in Mumbai and have all my family over there! Right now I am based in Cambridge.

Q: What’s your background? What did you do before Modulate?

A: I was always interested in art and math as a kid. I used to sketch a lot as well as loved algebra. My passion for music was ignited when I first listened to this song called ‘Hey Jude’ by The Beatles. I immediately started learning to play the guitar and the piano by watching Youtube tutorials and mainly self learning. Never had a music teacher or knew any theory ( know a lil bit now though ) haha. I eventually started writing songs and learnt the basics of music production/mixing. Meanwhile, I started pursuing my undergraduate degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering wherein I learnt about DSP! This was a big turning point, as this is when I realized that most of the audio in today's world is basically numbers, i.e math. Therefore, it was clear in my mind that I want to study and learn more about this audio math. I was admitted to NYU’s Music Technology program after completing my undergraduate where I had the opportunity to hone my audio math skills further and learn from the best in the business.

Q: Why are you joining Modulate?

A: I wrote my thesis on how machine learning and classical DSP can be used to recreate a studio recording technique called 'The Wall Of Sound'. I am really fascinated by how machine learning can be used to optimize and enhance human experiences. The products developed at Modulate definitely inspired me and aligned with my interests! But I also really connected with the culture at Modulate and the fact that it was mentioned in such great detail on the website. I genuinely feel this is the right place for me!

Q: What’s the voice skin you’re most excited to use, and how do you plan to use it?

A: Definitely would love to have all four Beatles voice skins and then obviously use them to make the greatest songs ever.  

Q: What’s your ideal work environment? Any special strategies you use to stay effective?

A: The ideal work environment would be a place where everyone is respectful, kind and approachable. I like to have a chat with people around me about varied topics and discuss problems, concerns. It’s amazing to know what people around me are working on and how passionate they are about their work.  Also I like to drink a lot of water to stay sharp and feel good! 

Q: Tell us about something you must have in any culture you join?

A: Camaraderie!

Q: Who are you outside of work?

A: A DIY musician. I treat making music similar to creating an artwork. You add and overlay layers of sound like colors on your DAW of choice. It definitely helps me to destress and stay on track. Another thing I love to do is cooking!

Q: What’s something you’re great at that few people realize?

A: Fashion sense probably.

Q: Leave us with a fun tidbit - a favorite joke, a story from your past, an obscure riddle, whatever you like!

A: "Life is very short and there's no time for fussing and fighting my friend" - The Beatles