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Motivation Wednesday!

It's been awhile since I've updated the blog, so here's some new updates. I've been working on new projects and generally making some upgrades. My precious Barefoot MM27s got a little bit of an upgrade with the DSP chip and amplifier. They sound great and clients are loving the mixes! 

 

In addition to the monitor amplifier upgrade, I switched my DAC from the Lynx Hilo back to a Dangerous Source. I had the Dangerous Source for about two years 2012-2013 and it's an incredible DAC in terms of clarity, depth, and transient response. It will also allow me to switch between the Barefoots and my Auratone 5cs. Here's a cool picture of the new setup with the Dangerous Source along with the AIAIAI TMA-2 "Young Guru" edition headphones which I reviewed here

Along with the new equipment upgrades, Aluga-Se um Comodo by Suspeitoumdois that I mastered has over 100K+ streams on Spotify. 

 

 

 

Monday!

I hope everyone had great weekend, I visited my friend, Alex Sterling at Precision Sound NYC to test a pair of Ocean Way monitors. I heard these at AES, and thought they had the widest stereo image of any monitors I've ever heard. They had impressive bass response, clear highs and a somewhat subdued midrange. It would be interesting to hear them in a working context while mixing a record. Check out the studio setup below! 

 

Also, congrats to my good friend, Nicole Schoen for graduating Berklee College of Music! She is one of most talented people I know in the music industry. I'm conducting an interview with her next weekend. Be on the lookout for that one. Here's her profile, courtesy of Berklee College of Music 

Weekend Update

It's been a long three days last week working at the studio. We are almost ready with Studio 1 B. The speaker configuration in the control room is incredible. Barefoot MM27s, B&W 805s and a mono Auratone. These selections all have different frequency responses to check recordings and mixes on. I'm super comfortable working on Barefoots and Auratones, since that is my setup at home. The B&Ws are the mid field monitors in the middle with the mahogany finish. It has a smooth midrange, thick low register and airy highs. 

My post about speaker recommendations have been well received! I'm glad that people are interested in them. There will be another recommendation post coming soon. Here is a hint below. 

Also shootouts to the Brewery Recording Studio in Brooklyn. They are one of the premiere studios in the city. I've been going there for years with artists to record. Andrew and Nick are great engineers!

Top Tier

top-tier

adjective

of the highest level or quality.

"a top-tier medical school"

 

Top tier is the level of quality that clients expect, but that isn't always the case. After years of  working and visiting some incredible studios, I noticed that there was a huge difference in the quality and the overall studio environment. It was life changing to say the least. I believe that artists should experience a top tier studio. When I started, I could only afford a $30 Radioshack microphone. Then, I visited a friend's studio, they had a Neumann U87. It was the most expensive microphone, I've seen at that point. The quality was remarkable, and I got to record a few songs on that microphone. I never used that Radioshack mic again. I actually saved up for a Neumann mic and got it. Once you realize that quality matters, it helps dramatically in your perspective.

There is nothing wrong with home studios, or project studios. I have one myself! But the knowledge gained from being in real studios took my skills to the next level. I was wasting a lot of money buying the wrong gear.  Now, I'm not googling which converters to buy because I heard the best ones. Plus my skill set improved from seeing the musicians, engineers, and producers work.  Moreover, the studio helps you expand your horizons in meeting people you otherwise wouldn't. Quality music is an investment for yourself, it's all about you! That's what I mean about top tier, the highest quality of your vision possible. I want to help bring that vision to life.

Some of the amazing studios I've been honored to be in!

Precision Sound NYC

Studio La Fabrique - South Of France 

West Viking Studios  - Florida, USA

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2016 has been off to a great start. Ebony Obsidian's "Hold Me" produced by Woodro Skillson (Jhene Aiko, Kid Cudi) was featured on the season finale of Tough Love. Also, I was interviewed on MDR Music Monday about mixing, engineering, and the social aspect of music. Now, it's time to continue top tier services to my clientele. I'm expanding my services to a second studio in the East Village. My mailing list will send news about new music I worked on, tips, and other special content for anyone who subscribes!