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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. 

 

 

 

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

Speaker Recommendations

As a someone who makes a living making records, a lot of people ask for recommendations for speakers and headphones. Not everyone had the pleasure of listening to $30,000 speakers in a studio setting, but it shouldn't deter them from investigating more affordable options. Music has always been a social focal point for gathering all walks of life together to enjoy sound. These three speakers options vary from $80 - $350, modest price points for a great quality sound. 

Ultimate Ears: Mini Boom

$80

The first speaker is the Ultimate Ears: Mini Boom. I have this speaker as a third reference monitor in my studio (between the Barefoot MM27s and Auratones) I was surprised on how much low end it could reproduce. Most speakers have a bass port to enhance the lower end of the frequencies. This one is compact, affordable and portable. It can be a speaker for beach trips, your outdoor patio or room. The bluetooth connection can be iffy sometimes at best, but other than that. It's a great little speaker. 

Bose Soundlink Mini 

$199

Bose has a reputation that spans decades, and for good reason. Their products especially in the home entertainment field is well regarded. The Bose Soundlink Mini is a step up from the Mini Boom in terms of sound quality and design. The midrange is more focused, and you can hear clarity in certain instruments that are placed back of the mix. Even some famous engineers have used Bose Soundlinks as another reference. It's a top notch design with a stronger Bluetooth connectivity than the Mini Boom. If I didn't have the Mini Boom, this would be the second choice. 

Sonos: Play 3 

$299 

If you are using Spotify to stream your music, this is the speaker to buy! This one doesn't disappoint. The Sonos Play 3, in my opinion is the best of the three options to buy. The bass response is clear, the midrange isn't muffled, vocals are in the forefront. You'll need to purchase a Sonos Bridge which is a $50 additional purchase. The bridge sets up multiple Sonos speakers to be played. I wasn't aware of that until I tried to purchase the Play 3. That's the only issue with the Sonos products. You have to buy into the ecosystem, it isn't just a singular purchase. It's a great speaker for parties and other social events. It's loud, clear, and doesn't have a distortion quality when the volume is pushed. With the all other speakers, this Sonos Play 3 is a good investment towards high quality playback. 

The amount of detail going into creating a record shouldn't be overlooked. These speakers will help the listener enjoy the subtle or not so subtle details that's hidden in the music. MP3s and cheaper speakers rob you of a better listening experience. It's like going to see Superman Vs. Batman on a bad rip on a 22 inch television. You won't get the impact as the artists, producers, and engineers intended you to have. These recommendations will get you back in the game!

 

 

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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!