This article explains how I work and the tools I use.
Specialised in pop, rock, blues, folk and singer-songwriter genres, I use my roots as a musician to understand what clients need. Started out in the analog domain, I’m fully digital now. My refined remote workflow allows me to consistently deliver.
My equipment revolves around Avid Pro Tools, Focusrite, Warwick and Fender basses.
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I can work from anywhere. I’m well versed in remote working. I have an established professional workflow, evolved in years of experience with clients in the UK, Europe and the US, delivering for multiple industries.
I involve the clients from the beginning by providing real-time access to my project management software, Trello. It’s a great way to ensure that I’m going to execute their vision, and deliver on time.
Using an online project plan form, designed to collect the information I need, I strive to eliminate potential grey areas beforehand. I break down the project with accurate estimates and build an efficient task waterfall.
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I specialise in everything acoustic. Rock, blues, pop, funk, reggae, folk, singer-songwriter, modern classical and a few others. I also enjoy experimental, electronic material and synths-based music.
I’m currently writing an article where I dig into how I approach the production of remote bass tracks. In the meantime, you can head over to my bass tracks page to read more.
I also enjoy playing live, though that’s currently on halt.
While I started out in the analog years, I converted to a fully-digital system long ago. I now record and produce in the box. It’s a matter of taste and choices. I think it’s convenient, I enjoy the quality and have no nostalgia for the past.
A maxed out mid-2015 MacBook Pro i7. I run a dual-boot system with macOS Mojave (10.14.6) and Windows 10.
A Focusrite Clarett 4Pre has recently took the place of my trusted Focusrite Sapphire Pro 40.
- Tech21 NYC Sansamp Bass Driver v2 (bass)
- Behringer Ultra-DI DI600P (guitar)
- T-Bone SC 1100 large diaphragm
- Rode NT5 condenser matched pair with Rode Stereo Bar SB20
- Shure SM58
- Sonarworks XREF20 electrec mic
- Focal Alpha 80
- Yamaha HS5
- Dedicated FX-Audio DAC-X6 headphone amplifier
- Sony MDR-7506
- Beyerdynamic 770 Pro
The studio is acoustically treated with panels from GIK Acoustic.
- 1991 Warwick Thumb bass
- Fender Jazz fretless bass
- Fender Stratocaster electric guitar
- Cort acoustic guitar
- Novation Launchkey controller
- Korg Micro KEY 66 controller
- M-Audio Keystation Mini32 controller
I also own and use an old Sony stereo cassette deck TC-WR445, for converting old tapes, sampling and effects purposes.
Pro Tools (v12 2020.11) is my DAW of choice. I’m an expert user of Logic Pro X (10.6) too, since the eMagic years.
In the past I worked with Cubase, Propellerhead’s Reason, REAPER and Studio One.
A few years ago, I’ve decided to focus on a strict set of third-party plug-ins. I went down this road to achieve a triple goal:
- Set myself a limit.
- Learn them as much as I can.
- Being platform-agnostic.
The idea here is that I can bring my iLok key wherever I go, and have my trusted set of software with me. My usual go-to plug-ins are:
- XLN Addictive Keys
- XLN Addictive Drums
- EastWest Hollywood Strings Gold
- UVI Falcon 2
- Air XPand!2
- iZotope RX 6
- Wavelab 10 Pro
- Zynaptiq Triumph
- Magix SoundForge
I run these on Windows only, for efficiency and speed.
- FMOD Studio
- Unreal Engine
- Unity Engine
Converters & Utilities
- Zynaptiq Myriad
- Stereo Monoizer
- ADSR Sample Manager
Backup & Audio Archival
I offer an optional audio archiving for future potential re-mixing or re-mastering. I’m constantly perfecting my already solid backup and archive strategy.
I believe audio archiving is a must-have premium feature to offer to clients. Every single project’s audio stems can be carefully filed to multiple sources, to guarantee the preservation of the material for years to come. Please note that I don’t offer full sessions archives, as that’s unrealistic.
For backup purposes I rely on a 3-2-1 technique: three copies of everything at all times, two local and one off-site. Specifically:
- Two sets of RAID drives running daily backups on both OSes.
- Backblaze remote cloud backup.
For redundancy and extra caution:
- A Time Machine drive with the default hourly setup for macOS.
- A perfect clone of my production SSD external drives on both OSes, so that I can be instantly up and running in case of malfunction.
- A perfect clone of my entire internal drive, for both OSes.
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