The Spectral Gate
Producer, Mixing, Songwriter
Hi, I'm Arturo. I'm a producer, mixing engineer, and songwriter.
I provide music production, mixing, audio engineering, lyrics, composition, and songwriting services on a remote basis. I also offer on-site recording and production for individual musicians and vocalists in the Chicagoland and northwest Indiana region.
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Interview with The Spectral Gate
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Hybrid. Both realms do things that the other cannot.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been producing music for 10 years, and engineering more seriously for 2 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Whatever tech solutions works best for the song and the client is the right one.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: After implementing significant changes to a song, wait at least 1 full day before listening again to the track and making a final decision on whether the change is right for the song.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Electronic pop when producing, but I've been mixing more diverse genres lately.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My ear. I have a good sense of what will help make things most pleasant from a listener perspective, both in terms of songwriting and engineering.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A desire to create something beautiful while fulfilling the requirements of the client.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Ask the client to describe what they're looking for in the most specific terms possible, then come up with a plan for meeting those requirements, describe to them my plan, then if they're satisfied with what I'm planning to do, execute the plan.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Software: Reason 10, Logic Pro X, Logic Pro 9, Ableton Live 9, Renoise, Max/MSP 5; plugins: Waves, Soundtoys Hardware: Apogee Duet, Great River MP-500 Preamp, Kush Electra 4-Band EQ, dbx 560 Compressor/Limiter, dbx 520 De-Esser, Rupert Neve Designs Tape Emulator with Silk
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Brian Eno, Steve Reich, Dave Pensado, Jim O'Rourke, Joanna Newsom, Flying Lotus, Kid606, Ariel Pink, Noah "40" Shebib