I'm Javier Pedrocca, mix engineer with more than 15 years of experience. I offer mixing and editing services, in my personal studio - Jade Studio - located in Cordoba, Argentina. For me, the most important thing is to achieve the vision and the message of the artist contributing passion and technical criteria to the mix, using the best tools.
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Interview with Javi Pedrocca
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: In 2015 my friend approached me the incredible work of Juan Martin Medina "En el Sendero" (On the Path). It was composed of some songs recorded in the studio but mostly by live recital recordings. The material recorded by Andres Ordoñez at the studio was perfect but the live recording was very defective. The genre is Argentine folklore but in format and arrangements of jazz quartet. I mixed and mastered the album, which was nominated in 2016 for the Carlos Gardel awards, in the Best New Folklore Artist category.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started at age 12 to study music (percussion) and the following year I started working in a small analog studio as an assistant. There I learned the basics of the trade. After a few years I dedicated myself to my career as a musician and for 15 years I have been recording and mixing records.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working on the mix of an Ep from an Indie band, La Marea Infinita (The Infinite Tide). Beautiful songs!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Ale Siqueira. All his works are excellent.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. The warmth of analog sound and the flexibility of the digital process.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to work hard and with great attention to detail, looking for the result that the artist needs. For this, the artist's feedback is very important.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Listen to wonderful music, find new artists and collaborate in realizing their vision.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception is that not everyone with a computer can make a good mix. It takes years of experience and technical knowledge to develop the skills needed to achieve a good mix.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What sound are you looking for? What is the concept of the work? Do you have reference artists?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Carefully review his previous work to find out if you have the sound you need. Communicate your needs as clearly as possible. Feedback is always welcome!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My two pairs of monitors (Ns10 / A7x), Neve 33609, Millennia Nseq 2, Computer.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Organic and modern.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would like to mix a record by Marisa Monte produced by Ale Siqueira. Infinito Particular (2006) is one of the most beautiful albums I've heard. The songs and the voice of Marisa Monte move me totally and the production is impeccable.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Listen carefully, use references, do not compress if it is not necessary.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Latin, Acoustic, Pop-Rock, Jazz
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Good ears and technical criteria.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Dedication and attention to detail.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First and foremost listen to the full song, identifying the strong points in the interpretation and the artist's intent. Then I examine globlamente and track by track reviewing the technical quality of the recording. I begin to mix with the conversations with the artist as a guide about the concept and sound of the mix, and references of audios or artists of the genre. Once I arrive at a mix that I consider finished, I send it for the approval or revision of the artist, who of course has the last word.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My personal studio, located in Córdoba, Argentina, is composed of a control room and a recording room. It was designed and built for that purpose, therefore its acoustics is almost perfect. In the recording room I have a good stock of microphones (Neumann, Akg, Shure, Rode, Oktava, etc), some guitar amplifiers for the reamps and percussion instruments. In my room control I have an Avid Pro Tools Native Hd system, with Avid HD I / O converters and Apogee Rosetta 200, Api, Avalon, Focusrite and Art preamps and an Avalon 747sp stereo equalizer / equalizer. The monitoring is Yamaha Ns10 and Adam a7x + Sub. I work in Pro Tools 2018 with UAD, Waves, McDsp, Izotope plugins, etc.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Ale Siqueira, Jaques Morelenbaum, Ry Cooder, Bob Katz,
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Audio Mixing -Audio Editing - Voice Tuning - Guitar Reamps - Tempo Quantization -Time Alignment - Quantizing.