Recording, Mixing and Mastering - Almost 10 years of experience working on professional studios and location recordings.
In the past 10 years I've been involved in many music and audiovisual productions, from music albums, EPs, singles, to videoclips, DVDs, movies, documentaries, TV programs and sound designing for theater. My area of expertise is recording, mixing and mastering.
I'm living since 2018 in Utrecht (Netherlands) for a Master of Music degree on Music Design on the HKU University, where I also work on their state-of-the-art studios.
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Interview with Douglas Benzi
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Studio and location recordings with bands and ensembles. Mixing and mastering sessions with or without the artist and producer.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I really like artists and bands that are not afraid to explore and expand the musical boundaries. Some of my favorite bands/artists are Tool, King Crimson, The Mars Volta, Magma, Snarky Puppy, Frank Zappa, Hermeto Pascoal and Egberto Gismonti. The producers and sound engineers that inspire me are Andy Wallace, Bruce Swedien and Chris Lord-Alge.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work at the HKU University studios and at my own studio. The first is a state-of-the-art setup, with Pro Tools HDX, ATC and Grimm monitors, Millenia/Shadow Hills/Avalon/API preamps, Neumann/Royer/AKG/Schoeps/DPA mics. On my studio I have APS monitors, Pro Tools 12 and Logic Pro X, Focusrite interface, AKG/Oktava/Shure/Sennheiser mics, Beyerdinamics/AKG headphones, many string instruments and midi keyboard.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock (from alternative to heavy), jazz, classical, world, metal, folk, latin, and pop. (Sometimes also hip hop and electronic).
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Probably no audio gear, but stuff I would need to survive. In case that's not necessary somehow... Well, a desert island doesn't have electricity, so I would have to take solar panels and batteries. The remaining 3 items would probably be a MacBook pro, an UAD Apollo Twin Quad and a Neumann U87.