International recording, mixing engineer. Production credits include: Chip Fu, Tom Kestens, Safi & Spreej, Eva De Roovere, Jesse Al Malik, Sinan Ayildiz
Marmalade Sound Factory is a renowned studio in Belgium. It is ran by Fatty K who is the former Belgian Beatbox champion and a music producer/engineer.
Started in 2010 in a slow and steady pace and building up to about one full project per week (about 50 albums/EP's/singles are being created in the studio each year). The sound is mainly hip hop but the past few years Fatty K has developed as a versatile producer which has resulted in mixing projects from folk to hard style to metal. Mix as well as production references are the Legendary Chip-Fu, the Belgian Hip-hop revelation Safi & Spreej, former Das Pop member Tom Kestens, Eva De Roovere, Raymond van het Groenewoud and many more.
Marmalade Sound Factory has it's own label called Marmalade Productions which contains artists as Shosen Beats, Antwaarps Vervolg, Fatty K, Team Marmalade, ...
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Interview with Marmalade Sound Factory
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The dutch debut album of Tom Kestens. I did all the production, recording, arranging, mixing and even some song writing for all the tracks. It's quite a gem in my collection.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: At the moment I am working on two full album releases for our label, a remix for Eva De Roovere and a few solo hip hop tracks.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I am quite new to SoundBetter and still need to start browsing :-)
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. I believe there are things that can not be done in the digital domain and vice versa. That's why I combine.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I am working for the music, I want a great finished product; if this means working longer on a track then agreed, so be it. I am here to make it perfect for you.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long have you been doing this? See above Can you make me sound like ...? I aways respond that the best thing is to sound like yourself.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I turn a fader up or down.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I just need to know if the files they recorded meet up to my standard. I am a very good engineer but I am not Merlin.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Know what you are looking for. I am always available for questions about inquiries.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: - My computer - My speakers - Push 2 - My vocal Chain - My microphone
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been a professional mixing engineer for ten years and I have been producing music for over 20 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Banging beats, smooth chords. Clean or dirty, depends on the track.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with The Neptunes as they are in my opinion the most versatile production duo the world has ever seen.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Parallel is everything :-)
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A fresh vision and a good set of ears.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I start by listening to the recording of the song and already make a few adjustments; then I work in groups. Constantly referencing to the demo recording trying not to destroy the sound envisioned for the track. When I am remixing or making a beat I tend to start with drums as I am raised by groove :D All the rest kind of comes natural.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a powerful computer which is the heart of my setup. I use a motu 828MK3 sound card and a lot of outboard gear, like a TB202 combined with an alto and other things. I have an extremely huge arsenal of mixing plugins and samples. I try to combine digital with analog by working with old synths and gear. I have some vintage keyboards as well as new ones and also an original Akai MPC 2500XL. Below is a small list of gear: - Motu828MK3 - KRK VXT 6 - KRK SUB - Fostex PM-05 - Soundeluxe U195 - Korg Microkorg - Novation Bass station - Novation Ultranova - Hohner PK250 - Casio SA-1 - AKAI MPC 2500XL - AKAI MPC LIVE - ABLETON PUSH 2 - Waves Bundle - Native Instruments Komplete 10 - TC Helicon Voice Control - Boss RC-505 - ...
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Mastering Engineers, almost every decent musician.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing, editing, tuning vocals. Providing production and making beats.