I am a professional guitarist and bassist, music producer and sound engineer endorsed by EMG Pickups, ESP Guitars and Basses and Wacken Foundation.
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Interview with Ricardo Falcon
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog when you have loads of cash to make it right. Digital when you´re on a budget. Nowadays you can get amazing results on digital.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: An ESP Custom Guitar, one good cable, a notebook, a good guitar head amp and a good portable interface.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: - Guitarist since 1999. - Has made various freelance jobs in studio since 2004. - Guitar teacher since 2005. - Graduated as audio engineer and ProTools operator in 2006. - Graduated as Music Producer in 2008. - Between 2008 and 2009, studied bass with Nilton Wood at EM&T - One of the biggest conservatory of Latin America. - Recorded the album "Make my suffer short" with itSELF in 2009. - In 2009 moved from São Paulo to Barcelona and started to cooperate as a booking manager with various bands and management companies. - In 2010 made his first european tour with itSELF, extended to a second tour exclusively in Slovakia. - In 2011 organised several tours in Europe for bands such as Nuclear, Amethyst, Torture Squad, Rezet, Inferia and Vomepotro. - In 2012 made his 3rd european tour with itSELF playing in over 20 european countries. Performed some workshops too. - In 2013 organised an European tour for Desecrated Sphere. - In 2013 toured again with itSELF, playing on several open air festivals through Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Ukraine. - In 2013 cooperated with LABOGA AMPS & CABLES which resulted in 1 year full endorsement agreement. Also made several promotional campaigns for them. - In 2013/2014 currently composes the new album of itSELF which is in recording process at Hertz Studio and is offering guitar and bass lessons in Wroclaw, Poland. - In 2014 played at the Senate Square in Helsinki at the unique event “100 guitars from Hel” commanded by Alexi Laiho. - Is endorsed by WACKEN FOUNDATION, ESP Guitars & Basses and EMG Pickups.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Never try to fix on the mix what you could have done on the recording process.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Extreme music but I can also produce some rap and rock.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Composing, recording and editing are my strongest skills.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I try to get most power I can get from the instruments and artists.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use a Project Mix I/O Daw connect into protools loaded with plugins from Waves and Sonnox. For guitars and bass I use Amplitube 4 or Grindmachine from Audio Assault. For monitoring I have a pair of KRK RP-5 and an AKG K-530 headphone. For guitar recording I use an ESP KH-2 Ouija or a LTD V-401 equipped with EMG´s 57/66 and for bass a LTD B-1006 equipped with EMG´s 45TWX and 45PX. All cables used are LABOGA.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I can compose guitars, bass and drum tracks, edit, mix, produce.... I can also be a live session guitarist or bassist, live sound engineer, roadie...