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Interview with Ricardo Falcon
Analog or digital and why?
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.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
An ESP Custom Guitar, one good cable, a notebook, a good guitar head amp and a good portable interface.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
- 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.
Can you share one music production tip?
Never try to fix on the mix what you could have done on the recording process.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Extreme music but I can also produce some rap and rock.
What's your strongest skill?
Composing, recording and editing are my strongest skills.
What do you bring to a song?
I try to get most power I can get from the instruments and artists.
Tell us about your studio setup.
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.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
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...