Voltige Sonore is an audio protean creation studio and art residency, specialized in Electro, Trap,EDM, Hip-Hop, Folk, classical and contemporary music.
Among the vines, in an old winemaker "golden stone" house, Voltige Sonore is place where music, engineering, creation and technology merge.
Graduated from one of the top three best French sound school (ENSATT), with a master degree, Philippe has put all of its heart and thoughts into this studio.
The first room is ment for music creation, the second one is the mixing and mastering studio.
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Interview with Voltige Sonore
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: A contemporary classical music piece, I was the record/mixing/mastering engineer, the piece was tough to work on but the result was, according to the composer (a rising star in this music style), astonishing.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My latest EP, among other things!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both worlds, because good things have multiple forms and tastes!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will do my best, I always do.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: One of my passion its what I do for a living.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can I look and stay behind you while you work? Yes but I also have a coach in front of the speaker with no screen to distract you from listening.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: As a composer, will my music and the styles I like guide or misguide me? Nay, I like almost every styles of music.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How would you like your music to sound? Colours? Physical? Emotional? A mix of everything?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Just give the time needed to listen to your work, and let's be open minded.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Publison infernal machine, Bettermaker EQ 232p and the CL20B compressor, the crane song STC-8, and the combo Dangerous Music convert2 and AD+
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been struggling between being a psychiatrist or an engineer/musician.producer. Guess who won. It's been almost 15 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My engineer mixing and mastering style could be describe as a respect of the instrument, the music and the men, women behind it. My music style is a mix between folk, electro, hip-hop and classical.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Such a hard question. Would say Nils Frahm, because of how his work sounds, because of his talent for composing.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Calm is the key to me
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: A mix between feelings and engineer/physics technique
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I think as an engineer, I will bring something like palpable sound. As a composer, feelings to someone else, weather they like it or not. But no one will be left indifferent.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Producer/mixer/mastering engineer: I listen to the songs and let my feelings and knowledge talk to my clients. Composing/arranging songs: I will let my feelings do the work while improvising (for arrangements) but for composing, there is no methods! It comes and goes...
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio setup works this way: -Mixing goes through my RME, using an Eventide H3000, a Publison Infernal Machine and CL20B compressor, a Lexicon 300, an Orban 672A . That's for the analogue world. Plugins are mainlyfrom Plugin Alliance, Flux, UVI, Isotope. Everyone of those two worlds goes through a Dangerous Music convert-2, then to a Coleman TC4, then a Crane Song STC-8 and a Bettermaker EQ232P MKII. Then the signal goes to a Dangerous Music Convert AD+, and back to the DAW (Protools). From the TC4 and back to the AD+ goes a tape recorder Studer A810. The main speakers are JBL 4430 driven by a Bryston 4B, alt speakers are EV MS-802, and broadcast ones Scandyna Smallpods. This is the main studio set-up. The creative studio is equipped with the same plugins (Plugin Alliance, Isotope, Flux), goes with the Native Instruments Komplete, UVI's IRCAM Solo and Vintage Legends, Ableton Live 10, Logic ProX. An amazing RSF Kool Expender I and II synthesizer controlled by an Arturia key step, and a Push 2 for creative purposes are here. The monitor speakers are some JBL 4312 from 1983 driven by a Quad 405-2, with a RME FF 400. Both rooms are connected with Audinate's Dante (DVS and Dante Via).
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: So many! Famous or unknown to me, friends, work relations... it really depends on the way I am touched by their work!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing and mastering, but I also compose or make music arrangements for other composers.