Chief producer, mixing & mastering engineer at Black Cigarette Record Label, based on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Interview with Ramona Antony
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The first record I've ever produced, Antiética's EP "Ouça!". We began tracking drums on a rehearsal space, using the few microphones we had at the time n' a cheap audio interface. Guitars, bass n' vocals were tracked over the next year on different bedrooms across Rio de Janeiro. The final product reflects the passion we had for this project, despite the lack of resources.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. The practicality of digital recording allows us to make records faster, but the use of analog gear allows us to get the warm sound we love. So I use both technologies to make great records faster. I love the warmth of tape and analog SSL consoles.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Spending hours on my setup searching for the perfect vibe and sound to a song.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I just mix records.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A Shure SM57 Microphone, a 2 channel audio interface, a computer, a mic stand and a pop filter. That's all you need to record music.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: A loud, punchy and hazy sound.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Paul McCartney. The Beatles are the reason why I decided to learn about record production.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't be afraid to overproduce a song when needed.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Punk Rock, Indie Rock, Dream Pop
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Guitar Tone setup and Reamping
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Mixing/Mastering setup: -Roland Duo-Capture EX audio interface -Technics monitors -Yamaha HS-10 monitors -Denon AVR-1600 Amplifier -Pioneer tape recorder
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: George Martin, Chris Lord-Alge, Butch Vig
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I supervise the whole recording process. From pre-production to mixing n' mastering the record.