Specialized in drum editing and vocal editing and tuning. Also humanizing midi drums, programming midi drums and session bass for cover songs and original material. I'm also an active session bassist for both recording and touring. A relevant example of vocal editing and tuning is Slice The Cake's "Odyssey To The West"
My name is Daniel Luces, I'm a freelance producer and audio engineer based in Madrid, Spain. I'm currently the assistant engineer to Alex Cappa at The Metal Factory Studios , one of the best known producers in Spain when it comes to metal and rock. I also do freelance production, mixing and editing work from my home setup "LightsOut Studios" and play bass in BLOODHUNTER and Carnivore Dipsosopus. I've worked with bands such as Slammin' Thru (Prog Metal from Spain) and Throes (Technical Deathcore from Spain) as a producer and/or mixing engineer, and I regularly do outsourced editing and tuning work for other producers such as Ryan Harvey (USA) and Markus Hospenthal (Switzerland). I've done editing work for bands such as Slice The Cake, Vita Imana, Celtiberian, among others.
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Interview with Danny Lights
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Editing. This involves time aligning/quantizing drums, guitars, bass and vocals for additional tightness which is commonplace in extreme metal subgenres.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Producers: Jens Bogren, Andy Sneap, Jay Ruston, among many others. Musicians: Sean Malone, Billy Gould, Brendan "Cygnus" Brown, Geezer Butler, Martin Mendez, among many others.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work as an assistant engineer at The Metal Factory Studios, a fully equipped high end recording studio in Madrid run by Alex Cappa. I do most of my freelance editing, tuning and programming work from my modest home setup, with Yamaha HS7 monitores, Focusrite drivers/soundcard, ATH M50x headphones and other pieces of gear in a decently treated room in my house.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: As much polish and cleanliness as the client desires and/or the song can benefit from
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mostly heavy metal, death metal, pop-punk, rock, and similar genres
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Whatever you do, make sure it benefits the song as a whole, and always keep the big picture in mind, tunnel vision can kill a production.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Too many to list, any of my favorite bands.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Tight and modern but always maintaining musicality with edits.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: On the side for 7/8 years, full time for the last year.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A laptop with a portable interface, a pair of headphones and a subpac.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Explaining to my mom and relatives what I actually do in a recording studio.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Making music.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital, because it's convenient and sounds great.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Recently, I co-produced (mainly bass guitar sessions) and did all the editing on the new Vita Imana album, one of the biggest metal bands in Spain currently.