Analog or digital and why?
I go for digital because nowdays it is very easy to have good results without analog gear. The only goal is that the result sounds good, it can sound good in the box or out of the box, but what is important is how you know your gear (digital or analog) and creativity over all.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am recording and will mix the third album of French band Eole. Their music is a very cool mix of pop and metal.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I have played guitar for 20 years now, as a teenager I could play all day long. I really tried to push as far as I could technically, to be able to play different styles of music in different bands.
For as long as I have been playing music, I have been recording myself. First on audio cassettes, then on my computer with Pro Tools Free. Later I began recording my bands and learned a lot during a few years. Then, 5 years ago, I decided to learn everything I could (and still do) on the internet, reading books, listening to a lot of different music, trying new techniques, to finally be able to record and mix other bands.
Can you share one music production tip?
These are some advices about bass recording.
Tuning is very important while recording guitars and bass. Even with good instruments you should check your tuning very often, especially when playing different parts on your neck.
One solution to be very precise in a rock environnement (where drums and guitars are often the main instruments) is to record guitars before the bass.Then when you record bass, it is a lot easier to hear if it is in tune with all the guitars.
When recording bass, you can also compare with a virtual instrument (a bass sound, a piano sound or any sound that is clear) if your bass is tuned well.
Recording bass after guitars is also a good solution to find the right bass sound to complete your guitar tone.
I also like to record the direct sound of the fingers (or the pick) on the strings of the bass with a static mic. It can give you a lot of air and clarity during the mix.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have a home studio that is growing through the years, where I can record (guitars, bass, vocals, keys, ...) and mix.
I mix totally in the box because you can do so much now with a DAW and some plug-ins (even with just a few).
I work on Cubase, but also on Pro Tools and sometimes on Logic. I use Slate Digital, Waves, Plug and Mix plug-ins among others (and like to try new plug-ins).
I use a Presonus FireStudio Project interface, Yamaha HS50M monitors, Sennheiser HD600 headphones, Sennheiser MK4, Shure SM57, TBone ribbon mic.
My home studio is treated with Auralex and home made panels.
I record guitar through my Blackstar HT5 amp (or any other amp I have access to) generally with an SM57 and a TBone ribbon mic, or directly on DI with the help of plug-ins (depending on the sound I am looking for). I own several types of electric and acoustic guitars (Gibson, Fender, Lag, Takamine) with different tunings, allowing me to play a large variety of styles.