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Interview with Marcel Cabrera
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: The Morning People is my main musical project and I am always working on that. Currently I am preparing the 2nd EP for that project.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: There is no doubt that analog equipment whether it is a synthesizer, an analog equalizer or a mixing console can really force you to depend a bit more on your ears and generally is a more reaction and intuition based experience which can be a beautiful thing. However i believe that you shouldn't shut your eyes at the fact that digital is here to stay and by merging the two one can achieve amazing results. And if there is no outboard equipment to run a signal through, there are tons of tricks to get that analog sound working in the box. Also you can't beat the flexibility of digital recording!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love trying to get into the artists head and helping them achieve a sound they are looking for, I feel that this can be a great learning experience for both the artist and myself.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing electric bass in bands in 2009, and for a bit that was mainly what i wanted to stick to, but after moving cities a couple of years after, I felt the need to make my own music. This led me into a rabbit whole of learning production for my music and becoming obsessed with trying to reach a professional sound with my music/mixes. I can say that i've been producing/mixing for over 5 years now.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Yes!, this is something that I try to do more and more in every production. And that is trying do as much as you can production-wise at the moment of capturing the sound such as having a solid guitar sound going already into the board/interface. The reason why I love putting this into practice is because it helps to commit to sounds easier instead of spending hours browsing through some virtual amplifiers and effects which can slow inspiration and momentum a great bit. And I've found out that if done right this can also help save time during mixing as well, plus this is the way it was all done for decades before digital recording existed!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I Mix in the box using Universal Audio plug-ins. My monitoring setup consists of Yamaha HS5 Speakers, Avantone Mixcubes, Beyerdynamic 770 Pro Headphones and will always spend time listening to mixes on commercial level speakers and headphones to make sure everything translates well. My Bass Setup consists of a Fender 91' Precision Bass with either Flats or Rounds depending on the project, going straight into UA Apollo. I will sometimes be using a Sans Amp Preamp depending on what the song calls for.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I will usually be approached by clients to Mix a song. I am also regularly hired to record electric bass and to perform additional production on tracks such as electronic and organic percussion, synthesizers and record vocal harmonies.