In mid February José González released the album Vestiges & Claws and I had the honour meeting up with him at Svenska Grammofonstudion in Gothenburg. In his small studio, which he shares with electronic music producer Christoffer Berg, he guided me through the recording and production process of his brand new album. A very fundamental difference was that he did it almost entirely on his own and was also totally computer based this time.
Photographer: Fredrik Wik
González uses a portable rig with a MacBook Pro, running Apple Logic Pro, and a Universal Audio Apollo Quad interface . All effects on the album were UAD- and/or AU-plugins and the most frequently used microphones were a Neumann U 67 and an AKG 414.
During our conversation the artist gave a full in-depth view of his setup, along with mixing and routing tricks, but also non tech things like his song writing methods and how to balance album tracks of different characteristics. A long five page feature in Swedish is available in the April issue of Musikermagasinet but I am currently looking into different options to get this translated into English. I am convinced that quite a few, outside of Sweden, might be interested in reading about the working procedures of José González.
A few days ago I started out testing Steinberg’s brand new version of their remote recording solution: VST Connect Pro 3.
Since an SE version was delivered along with the installation of Cubase Pro 8 one might be a bit curious about what the actual differences are so, here’s a list of all the stuff that the Pro version supports but not the SE:
1: Multi-channel support, up to 16 tracks (SE is 1 stereo only)
2: LAN support
3: Downstream transfer of uncompressed audio files
4: HD Audio resolution
5: Studio Pass support
The other night I had a basic try out with my fellow electronic musician Lars Netzel. We didn’t do any creative work but we got the basics going.
However; we both are having some issues with scanning our VST instruments in our systems. I am currently on a MacBook Pro and he’s on a PC desktop so it is not a platform issue. In my case the scanning crashes the Performer app and in his case the app doesn’t seem to scan the right location in the first place. In my case I highly suspect that that one or a few (i.e. too many) specific plugin(s) are causing the failure. We will run some more tests to sort this out within the upcoming week. We also had problems getting monitor effects running but that might be the result of me not having read the manual properly. Stay tuned!
Jut handed in a brand new Ableton masterclass to the editor at Musikermagasinet. In recent issues of the magazine I’ve been focusing on creating deeper introductions of the internal Live devices. This time it was the FM synth Operator‘s turn to be presented.
Don’t miss my earlier Ableton and Steinberg masterclasses that you may get a hold of over at the magazine’s web page, in either printed of digital formats.
A couple of weeks ago I had a long chat with Susanne Sundfør for upcoming features in both Musikermagasinet and Release Magazine. The focus of the conversation was mostly technical stuff, like e.g. favourite synths and effects but also creativity, producing on your own vs. with others and being a woman in a business still dominated by men.
Photographer: Michael Strandtoft
An English, shortened version of the interview will be online soon over at Release Magazine’s web page and in the June edition of Musikermagasinet the full, extremely tech-geeky conversation will be published. The latter will be in Swedish so start practicing your skills in Scandinavian languages, folks!