We’re kicking off the new year with a chat with Belgium-based Eric Baumont (Darill), whose credentials include a single used by American wrestling duo “War Machine”…
Interviewee: Eric Baumont (Darill)
Position at studio: Owner, singer, keyboardist, songwriter, producer and mixer
Web: Facebook, Bandcamp, YouTube, Soundcloud
Tell us a little about the studio?
My studio is located in the city of Seraing in Belgium. A year and a half ago, I bought a house with a large shed and I designed and built this room. In the early 2000s, my first home studio was set up in a small room in the garden. Here, the insulation is much better and just a corridor separates the studio from my home. It is a luxury to be able to work in the evening without going outside and without disturbing my wife and the neighbours.
What gear are you working with?
- iMac 27 3,4 GHz Intel Core i7
- Mac Book Pro 2,7 GHz intel core i5
- UAD Apollo 8
- Sequential Prophet 6
- Roland D 50
- Novation Bass Station2
Controllers and software:
- NI Maschine Studio
- NI Komplete Kontrol S49
- NI komplete Ultimate 11
- Arturia V Collection 6
- Slate Digital Everything Bundle Pro
- Flux Studio Session
- Focal Alpha 80
- Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro
- Sony MDR 7506
- 2 AKG C3000 B
- Shure SM 58
- Shure SM 57
- Shure Beta 58 A
Which DAW do you use and why?
I work on Cubase. I have acquired a good workflow over the years and it really meets my needs for creation and mixing. I just updated my version 8.5 to the latest version 9.5. There’s some really cool new features and the work process is much faster, especially with more efficient navigation between different hard drives and sound banks.
What is your favourite piece of gear and why?
My Prophet 6. A dream for years to own an analog! It’s really a pleasure to play on this synthesiser. The keyboard is quality. A solid and robust design. It sounds modern, but also vintage. The possibilities of sound design are huge!
How often would you say do you spend in your studio per week?
Between 4 and 10 hours every day. It depends on my main job during the week. On weekends and when I’m totally free, I like to create, make sound design and write songs during the evening. For mixing it’s more during the day when I’m well rested.
How do you use your studio as in are you recording bands, working professionally or just making music for fun?
I use the studio mainly to record my albums for my Electro Pop project “Darill”. I have more and more requests for productions and remixes for other artists. I signed a contract for 4 songs with a publisher in Paris (France) renowned in the audiovisual world. A compilation with several artists has been distributed in 20 countries.
Since 2014, my song “Blood and Tears” is used by American wrestlers “War Machine” as official music for the “Ring of Honor” and airs every fight of the duo! Some of my titles have been used in television advertising. But for now it’s not my main job, I’m still working in a different field.
What is next on your shopping list studio wise and why?
Improve the acoustics of my new studio and a mixer to control my DAW.
Anything annoy you about your set-up and why?
I do not have a booth for voice recordings. I think it could improve the recordings, especially with the noise of computers and when we are several people in the studio. Space is planned for the future.
Telefunken microphone AR-51. it adapts to many styles of voice. If I had a lot of money, barefoot monitors and a collector’s item, a Roland Jupiter 8 in very good condition
What is your top piece of production advice?
My production advice would be to listen to great producers all generations and styles of music, analyze and understand the structure and arrangements of a song. Stay creative every day and do not be afraid to break your habits and try new techniques over and over again. By dint of work, we can get out of the finished productions of his home studio with basic equipment.
What is the one piece of advice you would give someone starting out building a studio?
Do not neglect the acoustics of his room. Better to invest in a good treatment than buying a pair of expensive monitors.If space permits, do not place your workstation too close to a wall or corner. Take the time to know his DAW and mixing techniques before falling into the syndrome of compulsive purchase of gear.