Interviewee Komay Alshoufi
- Apple Mac for one DAW and a PC for another
- M-Audio gear for monitoring and interfacing
- Waves and Spectrasonics plug-ins…
- …and a RØDE mic
Tell us more about your studio
It’s mostly software-based, with everything in-the-box. I have an M-Audio M-Track Plus II two-channel USB audio interface, M-Audio BX8 monitors, M-Audio five-octave controller, Apple MacBook Pro, PC Core i7 computer with 16GB RAM, Steinberg Cubase Pro 9, Waves 9 plug-ins, Spectrasonics Stylus, Omnisphere and Trilian and a RØDE NT1-A microphone.
Which DAW(s) do you use and why?
I use Cubase Pro 9 to compose music with, because it’s so good, especially with its range of VST plug-ins. I think it’s also a very flexible program. I have more than 10 years experience using it, so I prefer to use it for mixing and recording and then Pro Tools for mastering.
What’s your favourite piece of gear in your studio?
How much time do you typically spend in the studio?
I work in it every day for two to three hours and at weekends for five or six hours.
How do you use the studio? Professionally, or just for fun?
There’s not really enough room here to bring a band in, so I just make music by myself, mostly with virtual instruments, producing EDM music.
What’s next on your shopping list?
I’d like to buy a Neumann microphone, probably the TLM 103, because it’s beautiful for recording vocals. I’d also like to upgrade my studio monitors to a pair of Genelec 1032 CPMs. They have a great frequency response and the SAM assistance would be good, because my apartment has bad acoustics.
Anything about your studio annoy you?
The acoustics always annoy me, but I’d also like to update my interface, which suffers from latency issues.
What’s your top studio advice?
I always make sure that I have everything set up to make sure my monitors are at the correct level with my ears. I always say it’s best to keep the same volume level all the time, simply because if you play around with different volume levels, you might subconsciously think you haven’t mixed it loud enough.
So it helps to maintain some consistency across different mixes. I always have the dB meter and analyser open when I start mixing.
And your top production advice?
Nothing is impossible in music – and take your time searching for sounds. If you find the perfect kick, hi-hat or sub bass, it will make your day and save you a lot of hassle when it comes to mixing down the line.
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