Who says you need a massive space to make professional and award-winning productions? Estudio De Jose’s small but perfectly formed setup has the Grammys just out of shot…
- Intel Core i7 PC
- Mackie ProFX22 mixer
- KRK, Alesis, JBL monitors
- Focusrite Liquid 56 interface
- Great mic collection
Tell us more about your studio setup…
José…Jose Our recording studio was founded in 1996 in the city of Bogotá, Colombia, South America. But about two years ago, we moved to the city of Cartagena, in the Colombian Caribbean, with the idea of expanding the horizons of work. Over the past 21 years, our work has been awarded some important awards such as Grammys, Latin Grammy Awards, Vertical Music, FIAP, India Catalina and Cóndor de Oro. We offer a wide portfolio of different services: music production; jingles; sound design for TV commercials; Spanish dubbing; location recording; original soundtrack for cinema; cartoon voices; music and sound design for multimedia.
Tell us about the gear…
Computer with Intel Core i7 processor and 32GB RAM; Focusrite Liquid 56 audio interface; Mackie ProFX22 mixer; Behringer B-Control fader; KRK, Alesis and JBL monitors; ART Pro MPA II preamplifiers; PreSonus DCP-8 and Alesis compressors; Lexicon reverb; Yamaha and Alesis EQs; microphones-wise, we have a RØDE NT2000, AKG C3000, C 2000B, C1000S, Shure SM57, Sennheiser, CAD and 12 Gauge Green12; Whirlwind DI boxes; a Fender Mustang guitar amp; an acoustic bass amp; Roland and M-Audio keyboards; Ibanez and Steinberger basses; Meinl percussion.
Which DAW do you use most in your work, and why?
We use Sonar Platinum Producer and sometimes we work with Steinberg Cubase. Both offer us flexibility, sound quality and musicality.
What’s your favourite gear?
I don’t really have a favourite – it all depends on the purpose for which you will use it. However, I can say that the vintage PreSonus DCP-8 compressor is a gem, with very good results whenever I use it.
What’s next on your gear-shopping list?
A new mixer, because we want a greater warmth in sound and more versatility.
What advice do you have for buying studio gear or upgrading it?
When you want to buy an expensive piece of gear, keep in mind what you are going to use it for. An old friend taught me that on a synthesiser there are no bad sounds – just badly used ones. Big things can be achieved with small gear, but big failures can also be achieved with large, expensive pieces of music gear.
What general music-production advice do you have?
Let the music have a life of its own. Do not give it more than it needs to be successful. Not all songs are born to be a hit. There are very interesting songs that do not become hits, but they still contribute to the growth of both the singer and the producer and many people who love that kind of music. Give your song what it asks you, do not give more.
And finally, what advice do you have for putting a studio together?
I think you should make the best use of the equipment you have, regardless of whether they are big brands or not. Go one step at a time and you will grow very fast and achieve more.