Las Vegas, NV (July 26, 2010)--Composer, producer, musician, and engineer Julio Reyes Copello recently added a Tube-Tech SSA 2B summing amp and a Tube-Tech SMC 2B stereo multi-band compressor to his arsenal.
Copello maintains a studio at his Florida residence that is used for tracking, mixing and post production. The studio centers on a Pro Tools HD rig with Pro Control. A Neve 1073, a UA 6176, a Focusrite ISA 110 Limited Edition and a Manley VOX VOX provide a variety of preamp textures. His Tube-Tech CL 1B provides single-channel compression. An SSL X-Rack loaded with two preamps, two compressors, two EQs, and one master bus compressor rounds out the collection of outboard gear.
"For me," says Capello, "mixing is the process of pursuing a sonic image that I have in my mind. Mixing inside the box was always very frustrating. I tried very hard, but I was never able to fully match that mental image. The dynamics, spectrum, low-end, and mid-range were never what I hoped for."
Copello connected the 16 analog outputs of his Digidesign 192 interface to the SSA 2B summing amp. The output from the SSA 2B feeds the SMC 2B compressor before returning back to Pro Tools.
"It's amazing, but all I have to do is plug the Tube-Tech units in and everything sounds instantly better," he enthused. "It's like magic. And all of the issues that I fought so hard against are remedied--the dynamics are pleasing, everything sounds balanced across the spectrum, and both the low-end and mid-range sound natural and real. With those two units, a world of possibilities has opened up and mixing is much more enjoyable. Even my plug-ins sound better!"
Copello, a Columbian native, has earned numerous Grammy nominations, a Grammy win, nine ASCAP Awards, and wide international recognition. He has worked with industry luminaries such as Jennifer Lopez, Nelly Furtado, Ricky Martin, Taylor Dayne, and Marc Anthony, among many others.