Malibu, CA (February 1, 2008)--It was a busy summer for Aurafonic Records, the label established by Latin music producer/composer KC Porter and production/composing partner Sebastian Jacome, with many album projects completed and others scheduled for the coming months.
Jacome, a graduate of Berklee College of Music, and Porter worked together on Ozomatli's Grammy-nominated, Don't Mess With The Dragon. Says Jacome, "KC was one of the engineers and producers of that album. I programmed the beats, played some guitars and arranged some strings--a little bit of everything." Porter, alongside Robert Carranza, Serbhan Ghenea and John Hanes, is nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical category for the recording.
Many of the projects at Aurafonic Records span musical styles, but regardless of the genre, Jacome relies heavily on Metric Halo's ChannelStrip equalization and dynamics plug-in. "Everything starts when I insert ChannelStrip in the track just to listen to it. I don't listen to a track unless there's an instance in it. I really like how ChannelStrip evens out the dynamics. Even when the compression is set to the minimum it makes everything smoother."
The Metric Halo plug-in is Jacome's go-to compressor on every project. "I use every plug-in made, but ChannelStrip is my compressor of choice," he confides. "I'll use ChannelStrip, then maybe go out to the Summit, then the Manley or the dbx," he explains. "We have a Digidesign D-Control and an SSL summing amp and a nice set of outboard gear at KC's studio, but ChannelStrip is always the first step when compressing, and sometimes it's the only one."
According to Jacome, one reason that he uses ChannelStrip so much is that it is CPU-friendly, allowing multiple instances to be inserted simultaneously. For example, he explains, when he was mixing a recent album project for Nashville-based jazz singer Rachel Price, for which Porter had tracked a large string section, "I had ChannelStrip on every single microphone input--something like 48 instances. But it worked perfectly and never had a hiccup."
He also enjoys ChannelStrip's sound quality: "It's very musical. I especially like the high range--above maybe 10kHz. It has a lot of air." The ability to save personal favorite settings has proved useful, he continues. "I have developed my own banks that I use for drums. I have maybe six or seven presets for kicks, four or five presets for snare, and a couple of presets for overheads and room microphones. Plus, I have maybe four or five presets for vocals."