New York (November 16, 2006)–Marshall Jefferson is seen by many as the creator of the Acid House dance music genre, and while the tools have changed since those days, he’s still making music, now most often with a laptop and Focusrite Liquid Mix.
Marshall Jefferson with his Focusrite Liquid Mix.“I’ve been working on a couple of albums for my label, USB Records,” said Marshall. “I got Liquid Mix about six weeks ago and I ran a couple of mixes through it and, man, it just transforms your mix. I’ve got four sets of producers working on my label and I told them about the 32 channels on the Liquid Mix and they said ‘why don’t you do the whole thing through it?’. They’re all in the States and don’t have a Liquid Mix yet so I’m stuck with all the mixes on the label because I have one!”
“So here I am in England with my set-up and I have people in $300,000 or half million dollar studio studios asking me to do their thing with my laptop and Liquid Mix! First I was just mastering everything but now it’s mixing. I never thought I’d ended up mixing every track on my own label!”
“I’ve been collecting all of my presets because everyone I know wants to get a Liquid Mix and now they want my presets! I was talking to DJ Pierre on AIM messaging and he had a new song he wanted me to check out and we did a file transfer. We kept talking as I listened to his mix and five minutes later I’d finished with his track and sent it back. He said ‘what the fuck did you do with it man?’ I told him I put it through the Liquid Mix and he calls me the next day saying he needs to get one!”
“One of the things I’ve tried on the unit is the Pultech EQ because I used it in the eighties on my biggest hits and the Liquid Mix has the sound of the Pultech I was using back then. They were really rare EQs, so rare that a lot of people used the TubeTech imitation. But the TubeTech is also on the Liquid Mix and, man, it sounds exactly the same. I was addicted to Neve consoles back then as they had a warmer sound, but the problem with these was that you needed a tech around all the time as something would break down, like every two hours, and we needed back up modules all the time. But now I have my choice of Neve console and nothing breaks down! And to have something like a Fairchild compressor which was extremely rare, is great. It just warms up your vocals like nothing else out there.”