Los Angeles, CA (November 19, 2008)–As a musician, arranger and producer, Rafa Sardina connects with artists. He has built a client list that ranges from Macy Gray, Stevie Wonder, Dr. Dre, Dru Hill, Jessy Moss, Esthero, Beyonce, Shakira, Mariah Carey and Sheryl Crow to Soul Coughing, Paco De Lucia, Marc Antoine, Angie Stone and Alejandro Sanz. He has also worked with producers including Rick Rubin, Don Was, Babyface and David Foster. “I have the highest respect for creating a studio vibe that’s performance-friendly for both new and established talent,” he offers.
This 11-time Grammy-winning mixer/engineer recently chose the Bricasti Design Model 7 Stereo Reverb Processor. “It’s the perfect reverb for tracking and mixing,” he reports. “The M7 provides a wide range of ambiences and reverb effects.” Recent sessions on which Sardina has used his pair of Model 7 processors include Three Graces, Arden Kaywin and Luis Miguel.
Sardina’s passion for audio began while handling live sound for folk, world and jazz music in Northern Spain and the South of France. He served his engineering apprenticeship at Hollywood’s Ocean Way and Record One studios, where he landed his first independent engineering session with Miguel, with whom he has since collaborated on 10 albums. In February 2008, he received his 11th Grammy for Sanz’ El Tren De Los Momentos album. Sardina’s Los Angeles-based studio, After Hours, is centered around an SSL AWS 900+ console with a Digidesign Pro Tools|HD3 rig, Apogee converters and JBL LSR monitors.
Sardina cites three primary reasons for buying two Model 7 Stereo Reverb Processors: “Firstly, the Model 7 sounds so neutral, but cuts through a track–that’s a rare combination! I’ve used a number of convolution reverbs, but they normally only work with an open, spacious track; the M7 works with dense, modern dance, pop and rock music, which is very useful. Secondly, by changing the Modulation parameter I can quickly adjust the character of the reverb’s tonality. Finally, and by no means least, the Model 7 produces real-sounding reverbs that blend so well with a variety of tracks.”
“My studio philosophy is simple: I’m there to make sure the artist is having fun,” Sardina adds. “I see my work much like a photographer’s, as transparent as possible when required but always providing the creative edge to affect the song and performance in a positive way. To achieve that goal, I like to create a comfortable and inspiring environment using the best acoustics and tools available. The Bricasti Model 7 is a power addition to my studio, since it produces reverbs that blend very well with any track. And the user interface is very intuitive and simple to use.”
“Each design element of the Model 7 is a carefully considered statement of our vision of what the evolution of reverberation processing in its most classic form can be,” says Bricasti Design president/co-founder Brian Zolner. “With a deep appreciation of the best designs which precede it, and a passion for moving the science of reverberation forward, the Model 7 provides a palette of sounds that encompasses the familiar as well as new expressions in the art. Listen to the new reference in reverb processing; it will bring new life to a project in a way unimagined by any process before it.”