Based in Northern California, Bob Daspit is setting up a second personal studio at Hans Zimmer’s LA facility. Oxford, UK (October 2, 2007)–Bob Daspit, a guitarist and composer who spent close to a dozen years sampling and playing guitar for film composer Hans Zimmer, has shifted his focus to record production and mixing. Recently, he mixed a DVD for former Van Halen lead singer Sammy Hagar.
Entitled Livin’ It Up! In St. Louis, the 5.1 mix has aired on the HD Network. “I’m a long-time fan of the Oxford plug-ins, and use them on all my mixes,” Daspit says. “The EQ plug-in was especially helpful on the Hagar project. It made a major difference on the stereo bus, and provided an incredibly sweet sound. It works wonders in helping to shape guitar sounds, but it manages to avoid that effects-heavy approach that compromises the player’s authenticity.”
Daspit also used the Oxford EQ on the toms and on Hagar’s vocals, which he further enhanced with a dash of Oxford Dynamics. Dynamics also plays a role in Daspit’s acoustic guitar mixes, as does the Oxford Limiter. “Generally speaking,” says Daspit, “I find the entire Oxford plug-in suite useful one way or another in most of my work. I’ll use TransMod on the 2 bus and the snare, and Inflator on vocals, particularly backing vocals, which are always a sensitive issue. Too soft and they get lost almost entirely, too loud and they can overshadow the lead vocal.
“I love the Sonnox Reverb,” he adds. “I favor that even over convolution reverbs for most applications because it sounds incredible and I can still make real time adjustments to all the parameters. It’s great fun to experiment with the Oxford Plug-ins. They really make an amazing difference.”
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