Kalimba Takes Dangerous to #1

"Estrellas Rotas" from recording artist Kalimba, which has topped Monitor Latino's Plays and Audience Reach charts for seven consecutive weeks, was mixed by Michael James using a large collection of Dangerous Music gear.
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Michael James in the studio
Los Angeles, CA (August 20, 2015)—"Estrellas Rotas" from recording artist Kalimba, which has topped Monitor Latino's Plays and Audience Reach charts for seven consecutive weeks, was mixed by Michael James using a large collection of Dangerous Music gear.

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"This is a very special record for Kalimba, so I'm blessed to have been part of it," says James, whose mix career spans a host of musical artists including New Radicals, Hole, Far, L7, Robben Ford, Edwin McCain, Maia Sharp, A.J. Croce, Chicago, Jawbreaker and Mario Guerrero.

James first bought the Monitor ST/SR stereo and surround controller when it came out in 2006, and then eventually added three, 16-channel, Dangerous 2-Bus analog summing units, two BAX EQ's, a recently released Dangerous Compressor, as well as the Dangerous Liaison re-callable analog patching system.

For “Estrellas Rotas,” James utilized the three Dangerous 2-Bus analog summing amps in a "very interesting way," as he says. "I use my three 2-Bus units as 48-channels in, by six out. It breaks down to three 16 x 2 mix sections." He then sums those six channels into another device for adding color if he wants it.

He continues, "The BAX EQ and the Dangerous 2-Bus are essential because they don't change the character of my mix; all they do is sum the tracks without distortion, let me preserve all the coloration that I worked so meticulously to create-and they are so incredibly dependable! They don't break."

He uses the Dangerous Compressor on the drum submix or the mix buss. "Because the Dangerous Compressor is on the Dangerous Liaison patching/switcher, I can use it on the drum or mix buss," he adds, "and it's super quick and easy to determine where it will sound best at the push of a button.”

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