Background, career development, workflow evolution, console specs, inspiration, vintage gear
Session recall, emotional & sonic mindsets, taking notes, rough vs. final mix, hybrid system
Routing, inserts, summing, master console, parallel compression, mix chain, headroom, gain staging
Checking polarity, drum & bass treatment, buss processing, reverb types & settings
Vocal de-essing, splitting parts, compressor parameters, adding dimension, automation, effects
Processing order, console flexibility, key input, reverb compression, finishing a mix, recap
Aquí Estoy Yo
We're excited to present our first ever series featuring the eclectic grammy-winning engineer and producer Rafa Sardina! Hosted at his private Los Angeles studio, this installment focuses on the vibrant mix of ‘Aquí Estoy Yo’ by Diego Torres. Sardina takes you through his expansive yet highly efficient hybrid setup that comprises a SSL Duality console, Oracle summing mixer, Maselec master transfer console, outboard racks, and Pro Tools. He recalls the 2015 session, comments on the rough mix, and compares it to his own. He proceeds to reveal how he drastically enhanced the work sonically and emotionally, from both technical and artistic perspectives. Aside from sharing his mix methods refined over decades, Sardina ventures into discussion about career development, investing in analog gear, finding inspiration, working impulsively, and deciphering an artist's true vision for their record.
About Rafa Sardina
Rafa Sardina is a multiple Grammy award-winning producer, engineer, and mixer from Spain. Though he is best known for working on pop, rock, and R&B projects, he has recorded and mixed a diversity of genres – orchestral, big band, dance, gospel, soul, rap, choral, film soundtracks, and more.His love of music began at an early age, playing guitar and attending local recording sessions. After four years in medical school, he chose to pursue his passion for music. A live sound stint throughout the North...