Stockholm, Sweden (August 11, 2017)–The Latin-tinged “Mi Gente” has been storming the charts this summer, hitting number one in 17 countries—and Spotify Global—and garnering 270 million views on YouTube. The collaboration between French DJ Willy William and J Balvin was mixed by composer/producer Phil Greiss entirely through an RME ADI-2 Pro AD/DA reference converter.
Greiss has been working entirely ‘in the box’ for the last three years. In addition to working remotely in Paris, Los Angeles and now Stockholm, he maintains a professional hardware-based studio in Montreal but says that he depends on his remote rig—centered on the RME ADI-2 Pro—more than ever. “Songwriting is such a collaborative process that you need to be able to work with people in person, wherever they are,” Greiss says. “Therefore, I really need a high-quality converter wherever I go and in this regard, the ADI-2 Pro has truly been a game changer.”
While his ‘permanent’ studio in Montreal features 32 outputs going through an analog summing system paired with a high-end Focal monitoring section, his remote rig consists solely of the RME ADI-2 Pro interface, an RME Babyface Pro which he uses to track vocals when on the road, a pair of Focal Solo6 monitors, two pairs of reference headphones and an ADK laptop loaded with Pro Tools, Sonar and Ableton Live.
“When I mixed ‘Mi Gente’ I was in Paris, and the room that I had set up had some acoustic challenges,” he recalls. “But with the ADI-2 Pro I was able to correct the output and correct a couple of room modes that were properties of this particular room. I spent probably 10 minutes with the tone sweep, revealing unwanted resonances, and I just adjusted them.”
“Willy William and I have known each other forever and always wanted to work more together and we finally used this project to this a reality,” he says. “I ended up mixing ‘Mi Gente’ and never could have anticipated its global appeal and international success.”