Producer Dave Bascombe (pictured) has worked frequently with artists on the London-based Mute label, such as Depeche Mode and Erasure, as well as with Placebo, Aha and Korn. Bascombe is currently setting up his own room at Metropolis Studios in London and has been using Focusrite’s Liquid Mix for several months.
“I love it,” Bascombe says. “The sound is great and I love the fact that I can choose to make up my favorite EQ. In fact now it’s the default setting, which is a couple of bands from a Neve and the top end of something else. I like to be able to mix and match. I also did some comparisons with some software emulations and it [Liquid Mix] just seems to have that something extra, something fruity, something more like the real thing. I use it on all my stuff, pretty much everything I’ve been doing for the last few months.
“I have a lot of other stuff but the Liquid Mix is one thing that I do choose for particular things, like I might use the Neve EQ for guitar. It’s the emulations I like because they do seem to have something that’s a bit more chunky and immediate sounding than software ones.”
Bascombe is currently working with Funeral For A Friend and Bruce Springsteen. “I’m just still trying to make the perfect mix – a great mix without too much grief.” he says. “It’s funny that the ones that people talk about I sometimes think were a bit of an accident!
“People sometimes think of me as a safe pair of hands or they might have liked stuff I’ve done in the past: the Depeche Mode and Tears For Fears and more recently the rock stuff,” he concludes. “In this industry people get pigeonholed very easily and I’m lucky enough to have avoided that. I just think I’ve been incredibly lucky and I still love it.”
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