Worldwide Hits Mixed on Dangerous Music 2-Bus LT at Down Lo Studios, Montreal, Canada
International Producer and Mixer Phil Greiss
Edmeston, NY – December 14, 2010 – One way to tell what’s popular in music today is to see what’s popular in videos on the web. With over 2.3 million views, the online video for “Hold My Hand” by Sean Paul with Zaho – mixed by engineer Phil Greiss – is certainly a popular destination for listening, and with good reason since its star Zaho has a diverse international following. For the past 5 years Greiss, an award-winning composer and platinum producer and mixer has used the Dangerous Music 2-Bus LT analog summing amp for mixing many hit singles and has recently added the Dangerous Monitor ST for speaker control. Greiss says, “The entire Zaho project was done with the Dangerous 2-Bus LT – we’re talking many singles from the album, totaling about 30 million views for the videos on the web in all. I love plug-ins, and I love the sound and feel of analog. I’ve never been very good at compromising, and fortunately Dangerous Music gave me the tools so I don’t have to!”
Greiss’s Down Lo production company released the Zaho album “DIMA” (Down Lo/EMI). Zaho, an Algerian-Canadian R&B singer living in Montreal, Quebec where Greiss has his studio, spawned an international hit from “DIMA.” The song “C’est Chelou” moved up the charts to number 2 in France and the album became a best seller for EMI.
Describing the use of the Dangerous 2-Bus LT, Greiss says, “There is a definite soundstage that is established by using the 2-Bus LT. You get that same sense of space when working on large format mixing boards. You just don’t get that feel with numbers and processors mixing In-the-Box – it’s just something else. I don’t think there’s a word for it, you just have to listen to truly hear it.”
Having mixed on an analog console, and then digitally In-the-Box, Greiss finally graduated to the Dangerous 2-Bus LT for analog summing, “What I feel the big difference is between working In-the-Box and with the 2-Bus LT is the EQ decisions I make. I find them extremely less drastic using the 2-Bus LT. You can get a quicker sense of dimension with the 2-Bus LT, even doing simple balances – elements seem to have their own place. You end up with a quicker, bigger mix and retain a more natural, less processed sound. The summing of electric currents in analog is not the same as the summing of numbers In-the-Box. I don’t know how to explain it, but I can hear it,” says Greiss. With the 2-Bus LT he notes, “The louder elements float in front of the quieter elements, whereas in the box, there’s none of that going on, it’s very flat.”
He also uses the Dangerous Monitor ST to control speaker volume and switching between his Focal Twin6 and Yamaha NS-10s, “The Monitor ST is an amazing monitor section. I am able to work at many different volumes, especially lower volumes, for long periods of time. It’s very clear. Even at lower levels I can definitely hear that I’m working on the same mix: the same as if it was a bit louder, or really loud. The balance never seems to change and the imaging does not collapse when I turn it down low. There’s a world of difference from my previous center section monitor. The Monitor ST has been really helpful for making accurate decisions at all stages of the recording and mixing process.”
Dangerous Music, Inc. designs and builds products that are indispensable to any DAW-based recording environment. Dangerous Music electronics designer Chris Muth has spent over 20 years working in and designing custom equipment for top recording and mastering studios. Muth and company founder Bob Muller pioneered the concept of the dedicated analog summing buss for digital audio workstations with the Dangerous 2-Bus in 2001. Today the company offers a wide range of products for recording, mastering, mixing and post-production facilities, all designed and built with mastering-quality standards and a practical aesthetic. Key products include the Dangerous 2-Bus and 2-Bus LT, Dangerous Monitor ST-SR and its Additional Switching System expansion units, Dangerous D-Box, Dangerous Master, Dangerous S&M, Dangerous Monitor and Dangerous Bax EQ.
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