Studio Spotlight 5/12

The big rack on the right side contains from above:

Roland JD-990, Emu E6400 Ultra Sampler, Roland S-750 Sampler, Roland D-550, AKAI S-1100 Sampler, 2 x DBX-166A Compressor, Lexicon MPX-1, Behringer Patchbay, Mackie 1604 VLZ pro Mixer, Roland SRV-330 Reverb, RSP Intelliverb, T.C. electronic D-two Delay, 2 x DBX-166XL Compressor Korg SDD-2000 Delay, DBX-286, Rocktron Intellifex LTD.

The rack under the right side of my desk contains from above:

Roland MKS-70 (SuperJX), Motu Midi Express XT, T.C. electronic Finalizer+, Edison EX-1, Dualfex II, Ultracurve Analyzer, Alesis RA-100 Amp, Sony DAT DTC-ZE700.

On the desk is in front the Kurzweil K2000 V3.0. Behind the Kurzweil is a Korg Wavestation EX limited edition.

On the left side of the desk is my Eventide DSP4000 and my Lexicon 300, a Roland SH-101, the Waldorf blofeld, an electrix warpfactory and a roland M12E submixer.

Your Name.

Sudad Ghadaban, my artist name is SUDAD G

Tell us what type or style of music you mainly produce.

I mainly compose, produce, mix and remix soulful house and deep house, but also trance house and vocal trance. At the moment I co-produce together with DJ GEEHAN, the latest songs by GROOVE ADDIX as well as some remixes for Adrienne Nails, Layla Jane, Sophia May and J.M. Brown from the U.S.

List your gear both hardware and software.

Samplers
AKAI S-1100 V4.3 Broadcast (32MB)
EMU Ultra E-6400 (128 MB)
Kurzweil K-2000 V3.0 (64MB)
Roland S-750 (18MB)

Synthesizers
Korg Wavestation EX
Roland D-550 (D-50 Rack)
Roland JD-990 (SuperJD)
Roland MKS-70 (SuperJX)
Roland SH-101
Waldorf Blofeld
Waldorf microQ

Effects
Lexicon 300 (V 1.02)
Eventide DSP-4000 Ultra Harmonizer
Lexicon MPX-1
Roland SRV-330
RSP Intelliverb
t.c. electronic D-Two Delay
Korg SDD-2000 Delay
Electrix Warp Factory (Analog Vocoder)
Rocktron Intellifex Ltd.
MXR Phase 90 (Analog Phaser)
Behringer Edison EX-1 (Stereo Image Processor)

Dynamics
t.c. electronic Finalizer classic
DBX-160A (1x) (Mono-Comp. / Gate)
DBX-166A (2x) (Stereo-Comp. / Gate)
DBX-166XL (2x) (Stereo-Comp. / Gate)
DBX-286A (Mono-Vocal Processor)
Behringer Dualfex II (Exciter)

Mixer / HD-Recording
Mackie 1604 VLZ pro
Roland M12E Submixer
t.c. electronic Finalizer classic
RME AIO PCIe Hammerfall
UAD-2 Solo
PC (Intel Core i7 2600 4x 3.40GHz,Asus P8Z68-V
Intel Z68 So.1155 Dual Channel DDR3)
Steinberg Cubase 6,
Soundforge, Re-Cycle 2.0 und 2.1
Emagic AMT-8
MOTU Midiexpress 128
Audio Technica AT-4060 Kond. Microfone
Sennheiser 527 Black Dyn. Microfone
Sony DAT DTC-ZE700

Monitors / Amp
KRK K-Rok Studiomonitors
Alesis RA-100 Studio Amplifier
Ultrasone PRO2900 Headphone
AKG 240 DF Headphone
Behringer Ultracurve Analyzer

Plug-Ins
Universal Audio, SSL Duende, Sonnox, Waves, Lexicon,
dB Audio, Native Instruments, Steinberg

Briefly describe your workflow.

I work with a hybrid studio – a mix between hard and software. In my opinion the most flexible and effective way to combine the advantges of both worlds and also the easiest way to compensate their disadvantages.

My workflow is, that I play some chords with my MKS70 or with a nice Rhodes simulation (e.g. Mr. Ray 73) to a simple but groovey beat, that sounds cool enough for me and gives the vocal tracks a basic fundament. Then I add percussions and a bassline and some other tracks. Rhythm guitar licks, strings, chords and synth sounds.
After that I often sample the whole created playback (8 bars) without the drums into my Kurzweil K2000 or into the NI Kontakt, cut the playback there and add some filters on it. Then I try other chord combinations with triggering these new sampled playback.
Sometimes you find some interesting harmonies if you sample your own playback, that you would maybe didn’t get if you arrange the song in a traditional way.

After that I build up the arrange. During composing and arranging I simultanously mix the track, so that it sounds to be 80-90% perfect.

After 2-3 days – when I have finished the arrange – I hear the whole song again, make sometimes a club test in a local house club and do some corrections if necessary and then I master it and hope the people will like it

Take your favorite 1 or 2 pieces of gear and tell us why it’s your favorite.

Usually I work with Cubase 6 and use the SSL Native Duende Plug-Ins (especially the X-EQ and the SSL Bus Compressor) and the UAD Pug-Ins for mixing. Sometimes I use plugs from Waves, Native Instruments and Lexicon.

For reverb and multi-effects I prefer hardware gear like the Lexicon 300 and the Eventide DSP-4000. The Eventide DSP-4000 is awsome to widen pads and chords and has a special reverb that is hard to simulate with plug-ins. The Lexicon 300 is my all day reverb machine.

My favourite synths for deep house are the Roland MKS-70 (Super JX) that I mainly use for lush and warm pads, chords, analog brass, 80s basses and analog poly synth sounds.
The second is the Roland D-50/550 which is very inspirative and an alltime classic – especially if you use it as a VA synth and not as a LA synth like in the 80s. Very nice strings, arpeggios and other spectacular sounds.

For drums, percussion, bass and loops I love my AKAI S-1100 and my Emu E6400.
For filtered loops and triggered house vocals I prefer the Kurzweil K2000, that has nice filters.

When I produce vocal trance or another harder style of club music then I go to my Waldorf Blofeld and my JD-990. These are two awsome synths for that kind of music.

Another nice synth for that style is the DUNE LE VST synth. Great sounds, cheap and easy to edit.

For basses I often use an old Roland SH-101, that I let run through a DBX-160A compressor and saturate it on my Mackie 1604VLZpro mixer. It sounds like a real bassist.

On my website www.sudad-g.com you may find more informations about my “career”, releases, studio etc. (http://sudad-g.com/2.html)

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