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Production legend D. Ramirez chooses Liquid technology

Published: Fri April 11, 2008  News Feed

When you absolutely have to destroy the dancefloor, production legend D. Ramirez knows just what it takes: Liquid technology…

For D. Ramirez, the awards just keep coming. Best Producer and Remixer of 2007? If the readers of DJ Magazine say so, well, who are we to argue. When this man isn’t touring the world, defining genres or having labels fight over his music, he’s in the studio. But just how does he get that killer sound? It just takes a little Liquid. Focusrite’s Liquid Mix is “absolutely mind blowing!”

Not many DJs, producers or remixers maintain a reputation for quality that outshines the competition for well over a decade. But D. Ramirez is in constant demand for DJing, producing and remixing – good job he has his favourite tools to hand…

“My main Focusrite tool at the moment is the Liquid Mix – it’s just mind blowing. I bought it as soon as it hit the shops so I've been using it for over a year or so now, maybe longer, and it's always the first tool I reach for at the mixing stage. I also use [Focusrite’s] Saffire in my pre-production studio, and I have the Saffire Pro 26 I/O in my main studio for those lovely preamps. I've used many Focusrite products over the years in studios that I've worked in – including all the Red range – and I'm currently saving up for a Liquid Channel. I used one while on a session in New York recently and I just have to have one!”

“What I love about the Liquid Mix and the Saffire is their portability. When I’m DJ’ing around the world they always go with me for when I get spare production time in hotel rooms. The best thing about the Saffire range is the quality of the preamps and the built in effects – they’re absolutely perfect for recording a vocal session while on the road, which then gets transferred over to my main rig when I'm back home. The Saffire Pro is good for me – those extra inputs combined with the clean signal path are just what I need.”

“The Liquid Mix always gets maxed out in the studio when it comes to mixing. I just love the tactile controllability, which is something I really miss now that software has taken over my studio. To be able to reach for a knob or a button and see a graphic display is a real treat, something that made me buy the unit in the first place – let alone the sound, which is amazing.”

“I never mix down one of my tracks without using the Liquid Mix. I love the compression, especially the vintage emulations, which I always use on vocals. And the bass always gets the Liquid Mix treatment as the EQ is the closest to analog EQ I can find without actually using outboard.”

“I rarely use commercial studios these days as I can mix down in my own studio, thanks to products like the Liquid Mix. These units are such good value for money, as I would have spent the cost of one of them on half a day’s studio time at one point. Now I'm fully self sufficient and I'm mixing just as well as I would on a big SSL.”

“Ultimately with the Liquid Mix I can mix down in my own studio with full confidence – I just reach for that vintage compressor or that expensive EQ right in front of me and they sound beautiful. No more expensive studio time! I can also take my mixes with me on my travels into other studios – I can just call them up instantly and tweak if necessary, something I couldn't do before. It's like having all those compressors and EQs in my bag with me.”

“When I finally get my Liquid Channel I can't wait to try out all those classic preamps, all there in one box, sitting there looking like a million dollars. Combine that with my Neumann U87 and I simply won't need anything else!”

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