Spain Is The Place – Tejero Webster Serrato Díaz

Spain Is The Place – Ricardo Tejero / Colin Webster / Marco Serrato / Borja Díaz

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Released February 22, 2016 on Raw Tonk.
Mixed and Mastered at White Noise Studio November, December 2015

Ricardo Tejero – Alto Saxophone
Colin Webster – Tenor and Baritone Saxophone
Marco Serrato – Bass
Borja Díaz – Drums[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Spain Is The Place Album Mix / Master

I got asked to mix these recordings which feature Ricardo Tejero on Alto Saxophone, Colin Webster on Tenor and Baritone Saxophone, Marco Serrato on Bassguitar and Borja Díaz on drums.
The recording is done in London at Soundsavers on 7th September 2015 by Mark Jasper.

The mixing process started out with listening to the tracks I got send and made a plan based on those. With the drums not being very heavy sounding and recorded in a 2 mic Glyn Johns Setup and an extra bassdrum mic I quickly decided to keep things open and use little compression, mostly to add some volume control to counteract the bassguitar.
The panning is done like this: Colin’s Sax is panned to the right, Ricardo’s sax to the left, Marco’s bass slightly to the right and Borja’s drums slightly to the left. This was done to give a more of a bandfeel to the mix.
The main focus of the drums was to bring out the snare a bit. I used a parallel multiband expanding to help the snare come forward more.
The bassguitar isn’t very deep or low-end focussed in this mix. It felt really out of place with the saxes and attacky drums to enhance the lowend so I decided not to. Mostly the lower mid band (300-1200hz) got a lot of attention to help the bass sit in this mix. The result is an agressive, sort of trashy basssound which I like a lot for this mix.
Although the saxes were barely compressed, an instance of Waves Vocal Rider was used for micro managing the saxes dynamics. Most of the time it did it’s job ( lowering / raising the volume withing margins) perfectly, but checking the newly made volumecurve was, as always, a must to make sure it kept sounding good.

Every instrument then got send through the D&R stylyx mixer for final comping. With this method I could give every instrument some final sculpting, to make sure all parts fitted perfectly.

In mastering some mid/side eq and general compression was added to glue the mix a bit more together.

Marlon Wolterink

Marlon Wolterink