System 7 Interview
Long time touring and performing duo System 7 interview. Very good read ahead !
System 7 has been active in the music industry since more than 30 years. Well known for their collaborations with Detroit legends Derrick May and Carl Craig, System 7 oscillate between an electronic ambient world where rock guitars add a touch of mysticism on evolving pads and sound material finely produced. On the other side, they play more housey, techy or even trancy performances in which they drive progressively the dance floors to their very own world.
Extract of the interview :
Tell us a little about your studio and the main gear in it…
To give you the full history would be over-long, but suffice it to say I’ve arrived at Pro Tools HD as my main tool, with a side order of Logic and Ableton. Miquette, my partner, is a confirmed Logic user, and we hook our two rigs up with MTC sync. I first started using Sound Tools – the precursor of Pro Tools – for editing on the first System 7 album in 1990. I then progressed to Logic Audio TDM, and then moved to full multitrack Pro Tools around 2000.
Compared to other systems, Pro Tools is not so easy for starting tracks, but it’s great for finishing things! If you want, you can also go all the way right through to the mastering process, although I prefer working with a mastering engineer as it’s good to have another set of trained ears come in at the final stage.
I’m due for an upgrade for my big studio Mac and Pro Tools rig, although I’m a bit nervous of those new Power Macs in the round black boxes, as the Pro Tools cards will have to be in an external chassis.
I had bad experiences with the Magma chassis in the 90s, so it scares me a bit. For listening, I still use my trusty KRK 9000Bs and a C Audio amp controlled by the very good (and unfortunately named) Mackie Big Knob unit. I downsized my recording console to a 16-channel Mackie Onyx – it’s really excellent.
A lot to learn and to discover in this interview, thanks a lot System 7 and long live to your sound.
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