New song released today, Caçador is my latest “baby”. Quite an adventure to create this one and I’m pleased to share the background with you. The instruments recorded:
Guitar – I’ve used my 8 strings guitar;
Berimbau – Tuned to follow the guitar, and I must say, it is always a challenge to get the Berimbau in tune;
Shekere – in the last part.
Kalabaça – just in the introduction.
I’m truly passioned about mixing Berimbau and Guitar. It does require adjusting the coming and rhythm of the Guitar comping and I simply love that.
Berimbau, an African instrument used also for Capoeira (Brazilian martial art – one of my passions), is played in different rhythms, which are called “Toques” in Portuguese. Each “Toque” defines the pace and the style you play Capoeira. In this song, I’ve used Iúna.
Iúna is a bird and the name of a Capoeira “Toque” and “Jogo” used for graduated students. And better than too many words, here you have invitation to listen the song below. I hope you enjoy!
I just noticed it has been long time I don’t update what gear I am using for audio and recently, video recording. I’m my “open book” practice, and sharing everything I use. Also, would be happy to answer questions, listen recommendations and comments. At the end, we all learn a lot from the collaboration and everybody wins. My focus is on acoustic instruments and I record old school, really playing instruments.
So here we go:
Computer platform: I’m still using my old iMac 2011. And believe me, still rocks! macOS Catalina and working beautifully. Only additional element is the extra monitor.
DAW (Digital Audio Interface): After many years using ProTools, I’ve decided to give it a try to Reaper. Amazing software and that deserves a full post, which I will write soon.
Audio Interface: I’ve been a fan of Focusrite. My Scarlett 2i2 1st generation was doing a great job and I’ve learnt a lot with it. Time to upgrade and it would be a no brainer to keep the same interface, but latest generation. But… there’s always a but! I’ve found somewhere the PreSonus ioStation 24c. Couldn’t resist and got one, although I was not sure it would work nicely with Reaper. So far so good, and again, it deserves a dedicated post.
I still keep my Mackie Mix8 to act as an audio hub to my speakers. Nothing more than that.
Speakers: Genelec is my passion, I’m used to it and how it sounds, so make it easier to mix. I ‘m married with my pair of Genelec 8020A.
Headphone: Audio-Technica ATH-M50x
More to come on my guitars, other instruments, acoustics and microphones.
My son Pedro was born almost 13 years ago and it was such an important “source” of inspiration. I will save all the details of parenthood, which is something I would call as life transformational. Still, around 2 years later, my daughter Nara was born and more music was produced.
The songs I’ve made for them were released and you can listen them below. Curumim, recorded with two guitars, was made to my son. A 3/4 song, which came straight away by observing how sweet he acts, his movements and particularly his first smile to me. Unforgettable. Estudo Infantil N. 1, recorded with one guitar, 2/4 was made to make my daughter to sleep. She was so peaceful and seemed to enjoy listening the sound of the guitar, which again, came almost automatically by just being next to her.
Today, Maraca de Prata is released. Song from Mestre Humberto de Maracanã, and the style is known as Boi Bumbá, Boi, Boi do Maranhão or Bumba Meu Boi.
You can see below the video we made together with Mestre Boca Rica, the one who came with the suggestion to me.
What a journey to reach the final song. This is a very interesting one as it is polyrhythmic style and instruments are playing in binary and ternary forms. We could say 2/4 and 3/4, or 2/4 and 6/8 and so on. In the guitar, bass line are played in 3 and the treble notes are played in 2. Pretty cool I must say!
Coroa de Ouro is now available in the digital platform of your choice. Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music, Deezer, Amazon, YouTube, you choose! I must say that I’m quite impressed with the quality of service that Amuse (www.amuse.io) provides. Outstanding!
I’ve truly enjoyed recording this song! With two guitars, cajon and cuíca, I believe it is the first ever recording of this public domain tune from Brazil.