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10 QUICK QUESTIONS TO COLIN RICHARDSON.

Few producers are cited as pioneers, for having helped shape the sound of a genre or generation of bands. With landmark releases by the likes of Slipknot, Machine Head, Carcass and many others, British Colin Richardson is undoubtedly one of them. We were fortunate enough to snag him for the Made of Metal EZX a couple of years back…and now for a few quick questions!

How did you get started in the business and how come you ended up behind the console as opposed to on stage?
– I got started as a studio engineer and worked my way up to producer. I never wanted to be in a band, the studio side of things interested me more.

You didn’t start out making heavy metal records. How come you steered in this direction?
– I was engineering some punk and goth bands, then the metal  label Earache Records started using the studio I worked at. I enjoyed working on the early death metal music, so it became a logical progression.

Looking back, is s there a specific moment or project that helped push you on to the next level, working with bigger acts?
– I think it was the Machine Head album “Burn My Eyes”. It became successful, and with that success came bigger projects.

You have worked non-stop making records since the 1980s. Do you ever get tired?
– Only at 2am in the morning!

If you weren’t producing records, what would you do?
– Be very afraid!

In a mix, where do you usually start: the drums, guitars, vocals or something else?
– Usually with the drums, but keep checking them to the guitars and bass in the early stages…then get the backing track rocking…then work on the vocals.

Is there any instrument you generally struggle with more than any other in a mix?
– Bass guitar. I always have trouble sitting it – and then trying to achieve a massive guitar sound. I think I have got better with bass over time, though!

Name a few productions from your catalogue that you feel particularly proud of.
– The latest  Bullet for my Valentine album “Venom” came out really good. I like to think I have given 100 percent to all the projects I have worked on.

If you produced an album that you couldn’t mix yourself, who’d be the first name on your list for the gig?
– Chris Lord Alge or Andy Sneap!

Best studio moment ever?
– My first big royalty check!

Worst studio moment ever?
– None really, i have been really fortunate!

SOME OF COLIN’S WORK.



WANT COLIN’S DRUM SOUNDS?

Check out the Made of Metal EZX for EZdrummer 2 here.


SUPERIOR DRUMMER 3 & E-DRUMS.

Check out e-drum master Luke Oswald as he shows the incredible detail of the Superior Drummer 3 core library.

RECREATING THE “BLACK ALBUM” DRUM SOUND.

Can we recreate the iconic Metallica drum sound?

GET DRUM PARTS DOWN FAST.

Dan Cooper from Pro Tools Expert gives you his workflow for getting drum parts down quickly with Superior Drummer 3.

INSIDE: THE LUDWIG CLASSIC & CONCERT KITS.

Fredrik Thordendal of Meshuggah let us sample his unique Ludwig kits…and they are MONSTERS!

WRITING PHRASES & FILLS WITH SEAMLESS.

Get inside the head of electronic guru Seamless and learn about his thought process when writing beats and fills.

TRACKER TEST WITH MIXBUSTV.

Watch the folks over at MixbusTV give Tracker a proper test in this real-world example of drum replacement.

THREE QUESTIONS TO...

Norman Garschke, the drummer behind the core MIDI library in Supeiror Drummer 3.

ARTIST PROFILE: DIRK VERBEUREN.

Meet Megadeth drummer and longtime Toontrack artist/collaborator Dirk Verbeuren!

ORGANIC DRUMS IN A HIP-HOP TRACK.

Sean Divine shows how he uses Superior Drummer 3 to add an organic-flavored beat to one of his tracks.

PHIL VASSAR FEAT. SUPERIOR DRUMMER 3.

Listen to country superstar Phil Vassar’s hit “I’ll Meet You There” remixed with Superior Drummer 3.

SYNTHETIC DRUM REINFORCEMENT WITH SEAMLESS.

Electronic guru Seamless shows you his workflow for synthetic drum reinforcement.

THE DRAG & DROP CHALLENGE.

What happens if you drag and drop grooves at random from Superior Drummer 3…and write a song to the result?

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