George Shilling: U78 is the kind of thing I love
George Shilling is a record producer with both music and engineering backgrounds. He studied cello, then trained at Livingston Studios. I built his own studio in 2005 and mainly works from there, working with bands, solo artists, and composers. He has had his own project Sundae Club with a friend of his since 2001.
George has also recently reviewed our Synergy R1 for the well know professional audio magazine Resolution. The Synergy R1 is a great unit, he says in his review. To find out why you have to get your copy of the magazine. But once we got in touch, we thought it would be nice to introduce George to the Audified audience as well and share some of his thoughts with you.
What is your current main focus? What is your current most important project?
I have diversified into many areas and have all kinds of projects going on. In the last year, I have been performing occasional live shows with Nikki Loy whose album I produced and played on.
What are the main projects you are proud about?
Last year I did cello arrangements for Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, and have mixed a few projects for Frank Turner, but I'm still proud of early successes like The Soup Dragons' I'm Free and Yazz's The Only Way Is Up, and along the way projects like an album with Steve Winwood and things with Porcupine Tree, Mike Oldfield, and Stornoway.
What Audified tools do you use and what for?
I've only acquired a few of them recently but I particularly like the saturation of the U78 Saturator which is the kind of thing I love - adding some analog-sounding degradation to make things sound more interesting.
You reviewed our Synergy R1 for the Resolution magazine. How do you feel about controlling your hardware directly from your DAW.
It's a great idea - we've all got lazy using plugins for instant session recall so to be able to get the quality of hardware with that convenience has to be good.
What makes you want to use the particular products?
Ergonomics, reliability, and ease of use are just as important as sound quality - if you get distracted by the former things you can't focus on the latter!
How do you check your mixes? Do you use MixChecker?
I like to listen on my big ATCs and then perhaps the Grado headphones, maybe the Auratones, and for the ultimate test of course - the car! I knew about MixChecker from my friend Emre and only got it recently, so I've not experimented much yet, but it seems really cool, and like other Audified plugins has a great looking graphic interface.