In The Studio with Ramsey & Fen
With new release out now on Traxsource, London duo & UK Garage Legends gave us an Exclusive tour of their studio & chat with us about their kit, production methods & more in the next instalment of ‘In The Studio’
“Stay With You” available now on Traxsource.
1) What equipment do you have in your studio? (full studio kit list).
Mac Pro G5 2 × 2.8 GHz Quad-Core.
2 × 1TB SSD hard disk and 1.5TB ext.
Logic 9 (it is such a benchmark that we are sticking with it at the moment we just love the feel of it).
32” led screen. Mac fans from day one.
Motu 2408 Mark2.
Dynaudio Acoustics 10inch.
Tapco Mackie SW10 Active Subwoofer.
Genelec 1029A Active Monitors.
Yamaha NS 100.
JBL old School 15inch Speakers. Feel the Bass baby! Had them from day one. 20 years still going lol.
- Audio Units:
SPL Transient Designer (to give more of a impact to our drum).
- External Kit:
TLA Valve Classics C1 Compressor.
DBX 1066 Compressor.
Lexicon MPX 500.
- Midi Keyboards:
Korg Trinity V3 had this from about 1998.
Dynamics Audio Technica AT50.
Waves 9 (great collection of classic bits of kit).
Rob Papen: Subboombass, Albino 3, Blue.
Native Instruments: Kontact 5.
Lounge Lizards for the Rhodes pianos.
- External Midi Synths:
Roland XV 3080.
Korg MS 2000R analog old school.
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Ramsey & Fen Studio Interview
2) What is your favourite piece of equipment to use in the studio & why?
It’s got to be the Mac running Logic and all the associated programs, first because we grew with that program and secondly because it’s got all you’ll ever need to create your track. Plus it looks good and is reliable.
3) Give us some insight into your production process. How do you typically begin constructing a track?
We start with a beat and try to come up with a sample that fits and establish the mood of the track then we would add some home-played keys and bass, then arrange those bits, mixing obviously comes last.
4) What piece of studio equipment or production process defines the Ramsey & Fen sound?
The energy and style we try to portray through our drums, chords and vocals and the way we program. Also our huge library of samples built over 20 years and having access to a collection of 20000 records covering all genres between the two of us.
5) What piece of hardware/software elevated your production to a higher level & how?
Our ears. It is the ultimate interface between the music and the brain so by training your ears you will enhance your listening abilities and improve your productions skills also the Waves collection is so complete that you will make your track sound way better by digging into it.
6) What fresh equipment have you recently added to the lab?
7) Your essential studio supplies (food, drink, cigs etc) are?
We have a joke that says that a producer is a machine where you put coffee in and you get tunes out! And the fiercest arguments in the studio are always about who’s turn it is to make coffee. So coffee, sugar and milk please!
8) What list of artists have influenced your sound?
9) Give us 3 of your favourite productions? (tunes that you created)
Ramsey: Always our three last one, otherwise we wouldn’t bother.
Fen: Belo, Style and Favourite part of me.
- Favourite Part Of Me
10) Any handy studio tips you would like to pass onto producers out there?
Organise yourself well in advance, plan wisely and enjoy it!
11) What new production should your fans be on the lookout for at Traxsource soon?
“Girl Next Door” featuring Rads, “I’m ready” featuring Lindsey Moore, “If You Really Love Me” a Stevie Wonder cover.