UK: London-based record producer and mixer Andy Bradfield has been nominated for two Latin Grammy awards _ Single of the Year and Album of the Year _ for his mixing duties on Spanish singer Miguel Bose_s Papito album. The music fuses melodic pop, Latin grooves and lush string arrangements, and the album features duets from the likes of Michael Stipe, Ricky Martin and Shakira, writes Simon Duff.
Recorded at studios in Miami, Spain, New York and Columbia, Papito was mixed by Bradfield at PKO Studios in Madrid. Released this spring it went to No. 1 in Spain for 15 weeks and has become the biggest-selling album in Warner Spain_s history.
Bradfield_s talent for producing and mixing high quality tracks has lent itself to 12 top five records, four of which were No. 1s. As well as mixing David Gray_s bestselling Life In Slow Motion, he has also recently mixed tracks for Alanis Morrisette and Marc Almond, and the Rufus Wainwright album Release The Stars.
Papito was recorded on Logic Pro, with Pro Tools chosen to record all the vocals. Bradfield has an HD3 Accel Rig set up at his studio in Olympic Studios, London, and a replica set-up was used for the mix sessions.
PKO_s Studio One, based around an SSL 9000 J-Series console, was used for all the mixes, with a pair of KRK V8 Mk2s for monitoring. An impressive array of outboard gear includes Lexicon 960 reverb, TC 6000 reverb, AMS delay, and compressors from the likes of Manley, Chiswick Reach and Neve.
Bradfield explains how he set about mixing the tracks. _I usually listened to the rough mix first to get a feel for the song and discussed with Miguel the sound he was looking for. I then found what needed to be improved on. Having established that I set up a quick rough balance on the SSL, and by the time I had listened to the track three or four times I knew roughly where I was going with it. I use automation a lot, and usually get automating the balance very early on._ Mixing took some three and a half weeks, allowing a day and a half for each song. The final stereo mixes off the SSL were printed through an Apogee A-D converter back into Pro Tools and burnt to DVD for mastering, performed at Nautilus Mastering in Milan.
Bradfield is thrilled that the album has been nominated for the Grammys. _It_s a special record and shows a real breadth of imagination. It is a real honour to be nominated and very exciting._
The 8th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on November 8th.