Phil Weeks

Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Phil Weeks and I’ve been doing beats since 1996. I started Robsoul Recordings in 2000 and I’ve been doing music full time since 2002. I’m also doing “ Fries & Bridges” with my bro Hector Moralez. I also run the label P&D (dedicated to re-release classic stuff) with my partner Didier Allyne.

What hardware are you using?

The MPC3000 is my main thing (I own 2), using it as my main sequencer and sampler. I love all about this machine, the sound, the groove, the filter. Not too much features but do super good what it do. Together we do one. I also have an Akai S-950 (for the 12-bit sound), an Ensoniq ASR-10 and a Yamaha SU-700 (not in use for the moment). I have also few drum machines: Roland TR-909 (my fave), Roland TR-606, and Oberheim DX. My synths include the Roland TB-303 (the classic one), Roland SH-09 (I love this mono synth for sub bass or crazy efx), and E-mu Vintage Keys. I use the Yamaha 03D mixer board (to mix all my tracks) with Digitech Studio Quad V2 (to add some better reverb and spacey efx), BBE Sonic Maximizer 322, TL Audio Fat Man (valve compressor), RME Multiface, KRK K-Rok + Fostex 6301B speakers, a couple of Iomega Zip, and some more stuff unplugged that I don’t use anymore.

What software are you using?

I use only the computer to cut samples and record the master straight from the 03D mixer. I use Sound Forge for that. I also occasionally use Cubase SX if I need to add a long vocal (sync with my MPC as master). I used to use Trilogy for bass sounds.

What would be your dream setup?

I‘m pretty happy with my setup but I still need to improve. In my dream setup, the MPC-3000 will still be my main thing. A room totally soundproof and acoustic where I can play LOUD All Day Every Day would be ideal! A dedicated vocal room + a drum room with few classic microphones. Neve or SSL for the mixer + few EFX. Some Dynaudio BM15 to go with my K-Rok & Fostex.

Any production tips & tricks you'd like to share?

I love to sample. Almost all of my music is done with samples. It can be a loop or just a sound that I will play with the pads. Whatever… I use samples as first material and then just fuck around with them. I would advise to do this at least for the drums. Avoid using preset library. Use some old school hardware samplers, which are very cheap these days…Then work for real and be patient. It takes time to be ready (if ever)!

Where can we find you on the web?

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