What:Studio Owner, Chief Engineer
Where:San Diego, California
API Gear:1608 (w/ four 550bs and two 560s), 2500
"My first experience with API was with the 3124+ pre amps. I had all sorts of other options at the time, but I was always happy with the results I got from the API pres. Next was the 2500 bus compressor. I don't care if I am living on the street—I'm never getting rid of that compressor. It's exactly what I want. Aggressive, but flexible, and perfectly reactive for all kinds of sources.
"Then, Greg Gerardi (studio partner and engineer) joined up with us and brought in the 1608. I couldn't be happier. It's so flexible for routing and the sound is completely open with that API attitude. I love recording dynamic, heavy music and the 1608 feels like it was made for me.
"I love API!"
Playing music since he was 11 years old, Mario Quintero's professional recording career began while studying jazz composition and arrangement at Berklee College and recording local bands and his own projects in his makeshift home studio. Years later, Quintero is the proud owner of Black Box Studios, a 3,500 sq. ft. facility in San Diego, California. Black Box studio offers nine monthly lock-out rehearsal rooms, a main live room, isolation booth and control room. Past clients include Transfer, Buick Audra, Bella Novela, D/wolves and The Beautiful View.
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