French funky house superstar Tony Romera joins us today for our In The Studio feature, which sees him dive into the ins and outs of his studio.
Following the release of ‘VHS’ last month, French house producer Tony Romera returns today with the second single ‘MS69’ off his forthcoming album Introspection due later this year on Monstercat. ‘MS69’ showcases Tony’s signature grungy sound that is really fresh at the moment. The excitement is only building for his album.
I’m actually in a special room that my father made about two years ago. I helped him put together the plans but he built everything from the floor to the roof. I got some sick tips from friends of mine, so the room sounds really cool! We added Vicoustic acoustic panels to treat the room, which are sick. I wanted to have my own bunker, so here we are, and I’m the happiest when I’m in this room.
I work on Logic Pro X, I really love that DAW, it sounds awesome and I know it really well as I’ve worked on it for many years. I used Ableton to make some live stuff (just started, it’s really fun) and also for guest mixes, stretching some samples, and all the things that are way better and easier on Ableton than Logic. At the beginning, I was working on FL Studio, but then a friend showed me Logic in 2009 and I really loved it. I’ve used it since that day!
I have no particular feature that I love the most, but I really love the environment of it, the design, and I feel comfortable when I work on it. Internal plugins are pretty sick, I always use Logic Compressor, Echo, EXS24, Vintage synth, electric piano, and more. My favorite plugins are Xfer Serum, U-he Diva, Arturia Suite, Roland Suite, Serato Sample, Waves Metafilter, Valhallah Reverbs, and a bunch of UAD plugins.
My speakers are the Focal Trio 11 with a Focal Sub 6, and my headphones are Focal Clear Pro. Focal has been my favorite speaker brand for many years. I love how it sounds. I had the Twin 6be before these and they were also awesome. Focal is a French brand and their factory is less than an hour drive from my home so it’s super cool to work with them!
My advice when you choose your monitors is something a friend of mine (Tristan Garner) gave me when I started making music. He told me to start with some cheap monitoring, then when you feel that you use it at 100% and you cannot make better things with it, then you can upgrade. But always step by step. Every time I changed my speakers it’s because I felt blocked with the previous ones, so I stepped up my sound x10 and I feel so comfy with the new Focal, I definitely won’t be changing that for a while!
I use 5 hardware synths – KORG MS20, Behringer TD3, Behringer Poly D, Moog Little Phatty Stage II, and Arp Odyssey. My favorite is the KORG MS20, I really love working with it, you can make anything you want with these synths, from super agressive basses, to funny leads, to deep pads. I love the filter, it sounds so French, so Daft Punk and Justice. I’d love to get a lot of legendary synths like a Sequential Prophet 5 Rev 4, I think that’ll be the next synth I’ll buy. Moog Minimoog is one of my dream synths too.
My home fragrances are really important. I love when it smells good in the studio, when other artists come to work, enter and feel at home, that’s really important to me. I have a bunch of different fragrances and I change them every few months.
Be sure to listen to Tony Romera’s latest ‘MS69’ below!