Featured KRK User Giulio Ragno Favero
Musicians often make the best music producers, leveraging their experience as performers to craft and refine the sound of a particular band or artist in the best way possible. In this respect, the Italian musician and producer Giulio Ragno Favero, is at the top of his game. Getting his start as a drummer for the post-rock outfit Geyser, he went on to play with the seminal Italian rock/punk bands Lodio, I Mostri and OffMuziek. Eventually, he joined the Italian cult rock act One Dimensional Man, inspired by One Dimensional Man--an influential 1964 book by the German philosopher Herbert Marcuse critiquing both capitalism and communism—as a guitarist.
While Favero is a gifted musician, he also has a keen interest in sound engineering. To this end, he left One Dimensional Man to focus completely on sound engineering, later becoming the band's producer. One of his first gigs in this capacity was the 2003 U.S. and European tour of ZU, an Italian instrumental/experimental group famous for energetically blending the sounds of noise and math rock with punk, jazz and grindcore. That same year, Favero opened his own recording studio, BLOCCO A, with the explicit aim of generating tracks and albums that stayed as true to the live-show experience as possible.
With these exacting requirements, Favero needs a monitoring system that is capable of providing an extremely accurate reproduction of his mixes. He has found this with KRK's VXT8 active studio monitor. Its diffraction-limiting curved surfaces, silk-domed tweeter, seamless crossover, and KRK trademark-yellow Kevlar woofer offer superior audio imaging, outstanding transient response and precise detail to all of Favero’s productions.
"I chose the KRK VXT8 monitors for their extremely natural and enveloping sound," says Favero. "As a producer, it is critically important for me to have a sure, comfortable reference point, as most tracking and mixing sessions will result in full days in front of the monitors. In my case, the VXT8 system, coupled with the KRK 12s subwoofer, allows me to fully dedicate myself to my projects for several hours without straining the ears—or the spirit! For me, this is the perfect studio combination for my production goals."
The molded shape of the VXT8 monitor allows for radically curved surfaces that sound better. Traditional rectangular speakers suffer from diffraction, as sounds leaving the edge of the cabinet are reflected back into the sound field, causing phase distortion. The VXT8 virtually eliminates diffraction and delivers excellent imaging characteristics and a much wider sweet spot. KRK's 12s powered subwoofer is the perfect companion to the VXT8, extending the monitor response so that the low-frequency portion of the mix can be engineered.
Since opening BLOCCO A, Favero has produced such diverse studio works as ZU’s "Carboniferus" and "Rifoki," a joint track by Steve Aoki, Bloody Beetroots and Congo Rocks. He also performed the sound engineering for the ZU Quartet/Mike Patton Italian tour, sharing both the stage and the console with the likes of Faith No More, the Melvins, Mastodon, Fantomas, Queens of The Stone Age, Iggy & The Stooges, Therapy, the John Spencer Blues Explosion and other major acts.
Even with his duties as a producer, Favero still has time for his music. He is the artistic producer, guitar and bass player for the successful Italian band Il Teatro Degli Orrori, and has produced all three of the band's studio albums, with great success. He is currently working on his solo electronic music project, called OffMuziek, while also serving as the A&R for La Tempesta International, the sister company of La Tempesta Records, which specializes in Italian bands that sing in English.