"This technology should change they way people record rehearsals..." - an interview with Gene Torres
ZYLIA Team: Gene, can you tell us a few words about you and your music passions?
Gene Torres: I grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and at 15 years old, after my friends and I decided to start a band. I choose the bass guitar. In the beginning, I was only playing R&B and Soul music but I got turned on to Funk, Jazz, Brazilian, Salsa, Rock, Haitian & African Music. In NYC you can work more if your musical vocabulary is wide.
The theory behind that was the more styles you learned the more you can work. If you only know one style then you only earn 1 style of income. Now mind you I’m not a specialist on any of the styles previously mentioned but I know enough to hold my own. Then came Theory Lessons and Ear Training lessons up to today I’m still studying Theory and Ear Training.
Z: You are following us since from the beginning:-) What was so interesting for you about our product?
G: As soon as I saw the web page, I knew due to the breakthrough in some of the other companies like Celomony’s Melodyne, Propellerheads Recycle, iZotope’s RX. It was just going to be a matter of time before recording audio was going to change. ZYLIA is leading the way for multitrack recording.
Z: Why did you decide to volunteer for beta tests?
G: Technology has always been something I’ve enjoyed and curiosity about why things work and how they work. At one point any product that I bought for my musical career, was opened and taken apart to see what was in it. And, NO, I didn’t open the ZM-1, lol !!
Z: In what conditions are you testing ZYLIA? What is your first impression?
G: I’m testing the ZM-1 in actual rehearsals (3 and counting) and It was brought to 1 gig to try. My 1st Impression is that it works, and it works great. Now mind you these tests are not under controlled situations and there is a lot of trial and error on my part. But the bottom line is that if you follow ZYLIA ZM-1 guidelines you will have a really good recording.
Z: Do you find this technology useful? Is it solving any of your problems?
G: Yes it solves the idea of having a multitrack recording (without spending 2 hours beforehand sitting up all the mic’s for a multitrack) so for example you wanted to hear one singer's part over another singer's part cause you’re not sure if their parts work, now you're able to isolate the parts to hear who’s doing what.
Z: In general, what do you think about this technology and ZYLIA Portable Recording Studio?
G: The technology should change they way people record rehearsals or anything for that matter. I can’t wait for the ZM-1 to be released on the market. I hope to be one of the 1st to have one when its released!!
Z: Can you recommend it?
G: Yes, I've had a few musician/producer friends call me to ask about it. Some questioned me on Facebook. They were amazed by what it does and the possibilities going forward!!