Originally Posted by sorgenkind
I remeber reading that ricardo doesn't like using hall and reverb too much, as it lets you indentify the decade in which the track has been produced. (ex: gate reverb on snare anyone? that's the 80ies).
I'm thinking about this a lot, and the more I listen to music the more I agree with him.
As for himself mastering his stuff? don't think so, he was complaining about hearing loss he got from djing so much with a friend of mine who hooked up with him after a djset (I hooked up with a gorgeous a girl, more interesting that nerdy talk on substances at parties).
all analog gear? that's unlikely but possible.
I'm one of those who always ends the night with the nerdy talk. Lucky you :-)
By the way, I don't think he's using 100% analog gear to produce. Maybe for recording, but I'm totally sure he's using, at least, some plugins to enhance the sound or add texture to some raw samples. I remember reading in an interview that he really liked Logic plugins.
Last weekend, after reading all this thread again, I took a listen to some Villalobos 12" that I still have at home. Before having all the modular thing he did pretty awesome releases like "808 The Bass Queen" and "MDMA", which are not into this sound design theory that we are talking of (clicks, pops and jazz samples), but the style is definitely there in some way. I don't think he changed a lot the way to produce his music, just got more hi-end gear and now he's having more fun at the studio, probably.