• Sequencing mixes and sub mixes using Ableton Live • Live remixing, DJing, and performance • Effects and resampling • MIDI control, programming synths, and performing with QuNeo
Ben "Encanti" Cantil
As a pro synthesist, Encanti has worked on projects with noteable companies Ableton, Cakewalk, Izotope, Source Audio, and Keith McMillen Instruments. Encanti has also worked on visual shows for EOTO and Shpongle, as well as having performed as a member of Shpongle Live‘s USA Ensemble.
In the A/V duo Zebbler Encanti Experience, Encanti takes a novel approach to producing and performing electronic dance music, trademaked by combining heavy experimental dubstep with mind-bending synchronized visual accompaniment by VJ Zebbler. The drive behind Encanti tracks are influenced by hard dubstep producers, while the sound design draws influence from the legendary work of Richard Devine and Aphex Twin. Encanti performs his music live on laptop like an instrument, with breakdowns and mutations orchestrated on the fly.
"With more than 24 years of music industry experience in London, Los Angeles, and Boston as a recording engineer, mixer, and producer, and more than 7 years of teaching audio, I bring a depth of technical knowledge in both the analog and digital realms and a wide breadth of professional music industry experience to the instruction of music production and engineering."
“As far back as I can remember I always knew I would end up doing something music-related, but it wasn't until I discovered music production and engineering that I truly found my voice. It fits like a glove, since it blends a highly creative and philosophical endeavor with a highly precise, tangible, and technical craft, and the convergence of those elements go totally in line with my personality and passions. I’m drawn to understanding people, emotions, and things, to figure out how to use and combine elements for an emotional outcome. That’s what I do in this profession: I communicate with musicians as human beings, try to really understand the emotional connection that moved them to make music, and figure out how to capture and bring out 110% of their message (and in doing so, also my own).”
"My teaching style has always been one that encourages self-reflection and discovery. I like to push my students to be self-motivated. For me, it isn't about the grades they will receive, but rather the knowledge and skill set they can build on. Assignments always have the capacity to be completed to the level the student is capable of, and by witnessing other students' work, they can see different approaches to the same task. I'm never expecting to see students complete their assignments in exactly the same way as their peers."
"I want to create, in my classroom, an environment that closely mirrors my experience in the real world. I'm a former recording artist, a producer, an engineer. . . . I've managed, I've done tour support, I've done live sounds. . . . So I want to teach my students how to survive in the music business and put them in as many realistic situations as possible. If you're going to take advantage of this educational process, you need to investigate as many of those tangents as possible. You never know when one of them might be the one that opens the door.
"I want students to be independent. In the past, if they had a song in their heads, they had to get assistance from a sighted person. But it takes a long time to dictate note by note, so the sighted people would fill in the gap. Now, they can have full control over what they write on the charts and record. So they can write for any professional writing gig or recording gig. They can be fully independent."