F.A.Q.

Malu, you have an accent. Where are you from?
I am from Monterrey, Mexico. Spanish is my first language.

But your accent is not so noticeable when you sing…
Hehe. I recently made a video attempting to explain why I think that happens:

What software do you use to record music?

Logic X for Mac. Here’s a tutorial where I show how I recorded The Dragonborn Comes, step-by-step, using Logic X.

How do you edit your videos?

I use Final Cut X.

The first few videos I made (The Dragonborn Comes and Age of Aggression) were done in iMovie. I love iMovie, but while it’s simple to use, it’s not easy to get the multiple window style videos I like to share.

I moved on to Adobe Premiere Pro CC, which is great, but the yearly subscription got to be too pricy. Final Cut X was a better fit for my budget.

What vocal mic do you use?
I mostly use an AT4047. It’s my favorite of the condenser mics I’ve ever tried at that price range. I sometimes use a Blue mic called Blueberry, but I prefer the AT4047 because it seems to be a better fit for my vocal tone.

What acoustic guitar do you use?
I use an Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MNS. This is my favorite guitar. It was originally acoustic, but I took it to a shop and a guitar man added a pick-up.

I later got an Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE, which comes with a stereo pre-amp. I am a fan of Masterbilts. I have often gotten compliments by engineers when I play live, and I’m told they sound more expensive than they are.

I agree.

What electric guitar do you use?

On Twitch, I often use a Variax Standard guitar, by Line 6. I love this guitar because it has a cool feature that allows you to change tunings with the turn of a knob. The Variax can also model different guitars (Strat, Les Paul, Telecaster, etc)

What headphones do you use?

Music: For years, I used the Sony MDR 7506 headphones. Mine recently stopped working due to a problem with the cable. I’m currently using a pair of Shure SRH1540’s.

Games: Astro Gaming A40’s.

What camera do you use to film your videos?

I use a Canon 60D DSLR camera (which is a photography camera that has a video function). My favorite lens is a Sigma 35mm f1/4.

I used my laptop’s iSight webcam to make videos for 2 years. Those were simpler times… And highly pixelated times. haha! I later moved on to a Logitech c920 webcam, which made me feel I was standing on the pinnacle of technology since it was the first HD webcam I’ve ever tried. hahaha! I still use the Logitech c920 for live streams.

Eventually, I got the Canon 60D. I confess it took awhile for me to get used to it. It makes me extra nervous and requires a lot more prep… You spend more time setting up the lighting…  you become more aware of the “location” you are shooting at. But in the end, it’s worth it because it does look a lot nicer.

How did you learn to speak English fluently?
English has been a part of my education since kindergarten. I went to a bilingual school. I also grew up loving series of books like Nancy Drew, The Boxcar Children, The Baby-sitter’s Club. For college, I studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. The time I spent there allowed me to practice and get used to the language.

If you are a native Spanish speaker, why don’t you speak Spanish on your videos and social media?

This site used to be an all-Spanish gaming blog. I started this blog to be able to make some friends in the gaming community in Mexico.

When The Dragonborn Comes video went viral, a large percentage of the people watching and subscribing to the channel was from the US, Germany, Russia, Poland… and from  countries where English is a more commonly known language. I decided to interact in English so I could include as many people as possible.

It’s been an incredible experience to meet people from all over the world and talk about the things we have in common. I do get a chance to speak Spanish on the weekly podcast, El Rol que Jugamos, and on my Spanish only YouTube channel.

Thank you for reading all of this! 😀

Malu

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