Merging Technologies’ Anubis music product manager by day, songwriter and artist by night – Ricardo Ryan discusses the surprising use cases that have emerged from locked down Anubis users, and how he is using the interface to record his solo material.
Ricardo Ryan is not a regular music product manager; he’s a cool music product manager.
When he’s not heading up Merging Technologies’ Anubis division as well as serving as the manufacturer’s product and QA manager, you’ll find Ryan performing with his band, Sonic Rade – or more recently – using the lockdown period to work on his solo album in his Anubis-equipped home studio.
“Now that we are all confined at home, I work all day helping Merging clients all around the world,” he answers when asked what a typical day looks like for him at the moment.
“A few people that are normally working in big studios have managed to grab their Anubis, which acts as the controller, and bring it home for lockdown. We have mastering clients and every kind of audio professional working in recording studios remotely; a lot of productions are
halted, but many people work from home.
“So during the daytime, along with our team, I help people who are working from home. Then every night I work on my personal projects – writing music, recording guitars, programming drums and keyboards, or writing lyrics. And the rest of the time I sleep!”
Ryan was interested in pursuing music from a young age, and as he started to gig, spent many an evening playing “Beatles wannabe-type music” in bars in Quebec, going on to tour across Canada and America.
Studying audio engineering in Montreal led to a successful stint at animation and visual effects company, Autodesk (much of Avatar’s visual effects were created with Autodesk media and entertainment software, that were at the time running alongside Sonic Solution hardware), but soon Ryan sought a new challenge, moving to Switzerland to work for Merging Technologies 14 years ago.
As Anubis product manager, Ryan says it’s all about the missions:
“Actually, as I speak to you, I have an Anubis in my hand!” he points out. “We are trying to evolve these ‘missions’ and bring new features to our users.”