Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
this song: https://soundcloud.com/gabriele-cento/ti-lascio-andare#t=0:00
Just because I wrote it, recorded and produced it! It's super simple but somehow it represents my sound.
What are you working on at the moment?
I just finished mastering my solo Album and working on music from different artist when I am in the studio. In the next weeks I will be travelling much for teaching and live performing.
Analog or digital and why?
Both! for many reasons:
budget, time, and sonic color.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
All my attention and skills!
What do you like most about your job?
I can use my creativity,my hands and technology to give life to something that was in someone else's mind. It is also true for my own ideas!
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have a live room treated for a very natural sound with a very low amount of reflection: I like to track voice and acoustic intruments in it. I have also made an amp booth for electrics guitar tracking recorded at the ideal audio level. In the control room PRO TOOLS 11 is my mainly DAW, occasionally I do work with Cubase5 for MIDI or pre production purpose. About the audio interface my choice is on the UAD APOLLO with his super powerful plugins set. I also use Waves,Metric Halo,Sound Toys, Fab Filters,Celemony and Slate.
Speakers: Dynaudio BM5A
Mainly microphones: schoeps CM6, AdvancedAudio C12, Neumann M149
I go tracking into this room when I need top analog machine
3xAPI (512c), 2xAVALON (VT737SP), 1xTHERMIONIC (phoenix) TC ELECTRONIC (M3000,4000 AND 5000), 1xTUBETECH (CL1-B)
Speakers: DYNAUDIO BM15A
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I am a guitarist in activity since 2010 I used to study and teach in one of the main school in Italy.
I do care about music production, teaching and composing.By working with Italian fingerstyle virtuoso Pietro Nobile I had the change to directly live into the acoustic world by recording guitarists and making a lot of research especially on building the right sound. I have published a book "il chitarrista in studio arrangiare e registrare" for Italian editor fingerpicking.net and an acoustic EP "essential" (http://bit.ly/2e2cRhF). I do play live with several bands for every needing: clubs, big stage, gala dinner. I do work as "demo guy" or consultant for:
Shank Guitars; Black Beard Guitars, Manne Guitars, Dreamaker (Ferrari amps). I am supported by Eko music group for Universal Audio and Aramini for the acoustic guitars brand Effedot.
I like to look for everything is "new" and artistically inspiring.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I am required to track guitars (acoustic and electric) on tunes produced by someone else's creating an arrangement of the guitars into the song. I am also used to arrange or produce songs starting from a common draft (i.e. voice/guitar, voice/piano, lyrics drafts etc).
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
not yet, but I certainly will in the future.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Q: Can you add guitars to my song, including electric parts?
A: Yes, I do play electric as often as acoustic.
Q:I used to track acoustic guitars but I am not happy of the results, can you take a listen and see If you can work it out?
A: Yes! Flat acoustic guitars are very often due to a matter of interpretation or mickin' solutions
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Probably the fact that technology can fix everything:
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What is the porpose of this job? i.e. business, personal, radio, tv. It can take differences in workflow!
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Follow your istinct: try to see if my words and work match the mood of your personality and the spirit of your music.
It doesn't matter if you're not going to hire me, as an artist I will always be happy to talk to you and listen to your creations.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
my ears, an acoustic guitar and my strings' bag. that's all I need
How would you describe your style?
I try to match both acoustic and electric languages
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
So many! Joss Stone for example is one of them, I like the sounds of her records and guitars role into it.
Can you share one music production tip?
BAD AND FLAT STRINGS SYNTH TRACK:
Try to write volume automation with sine curve or saw line... snapped with 1/8 or 1/16
it generally give a more interesting movement to the track, especially when it is a little boring!
What type of music do you usually work on?
acoustic,pop,rock,funk and nu soul.
What's your strongest skill?
What do you bring to a song?
I try to add the elements the artist is looking for,but he don't always can describe with words.
What's your typical work process?
I generally receive the request, listen to the audio available and figuring out artist's needings for the song. If something is unclear I don't start working untill I have the change to talk (or write) to the artist and understand every point. Once I have tracked I send an mp3 with a rough mix letting the client to listen to what I have done. At that point he can ask me to modify something or moving forward with delivering.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I am a guitarist but musicians inspiring me the most are often piano players. I like to drastically change prospective when I think of composing. From my top 3 list: Robert Glasper, Thomas Newman, John Williams. About production one of my favorite ever is Michael Brauer.