Gabriele Cento

Session Guitarist and Composer

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I provide high-quality acoustic guitars. My credits include Pink Sweat$; Stick Figure; Kirby; Xuitacasecity

I really love playing acoustic guitars for your songs, creating guitar loops and offering high quality electric and nylon strings guitar recordings. I'm home when it comes to record and using technology for music.

I have spent years mastering the craft of playing and recording acoustic guitar, selected each piece of my gear to capture every shade of the sound. I have a good collection of instruments and microphones that cover almost every need, I can help you with a good range of genres as well. I always work to serve the song and to make clients happy, I mean 100% happy! I make sure to keep my communications fast and precise, my clients are never alone. Once the project it's approved I provide curated stems, aligned and ready-to-mix. Typical turnaround time 48 hours, whenever it's possible I deliver the same day.

As for electric guitar recording service:

- Live sessions with hi res audio are available at no extra

- FXs are provided in form of printed stereo files

- DI capture: please request upfront

I've started my music journey back in 1999, I graduated (and worked) in the major music institute in Italy. The love for acoustic guitar brought me to compose and publish a solo fingerstyle record called "Play" in 2018. I had many bands and burnt many miles.

Send me an email through the "contact" button above and let's record!

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

298 Reviews - 47 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by freddy b.
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    Another great job and quick delivery.

    Thanks

  2. Review by freddy b.
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    Great fast work, great communication. Would recommend and will be back my self.

  3. Review by Ilia D.
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    Gabriele is an amazing, thoughtful guitar player. His acoustic guitar sounds quite unique. I am happy I was able to collaborate with him on some of my music!

  4. Review by Ken C.
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    Gabriele is the guy you want if you want a guitar part that sounds like it was produced by a major label both from sound quality and musicianship. He is also an excellent communicator and will give you what you want. The best!

  5. Review by Scott M.
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    Gabriele offers sheer professionalism: Masterful playing, extremely high-quality recordings, and a gracious attitude. Recommend all the way

  6. Review by Xeuphoria
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    Always fantastic deliverables from Gabriele, really appreciate such awesome guitar playing.

  7. Review by Evo D.
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    Because Gab loves what he does and cares about people, this is what you get when you work with him: 1) A seasoned and talented professional. 2) Someone who is willing to go above and beyond and even routinely exceed expectations. 3) And a thoughtful and timely communicator. I have worked with him many times and these are some of the reasons I keep coming back. You're the man Gab, thanks as usual. -EVOj.

  8. Review by Damian G.
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    Gabriele did the guitar arrangements for me. The guitars sound very good, professional full sound. Very good quality! Very good cooperation, he listens to what is said, his approach is fully professional.

  9. Review by Xeuphoria
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    Fantastic guitarist - this is my second time coming back to Gabriele for guitar, and I'm sure it wont be the last. Thank you for your hard work!

  10. Review by fred p.
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    I have to say I can't be more pleased with the outcome of this project. Gabriele is amazing...

  11. Review by Matt G.
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    Gabriele provided excellent guitar tracks quickly and he was very accommodating of my request to sign an agreement related to the ownership of the production to protect the songwriter. Thanks for the great work!

  12. Review by Evo D.
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    Gab's work is first class along with timely correspondence at every stage of the project. Whatever your vision is, there will be no disappointments working with Gabriele and his collective resources. I have worked with him many times, and keep coming back. Thanks as always Gab!

  13. Review by Josh Florez
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    Gabriele is an incredible musician. He understood my vision clearly and was able to bring it to life on his first pass. The song sounds better than Imagined it could! Will be back soon.

  14. Review by Scott Mehner
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    Gabriele has handled a handful of projects for me and every single one has been all I could hope for. Recommend 100%

  15. Review by Evo D.
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    There are many reasons why I continue to work with Gab on my various projects from original songs to expertly created covers. Perhaps the main one though is the absolute quality and energy he puts into whatever my vision is at the time. If you're looking for an absolute expert who can facilitate basically anything you want from a music production standpoint, look no further. -EVOj.

  16. Review by Joel H.
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    Gab was a pleasure to work with. He was very thorough in capturing exactly what I wanted and had my delivery back to me within a week.

  17. Review by Olivier B.
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    Blasting!

  18. Review by Scott M.
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    Gabriele never fails to deliver the highest quality recordings and even mixed my last song for me at an amazing deal with the utmost professionalism. Will be back for more soon!

  19. Review by Jens G.
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    Gabriel delivered the guitar loop within 24 hours just as promised! Looking forward to working again in the future.

  20. Review by Maria Lynn
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    Gabriele is an absolute pleasure to work with

Interview with Gabriele Cento

  1. Q: What's your typical work process?

  2. A: I generally receive the request, listen to the audio and figure out artist's need for the song by asking for references. Once the tracking happened I send an mp3 preview and let the client listen to what I have done. At that point I may be asked to modify something or moving forward with delivery. Experience taught me this: if clients come with clear ideas, reviews actions are very close to 0.

  3. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  4. A: Follow your istinct: try to see if my samples and what clients say about me, match the mood of your personality and the spirit of your music.

  5. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  6. A: 5 stars client support, high quality tracks and prompt replies

  7. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  8. A: I am a guitarist in activity since 2010 I used to study and teach in one of the main school in Italy (CPM Music Institute) I care about music production, teaching and composing. By working with Italian fingerstyle virtuoso Pietro Nobile I had the chance to really live into the acoustic world by recording guitarists and making a lot of research especially on how to build 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) and in 2018 my first solo album for acoustic guitar called "Play" (https://bit.ly/3afT8aH). I've been playing live with several bands: clubs, big stage, gala dinner. I used to work as product specialist for Italian distribution of: Guild Guitars, Elixir Strings.

  9. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  10. A: I think as a player of songs, who always aims to serve it. What I bring is that guitar work which can help the song to be just right.

  11. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  12. A: STUDIO 1 I have a treated and tuned room where I do work 99% of the time. PRO TOOLS 12 is my main DAW, I know Logic Pro X and or Cubase as well. I own an UAD APOLLO rack with its super powerful plugins that I digged so much! I also use Plugin Alliance,Waves,Metric Halo,Sound Toys, Fab Filters,Slate, Speakers: Dynaudio BM5A Mainly microphones: Telefunken ELA M260; Schoeps CMC6, AdvancedAudio C12, Neumann M149 STUDIO 2 I go tracking into this room when I need top analog machine 3xAPI (512c), 2xAVALON (VT737SP), 1xTHERMIONIC (phoenix) TC ELECTRONIC M5000; 1xTUBETECH (CL1-B) Speakers: DYNAUDIO BM15A

  13. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  14. A: It makes me play music, which makes me happy

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: Sometimes clients get surprised when they ask me to re-play fake guitars parts created on piano, and finding that they can't always be executed the same way on the real guitar.

  17. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  18. A: Well, I already worked with Kirby (https://bit.ly/3jl5xOP), Pink Sweat$ (https://bit.ly/3gDI1e7), I love their vibe! One more artist I'd really like to work with it's H.E.R., I find she's very cool!

  19. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  20. A: Before hitting the "record" button make sure your gain stage is setted-up properly (-18 or -16 dbFS). This is often a game changer.

  21. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  22. A: RnB,Pop,Rock,Blues, funk and nu soul.

  23. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  24. A: Tim Pierce is on top of my list, but I also like the work of people like Jacquire King, Rodney Jerkins, Bob Clearmountain

  25. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  26. A: I am asked to track electric or acoustic guitars for songs or creating loops and acoustic arrangements

  27. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  28. A: 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: Definitely! Let's take it to the next level! Q: I'm a singer and I need an acoustic version of a song I like, can you help me with it? A: Cool, happy to do it, I am an acoustic arranger!

  29. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  30. A: Very few, my priority is to get them what they need. Sometimes no special questions are required, you just go!

  31. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  32. A: My sample area here on my profile is always up-to-date with tracks I'm particularly proud of, so check it out!

  33. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  34. A: Some cool project from SoundBetter!

  35. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  36. A: Both! for many reasons: budget, time, and sonic color.

  37. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  38. A: My associate and I brought our business on SoundBetter, we do work as producers and beatmakers: https://soundbetter.com/profiles/256684-koncrete-productions

  39. Q: How would you describe your style?

  40. A: Adaptive!

  41. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  42. A: my ears, an acoustic guitar and my strings' bag. that's all I need

  43. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  44. A: patience!

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No extra charge for the reviews; guitar tracks for the song are unlimited: I stop layering only when the song's complete

GenresSounds Like
  • Dominic Miller
  • Tim Pierce
Gear Highlights
  • Schoeps microphones; Telefunken microphones
  • Neumann microphones;DPA microphones;Advanced audio microphones;API
  • Thermionic
  • Avalon
  • Tubetech
  • Guild Guitars
  • Martin Guitars
  • Collings Guitars
  • Vovox Cables
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  • Let's get back to workSep 18, 2020

    I had some rest during holidays but I'm back to work since few days. New splendid microphones from Telefunken and I'm not afraid to use them ;)

  • A different weekendAug 01, 2020

    So many acoustic sessions done over the last weeks, I’ll be up working during the weekend on electric sessions. It’s very positive to change the mood for a while and get my acoustic batteries recharged!

  • Tone is in your handsJun 14, 2020

    In the last year or so, I had a "go-to" guitar for recording. It always proved to be perfect.Yesterday I recorded with one of my oldies, totally different instruments but I realized that I didn't go too far from the previous sound. I just wonder where the tone really comes from..

  • Nylon strings guitar: The warmer sensation I can think ofMay 07, 2020

    Today I delivered an arrangement played with nylon strings guitar. I like to conceive it with a very warm and deep sound, has to be emotional and sweet for the ears. My client said she was cryin of happiness while listening to the preview. Isn’t that wonderful?

  • The perfect Artist with the perfect SongApr 30, 2020

    Recording sessions it's a beautiful job, no doubt! But when that special artist shows up with a killer song, all you have to do it's to close your eyes and let your hands go.. I'm so grateful for those moments.

  • Spotify for Artists Fundraising PickApr 23, 2020

    I enjoyed the fundaraising program by Spotify for Artists, if you are willing to make a donation to support my musical activity click HERE. Make sure to use your mobile device. Don't let the music stop!

  • I'm on the cover of "Chitarra Acustica" (acoustic guitar)Apr 17, 2020

    I've been featured on the cover of the most important guitar magazine in my country.You can spot me in the middle of the second row.This is a very special number with articles from world rewarded guitarists and also one that I wrote on page 18. HAVE A LOOK!

  • New pedalboard, new sound experience.Apr 13, 2020

    These days I managed to build a new pedalboard for my electric guitar. I designed it in order to get spatial tracks printed and to enrich songs. Recording printed tracks it's a responsability I like to take! HAVE A LOOK

  • Are you a singer? should read thisApr 09, 2020

    Well, you may be looking for a guitarist to play the acoustic version of a song you want to cover. LISTEN TO THIS, It's a backing track I played from Gaga's. Contact me if you want to get yours!

  • My Solo Album released on SpotifyApr 07, 2020

    I'm proud to announce that my solo record called "Play" is now available on Spotify and all major digital stores. HAVE A LISTEN!

  • A complete canvasApr 05, 2020

    Yes, I'm often required to record Acoustic Guitars although I love so much committing myself in finding that tonal balance that makes the electric and the acoustics work together. I had a session like this today,the song was beautiful and I had lot of fun building the electric vibes!

  • Sound ColorsApr 03, 2020

    Brighter or darker? what's your preference when it comes to choose the sound of an acoustic guitar? I'm often required to get 'my sound' (listen to some samples) which is a little dark. Recently a client asked me an alternative (and brighter) take, and so I did! It's so beautiful being able to change the tone of your istruments when needed!


  • Let me take care of what you can't doMar 29, 2020

    I just delivered some Acoustic Guitars and thinking back at when I used to try achieving parts on instruments I wasn't well at.Too much energy wasted,until I just quit doing it! That day I started improving my recording process.I am sure my client who initially tried to play the part himself, today is feeling more insipired, relaxed and with a perfect take in his DAW!

  • Sound is important, I mean it!Mar 23, 2020

    It doesn't matter if you're about to record few bars of a loop or a 4 minutes song. Artists and producers spend so much time envisioning a sound and as session player I take this "heritage" on my self when I am hired to do a job. Today I recorded few bars with nylon strings guitar, looking at its sound with the eyes of a producer. One take and sound was perfect!

  • Keeping practicingMar 20, 2020

    I still do it everyday, I've found a good practice routine with electric and acoustic guitar. Practicing make me feel more confident on the instrument, widens my mind, and keep myself busy and positive. Most importantly it makes me able to deliver tracks for clients to be happy for!

  • Acoustic Guitar CoverMar 18, 2020

    It's so common but yet pleasant making acoustic guitar covers these days,I mean for artists to sing over, not just instrumentals. Just delivered one to my client.. was kinda of 'one take' job, she's super happy of it and so do I!

  • Electric Sample Pack R N' BMar 17, 2020

    I really love Nu Soul and RNB .I've been playin this genre for many years and I still have a band doing it.So when I was asked to compose a full electric guitar sample pack inspired to H.E.R;Ella Mai; Summer Walker,I just got really excited!I just delivered it and client was quite happy too.

  • New Client Happy today!Mar 15, 2020

    Acoustic guitar, delivered today in few hours! Happy client always means that 5 star review is on its way!

  • Perfect times for express deliveries!Mar 13, 2020

    Covid 19 is forcing us to stay home. This also means I have plenty of time available for sessions, sounds perfect for speeding up and get express delivery service for clients!

  • Even more focused on sessions during Corona virusMar 12, 2020

    Hard times down here in Italy, music still at first place in being creative dealing with this pandemic. Let's stay patient.