Francesco Accurso

Mixing and Guitar Sessions

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As a mixing engineer and/or session guitarist, I offer a dedicated service to self published artists. My work involves improving the sound of the original recordings and mixing the material at an industry level. I also offer Guitar Sessions, both in person and remotely, and I deliver a product of the highest standard in most genres

I am a guitarist, engineer and producer with 20+years of experience in live and studio work. I work freelance, offering guitar sessions and mixing work from my studio in West London.

I work with a lot of low budget independent acts who usually record with cheap gear and in poorly sounding rooms. I run material through analogue high end outboard to improve sound and dynamics, and I do my best to deliver a polish and professional result. When requested, I can also improve recordings by editing badly played tracks and cleaning the files from clicks, hiss and other noises, improving the quality of the material by generating a much cleaner and polished audio file.

When it comes to guitar sessions, I have a great selection of amps, guitars and pedals, plus dedicated outboard, mics and converter which I use to record and premix my takes in order to deliver a finish product to my clients. Being a producer greatly facilitates my work, giving me an insight on what a track may need, both when I do a session or mix a track.

I am always happy to offer a free trial, giving my new customers the chance to "try before they buy"

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8 Reviews

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  1. Review by Andres Mayo
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    Working with Francesco was a fantastic experience. We both understood how to proceed and make the mix reach its best point. The mastering ended up being great; I hope we get to keep on collaborating together in the future.

  2. Review by Andres Mayo
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    Working with Francesco was a wonderful experience! His mixes were great and we had a fluent communication which allowed us to achieve a great end result! Looking forward to working with him again.

  3. Review by Joe Lambert Mastering
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    Francesco is a true professional and someone we hope to work with again in the future!

  4. Review by mud morganfield
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    I Have Had The Honors Of Playing and Production with Francesco Accurso. He Has never seem to Amaze Me with his playing and Knowledge of Music in General. They is No Place in Music He Wouldn't Sit Perfect in. I am the Eldest Son Of Muddy Waters, and I would go anywhere in the world with him playing. Thank you. Mud Morganfield

  5. Review by Kathleen P.
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    Francesco Accurso is my go-to producer, mixing engineer and guitarist,
    He delivers a product of the highest standards.
    I’ve worked with Francesco on the road and in the studio for many years.
    His talent as a guitarist and impeccable attention to detail in the recording studio never failed to impress.
    I strongly recommend him.

  6. Review by Yasmin Kadi
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    Francesco is an extremely talented and professional musician and engineer.
    I worked with him for several years and it was a huge advantage having a guitarist at his level who is also a mixing engineer. I get commissioned by the BBC to write music and I’ve worked with world renowned musicians, producers and sound engineers who have worked for the likes of Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Emeli Sande etc - and Francesco’s passion, dedication and energy is next to non. He will be an invaluable asset to anyone’s team.

    Yasmin Kadi
    Singer Actress

  7. Review by James Connelly
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    I used the whole range of Francesco ‘s
    services and was very happy with the outcome , during the process he was very professional and welcoming.Realising my creative vision early on through his own vast experience and keen ear - Francesco really produced a record I’ll be eternally grateful for.

  8. Review by Leon Atkins aka Lil Jimmy Reed
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    To whom it may concern I Leon Atkins aka Lil Jimmy Reed highly Endorse Francesco Accurso he is a man of his word and I Love him and his family. Thank You. Lil Jimmy Reed

Interview with Francesco Accurso

  1. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  2. A: I have been a professional musician for more than 25 years and I know how to edit parts and reinforce a groove when it's a bit loose. I like musicians who play in the pocket and I can greatly improve a performance in post production, if needed. I also developed a deep understanding of frequencies and how to control them dynamically and the fact that I use mastering grade monitors (ATC 50) is of great help in my line of work.

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

  4. A: I tend to work in the box but, at one point or another, I usually run the material through my analogue gear to slightly colour the sound (if needed) and soften the transients. I find most of the recordings I receive too digital sounding and harsh in the top end, and by running the audio through valves and good quality outboards, I usually manage to thicken up the sound and make it more musical and easier to work with. I obviously check for phase issues and I am often asked to edit performances to tighten up groove and performances. After the files are in order, I mix in the box striving for clarity and separation between the parts, creating a soundscape for the voice to properly sit in it. In the final stage, to slightly glue everything in, I tend to run the mix through a Neve bus compressor to achieve a couple of dbs of reduction using a gentle ratio (generally 1.5:1 ).

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

  6. A: I look after every project as if it is my own, offering insight and advises when needed and requested and always doing my absolute best. Plus I will only take payment if the client is satisfied with the results

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

  8. A: I produced and co-wrote two albums for a contemporary Blues act called Kat&Co. which, in my opinion, is the most interesting thing in Blues coming out of the UK at the moment

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

  10. A: A traditional southern Blues album and a new production for a duo of young and extremely talented siblings

  11. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  12. A: Analog and Digital together because of what they can both offer

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

  14. A: I love a finished product and the chance to be part of the process

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

  16. A: "What desk do you use?", "how much will it cost?", "how long will it take?" to which I answer "I don't use a desk anymore", "it depends on the job" and "it depends on your deadline and how much you are satisfied with the result. I am happy to do many revisions if needed"

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

  18. A: I can polish and greatly improve a bad recording but I can't fix a bad performance

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

  20. A: If it's a guitar session, I usually discuss choice of guitar, amps and pedals (when needed) and it helps to know what sound the client is after and to have as many references as possible (Paul Jackson Jr and Nile Rodgers both play funk but each one in his own style). If it's a mix they are after, I enquire about the recording process and discuss what I can and cannot achieve on the basis of the audio quality provided (a badly recorded drums will affect the whole audio spectrum for example). Once I start mixing, it helps to have references to previous works and other songs to compare to.

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

  22. A: Make sure you know what you want and give me plenty of directions and references, but don't expect miracles if you recorded everything in your bedroom

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

  24. A: I wouldn't expect electricity on a desert island so I guess an acoustic guitar and something to brew coffee

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

  26. A: I started off by playing guitar and slowly got into songwriting, producing and engineering. I have now been working professionally for 25 years and I can cover many roles, being equally comfortable on stage or in the studio

  27. Q: How would you describe your style?

  28. A: Not sure how to answer this question

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

  30. A: I love Sting, great performer, great voice and great song writer

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

  32. A: Tracking vocals correctly is essential because there is very little that can be done to fix it later. I always make sure I have a clear and possibly high end signal chain, from the mic to the converters, and I like to use an EQ to high pass what is not needed in the lower range and to soften harshness and loud resonance in the voice. After that I use a compressor with a ratio of 2:1 or 3:1 to gently control dynamics and I always make sure not to run my gain stages too hot to avoid "burning" a take. If done correctly, the singer will easily ride the compressor and won't need top push too much, easing the pressure on the mic diaphragm and reducing the risk of adding harshness to the take.

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

  34. A: Blues, Jazz and Indie-Rock

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

  36. A: Hopefully my sensitivity and expertise, and I am not afraid of turning down songs if I am not familiar with the style of music

  37. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  38. A: My studio is interfaced by a patchbay and the latest Antelope Audio Converters. That allows me to work in the box but also make use of my Neve Compressors, Drawmer Valve EQs and a selection of Preamps. I tend to use mastering grade plugins and I monitor my work through a pair of ATC scm 50

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

  40. A: I like artists who can conceive their work from start to finish, people who can write, arrange, play multiple instruments and ultimately produce their own work. Many obvious famous names come to mind, but in this day and age many people work independently and it's a pleasure for me to work with them on a daily basis. Their drive and clear vision often inspire me.

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

  42. A: Production work including mixing and guitar and bass sessions

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Kat&Co. - Bright as Day

I was the Mixing Engineer, producer and guitar player in this production

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Job will be deemed complete once the client is satisfied with the results and a finished and paid for product is delivered in High Res. Additional work and costs have to be agreed by both parties.

Gear Highlights
  • ATC scm 50
  • Neve 33609
  • Drawmer 1961
  • Phoenix Audio Preamps
  • Chandler TG2
  • Antelope Audio converters
  • Amps by Matchless
  • Fender
  • Ulbrick
  • Divided by 13
  • Mesa Boogie
  • Brunetti and Ashdown
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