With more than 10 years of experience Alwin produces, mixes and master for names such as: Mussa, MV Bill, Canhotinho, Julia Sicone and many other Hip Hop, pop, Brazilian music and rock artists. He is versatile and focused on attending the expectations of the artists no matter the gender, the portfolio talks by itself.
Yes, I'm a producer, arranger, recording engineer, mixing and mastering engineer. I know, its sounds a lot, but I really profoundly studied these different crafts.
As producer, composer and arranger I started with video game music. Since 2006 I've done dozens of soundtracks for mobile, PC and Console Games. At that time I was a researcher in composition and analysis at the University Of Music Of Santa Catarina (UDESC). I did not graduated because I wanted to do practical jobs and help the artists to succeed in their career. So I started to understand that they needed better audio quality, so I moved towards to the audio world in 2007 when I was 19 years old. I started to not only compose, arrange and produce the soundtracks that I created, but also to engineer the recording and the whole post production process.
Than I started to offer engineering work for my clients and end up that I loved that as well!
I've being studding audio since that time and I've being fortuned enough to learn in practical activities with masters like Joe Chiccarelli, Michael Brauer, Mick Guzauski and many others.
My portfolio speaks better than me, with many genders and completely different aesthetics showing that no matter if it is only mixing or mastering, I need to help the artist push its signature and communicate what is mean to communicate through sound.
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Interview with Alwin Monteiro
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I love the different projects that I've working in! Is hard to pick a preferred one tho. I'll list the links of some of the projects that I was profoundly involved as engineer and as producer as well! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpcHynbbSa8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWScCggN7xk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LES5NdH89aE I did part of the composition and the entire process of this Kid song for Hello Kitty. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQV_nqsVWbw
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working in 5 mixes from 3 different clients and in other 6 productions.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! My mixing processing is entirely in-the-box although I love to process in real time with analog when is good to the situation and the sound!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll make everything possible to make the song sound like you wish to! even if takes me a good time, we will get to a great place, much, so much better than before! That's my commitment!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: To watch the sensation of great achievement when they listen to the master track!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "Whats your price for producing a track?" It does depends! Lets talk through here! I'll be glad to answer you and understand your needs!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Aways listen to the artist, even if your first impression is that he/she is crazy. You need to listen, be patient,open minded.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have 4 different types of pre-amps that I use for different purposes, and all the processing I do in the box in real time with no latency at all!! My setup is meant to work 100% ITB although I use to work in what ever is necessary to bring the sounding results. I have a pair of Sceptre S6 monitors and also a pair of Behringer Thruth B1031a, I have 16 inputs with amazing quantum converters, and I endorse Acustica Audio, Waves, Leapwing Audio, and I have all plugins that you can imagine!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The Weeknd, Serban Ghenea, Rick Rubin, Cardo Got Wings, Louis Bell, Quincy Jones,
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I use to, very often, produce and mix all projects! I'm a producer that often, produce beats, produce artists performance, guide bands, do arrangements, think with them about strategies and more than anything else, mix! No doubt that mixing is the most requested work i my job.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I think it's communication and understanding of what the artist wants.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: pop brazilian music (MPB, samba) hip hop trap rap
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It depends for what I'm being hired, if i'm being hired as a producer, engineer, recorder, or as a mastering engineer it will depend on what you need. If I'm hired as a producer, I will do the best pre production process that i can, mapping the whole process, like, see if you'll need other musicians, arranger or beatmaker and then organize each recording process. about my work with mixing, I need to do a brief meeting with the artist to have all the information and have all the references to that specific song and understand the artist's idea, after that i can give him a feedback about all the material and also how understand which audience the artist or label wants to reach (using the references) and also how I can add to that.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: i bring concept of the artist and what he/she wants to deliver to his/her audience. I try to best interpret what the artist wants for his/her audience, so I try to get the artist to connect with them even if I have to take him/her by the hand and help him/her with that.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: my style is the artist's style! I can adapt to what the artist wants and needs.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been on this path since 2008, i used to work making soundtracks for videogames (recording, composing and producing), then I started working with some artists around 2013 until now.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: probably synthersizer, guitar, computer, audio interface usb and microphone
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: think about your career. what's the most important thing to you? Will you invest in recording, mixing, mastering, production? think of all things as well, and don't be afraid about the budget because this is your own investiment and needs to be honored. keep your passion and determination.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: - what is the project about? - what is the planning about the project? - who is the record company? - What is this happening in production? (executive production matters) - who is producing the album? if I only mix and/or master - What role do you expect during this process? These are some of the things I usually talk about, so that I give my budget and then immediately start working as best I can.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: if you hire me as a mixing or mastering engineer, sometimes you can order some kind of production (this usually happens) but as i was hired as an engineer i will commit myself 100% as a mix or master. Of course if you want my opinion about production, and it won't interfere i have no problem talking about it. another kind of misconception is: if you end up paying for a cheap service you will get similar results, this is not true! People listen to music for different reasons so, if you really want to realase your song to them you can compromise all your work and career.