Professional Mixing and Mastering with fast delivery times
20 Years experience mixing and mastering projects all around the world; Working with Sounbetter as a sub-contractor for the last 4 years, and used to fast delivery times.
In 2009, I've Co-Produced the album "Heretic Rapture" from the band Witchbreed, with Waldemar Sorychta (Samael, Lacuna Coil, Moonspell) released by Ascendance Records, UK
Recently produced the album "Less Ain't More" for the band Affaire, released by Perris Records, USA
In 1998,while still in my 20's, I've produced the second album from Tara Perdida, the biggest Punk-Rock band in Portugal.
Various production credits including arrangement and songwriting;
Session bass and guitar player;
Working with a full team of professional musicians to fulfill the project needs (Live drums, Piano, Horns)
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5 ReviewsEndorse DIKK
Like all the musicians I’ve worked with Dikk is an extraordinary talent that brought so much life to my track that I could never have imagined, adding some of the sickest driving bass work that I wish I had in a permanent band member! He came highly recommended by my vocalist on SoundBetter and I could not be happier! His ability to interpret what I wanted without me even telling him is uncanny, and I cannot wait to work with him again!
It's been about 4 years now of superb bass playing, and meticulous producing. Dikk is my go to guy. He gets it done every time while exceeding expectations. I can't imagine working with anyone else - we have developed such a good working relationship over the years, that now I don't even need to tell him what I need - He just knows!! A true PRO!
I can't say enough about Dikk. Dikk is one of the greatest producers I've ever met. Besides that, he is one of the world's most impressive bass players. I kid you not. Dont hesitate and hire this man. Great guy, great musician, awesome producer!
I have had the true pleasure of working with Ricardo on a number of projects. He's the best of the best! A consummate professional with unprecedented production and engineering skills. He has absolutely transformed my songs into masterpieces and I couldn't be more pleased! Don't miss the opportunity to work with a master, you won't regret it!
Ricardo Dikk is not only of the most versatile, creative and reliable musician and producer I have ever worked with, but his work ethic is something that defies explanation.
If I am a successful musician here on Soundbetter, I own a big part to him! We've been working closely for the last 4 years and he ALWAYS makes me look good, both in quality as well as in delivery times!
It's a pleasure to endorse him and if you want to work with someone truly great, he's your guy! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Interview with DIKK
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I've recently worked with a band named Affaire for their third record for Perris Records, a US Label specialized in 80s sounding Hard Rock. I helped in the songwriting, produced and mixed, and it was mastered by Phil Brewster
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently finishing the album of my band The Bateleurs, that I co-write, played bass, produced and mixed, and we'll be sending it to Infrasonic Studios in Nashville for mastering.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I work closely with Marcello, one of the top singers of Soundbetter. He is one of the best musicians I ever had the privilege to work with, and his professionalism is beyond anything I've ever seen. I definitely recommend everyone to work with him. I also work a Lot with Alex VanTrue, another amazing singer and I also recommend him strongly
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I work mainly in digital when I'm mixing and mastering, but tracking wise, it's always better to rely in the analog approach. I do what the project requires, without any kind of prejudice
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I love to provide a service to the customer that makes him/her feel that their vision for the project is totally fulfilled, and I always make sure that they will want to work with me again
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love when someone approaches me with a rough idea and we work together to really bring it to the best form possible. I work much better with other people around me, and the bouncing of ideas back and forth is really the secret to make every song great
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I’d love to have a chance to work with Jay Buchanan of Rival Sons. I think is one of the most talented singers around, and I love his old school vibe
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A bass, a guitar, a soundcard, a laptop and a microphone, and I will be happy writing music the whole time
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: The first time I was hired to produce a project was in the late 90’s, and I worked a lot with local independent labels, mainly in the Metal/Punk genre. Later I started working as a session bass player, and I had the privilege to work with some of the biggest names in the industry of my country. More recently I started to work producing in a more international level, working with labels from the USA and UK
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I love Rock’n’Roll, Blues and the old school approach. I prefer to bet everything on the performance of the musicians instead of studio magic and tricks; I avoid overuse of pitch correction and quantize tools because I believe they tend to suck the life out of the music
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: One of the first things I learned is, most of the times, the pre-production is the key. You can experiment and figure out almost everything in a project and make sure that when you go to the studio to get the final tracks layed down, you can be totally focused on the objectives and not waste time going around in circles
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I mainly work in Rock, Hard Rock, Blues/Rock, but I’m also very comfortable in many genres of Metal and Punk/Hardcore. I’ve done also a lot of Pop-Rock and acoustic pop, and pretty much everything with real instruments played by real people, the new stuff like EDM and hip hop are really not my style
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I work as producer and engineer for more than 20 years, but I’ve been a session musician far longer, and if it’s needed, I can recall all that expertise to really add value to the project, being just helping the musicians involved, or recording parts myself
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Because I’m also a musician, I have skills that can really solve a lot of problems in a project, be them in the arrangement or even in the songwriting process. I try that the client is satisfied 100% of the times
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It depends on my involvement in the project; if I’m producing, I like to do a very throughly pre-production, it really simplifies everything else. If I’m mixing, I try to have the most info possible from the client, his expectations, reference tracks, to be sure we are on the right direction from the start
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work mainly in my home studio, where I use Steinberg Cubase, Focusrite Hardware and Waves plugins; when needed, I have a network of local studios that I hire, for tracking purposes mainly
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I’m a huge fan of David Cobb, his work with Rival Sons and Chris Stapleton is my biggest inspiration nowadays
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I’m a producer and sound engineer, and also session bass and guitar player
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: The most common one is about the delivery times. Everybody always want to see fast results, and I always try to keep up with their expectations, but never compromising the quality of the final result
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The classic phrase “will fix it in the mix” is the biggest lie in music industry
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: The most important is to find out what is the goal of the project, both artistically and commercially
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be sure to have a clear picture of what you’re trying to do with your project. Collect references and try to picture where you’re heading. It’s important to keep focused and avoid wasting precious time chasing for something you don’t know what it is