David Abrantes

Mixing Engineer

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David Abrantes on SoundBetter

I focus on emotions.

Born in Geneva, I graduated from the SAE Institute and since then I craft my art of mixing everyday.
I waited 2 years before signing up on Soundbetter to be sure I can provide mixes that can compete with records on playlists and charts.

My principal strenght is in my sensitivity. It allows me to feel what a piece of music might need to be at its best and most appealing represantation. It allows me to go find the energies, the details, the automations, the effects or the transitions that elevate a record and enhance the emotions of it.

I can be a creative engineer if I feel the song allows it and if the producer or the artist allows it too. I truly believe in my musicality but my number one goal, and that really is the most important for me, is that the song follows the artist's wishes and intentions.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

5 Reviews

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  1. Review by Elidjha .M
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    by Elidjha .M

    As a singer, we are always looking for creative and committed music workers, especially when it comes to your engineer who has to be perfectionist and passionate by your music to produce a good work.

    I had the chance to collaborate with David on an EP project of 3 songs and what I can tell you guys: my engineer is a warrior !
    In less than a week he made it ; he mixed and mastered all of my songs to a level of a perfection way beyond my expectations.

    David is more than an engineer, he is an artist leaded by music and always pushing himself forward.
    Thank you David...

  2. Review by Taste Gusto
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    This guy is a Genius

  3. Review by Milan
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    by Milan

    This dude is the dopest!
    Mix/ master on point with every thing else.
    Dude is so patient and careful i highly recommend

  4. Review by Milan
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    by Milan

    This dude is the dopest!
    Mix/ master on point with every thing else.
    Dude is so patient and careful i highly recommend

  5. Review by Keon
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    by Keon

    David is the best ! He really work hard to get my song to sound how I imagine and even more. It’s loud, it’s powerful, it’s colorful ! 🔥🔥🔥
    We will definitly work together again ! 🙏🏽

Interview with David Abrantes

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: I work 100% in the box. There are many examples of world class engineers that do the same. It allows flexibility and speed without sacrifing the sound because today, digital tools are spectacular and capable of amazing sounding records.

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

  4. A: To make the kick and bass work there are lot of techniques. One of them is to split the bass in different busses and Sidechain the kick only on the Low Split of the bass. And another one is to (before everything) automate the trim tool on the bass when the kick hits. Make it 1 or 2 db lower before it goes to all of your chains and treatments. (I picked it from an interview of Jaycen Joshua)

  5. Q: How would you describe your style?

  6. A: The word people use the most about my work is ''clean''. My mixes are colorful, intense and punchy.

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

  8. A: I start a mix with proper session organisation and minutious gain staging. I have a Pro Tools template that took me years to achieve with all my chains, all my effects and all the subtilities that make a difference. My template allows me to be fast and efficient.

  9. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  10. A: 2x Amphion One 15's - 1x Avantone Mixcube - Headphones (Airpods, Airpods Pro, Beyerdynamics) - Macbook Pro 15" Late 2019 - UAD Apollo x6 + Apollo Twin Quad + UAD Satellite Quad. I work in the same room for 6 years now which I know perfectly !

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

  12. A: All the albums and projects that I've been involved in. All of them were a pure joy to work on and I'm really proud to be part of such good music.

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

  14. A: The question about the delivering is the most commonly asked. And it depends on the demand I face at the moment.

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

  16. A: There are lots of famous artists I would dream to work with. But I'm really looking forward to bring some of less famous ones at the highests levels of quality. And give them the credibilty (soundwise) to compete with the best in the world. But just for the lack of it, Sade.

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

  18. A: Emotions

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

  20. A: I currently work on mixes by artists from Geneva, Bruxelles and Paris. This platform can help me to touch more international projects and to connect with the artistic community in a more global way.

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

  22. A: I garantee perfectionism, creativity and conscientiousness. The deadlines are on the top of my priorities too. There will not be negativity, I really try to make everybody happy everytime.

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

  24. A: I think the best thing to consider is how the provider will help the music. What taste do you looking for ?

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

  26. A: Laptop, Airpods, Airpods Pro, Amphion One 15's, Apollo X6

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

  28. A: I generally ask them if there is anything I have to know about the conception of the song or the album. What is the idea behind it, the essence of the intention. Then, I ask if there is anything they want particularly and what's their concerns.

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

  30. A: I know mixandmastermysong from youtube. I think he is a very genuine engineer who helped me a few times with his videos.

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

  32. A: There is no misconception so far for me.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: I would say my sensitivity. That allows me to feel what can be improved and enhanced in the song to be at its best represantation possible.

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

  36. A: It's been since 2014 that I work myself to be at where I am in terms of skills (SAE Institute Graduated + seminars, tutorials, forums). But I just put myself in the market in 2018. My evolution is pretty fast and I choose to concentrate myself only on mixing. I don't record anymore, I don't produce anymore. All I do is mixing. And that allowed me to develop specialized skills and reflexes very fast.

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

  38. A: Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop, Raggaeton, Trap

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

  40. A: I had a lot of influences through my life like Sade, Drake, Adele, Dr. Dre, Booba, PNL, Lil Wayne, Kanye West to just name a few. My speciality is R&B ans Hip-Hop so I listen a lot of the new releases everyday to keep me actual and it inspires me everyday. Music in general inspires me and I have to say, I follow more Mixing Engineers like Jaycen Joshua, Mixed By Ali, Serban Ghenea, Manny Marroquin than artists these days.

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

  42. A: I bring my sensitivity and fresh vision to a song. My attention of details is very high and I tend to push the possibilities through his limits and bring it to highest level possible.

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

  44. A: When I mix, I don't limit myself to making corrections and making it sound ok. I make whatever is possible and whatever is needed to bring the song at the highest level possible. To elevate the interest in it and enhance the energies already in there. From the editing of all individual tracks to advanced vocals tuning. I want it perfect, whatever the start material is.

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When I mix, the mastering is free and optional. Advanced Radio Ready Vocal Editing are included in mixing price. Unlimited revisions.
Delivering depends on current demand.

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Gear Highlights
  • Pro Tools 2020
  • UAD Apllo X6
  • UAD Apollo Twin Quad
  • UAD Satellite Quad
  • Avantone Mixcube
  • Amphion One 15's
  • Console 1 (SSL 4000E & SSL 9000K)
  • Faderport
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