David Abrantes

Mixing Engineer

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David Abrantes on SoundBetter

I serve the quality and the power of details.

I'm not multiplatinum. Not Grammy awarded, I do not have millions of streams behind me. I am 26 though, and at the bottom of patience one finds heaven.

My name is David Abrantes, I'm from Geneva in Switzerland. I graduated from the SAE Institute a year ago and since then, I craft my art of mixing without taking a breath. I waited a year and a half before signing up on a platform like this because I wanted to be sure I can provide mixes that can compete with world class engineers from all around the world.

My principal strenght is in my sensitivity. I have a sensitivity that allows me to feel what a piece of music needs to be appreciated by the most. 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 to a level that you can't really expect.

I am a very creative engineer when I feel the song allows it. In the sense that I can take risks. I can try some things and 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 wish and intention. I'm not here to shine. I want to make the song shine. The music shine. The Art shine.

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

5 Reviews

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  1. Review by Elidjha .M
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    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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    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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    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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    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: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: A few weeks ago I had to mix 3 full songs in one week for an R&B artist (Elidjha .M.) That was because she had an important appointment at a big record label and she would like these 3 songs finished, polished and perfectly mixed in 1 week. I had to make things fast with a world class level of quality. What I did. That was a confirmation that I can adapt, work fast and efficient while staying creative and provide very good work under pressure.

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

  4. 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 and centralised way.

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

  6. 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. That's what I am and that's how I want to live my life.

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

  8. 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 biggest concerns.

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

  10. A: The sound in my ears.

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

  12. A: The question about the delivering is the most commonly asked. And the answer is 10 days or less.

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

  14. A: Misconception from clients ? There is no misconception so far for me. If there is a need to clarify anything, I am disposed to do it with positivity though.

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

  16. A: I think the best thing to consider is how the provider will help the music. What is the sensitivity you are looking for ?

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

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

  19. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  20. A: I work 100% in the box like Andrew Scheps for example and many others world class engineers. It allows me flexibility and speed without sacrifing the sound because today, digital tools are spectacular and capable of amazing sounding records.

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

  22. A: Laptop, Beyerdynamics 770, apollo twin quad, Avantone mixcube and HS7s (The benefit of minimalist setup. You don't need much)

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

  24. A: It's been 6 years 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 about one year ago. My evolution is very 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 lots of skills and reflexes very fast.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: The word people use the most about my work is ''clean''. My mixes are really clean but in an agressive and or a smooth way.

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

  28. 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, I would say Sade. Because it would be very challenging to compete with what she already gave to the world.

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

  30. A: To make the kick and bass work there are lot of techniques like sidehcain compression. 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 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. You'll sound 2 dB louder than everyody just from the beginning. (I picked it from an interview of Jaycen Joshua)

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

  32. A: R&B and Hip Hop

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: I would say my vision. I have a sensitivity that allows me to see what can be improved and enhanced in the song to be competitive with world class records.

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

  36. 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.

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

  38. A: I start a mix with proper session organisation and minutious gain staging. I have a Studio One 4 template that took me years to achieve with all my chains, my self discovered techniques, all my effects and all the subtilities that make a difference. My template is my baby and it allows me to be fast and efficient.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: My studio setup is relatively basic. I work on a Macbook Pro 15" Late 2017 with an UAD Apollo Twin Quad + UAD Satellite Quad. I work in the same room for 6 years now which I know perfectly and I know how to translate my mixes to compete with world class engineers ! I work with a paire of HS7 put horizontally and an unique Avantone Mixcube right in front of me. I use Console 1 from Softube (SSL 9000K) and a Faderport too. It seems limited but I think we live in a time that it is possible now to be competitive with it and the combinaison of these 3 speakers is verry underrated for modern music...

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

  42. A: I had a lot of influences through my life like Sade, Drake, Adele, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem just to name the most famous. 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.

  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. Advanced Radio Ready Vocal Editing + Tuning (Melodyne + Nectar 3) are included in Mixing price. There are 3 revisions per song. Delivering within 10 days or less.

GenresSounds Like
  • Drake
  • Sade
  • Eminem
Gear Highlights
  • Studio One 4
  • UAD Apollo Twin Quad
  • UAD Satellite Quad
  • Avantone Mixcube
  • HS7
  • Console 1 (SSL 4000E & SSL 9000K)
  • Faderport
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