Hello there! My name is Stefano from Italy. I've been working as pro mixing and mastering engineer for almost 13 years. My main goal is to achieve the best possible sound character for your songs. I won't stop until we are not 100% satisfied.
I graduated with a Bachelor and Master of Music in Music Production and Engineering Conservatory of Music.
My mixing-approach: I listen to your song several times, I formulate a plan for creating the best possible product, and then I execute. Finally, I deliver a beautifully optimized version of your song to you.
My production-approach: My goal is to focus on the artist's feature, trying to build his unique sound, always keeping an ear close to the mainstream trend aiming to a radio-ready production.
My services are:
FULL MUSIC PRODUCTION:
I work in many styles and genres with top-notch radio ready quality.
Pop, Rock, Soft Rock, EDM, Hip Hop, R&B, Trance, Deep House and more!
MIXING & MASTERING
I'm Apple Certified Pro Logic Pro X and AvidProTools 201 Certified.
Just send me a rough mix/demo of your song and a reference track.
Please also send me all your clean&dry tracks.
Feel free to share your Logic or Pro Tools projects if you prefer.
I can also deliver the following services:
RE-AMP with FRACTAL AXE FX 2 (Electric Guitars or Bass), vocal tuning, time editing, ...
Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.
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36 Reviews - 5 Repeat ClientsEndorse Stefano Formato | 4mat0
Stefano did an amazing job mixing and mastering my new song! He made my song sound great! Incredible engineer, producer, easy to work with. I can't wait to work with him on another song.
Excellent work as usual from Stefano. We worked out some kinks with our session drummer's recording setup in the last project, so this one went by super fast. And the few new issues that came up as a result of our band's recordings / track arrangement, Stefano sorted out quickly for us.
Stefano is a top notch mix engineer, musician and producer.
He is super kind and professional and he will share his vision in order to get the best from your song.
Thanks again for being amazing!
Great as always; super committed to making sure everything sounds great and the details are all perfect. Check our other reviews - will happily keep working with Stefano!
Same as the last 5 times we worked with Stefano - quick, solid musical sense, great collaboration. Definitely recommend.
Stefano is an amazing musician and also a great person. It was such a pleasure working with him and I would highly recommend him. Thanks for the wonderful work my friend!
Just finished the fifth and final song off our first EP with Stefano. As with the previous four, everything went smoothly, and he was especially patient and supportive as we fired little tweaks here and there at him. If / when we're ready to mix more songs, he'll be the first person we look to!
I was referred to Stefano for mixing and mastering, and I could not be more pleased with how the final track turned out. It's difficult enough to record an acoustic instrument, but to mix together all the microphone inputs in a way that sounds organic--as if it were being played right in front of you--is incredible. I could not recommend him enough; you won't be disappointed.
Fourth song in a row with Stefano; went great as usual. He remodeled our lead guitar piece a bit based on a DI track as we asked, and it sounded spot on. One more coming up to close out our first release!
Fantastic, quick, and patient work as usual on our third song from Stefano. We'll definitely have more for him.
Our second song in a row with Stefano, and just as smooth as the first. We're putting together a rock EP but wanted to include a more EDM-style song. Stefano took our basic recordings / sketch and applied just the right amount of added production effects and drum tweaks to make the song really pop. Now we can play it on a rock stage OR in da club! :)
4mat0 did an excellent job with my rock song production. I was not sure whether the song could be produced in a rock style, but 4mat0 made it all possible! I am looking to produce more rock songs and I think 4mat0 will be my new go-to producer. Definitely recommend!
We connected with Stefano looking for an experienced rock engineer with a solid sound and who worked with Logic, because as first timers, we've been working in GarageBand and wanted to make the transfers easy. Stefano fit the bill perfectly - ask him for some of his Spotify examples, they sound great! He took our first song and really amped up its punch and presence through some creative mixing and mastering. The process was painless - some messages, a couple video chats, and then the revisions we needed. Now we're starting on a bunch more!
Professional with great communication & sense of sound, Stefano has improved the quality of my song! Strongly recommend!!!
Stefano is an Excellent professional! He continuously shared with me every steps of his work . He is very able to realize my musical needs . His knowledge of softwares is amazing and combinated with an excellent awareness using real and electronic instruments.
Thank You Stefano!
I surely will collaborate with you again!
Stefano is an excellent professional, always ready to meet customer needs, very flexible during his creative and technical workflow and always ready to share his inputs to bring the production to the next level.
Thank You Stefano!
I hope to work again with you!
I love to work with Stefano because his experience was very helpful in my very first production. He likes to give creative input and not just following directions... And he's not afraid of walking back on his steps if I don't feel the same way about something. He doesn’t sleep at night to find what is that doesn’t make my music sound good and which solution to use to perfect the sound of my songs.
Once again, great quaility and reliability in what he does. Highly recommend
Pardon my French, but when I heard Stefano's proposed production idea for my new Pop song, I said "WTF?"... in a good way. He brought such and unanticipated and unique sound to the song that I just had to make it the Stefano way. What a great and dedicated talent! Thank you, Stefano.
Been Working with Stefano for a while, very consistant work and understands how the artist works. I recommend!
Interview with Stefano Formato | 4mat0
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Since I was a child I used to play the guitar and I loved rock bands. I've studied as sound engineer at the conservatory and as soon as I started working on mix and music production, I realized how much my musician soul was important.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Big, fat and warm: this is how every song should sound.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Guitar, mic and laptop, beside food and still water :)
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with an emerging band and contribuite to their growth.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Where I live I'm considered a point of reference for Rock music. I'm also involved in many other genres like: Blues, Folk / Acoustic, Heavy Rock, Pop, Pop-Rock, EDM, Jazz, R&B, Singer-Songwriter...
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I will approach your song as if it would be mine. My clients appreciate my patience and self-denial. I won't give up until we'll be 100% satisfied.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I use Logic Pro X for the productions and I'm used to complete the job with Pro Tools.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work in the box most of the time. I love experimenting and trying to enrich the sound with effects and external hardwares.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I grew up listening to The Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd etc... I loved the glam-rock period and the 2000 rock productions.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Beside Mixing & Mastering, I love to contribute to the sound character of your song.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Before start working on your project, I will listen your rough mix and the reference track, until I figure it out the best path to achieve the best sound for your track.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Freedom and creativity.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Despite I've been working with big names, I'm especially proud for my customer-oriented sound research.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm always fully involved on many projects. But I can't wait to start working on your Rock project here on SoundBetter!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I started my SoundBetter journey thanks to my dear friend Emilio Lanza, the greatest acoustic guitar premium provider on this platform, of course :)
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog should sound always better, but today digital industry reached a very top audio quality.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise to my clients is full dedication.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Usually one of the most important thing for the customers is the deadline. I will do my best to complete our job within the allowed time.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Work time is not related with song length or tracks number as many people think. Sometimes it could be easier or harder, anyway I will spend the necessary time for each song.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I usually ask to prospective clients how they would their song sound like, maybe with the help of some reference tracks.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have a listen to my audio reel, trying to imagine how your song could sound.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Even though music has many rules, every song should have its own magic.