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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20 Reviews - 4 Repeat ClientsEndorse Stefano Formato | 4mat0
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!
Stefano is a great engineer and talented producer, and like the best of them, an experienced musician. This makes for a powerful combination of skills and ability, all of which we used on this and other engagements I've had with Stefano - excellent job again!
First time working with Stefano and he exactly nailed the sound I was looking for in the mixing and mastering. Easy communication, fast delivery and above all superb quality! 100% recommended
Stefano completed some top-notch mixing and mastering work with some production and versioning thrown in for good measure on an Industrial Rock song. Stefano has a wide breadth of ability to produce and mix - he can handle a clean acoustic arrangement, a Disney-like production, a dirty and distorted rock piece and more, all with equal finesse. The list is not all inclusive to be sure. Brilliant work. Great service.
Another excellent original full production, mixing&mastering with Stefano!
He's a top notch provider!
His goal is to make his clients 100% happy.
Super professional, creative and quick delivery.
Another great experience with Stefano. Legit musician and producer. Always a pleasure.
Stefano was very professional, skilled and talented. I really enjoyed working with him. He was always available with great communication and timely delivery. I highly recommend Stefano.
Yee Haw, this boy completed a great mix and master of my Country song. It's almost as if he grew up in Texas... or Nashville - great Country sensibilities. I won't hesitate to use him again on any genre of music actually. Excellent work and easy to work through change and requests.
Stefano excelled in creating and completing a very dramatic, modern, orchestral production for a pop song. He always willing to work through iterations and to experiment. Great result!
Stefano completed a great mix/master very quickly. He's easy to work with, creative, very professional and utterly committed to delivering a quality project and meeting client expectations.
My first collaboration with Stefano was amazing.
He provided professional mixing, mastering and production for my original song.
He is a real pro, quick turnaround and easy communication.
I really hope to work again with Stefano.
Stefano did an excellent job of this mixing/mastering session. He was technically on point and very creative in the addition of instruments, effects and successfully creating a compelling overall vibe. Wonderful!
I feel so blessed to live in the same city with Stefano.
I already collaborate with him locally and that's why I choosed him on SoundBetter.
Stefano did a great job mixing&mastering the instrumental version of one of my original songs, starting from rough tracks because I've lost my original project.
Stefano saved me! :)
Two thumbs up!
Consistent producer creating a good relationship
Quality producer and musician, with a plethora of musical knowledge
Stefano is 100% commited to the work he does until the customer is satisfied and he produces work of brilliant quality.
Stefano has a great ear and exceptional technical skills. The combination of those two make him an incredibly valuable and talented engineer. Throw in the fact that he has a very service oriented attitude and the tenacity to stick with the project until it's perfect, and you have all you'll ever need when it comes to mixing and mastering. Wonderful experience. Thank you, Stefano!
Interview with Stefano Formato | 4mat0
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Even though music has many rules, every song should have its own magic.
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: 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'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 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 your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise to my clients is full dedication.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog should sound always better, but today digital industry reached a very top audio quality.
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: 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: 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 do you like most about your job?
A: Freedom and creativity.
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: 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 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: 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'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: 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 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: 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: 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: How would you describe your style?
A: Big, fat and warm: this is how every song should sound.
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.