Max Scenna

Mix & Mastering

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Profesional, dedicated and passionate audio engineer and producer. Received the Latin-Grammy Music Award a Recording & Mixing engineer for the project Buenos Aires "Dias y Noches de Tango" in 2008. Endorsed by Universal Audio Argentina

Max Scenna is an Argentinean Audio Engineer and Producer. After 15 years of hard work with various of the most remarkable artists of Buenos Aires' Rock/Pop scene decided to move to Madrid. Started with 19 years old as an assistant at the disappeared Mr Master (the most important Mastering Studio at that time in Buenos Aires). Later it became Puro Mastering, were he continued to work for many years as a Senior Mastering Engineer. During those years he started engineering recording and mixing session too.
Some of the most remarkable artist he´s had the privilege to collaborate with are: Shakira, Soda Stereo, Ratones Paranoicos, Lisandro Aristimuño, Los Pericos, Living Color, Massacre, El Mato un Policia Motorizado, Fabiana Cantilo

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Interview with Max Scenna

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

  2. A: When mixing the first thing I do is take a good listen to what's been sent to me. Then I recognise the most important elements and make a rough mix around them. Once that is done I spend around 10 to 14 hours mixing the track, depending on the magnitud of it.

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

  4. A: As a mixing engineer the most inspiring for me is Tchad Blake. I also find Nigel Goldrich's work quite breathtaking

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

  6. A: The last record I made at Abbey Road's Studio 2 with Feli Colina and her band (2018) is one of the recording I feel most proud of.

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

  8. A: Just finished producing, recording & mixing "Los Telepaticos" new EP. They are a local band from Madrid. Most of the musicians of the band were born in Uruguay. They are doing very well in the local scene.

  9. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  10. A: Both. I love to work the mix ITB and the Stereo Bus Analog. For Mastering I use an hybrid configuration too.

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

  12. A: Happiness and lovely sound

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

  14. A: That I enjoy it very much and it keeps me creative.

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

  16. A: One thing I get asked a lot is about possible revisions on mixes and mastering and I always tell them that the jobs is finished when the are happy with the result.

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

  18. A: You work with the material you are provided with. That sets a threshold by itself. That is very important to understand. Pretending to get somewhere the original material can't go can be dangerous.

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

  20. A: How happy they are with what they've done so far

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

  22. A: I will always be 100% honest with what I'm hearing and what I think we can get out of it.

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

  24. A: SM7, 1073, Distressor, SSL Stereo Bus Comp, PMC monitors =)

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

  26. A: I started when I was 19 as an assistant at the most importan Mastering Studios in Buenos Aires at that time. From there I started with my fist recording and mixing sessions. I'm 35 now it been quit a ride already.

  27. Q: How would you describe your style?

  28. A: I like to work with the main elements of the song, always try to keep space for the important thing.

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

  30. A: Artic Monkeys, I just like they way they conceive their music. Pure concept

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

  32. A: Music is energy, try to keep it as real as you can

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

  34. A: Rock & Pop mainly. But I've done many thing in different styles

  35. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  36. A: Definitely Mixing and Mastering

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

  38. A: Power and depth

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: As I'm endorsed by Universal Audio Argentina, I use mainly their plug-ins. I also have como custom built analog master section for my Stereo Bus

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

  42. A: What I do more often is mixing and mastering. I rather not master the tracks I've already mixed.

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