Francisco Rios

Sound Designer - Composer

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Sound Designer – Composer with an audible tendency towards sonic exploration. For me, hard work, experience and research shape an ideal equation that leads to a great performance.

More than 8 years of experience in audio post-production.
Passionate about sound modelling, transformation and creation.
Music and post-production mixing engineer.

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Interview with Francisco Rios

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

  2. A: I work quite often with a company based in the Netherlands. I've had the privilege to work on 3 of their biggest projects as the composer and sound designer. Amazing people and very passionate about their work. Simply inspiring.

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

  4. A: Sound design for an app Music for animation Mixing amazing cues

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

  6. A: If you're looking for outstanding drums for your track and a great composer for visual media, check out Chris Leidhecker's work: https://soundbetter.com/profiles/122273-chris-leidhecker

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both. They are tools to enhance the main idea, there's no reason for restricting yourself. Experiment! :)

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

  10. A: Work until we get what they're looking for

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

  12. A: Learning from the projects and the people behind them.

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

  14. A: Can you deliver it by tomorrow night? Probably but just keep in mind that quality requires time.

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

  16. A: Let's use an analogy for this one: I can't give you a piece of freshly baked bread if you gave me a toasted slice.

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

  18. A: Ideas for the project, references, if there's a tight deadline and of course, budget.

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

  20. A: Check out their previous work and contact them to see if you feel comfortable with their vision and workflow.

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

  22. A: iPod Classic (240Gb) Good headphones A piano A guitar Paper - pencil

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

  24. A: I've been working in the audio industry for 10 years. I started as a roadie for rock/pop/funk bands and then moved to FOH, then moved to studio mixing and sound design. Music composition has been always part of my life so, I decided to focus on that a bit more.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: I like to perceive sound as a whole entity, and I'm quite aware of its power, hence, I try to understand the needs of each project and work hard to deliver the best possible outcome

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

  28. A: Ólafur Arnalds He's my spirit animal :)

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

  30. A: Spend more time on the orchestration/composition and you'll spend less time on the mix

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

  32. A: Music for film and advertising Orchestral/Hybrid scores

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Sound Desing Music composition Mixing

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

  36. A: Whatever is needed

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

  38. A: Understanding the needs of the project. Checking some references (art can be quite broad) Start working on it Delivering the first mix Working on revisions if needed

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I've been travelling a lot for the past 2-3 years so, I try to keep it as minimal and easy-to-travel-with as possible. Daws: Pro Tools and Logic. Software: Soundtoys, Slate Digital and waves Hardware: Yamaha HS8, Genelec 8010, IK Multimedia iLoud, Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro, Audiotechnica M50

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

  42. A: This list would be a whole Thesis about people who inspire me. I think it's easier to describe what inspires me the most: hard work, perseverance, fresh ideas, delicate sounds, and dedication.

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

  44. A: Sound design/mix for advertising, apps, motion graphics, animation, short films and documentaries. Music for visual media Mixing music and film music

Terms Of Service

Send me a message, We'll discuss the details of the project to set a style, deadline and rates. Quick turnaround if needed. I'm quite open to revisions.

GenresSounds Like
  • Ólafur Arnalds
  • Jóhann Jóhannsson
  • Ludovico Einaudi
Gear Highlights
  • Yamaha Hs8
  • BY DT-990 Pro
  • Pr Tools 12
  • Focusrite Clarette
  • JBL
  • Mac
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