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I am a Portuguese mixing and mastering engineer. I began my career in music as a bass player in Valencia, Spain and later moved to Barcelona to study music production and mixing. Hungry for new challenges, I've now established myself in London where I'm currently working with a variety of different artists and genres of music.
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4 ReviewsEndorse De Sousa Mixing
He understands the importance of communication, that's what you get when working with Pedro.. , he is able to breathe new life into tracks by putting some of his own techniques into the mix, if that is what you are looking for... Or like I often do... give specific instructions "I want it to sound like...." Pedro is versatile enough to adapt both of those method and do anything in between! Standard of work is very high. A quality engineer.
There is a certain integrity that is essential when working on artistic projects. Pedro is completely authentic through and through, and really listens and understands - both as a human - and as a producer. I completely endorse his work, and continue to use his services.
Empecé a trabajar con Pedro en mis temas pensando en conceptos equivocados acerca de lo que suponía una mezcla, pero me encantó la visión general que tenía del conjunto y la cantidad de recursos. Ademas aprendí muchísimo trabajando con el.
Los resultados y el duro trabajo se notan.
Pedro is a top guy, and a fantastic mix engineer. He’s very easy to work with, and he listens carefully to your suggestions, caring about your vision for your song, so he can mix it accordingly. Looking forward to working with him again.
Interview with De Sousa Mixing
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I couldn't pick and choose. I'm really proud of all the work I've done. If I don't feel that's going to be case I prefer not to get involved.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working on a singer-songwriter EP that I've co produced and recorded.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I'd like to recommend Jack Galloway. He's an excellent producer and a top guy to work with.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Let's talk! Why not take a spare second to see if there's a musical affinity or a shared artistic vision... It's not always about the gear.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I'd take the bones of my current rig, Apollo X8 with satellite, SSL Fusion, Focal speakers and the Imac.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: It's their record, their vision, my promise is to make sure that vision comes across clearly.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Hybrid setups are the perfect answer to allow enough flexibility to achieve amazing results easily and fast.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Everything! I feel it's a privilege to be able to listen some parts of the arrangement on isolation, something that usually the fans don't always get to do.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Should I bounce the FX I'm using on the different instruments/vocals when preparing the stems to send you? If you feel it's part of the performance and it's key to the vibe of the song, then yes, DO IT!! We can always go back to a clean version if it doesn't work.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Fixing. At the mixing stage we shouldn't be battling with sloppy performances. Great performances will lead to fantastic mixes.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Where do you feel your song is currently at vibe wise.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Not a straight line at all... Went from playing an instrument to fall in love with production and songwriting to ultimately discover the joy of mixing as that allowed me to work with different genres at the same time. I've been doing this for 10 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Reactive! In the sense that I'll react to the song and that will lead me to move forward with my process.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I have a soft spot for up and coming artists... Specially when you can feel that fire in their eyes!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't be afraid to commit to a sound. It's easy to fall into the trap of "I'll fix that later", so my advice is if what you are hearing excites you just track it and move forward.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: It changes quite a lot... From metal to electronic back to indie pop and then to country music. I love lots of different genres of music and feel comfortable jumping around. To be honest, if I resonate with the artist that's the most important thing for me.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Listening and reacting to the arrangement making sure the artist's intention gets enhanced through the mixing process.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: It really depends on the song... The song will tell you where it needs to go and you make sure it arrives safely to that destination.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: After receiving the individual tracks and have them on a session I'll start listening to the arrangement and taking some mental notes. I'll drop some markers on the session so I can quickly navigate the arrangement and this helps me understand how the energy of the track is evolving. Then colour code the session to my particular taste, gainstaging, routing, check how the master bus is reacting and it's go time for mixing.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My setup is mostly in the box relying on some selected hardware bits to add colour and flavour. I think hybrid setups like this offer quite a lot of flexibility and ease of use. I use an Apollo X8 with an SSL FUSION and BLA Seventeen compression. Extra processing power from 2 OCTO UAD satellites and finally I listen everything back through some lovely FOCAL SHAPE 65.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The list is too long and constantly changes but the common trait are people who put attention to the little details and still never distract you from the song.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly do remote mixing and occasionally mastering. The clients send me their raw tracks or stems with instructions and then is all systems go. With electronic music I sometimes work with the Logic session as well.