2016 - ... Online course in Audio Engineering started at HOFA-College Since 2012 recording, mixing and mastering mainly for friends and collegues. 1997 Master of Fine Arts on guitar and composition Since 1991 teaching classical guitar, uke, electric guitar and music theory
I mainly offer mixing and mastering services at introductional prices, since I'm still developping my skills in audio engineering.
Four years ago I've been asked to record, mix, master and burn some songs for a friend of mine on CD. This ignited in me the passion for audio engineering and all related facets.
During the following months and years I discovered, that to record on a regular basis wouldn't be possible inside my own apartment - not enough place. Thus, I concentrate on mixing and mastering of recorded music.
So far I mixed music of these styles
- acoustic worship (with recording and mastering)
- singer songwriter (mixing, mastering)
- latin (mixing, mastering)
- blues (mixing, mastering)
So, if you are looking for a cheap but serious mixing or mastering work, do not
hesitate to contact me.
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Interview with Antonio Costa
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mainly I record, mix and master songs of my students and colleagues.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Warren Huart, Dave Pensado, Graham Cochrane, Andrew Scheps.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Hardware: - MacBook Pro (2015) - Studio Live 16.0.2 as interface - Roland DS-90 Powered Monitor (2x) - Sennheiser HD650 Headphones Software: - StudioOne 4.x - Plug-ins from McDSP, Waves, FabFilter and HOFA
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Since I am still in training, I am happy about every opportunity that arises to improve my skills. If I don't have to record the songs myself, then I go the classical way: - import - leveling - edit, if necessary - improve where necessary - limiting - mastering
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Since I have a very broad experience in music interpretation and performance, I can help the musicians to get the best out of them.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Accuracy and patience.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Singer-Songwriter Small bands
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: No, not yet!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: There is no preferred artist yet.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Difficult to say, since I'm still forming my skills.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: After high school: - Studied music (guitar, piano and composition) at the Winterthur Conservatory (CH), Bachelor and Master in Musical Performance (1991 - 1997). - Teaches at various music schools in Switzerland (1991 - today). - Concerts at home and abroad (1991 - 1998) - Sound engineering online study at the HOFA-College (2016 - 2021)
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: MacBookPro, Sennheiser HD650, Audient ID4 - as I mix mainly in-the-box.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I'm still learning.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: - By when should the product be delivered? - Is it ok that I am still in training? - For which channels should the music be provided? - What should it sound like? Reference recordings.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: None - not yet ;-)
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: None, since I had not enough customers so far.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The teamwork.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I am reliable and try with all my means and my knowledge to reach the desired goals.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital only (in-the-box) since I don't have no specific room yet.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: No, unfortunately I don't know anybody on SoundBetter.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Mixing tracks for final PRO-course examination at HOFA-College.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: no project that is worth of mentioning so far.