Mixing Engineer based in New York with experience working in large format consoles and In The Box. If you want personalized care to get your perfect mix at a reasonable price I am your guy!
From small home recordings to orchestral ensembles, Diego has worked in a broad variety of settings. After graduating from his Master’s at Berklee College of Music he moved to New York, where he started working at studios such as Dubway Studios and Sear Sound. As an engineer he has had the pleasure of working with artists such as Shawn Lucas, Nath Bravo, Carla Harris, Dave Soldier, Joshua Charles Harris, Mikki Hommel and Kendall Thomas to name a few. He has also taken part as an assistant engineer in sessions for Corey Wong, Nate Smith, Jon Batiste, Connie Han, Bill Wysaske, Billy Stein, Tootsie (soundtrack), ABC TV, Rhumba...
My workflow involves working in the box with sometimes using an external summing buss. I have come to love working in Digital just because of its flexibility, which you can approximate to sound like Analog but also get the great advantage of instant recall.
Feel free to read the interview section to get a more in depth view of my workflow or feel free to ask me any question you may have regarding the process!
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9 ReviewsEndorse Diego Demarco
Diego is an amazing mixing and mastering engineer. I had the chance to work alongside him for almost a year and I can assure you he is the best option for your audio production needs. He is really knowledgeable about analog and digital set ups, has a great ear for detail and has a great attitude in the studio. I can't recommend him enough.
Top Notch quality, Highly professional, Creative mindset and meets deadlines. I've had the opportunity to work with Deigo on a track that i remixed and i was surprised by the quality of output! I highly recommend working with Diego!
I've had the amazing opportunity of working with Diego for quite some time and let me tell you, this guy is very professional! He communicates very well so you won't be left out in the dark about anything. Diego has a great ear for music and mixing and I think he's on his way of being one of the industry's most sought after engineer. Definitely my top recommendation to anyone!
A very creative, hardworking and bright soul
I met Diego through the music scene in NYC: he happened to be a very responsive and purposeful being, gifts that are rarely found in an individual. Supportive, open, responsable and very intelligent human, never loosing that sparkling light of his own personality and taste, he will always try his best to bring the best of your perspective, yet, you can trust that he will be honest with his opinion and proposals.
Very high recommended if you're looking for someone with great knowledge, great spirit and amazing ear and vision.
Diego, is a super Pro.
Very communicative and easy to talk to. He has a fine tuned ear and an immense grasp on technologies ranging from vintage to the latest and greatest.
He works as an engineer in my studio and I wouldn't have anything but stellar pros working with me.
I’ve been working with Diego for a while now, and I have to say that beyond his outstanding professionalism and knowledge in Sound Design, he has such a pleasant attitude and is very supportive and generous in his work. I also noticed he had a lot of experience in what he does, and he is extremely passionate about his work as well. He is thorough, precise, and flexible so I believe he can adjust himself to any project really. Safe to say, if you’re looking for a mixing engineer/sound designer - he’s your guy.
Professional attitude, quick turnarounds, and high-quality work. Diego will make your song go from basic to pro, and he is knowledgable in the studio. I highly recommend Diego for your project!
Very talented engineer. Diego was able to isolate and remove problematic frequencies throughout my mix. His work on vocal mixing is unparalleled. Diego was easy to communicate with, and open to feedback or requests I had. I highly recommend Diego as an engineer.
One of the best recording and mixing engineer that I have ever worked with. Diego is very precise and efficient while setting up while being very open to suggestions. He is experienced with using different microphones and always make decisions based on the artist's vision.
Diego's mixing skills are just unparalleled. His creative and bold approach always brings the mix to a higher level. The way he treats vocals are just godly. At moments when you do not quite know how to express your vision, he just gets it! Sometimes, all I needed to do is to send him my reference tracks and it's done!
Interview with Diego Demarco
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Do not judge a book for its cover. If you like what to hear give it a chance and ask questions if you need to, we are here to help!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: We are not gonna stop tweaking until is perfect. I love feedback, the more detail the better!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That to get a great mix you need a lot of processing. Mixing is about listening and making the right calls.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Getting to listen to amazing records and watching them develop from an initial idea to a full ready to release song.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work I do is mixing records. Sometimes I am also requested to edit the audio and tune vocals, but that is something that the producers tends to want to do on its own.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am really inspired by the work of Andrew Scheps, Joe Chiccarelli, Jack Joseph Puig and many more.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a room sound proof from the ground up. My main monitors are Focal Alpha 65, EVE Audio SC205 and I compliment them with a subwoofer. I mainly use software for my mixing, using UAD, Softube, Waves, Steven Slate and a couple more secret ones! I also have API 550s EQ and a SPX90, but I like to keep it ITB to have more flexibility so when you have a revision we can come back to the EXACT same version and tweak from there.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Listening and translating abstract ideas into specific sounds.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: If I am asked to put some of my style on a mix it would be "funky rock with character, topped of with a sparkle of saturation". If I am asked to just make a great balanced mix I am pretty transparent.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Focal Speakers, Izotope Trash2, FabFilter Pro Q3, Neve 33609 and Chandler MiniRack.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I will probably take day just to listen to the song and fit it inside my template, making sure everything is routed correctly and swapping plugins depending on what I think would work. The next day I open up the project fully ready to start and work on it until I get a version I am pretty happy with, which would be 90% done. I tend to deliver that version to the client, and get feedback in order to finish up the remaining 10% tweaking to his taste.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Depends. Sometimes a lot or sometimes nothing, depending on the clients request. I can mix to translate enhance the performance as "pristine" as possible; or I can mix to give it a bit more character. When the client does not know what to do, I use my years of experience mixing music to make an assessment.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, Pop, Indie and Singer Songwriter music.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always make sure you are happy with the performance and the sound of the instruments before even thinking of putting a microphone up.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Foo Fighters. I love the music and fitting together so many instruments in a mix is hard but always satisfying to do.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: This has been my only career. It has been professionally 6 years, but I have been doing it a hobby for around 13 years.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is the concept of the record and band? Do you have any references from which you want to feed on sonically? Do you want anything specific from the mix?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital because of the recall. Analog and Digital sound different, and it is possible to approximante a Digital mix to an Analog but not the other way around.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: If I know someone better for the job I would certainly point to him/her. Every record deserves the very best and if I am not it, I am honest enough to bring it up with the client.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Changes day to day. I work with two commercial studios and a smaller indie recording studio in New York so everyday is a new adventure.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Once I was in charge of recording a 20 piece ensemble in a fairly small size studio. Instead of fighting the bleed, I embraced it, making sure I had some close mic isolated tracks of elements such as vocal and drums. I think it sounded great, everyone was happy and we had a lot of fun. Perfect session!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Do you use Analog or Digital? I use Digital because of the recall capabilities.