Recording & Mixing Engineer
"My goal is to make people feel emotion through music." "...strong, intellectual and curiosity, positive can-do attitude, accuracy and attention to details."
Manuel Scaramuzzino is an Italian, London based Recording and Mixing Engineer.
I began studying sound engineering on numerous live stages, absorbing knowledge from experts. I continued my studies in a studio environment throughout specific courses at Synchronia Studio and Teeto Leevio Studio.
Over the years I have worked with and for many artists/companies such as Ice One, Jaka, Gillo, Nukleo, Kabaddu, Ras Tewelde, Il Generale, Mark-One, 2Nice (UK), Kendra, Sista Namely, Marina, Virtus, Keedo Man (outta Pooglia Tribe), Plaza, Marco "Magista" Evangelista, Albatros, Cantieri & Servizi, Caos Film, Edra, just to mention a few.
Currently I'm actively collaborating with Valter Vincenti (Alborosie's guitarrist / Shengen Clan), Norell & The Dub Factory (UK) and Kareem Shabazz (UK).
I have produced many albums, EP, singles and compilations on the clients behalf (bands/singers/labels). I have been collaborating with other recording studios like Synchronia (Rome - IT), Jungle Music (Narni - IT), Groove (Terni - IT) and many more.
I also worked on soundtracks, jingles and dubbing for Radio, Tv and Short Films. Between 2009 and 2013 I was a Sound/AV Technician for several Radio and TV shows broadcasted on the Sky platform.
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Interview with Manuel Scaramuzzino
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I going 100% to improve your music and bring your songs to the next level sonically wise.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: First of all what is their mood related to the song.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My personal path in the music industry stated at the age of 14 ad vinyl collector and then as dj. My career path started at the age of 22 working in the live sound and absorbing knowledge from experienced Sound Engineers. In 2008 I moved into studio and I started to work as Recording and Mixing Engineer.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I love tracks that sound big and dynamic.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm always working on something. At the moment I'm mixing an 8 album EP and few singles.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both of them as both of them have their strengths and weaknesses.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Probably the thing I really love of my job is having contacts with lots musician, singers, songwriters, producers...every one have his/her personality and experience. Everyone is trying to express him/her self through the music. I never stop to learn through them and the artists sensibility.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Sometimes people think that a mix can turn a bad song into a good song, but it's not true. A good mix can definitely improve a bad song and can make sound great a good song.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Check some previous job he/her has done, if you like his/her mixes you know that he/her is the right guy for you.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1 Good treated room 2 Good monitoring system 3 Good EQ 4 Some good songs to mix (without a good song there is notting a Mixing Engineer can do) 5 A cocktail and my girlfriend for the peace state of mind ;)
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Less is more if everything is well arranged and produced.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip hop, Reggae, Dub, EDM, Pop Songwriters/Singers... I also really love to work on Neosoul music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Patient, can-do attitude, motivation, attention to details.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Normally I like to have a chat with the client. I listen to his/her music I evaluate the tracks. I check if some editing needs to be done and I prepare everything to be mixed. I do the mix and once it's done I send some preview for a client review. I'll deal with him/her adjusting details. At the end I will deliver the final mix.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio setup is basically an hybrid setup. I think that nowadays the digital world match exactly what the market needs. Brands like Waves, Slate Digital, Nebula, Soundtoys have done an amazing job with their plug in. But I also strongly believe that the analog world has some sonic characteristics that can't be emulated by plug-ins. That's way I take the advantage of using some analog gear such as TL audio processors, Distressor, Roland Space Echo etc.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mainly mix. I like to say that my goal is to make people feel emotion through music helping bands (producer, songwriters, etc.) to tell their story through their music.