Awarded by the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) in 2010 and the Music Production and Engineering Department at Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) in 2011, Music Producer and Audio Engineer Nando Costa has been achieving recognition in Brazilian and international scene in the past few years.
I've been offering music production services since 2007. Currently, I've been focusing on mixing and mastering.
If you want to take your music production to another level, I'll be able to help you out. I mix ITB with some analog inserts. I do both analog and digital mastering, stereo or multichannel (quad, 5.0, 5.1 and so on), depending on what you need.
I'm specialized in Pop, Rock and Alternative styles. But open minded to dive into new sounds and explore new soundscapes!
You can check a little of my work here in my profile.
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Interview with Nando Costa Music
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: The only thing I can promise is that they’ll get the best possible product that my ears and my available technology can provide them.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: In 2015, I was honored to produce, record and mix the album "Versão Acústica 5" by the Brazilian artist Emmerson Nogueira. He is a multi-platinum artist and I felt great of being invited to work with him in this project. Besides the musical quality of the work, it’s always good to be involved with people who are challenging themselves as I mentioned before. It was a great professional experience.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I’m always involved in different productions / mixing projects. Some of the recent projects can be heard here on my profile.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Carlos Freitas is a great Brazilian Mastering Engineer. I had the pleasure of working with him a couple of times in different projects. He is really into Brazilian and Latin Music, so you're looking for someone with that profile, I recommend him!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The everyday challenge. Everyday I have something fresh to work on so I never get bored. And even if had the same thing to work everyday, I would find different ways to do the job.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Some young bands always ask things like “well, can you make this album sound like the Foo Fighters album?”. Well, I say “If I become Butch Vig and you get a band like the Foo’s and sing like Dave Ghrol, it’s a good start point to get there haha”. I always try to hear and understand where the artist is starting at and where he is trying to get. If he doesn’t have a nice production, an effective arrangement or the right recording timbers, it’s not possible to make their album sound like the thing they have in mind. Discussing is very important in this business so you can clear out some ideas for the clients.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception in the Music Mixing / Mastering world is still loudness. A lot of young engineers / producers have been working to make the sound louder in the mix / master instead of making the sound balanced and pleasant. In 100% of the cases, those who think that way don’t achieve good results unfortunately. Make your music sound awesome, not loud! That’s why we have SoundBetter!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Usually, I like to find out how the project was done up to that moment and what is the goal they’re trying to achieve. By knowing that, I can quickly guide them to get the best product.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Try to find somebody who acts like a professional above of all. It’s important to hire somebody who is able not only to deliver a good quality product but also to understand the clients’ needs and to help him out to get there.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I’m a musician (guitar player) for over 20 years now, but started to get involved in the Music Production side approximately 10 years ago. Then I got a degree in Music Production / Engineering from Berklee College of Music (Boston, US) in 2012 and have been working full-time since then. I was awarded by the Acoustical Society of America in 2010 and by the Berklee Music Production / Engineering Department in 2011.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I’m definitively modern in terms of concept but the vintage sounds are still the best ones. I’m not afraid of trying different things and I’m not attached to any particular format of sound. Sometimes, we need to create something strange to convey the vibe of the particular song or production.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I believe my strongest skill is the adaptation. Working with music is like being an actor working in different movies. You’re the same actor but you have to get adapted quickly to different stories and scenarios. I do the same because I work with so many different artists in different genres. By the end of the day, you have to translate what the artist have in mind.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I always try to bring my experience and my feelings to the production I’m working on. The first impression is always the most important and I always use it as the trigger to guide me when I’m mixing or mastering.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When I’m mixing, I do all editing process and prep session beforehand. That brings me freedom and focus when it comes to the mix creation itself. Usually, I discuss with the artist / producer ideas that could improve even more their production. Every task I do, I feel it’s part of myself so I always try to get the best at every stage. When I’m mastering, I try to understand the language and the colors of the song or album that is going to be mastered. If needed, I discuss with the producer / mix engineer and even ask him/her for a recall so we can get the most out of it.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Knowing where you have to go, you can go with analog and digital. They're colours.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Having my ears intact, I believe the rest is detail. Audition and creativity are our most important tools.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I’d like to work with so many artists because there’s so much happening out there. I could cite many, but the only thing I can say is that I’d like to work with artists who are able to challenge me.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The tip I can share is: don’t follow rules. If somebody says that to get a nice drums sound you have to compress this much with parallel compression, put a limiter across the bus and use this or that reverb, that doesn’t mean it’ll work for you. So there’s definitively no rules. Sometimes, to get the exact sound you need for the production you have to do nothing other than filtering lows and listening.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I’ve done a little bit of everything in Music, but I can say I’m specialized in Pop, Rock, Rock and Alternative.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a mixing room with a Digidesign Control 24 desk. I work mainly ITB utilizing analog gear as inserts in my mixes and masters. I work with three pairs of different monitors to help me out in all music productions stages (Barefoot Micro Mains 27’s, Yamaha HS 80’s and Avantone Mix Cubes).
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Everyone who is in this industry and tries constantly to take his/her music to another level inspires me. Challenge is the key word for that. I try to take that inspiration to my daily job. People like Dave Ghrol and Manny Marroquin are very good examples of that.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I offer mixing and mastering services.