(Raw) hardstyle producer & DJ from Germany, regularly releasing music through the dutch label "Therscords". Experienced in mixing, sound-designing, audio editing and music production.
I'm active as a music producer for over 5 years and I've always done the mixdowns by myself, learning alot on the way. With multiple successful releases through the dutch label "Theracords" and international performances I reached some of my main goals at an early stage.
Working in the field of electronic dance music the most, I'd be happy to help you out with your mixing needs. Your track does not have to be hardstyle, I'm open to any other genre as well.
Experience in Surround-Sound-Mixing and Sound-Design further developed my mixing techniques. Also editing podcasts and working on advertising music add to my skills.
Every track is different and every track has to be treated that way. This means, that I'll never use presets or premade mixing / mastering chains when I work on your music. I'll focus on your track and on what it needs to give it the quality boost and the mixing it deserves.
I'll alway deliver the final result as 24bit .wav through a dropbox-link for you to take the next step. In case of mixing, I deliver with a headroom of at least 6dB.
For me to make the most out of your music, provide me with the stems (also grouped stems are okay) of your track via DropBox for example. Make sure that you're happy with your track and that the stems are not clipping already. For mastering I NEED 6dB headroom at the least.
I'm looking forward to working with you!
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Interview with Riccardo Fortunato
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I've worked on a remix for Jason Payne that unexpectedly did extremely well. This track brought my sounds to the biggest festival in our scene, Defqon. 1. It also was my very first label release and it climbed up the charts to settle down at the top 12th spot. For me that was a huge success at an early stage.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I recommend you to look around and choose the one person that meets your needs and requirements, be it expertise, price or quality. In the end it's YOUR song and YOU decide who works on it.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I do not add to, delete from or change anything in the arrangement of your music. I strictly focus on mixing and mastering only. So you should be 100% happy with the track you're submitting, as mixing and mastering should be the ultimate last steps just to get the most of the work you've done before.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use KRK's passive studio monitors. They served me well over the years and I trust their quality. In addition to that I use a subwoofer and secondary small speakers. Both systems are connected to one external sound device which allows me to easily switch between only sub or full range for better frequency monitoring on the fly. Although experienced in DAWs like Cubase, Pro Tools and Logic, I tend to choose FL Studio for 90% of my work, only because of workflow-reasons. I don't use hardware when mixing or mastering. I'm 100% Plug-In based. I believe that you can achieve the best results nowadays also through these little babies. Concerning the Plug-Ins I mostly use Waves, FabFilter, Sonnox and iZotope to get the most of the diversity that Plug-Ins allow.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Music, music, music an music. All the time.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Purely digital. Way easier processing chains, more control, all hardware is available as software as well or is emulated, fast forkflow.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is to do my absolute best to give you the result you want and deserve.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Everything. Music production and being an artist has alot of highs and low and alot of work. But I love every aspect of it, the whole package.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Are YOU happy with your song the way it is now? If yes, do you think I can add a quality boost to your song through mixdown or editing? If yes again, I'd be happy to work with you.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Look for people that match your needs and have experience in working in your field of music. Try to learn from them, never give up and keep on going. No output without input.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Studio Monitors, Trusted PC with trusted DAW, a sexy audiointerface, my access virus TI snow.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started out 5 years ago with producing music. Now I've reached alot of my main goals as an artist at an early stage already, constantly improving myself. More to come for sure!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Raw, rough, aggressive, yet clean and concerned about quality.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Delete. He's my idol concerning the music scene I'm active in. His music is so clean and yet so powerful. Witnessing it live turns your lung inside out.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Try to think out of the box. Do things nobody else would dare. Be creative, but always keep quality in mind. Mostly: Experiment to create unique sounds.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hardstyle, Techno
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Music production, sound-design and mixing.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Mixdown to get your song ready for the next step and to give it the quality boost it deserves also before going into mastering.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: At first I'll listen to your track multiple times to get a feeling on how the sound is now and what is missing or what can be improved. I tend to compare it to similar songs as well to get inspired. I'll do multiple attemps on mixing over multiple days to ensure the best result. Afterwards I'll be refining the best version to the maximum quality that I can provide, also including audio editing if allowed by you.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Delete, Luminite, DJ Thera, Warface, Radical Redemption, D-Sturb
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mostly I do mixdowns and masterings for electronic music. Mostly hardstyle, but I'm not limited to that. I've also worked on advertising music, podcasts and mixdowns for movies and films.