Hi! I am an audio engineer specializing in making clean, polished mixes and masters for acoustic and pop/rock genres. I strive to make your music sound great while respecting the original creative contents. I love my job and will wholeheartedly commit to your project until you're fully satisfied.
I will dedicate my time to those who want professional results. My goal is to take your music to the best possible level so you can really be proud of your work!
Mixing is a fundamental stage of the production process. Respecting the recording and the original idea while enhancing the sound and creating a great final product is a difficult balance to strike and this complex sonic alchemy shouldn’t be left in inexperienced hands. Mixing is my passion: I just love to delve into new music and use my expertise to serve my clients’ art. We can discuss your project in order for me to understand the flavor and the destination you want for your song or album.
Mastering is the final, compulsory step that ensures playback optimization across all systems and allows you to reach commercial loudness: it can only be achieved by someone with the right tools, knowledge and experience. Even when you are able to master yourself, it is a good idea to delegate the job to a mastering engineer who has a set of fresh ears on your work. I am working in the box and specializing in mastering for digital media.
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Interview with SoundWise Music Production
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: A lot of people think audio engineers are nerds who only care about electronics, acoustics and gear when in fact most of us came to this career for the love of music just like the artists! Not everybody is creative enough to be able to come up with great songs and some of us are way better at helping creative people turn their ideas into finished products.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Why have you started making music in the first place and what do you want to achieve with your music?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Talk to them and see if you get along well music-wise. Listen to their past work and check if it's good for you. Once you've vetted them based on these criteria, he's probably a good fit.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Desert island meaning no electricity and no company, I would just bring 5 music instruments: a grand piano, a guitar, a drum set, a hand pan and a transverse flute.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have started out being a session keyboard player but was already being interested in the recording and mixing process as much as the playing. I then went on to learn and practice mixing for friends first, then mastering, and finally ended up creating a full-blown dedicated mixing and mastering business.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I strive to keep acoustic music alive while taking advantage of the latest music production technologies and blending in electronic elements to achieve modern sounding music with timeless melodies and harmonies.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Snarky Puppy because they're a bunch of incredible musicians and when the performances and the source sounds are perfect you can really focus on the engineering to achieve an outstanding result.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: With music production tools being easier to access to just anybody, it is easy to fall down the rabbit hole and lose sight of the initial creative idea that made someone write a song. My tip would be to always hold on to that unique emotion or creative impulse that sparkled the song creation, all the way to the final steps of production.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: When I mix I tend to work mostly in pop/rock, rock, jazz & fusion genres. When mastering, I like to work with any genre.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is being able to make a song sound clean and professional.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I strive to make the most out of each song by finding its climax and every ear candy that can be featured in order to enthrall and move the listener.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Whatever the job, I will start by getting to know the artist and his vision, what are their sonic tastes and objectives. Then I will fully engage in a particular project for 2-3 hours at a time and take a break or work on another project in order to keep my ears fresh and avoid getting fooled by too many song repetitions. However, I won't start working on a project until I'm 100% convinced I've done my best.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio is setup for mixing and mastering, it has been designed and treated based on an initial acoustic study, in order to achieve a neutral, full-range monitoring. I work mostly in the box, I am a lot more interested in the final result and the emotional impact of the music than the gear and the shiny things!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: So many! This is far from being exhaustive: Jacob Collier, Snarky Puppy, Scary Pockets, Vulfpeck are the names that come to mind among the contemporary artists.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly focus on mixing and mastering, however I have occasionally extended my services to full production for some specific clients in the past.