Valerio Mina

Mixing & Recording Engineer

Valerio Mina on SoundBetter

I do my best everyday, since you are small unsigned artists or top label artists.

I'm Valerio, 1988 class. I started playing music when I was 10.
I got into amateur sound recordings with my first band in my birth city, nearby Agrigento in Sicily.
In 2008 after attending at SAE in Milano, I started practicing as studio assistant in Catania for two years . Then in 2010 I was moving to Palermo were I started working as recording & mixing engineer for a small indipendent label called 800A Records.
Here I get my first international collaboration with JD Foster from Brooklyn Recordings and Ugo Race from Nick Cave and Bad Seeds.
In those years I also graduated in jazz guitar at the Conservatory of music.

In 2016 I was involved with producer Angelo Di Mino in building a recording studio in Milano, planning every single detail, sound phylosophy and equipement: Blackstar Recording Studio, that is the studio were I mostly work for my recordings and my mixes, since 2017 when the studio was opened.
See more at > http://www.blackstarrecordingstudio.com/valerio-mina/

Here I got also the pleasure to work with: Nic Cester from Jet the band - Selton & Malika Ayane - 19’40” - La Rappresentante di Lista - Dimartino - Andrea Poggio... but also with premium engineers like Tommaso Colliva (grammy award with Muse) and Sabino Cannone , Matteo Cantaluppi, Ivan Antonio Rossi...

See our analog setup at > http://www.blackstarrecordingstudio.com/gears/

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

Interview with Valerio Mina

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: Francesco Incandela - Flow vol.1

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Mixing

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Sabino Cannone

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both obviously. But I want an analog desk

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: Not promises but facts.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: Every song I mix it's like a baby for me. I'm feeling part of the creation process. I love to listen the songs after years and rethinking about that moments

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: "This drums track sounds very bad... could you make it sound like bonzo's drums ?" mmm... no, I'm not a wizard

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: I don't know I can answer to this. sorry

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: What is your prospective? What are the references for the final work? What is the dead line? What are the singles? How many tracks do you have? If you have any particular efx tracks plese buonce it and sent it tom as a stem track.

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: Be clear from the start and enjoy

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: A guitar and a gin tonic.

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: 10 years as sound engineer I'm a musician since I was 10.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: ..

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: ..

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: My goal is to bring the artist beyond its possibilities and let explore the song from a different point of view. Generally every artist who need a production, comes into the studio with an idea of finished song but maybe is not too proud of the results. My work is to wash out the exceding grease and to reconstitute an existing equilibrium inside the song.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: I work on everything I can. I love music, not genres.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: patience

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: I try to put in evidence all the good stuff inside: emotions, expression, communications, dynamics, colour

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: I load all the tracks on my Daw and I start listening to the rough mix to get into the mood of the song. Then I do a global check to fix any eventual phase issue or anything else. Now it's time for mixing! My work flow is simple but at the same time very distinctive. I don't really much love "beat detectiveing" any transient on drums or doing too much nerd stuff in the session (except for automations) because I love naturalness and spontaneity. Same for vocals tunings etc, but obviously all depends on the genre. Nothing is better then a good arrangement and a bloody performance!

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: Actually, Mine is a hybrid setup like the ones of most engineers in the world. I love analog desks because each one has a peculiar sound. I love the feeling of the music, the electricity, flowing under my hands. It overwelming me. I turn my tracks using lots of vintage outboards in the studio but I also use plugins and ITB routing to get the sound I want. For example I love Uad suite of course. I don't always do things the same way so I will never start a mix from the same starting point. Sometimes I start from drums, sometimes from vocals and another instrument, sometimes from strings section ... I love mixing strings sections! I don't put a compressor or eq because someone has says that. Every single step on my mixes happens for a specific purpose. After all this amount of things I go to print my LR and a bunch of stems to make sure of the sound I had at the moment and doing any correction after.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: It's very hard to answer this question because each artist has its hard bone. I listening to the music every day, a bunch of music everyday. When I listen to something special I turn up my mind and ask to me how did they get that sound and I try to figure out how can I get that sound with my irons. I love old jazz recordings or big bands, but I also love electronic music or pop. I have no prejudice

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: I mostly do mixes but I also love recording! Sometimes I do assistance for other engineers. It's always a pleasure to work with other professionals.

Terms Of Service

1.Client shall guarantee credits on all supports 2.Advance payment 3.Max 3 revisions /song, calculated as 1+ mix day 4.Sessions delivered as track stems or PT12 session

Gear Highlights
  • Trident 80 LRAB
  • Atc scm25 pro
  • Yamaha ns10 w/ Briston 3b
  • neve 33135
  • Api2500
  • UA 1176
  • ADR 760
  • Focusrite isa110
  • Studer b62
  • Akg bx20E
  • Pro Tools
  • Sound Toys
  • Waves
  • Neumann km54
  • Telefunken Ar51
  • Stc 4038
  • Akg 414eb.
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