My goal is to make the clients feel and enjoy the commitment that I put in my work. I never forget that it's not my music I'm working on, I just have the need to respect the efforts that have already been made. Trust is a gift that has to be earned and I am more than willing to put myself on the line.
I am offering mixing and recording services as well as my experience as an arranger and producer of songs by known and obscure artists.
I am in the business since early nineties, both as a touring and session musician and as a sound engineer, and run a small and efficient recording studio since 2000. I have recorded and mixed music of any kind, from classical string quartet to prog metal. Working on soundtracks for cinema and tv vastly broadened my spectrum and made my skills more flexible and my mind more open.
I incidentally happen to repair tube amps and build guitar fx pedals under the brand NGR.
You can hear some of my work on Netflix (search for "Nero a Metà") and many of the records from Beating Drum label. On Spotify you can check La Elle record, which I recently produced, recorded, mixed and played guitar and bass on.
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
- Piers Faccini
- Max Gazzè
- La Elle
- Nero a metà
- Noi e la Giulia
- Il paradiso delle signore
- Valerio Piccolo
- Ricordati di me
- La casa di famiglia
- Yelli Yelli
- Simone Prattico
- Loro chi?
- Buongiorno Papà
- Tempo instabile con probabili schiarite
- Niccolò Fabi
- Edoardo Bennato
- L'oro di Scampia
- Ragion di Stato
- Il coraggio di vincere
- Pane e Burlesque
- Miami Beach
- Che vuoi che sia
- Beating Drum Records
- Cristina Donà
- Marina Rei
4 ReviewsEndorse Francesco De Nigris
great sound engineer and great musician !!!
Francesco De Nigris is a great musician, producer and sound engineer.
I have worked with him many times entrusting him with the recording and mixing especially of my soundtracks for cinema with excellent results and sometimes very fast times.
Top friend and collaborator for me 🤟🏻
I have hired Francesco as a Recording and Mixing engineer for many of my soundtracks, both for cinema and Tv, spacing in very different styles and genres of music.
He always helped me to quickly reach the final result, which always exceeded my expectations. My special mention goes to the sound of the guitars he reaches, both electric and acoustic, but I have seen him recording and mixing with great results almost everything that makes a sound.
He is also a very good guitarist and sensitive pop/rock arranger to the point that in more that one occasions we ended up co-writing songs together.
Francesco is a wonderful sound engineer and guitar player, with the right musical approach to every situation. Highly recommended 👍👍👍👍!!!
Interview with Francesco De Nigris
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Last year I produced two records, one from La Elle and one from Marco Graziosi. I played all of the guitars and bass, recorded and mixed them. First one is already out (you can look for it on Spotify) while the other is about to be. I am very proud of the result, the arrangements are very simple but at the same time articulate, and I feel that both the records highlight the artist soul and compositions. I am very pleased with the work I have done.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. No medium/small recording studio can survive on analog alone. But I must say that analog instruments have indeed a special quality.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I can promise to put my soul into the work. In my experience that's the one factor that can make a difference.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working with sounds is a wonderful journey, and you never get bored!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "Can bring up the *instrument of choice*?" "Of course!" Second one is "Can you make add more reverb?" "Mmmm, let's try but I feel that's already enough..." Third of course "Can you bring up my voice in the headphones?" "Sure, no problem"
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: "It can be fixed in the mix". That's possibly the biggest misunderstaning in the recording world. No mix can fix a poor recording, that's a true fact that is never made clear enough
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are your expectations? What are your needs? Do you have a rigid timeline?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: My advice is to clean up their DAW sessions as good as they can. Every minute (or hours) I have to spend in order to adjust fades, eliminating clicks, pops, tune vocals or editing is a minute lost to mixing.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started as a professional musician in 1997 as a touring guitar player for Max Gazzè and I have been fiddling with recording and mixing since I was 16. Then in 2000 I built my own recording studio and that's it...
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Working for tv and cinema made me approach many different styles of music, I must be ready for anything that comes at my door.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: The ability to solve problems and keep the pace. With the bonus of a good ear for what is beautiful.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It depends if I am mixing, recording or producing. There's no rigid schedule. It is mainly "go with the flow". The main concern is to make the clients not loose precious time finding the right sound but instead making them stimulate and feed their creativity with the energy of the moment. Always keeping a calm and relaxed attitude. The performer must always feel at ease.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have an hybrid setup consisting of a Protools rig that outputs into an analog summing box and analog outboard gear that I use to record and mix. Monitoring consists in two set of PMC (TB2 and DB1) and a sub (Adam Sub10) on which I totally rely.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly record, mix and produce in my own studio. Mainly for TV and cinema but not rare is music business work. I play guitar and bass too and work as a session musician too.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Nope, new member
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My yellow Stratocaster, my yellow Stratocaster, my yellow Stratocaster, my yellow Stratocaster and my Fender Princeton Reverb amp
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Carmen Consoli, a very good and stylish Italian artist. She's an incredible guitar player and has a powerful voice. I'd love to work with her
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't fall in love with your demos!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My own sensibility, that I nurtured and crafted in more than 20 years doing the job.