I'm a degreed audio engineer, with over a decade of professional experience. Plus, I've been a rap artist and producer for about 20 years so I'm pretty familiar with the genre. I've run my own home studio, worked for a professional studio, and run my own professional studio. You're tracks are gonna sound really good. Mastered for streaming.
Located in San Antonio, Trace offers professional audio engineering with experience in many genres, but specializing in rap, trap and hip hop.
As a Full Sail alumni (2009) and an experienced rap artist and producer, he has a solid skill-set and genre-specific knowledge from many years working on both sides of the studio.
Using industry standard gear and plug-ins, Trace delivers a solid mix and master that hits hard but is well balanced, often adding creative edits or effects to give the track a little extra sauce.
His experience as a rapper has given him an edge because he has a great ear for fixing timing issues, and his experience as a singer gives him a good ear for proper pitch correction.
Trace's work is high quality and very affordable.
He has also worked on many dialogue and voice over projects so if you're looking for help with audio books, podcasts, voice overs or general audio clean up, you're in the right place.
Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.
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Trace is a hardworking , very respectful, and an amazing teacher . He completely understands my vision and wants to help me succeed. I’ve done a little work with him but I honesty felt like I’ve known him for so long. He’s mastered a few tracks and the sound can’t be compared it’s too dope. So dope I’ve chose Trace to master my whole next album because I honestly don’t know anyone who does better work but also because of who and how he is as a person. I highly recommend Trace if you are trying to work hard , move forward , sound dope , and not waste time. Thank you Trace!!!
Trace has THEE best ear when it comes to editing, mixing and mastering! I’ve been going to him for my tracks for about a year now because I know for a fact my music is gonna come back sounding 100%!
Interview with Trace ViVenzio
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I've worked with several artists who got to work in a professional studio for the first time with me, that's a really cool experience because as the engineer. I also helped, with permission from the artists, in a studio producer type role to help them get the best performances in the sound booth. Being able to play a multi-faceted role in the creation of a song, and helping a less experienced artist is always a special thing for me.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Mostly mixing and mastering tracks for hip hop artists
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Oof... umm both. Digital for the convenience. Analog for the realness.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You will play your track on repeat when I'm done with it, and hopefully so will your fans!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to help bring an artist's song from good to great.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you make my song sound similar to another one? Yes, similar, but with my own touch. I'm willing to use it as a reference.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It's just levels.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Who are your top 3 artistic influences? Is there a certain vibe or sound you're going for? Are you open to my creative touch on your song?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Get someone who specializes in the sound/style you're going for.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Mac Pro, Neumann U87, Avalon 737, Apollo Twin X Quad, Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro headphones
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been an artist for 20 years and have had a hands on approach in all aspects of the music creation process. I've been a professional audio engineer (studio and live) for about 11 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Raw, but polished.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: NF. I love his level of creativity.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Saturation is your friend for a dense mix.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rap, hip hop, trap
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I connect with the songs I'm working on to really bring them to life.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Creativity, a good ear for a full mix, and the ability to get the energy of the mix to match the track.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Import and arrange stems, listen to track all the way through to get overall vibe and fix obvious issues, add first layer of effects, listen through and fix timing/pitch issues, gain staging, fine tuning vocals, listen through for creative edits or effects to add to the track, ensure proper balance and output levels for master.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: iMac Pro, ProTools 2020, Avalon 737, Scarlett 4i4, Izotope Advanced Plugins, Waves Horizon Bundle, Kontakt 6 Ultimate
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Tommee Profitt, Kanye West, Eminem, NF, J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller, Joyner Lucas, MGK, Hopsin, Tech N9ne, Lucidious, Witt Lowry, Ekoh, Crypt, Futuristic,
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Editing, mixing and mastering for rap, hip hop and trap. This includes time correction, pitch correction/autotune, breath editing and minor click/pop/noise removal.