My sole purpose is to serve art. What makes me happy is to work with artists to help them improve the sound of their art so that their message can be delivered more efficiently.
I'm an audio engineer who has been working for roughly 5 years in this field.
During these years i did a lot of mixing, vocal tuning, noise reduction, editing, comping mostly in the Hip-hop, Pop and rock genre both in studio and live, and as a freelance aswell.
Right now i'm working as an assistant to one of the top audio engineers in Italy, exponentially increasing my skills. Here i use top-notch audio equipment to finalize my mixes.
I'm also a musician, i fell in love with this work because of that.
I take music extremely seriously. For me to not give 110% on any work i do means disrespect for the customer but also for music itself.
Any voice deserves to be heard and any message deserves to be delivered at its best. For me this means working on a track until its sound empowers the message of the music.
I would do this job for free if i didn't have to make a living out of something. So if you'd like hit me up, ant let's treat your music the way it deserves to be treated.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
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Interview with Matteo Coppola
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm managing a new label called Gutter corp. at the moment along some partners. Beside that i work as a studio assistant, i do freelance engineering work and some live events
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Why not both?
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The fact that i help art being better
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Good monitors, bad monitors, powerful computer with few good plugins, Analog mix unit, a comfortable chair
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: A producer's job should be to keep an artist away form its/her flaws
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Dedication, knowledge, respect for the art
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: The first things i think when i get a song to work on is "why is this song good? what does make it good? what's making me bang my head or stomp my feet? what is the message of this song?" Once i understand those things i try to enhance them with my work, modeling the sound accordingly.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Once i get the track i import them in the session, name and route them following a standard i made for myself. Then i check if everything is ok with the files i get. I check and edit out unwanted noises o bleeds, then i clean them up further by using iZotope RX if needed. The final mix is then recorded at 96 kHz - 32 Bit depth to capture the details of the music.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: The studio i work in merges the best of the analog and digital worlds. I mix on mostly ProTools or Logic Pro using a powerful machine and the best plugins on the market, but all the mixes are finalized passing through an SSL analog mixer into a Lavry converter (usually with a Manley on SSL comp in between them if needed) where i record the final mix at 96 kHz - 32 Bit depth. There are additional comps and EQs usually involved in the mixing. This allow for easy and quick recalls of the few, good, useful analog machines i have.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I grew up listening to a TON of blues recordings. From all of those people i learned that humans make music because it's a need to communicate feelings, and that is what music is at its core. It does not matter if you are making a huge production with an orchestra and laser beams or if it's just you with your guitar, the two can be just as beautiful and moving. I have a great respect for artists that break the boundaries of the music and innovate while also being very inspired and moved by the need of making music.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing & mastering. And all the things that come along with that. Most people have a "i mix what i get approach". So if the vocals are out of tune, out of time, noisy, distorted and so one it walk an extra mile to fix that issue before even getting started.