Francisco Cristina

Session Drummer & Mixing Eng.

7 Reviews (2 Verified)

I'm very passionate about what I do. I love to create music, either through writing, recording or mixing. I always set myself to create something special and unique. You can expect a lot of hard work, creativity and a strong will to thrive and improve.

I'm currently providing two main services:

DRUM RECORDINGS: I’m a 13-year drummer, with a considerable experience in writing, recording and playing live, and by working on the field of Music Production for the past few years, I've gained a lot of know-how when it comes to recording and getting the right drum sound for mixing. You can expect a lot of creativity, dynamism, musical sensitivity and just a good, full and professional-sounding drum recording. To do that, I have a full equipped and prepared studio, besides a lot of cool and top-notch pieces of gear. I feel comfortable working somewhere between Rock, Punk and Pop. I can either write a drum line for you, keeping in mind any instruction/reference you provide, or I can record a line previously determined by you.

MIXING: A crucial step where the possibilites are endless, and where you truly shape the sound of everything. While mixing, I always try to combine two major aspects: the creative side and the technical side. It's not easy to be creative and create something original, but it's even harder to do that while trying to achieve a technically balanced and good mix, in terms of frequencies and levels. I'm experienced in working with low budget recordings; I've come across a lot of messed up tracks and I've made them work. If that's your case, I'm always up to discuss how much I think I can fix or work around.

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

7 Reviews

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  1. Review by Akbar R.

    Francisco is very easy to work with. He remains focused on understanding the kind of sound you are looking for and is always open to feedback and discussion. His deliveries are always on schedule and he takes you through his thought processes while working on your music. I have utmost regards for his professional conduct.

  2. Review by Anton L.

    It was a pleasure working with Francisco. He was easy to communicate with and did everything he could to meet my expectations. He is also a drummer and can record and mix a drum track from scratch. If you both look in the same direction he can make your mix sound as good as your recorded tracks allow.

    Thank you, Francisco.

  3. Review by Carlos Miguel de Mira Pires

    Francisco... A very talented drummer and musician overall... He worked on my studio as engineer...Great great job, and a very nice guy... He"s also a great producer on his own things.... Conclusion.... A man with a great future ... And a respectable present already.... Not so good like lead singer :-) ...

  4. Review by Orlando Costa

    While he worked on my studio, Francisco's attitude and behavior were impeccable. He has a bright future ahead of him.

  5. Review by Keeley James

    Francisco remixed one of my songs a couple of months ago. He did a great job, I was so impressed! He was really inventive and gave it a complete new twist. I highly recommend him!!

  6. Review by Diogo Corisco Ribeiro

    Francisco Cristina, is the man.
    I worked with this guy for 2 years, it's a great professional, really creative and he plays drums, respect for that!!
    He was the man behind my band productions on 3 different EP's, and just Killed it!

  7. Review by Diogo

    I work with this guys a few months and he his very good, I bet that no one will ever regret to work with him, he is also a great musician!

Interview with Francisco Cristina

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

  2. A: My background comes from being a 13-year drummer. That's how I got into music. A few years ago, after many years of playing live, working and writing with a lot of different projects and recording a few EP's, I finally got my home studio. Since I was now able to do my own recordings and experiments, I figured I needed to learn more about the craft. I took a 3-month course on a professional music studio, where I learned most of the basics and realized how much I liked this world. I frequented a Music Technologies college course (on Lisbon's Superior Music School) and I've also completed the Berklee Online's course "Art of Mixing". I also have a 2-year experience working on a professional music studio (LxPro, in Lisbon), where I worked as a producer and recording engineer. It was there where I gave my first steps in the professional world, gained a lot of experience and was able to work with a few different styles. Despite having a few projects from those 2 years that I'm proud of my contribution and like how they turned out, I decided not to use any of them in my portfolio, since they don't truly reflect my approach and vision, but rather the approach and vision of all people involved. I decided to use instead some of the projects I mixed and mastered on the Berklee's course, since I'm responsible for every decision and aspect on those.

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

  4. A: I've already worked with a considerable range of different styles, from Pop and Pop-Rock to Country (make sure you check my portfolio). I'm also feel very comfortable working with Rock and Punk, because of my personal music taste.

  5. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  6. A: My creativity and need of always try to create something original, refreshing and unpredictable. I truly believe that that's what gives your song a chance to be noticed and leave a mark in whoever listens to it.

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

  8. A: First, I like to focus on the technical side. Listen to every track in detail, look for things to correct or adjust. I always try to be as accurate as possible and spend as much time as needed until I'm happy with every tone and level. Only then, when everything starts to fit together, I start thinking of ways to invigorate the mix, give it something special and make it shine. It's usually a combination of ideas I get from other songs I use as reference and ideas that naturally pop in my head. My main goal is to have strong mixes both technically and creatively, so I'm always dividing my attention between the two sides until everything starts coming together. I'm a perfectionist, so in my mixes there's always room to improvement. The deadlines (which I'm more than determined to meet) and your feedback are going to help me getting faster to the final result.

  9. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  10. A: Digital Mixer: PRESONUS StudioLive 16.0.2 | DAW: STUDIO ONE 3 Professional | Speakers: YAMAHA HS5

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

  12. A: To name some bands (focusing on the music production side): Foo Fighters, Green Day, Bon Jovi, blink-182. To name some producers: Chris Lord-Alge, Jerry Finn, Butch Vig, Rob Cavallo.

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

  14. A: Mixing is the main type of work I've been doing, experimenting with, studying, and the one I most look for doing here in SoundBetter. I also like to master all my mixes, since I see it as the final step of the mixing process, so I also have some considerable experience mastering.

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I was the Drummer and Recording/Mixing/Mastering Engineer in this production

Terms Of Service

For drum recordings, since I make sure we are on the same page before I record anything, there isn't usually a need for revisions. For mixing & mastering, I allow up to 3 revisions.

Gear Highlights
  • GRETSCH Renown Maple | ZILDJIAN Cymbals (A-Custom
  • K-Custom & A Series) | AKG Perception Groove Pack | PRESONUS StudioLive 16.0.2 | TL AUDIO Ivory Series PA-5001 | STUDIO ONE 3 Professional | SLATE DIGITAL Everything Bundle
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