Lucas Guterres

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I am a studio owner, audio engineer and musician who works with both local and nationwide artists in my studio in northeast Brazil.

I do mostly recording and mixing here in my studio, and also work as a guitar player in sessions and with local bands.

I'm a Musicians Institute - Los Angeles / Ca graduate, working in a Pro Tools HDX system connected to my SSL AWS 900+ through Aurora Lynx converters.

If you want to mix your songs, let's make it happen. I will do 5 free mixes (1 each artist, subject to approval) to get familiarized with the Soundbetter family. Get in touch!

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Interview with Lucas Guterres

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

  2. A: I was the recording engineer for 2 local artists whom are doing pretty well in their careers. Lorena Nunes (Brazilian Music) and Jonnata Doll & Os Garotos Solventes (Punk Rock). Also did some recordings for Jorge Barcelos and Wesley Safadão. Both are successful artists in Brazil.

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

  4. A: Finishing mixing of a pop-reggae local artist.

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

  6. A: Not that I know, so far.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Hybrid, just because I like to combine the best of both worlds. I like the flexibility of editing in Pro Tools, the countless tools they provide for mixing, as well as tweak my SSL and peripherals buttons. The feeling of moving an analog fader and EQ or compressor certainly will make me do a better job.

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

  10. A: I will be the most professional person they've worked with. I will explain the process. I will treat them respectfully. I will be organized. I will deliver the best product I can. If they don't like it, at least they will not have to deal with any unprofessional cheater.

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

  12. A: Be in constant contact with feeling, emotion, and everything the music provide.

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

  14. A: If it's a recording by hour, many ask when I start to charge, from the time they enter in the studio or from the time I press the recording button. My answer is, of course when they enter in the studio, because that's when I start to work for them.

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

  16. A: Pretty often I see clients whom don't give much importance to the recording process because they think everything can be fixed during mixing.

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

  18. A: - What they want from me - What they expect from their songs - How's their work process as band during shows, rehearsals, composing, etc.. - How they see their band in 5 years - Why they chose me

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

  20. A: Be organized and try to make the best recording of your songs before you send them to the mixing process.

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

  22. A: 1. Laptop 2. Interface 3. Acoustic Guitar 4. Microphone 5. Headphone

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

  24. A: I started my career as a musician, playing piano since I was 5. Then I became a guitar player and about 10 years ago (2007) I started my interest on audio engineering. Went to Musicians Institute in Los Angeles where I graduated in Audio Engineering and opened my studio in Brazil, where I currently record and mix projects here.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: I'm easy going, professional and extremely organized. I try to work in a easy pace, no pressure and keep the best environment possible for the client.

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

  28. A: Every talented and professional artist is great to work with, and I always learn from every single person who comes to my studio, even from bad experiences.

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

  30. A: Try to understand and discover what's the best thing the artist you're working with have, and make him deliver it, instead of ask what you want from them.

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

  32. A: Lots of pop, rock and blues. And brazilian music as well, which will usually mix many different types of styles.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Organization. It's not something technical, but it's the foundation for everything I do in life, and it certainly helps me to do a better job for my clients.

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

  36. A: I try to keep the song as organic as possible, unless the direction the band wants to go is something different (more samples, effects, modern sounds, etc..). It also always depends on the music style I'm working with. Rock songs need big guitars. Blues songs I will go for something more "real", as you were seeing them live on stage.

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

  38. A: It depends on the project. If I do the whole production, I first start working with the band on their arrangements, then we go in search of the sounds, recording, editing, mixing and mastering. I don't usually do mastering by myself. I send the mix to a mastering engineer.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I own a recording studio with 1 control room and 2 live rooms, each one with different sound style. As for equipment, my control room has a SSL AWS 900+, which is - of course - my main desk for recording and mixing, connected to Pro Tools HDX through 2 Aurora Lynx 16 (32 channels total). As for peripherals, I have a Tube Tech LCA2B, Fatso Jr. EL7, UA 2-1176, JDK Audio R-22, to list a few. Tons of effects, guitars, amps, etc... If you want to ask anything specifically, just let me know.

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

  42. A: As an audio engineer, I've been involved in projects and classes with pros like Dan Korneff, Luke Ebbin, Dave Pensado and David Bendeth, whom for sure influenced me as the professional I am today.

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

  44. A: Pretty often I see clients whom don't give much importance to the recording process because they think everything can be fixed during mixing.

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VATZ - Too Hot To Handle

I was the Producer, Recording Engineer, Mixing Engineer, Guitar Player in this production

Gear Highlights
  • SSL AWS 900+
  • Aurora Lynx
  • ProTools HDX
  • Dynaudio
  • Yamaha
  • Adam and Genelec monitors
  • tons of analog peripherals and vintage instruments.
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