Multi Award winner Recording/Mixing Engineer Producer, Studio Owner.
Grammy winner + 11 nominations.

mixing, editing & production.

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Reviews of Walter Costa

  • When you work with some one like Walter Costa, you know you are gonna get the best results for your music.
    Great mix engineer with great communication, Water is so creative during mix process!
    We worked together in several Brazilian projects with great final results!

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Interview with Walter Costa

Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Slow Motion Bossa Nova, by Celso Fonseca and Ronaldo Bastos. I love this album and love the fact that it is a world wide success. I have listen to songs from this album, all over the globe. I recorded and mixed the whole album.
What are you working on at the moment?
Independent singer/writer alternative rock - Cris Braun, Gospel rock band A Rede and Original Soundtrack for a tv mini serie.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Mastering Engineer Carlos Freitas.
Analog or digital and why?
I could say analog, but only if I have the time and the budget, if not. Digital!
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I'll give it my best. Always.
What do you like most about your job?
listen to the songs in the Radio, or playing on somebody soudsystem, and see people enjoying. Been part of the creative processe that lead to that moment.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Q: How soon? A: Soon enough Q: How much? Q: Not too much, not too little.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That I always can make miracles . Sometimes I can, but not always. :-)
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What is the style. What platform. What are your expectations. What do you think is most important. What is the song about.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Keep a opened mind.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A macbook pro loaded with ProTools and plugins, my UAD2 Octo Satellite, Hafler HA15 headphone amp, Sennheiser HD650 headphones, and a satellite Internet connection.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started playing drums in some Heavy Metal College bands. After that, when I started to record with those band, I felt that I like the production and recording aspect of the thing more rewarding. So, in 1989 I attended Full Sail University and from there I have never stopped working in the music production field.
How would you describe your style?
Clean and punchy.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Peter Gabriel. I guess because I decided to work with music listening to his records.
Can you share one music production tip?
Keep the song flowing. Do not let technical issues get in the way. So, be organised and think ahead.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Pop, Rock, World music
What's your strongest skill?
I go for the unusual whenever I can.
What do you bring to a song?
I have 30+ in the music industries. Great part of that as a mixing engineer. I guess I could say that I bring that. I like to try to give a unique approach to every mix.
What's your typical work process?
First I try to listens to the song as it comes. After this first listening, I try to get to understand every single track, soloing, identifying problems and relationships with other tracks. Then I start to organize the session, in order to get a good workflow during the mixing. From there, I usually go to drums, then lead vocals. After that I just follow the flow of the song. If I can identify a good reference for the song, in style and sound, I might bring it to the mix and listen as I go.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have a production studio in Orlando, Florida, based around a ProTools 12HD , lots of analog and plugin synths; and I have a personal mixing setup, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In my mixing studio. I have a ProTools 10HD3 setup, Genelec and Yamaha, monitors, Euphonixs MC Control surface, hundreds of plugins, UAD2 Satellite.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Bob Clearmountain; Bruce Swedien; Humberto Gatica; Dave Pensado; Chris Lord-Alge; Flood; Trevor Horn;
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I do mostly mixing. Also work as producer.