Hi, I'm Francesco Brini and i run Spectrum Mastering & Vinyl a dedicated mastering studio based in the center of Bologna, Italy. i've been mastering full time since 2010 and my credits includes Cassius, Pharrell, Swayzak, Mathew Jonson, Apparat and Lo Stato Sociale among others.

The room has been designed for optimal acoustic performance, monitoring is provided by a wonderful pair of B&W 801 matrix s3 powered by a transparent yet powerful Chord amp.
The purest conversion is provided trough the industry standard Lynx Hilo giving flawless integration with high end analog and digital gear.

Audio restoration from digital files, vinyl or tape is provided trough Izotope RX5

We're happy to work remotely as well as offering attended sessions at no cost difference.

My credits include

Gear highlights

  • B&W 801 Matris s3
  • Chord Spm 400
  • Nos McONE
  • Custom Mastering Consolle
  • Lynx Hilo
  • Cranesong IBIS Eq (modified)
  • Pendulum OCL-2 (Modified)
  • A Design EM-EQ2
  • FCS PS3 class A
  • Dangerous BAX
  • Revox B77
  • Cutting LAthe
  • Sennehzier Hd 600

Genres I specialize in

Reviews of Spectrum Mastering & Vinyl

  • Default-avatar21 days agoby Verified Review

    Really good result and fun to work with this guy. Two thumbs up.

  • Default-avatar3 months agoby

    Francesco did a great job. Communication was really professional and uncomplicated. Two thumbs up for this man. He knows what he is doing. Big recommendation. - Sprottendisko 2016

  • Default-avatar4 months agoby

    Francesco at Spectrum Mastering did phenomenal work mastering my debut album. He helped me refine the mixes, and as result really took the project to a WAY BETTER level while remaining patient and professional during the entire process. I recommend Spectrum Mastering to anyone that needs mastering work!! - 13 Kings 2016

  • Default-avatar5 months agoby

    Francesco Brini has mastered all albums of my band Lo Stato Sociale.
    He has always done an excellent job both for electronic and acoustic tracks.
    The guy is more than versatile.
    I would doubtlessly vouch for him!

    Enrico Roberto-2016

  • Default-avatar5 months agoby

    Francesco is a top class mastering engineer and has the "golden ears" and a light touch. You will not be disappointed! - Jeff Jones 2016

  • Default-avatar5 months agoby

    My experience with this Mastering Studio is excellent, great professionalism and excellent service,I am so happy and recommended it to everyone !

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Interview with Spectrum Mastering & Vinyl

Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
most times is a small name that just makes good music, i have to say that the house producers in my own town are really nailing it at the moment.
What are you working on at the moment?
just finished to master, a rmx for the new Cassius album
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
i mostly use the platform to find a recording studio when i'm on the road, so my suggestion can only be geolocated
Analog or digital and why?
both, because each does one thing the other can't
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
i'll work my A@# to make it good
What do you like most about your job?
Music
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
a fresh pair of hears, if the song list is good, if i like the music, and most people still want it as loud as possible. a lot of people want to use tape even when inappropriate.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
we will fix it in the mastering,
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What's the background of the project, who produced it, who mixed it, delivery format, what is the single and if there is one, if he is self financing or he is backed by a label, anything that can help technically
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Get in touch, let's talk about your project, i'm 100% confident we can nail it
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
my 2 hears, electricity to run whatever setup i'll be able to assemble, sunglasses and sun cream
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
i was born drummer, toured the world multiple times, i always been producing music, been it mine or other bands, made a couple of number 1 producing lo Stato Sociale here in Italy, one day i went to a master one of my album at the exchange with the great Mike Marsh, i had to go home and learn everything i coould about mastering, studied / practiced for 2 years, mastered friends music in my mixing room to the point i couldn't bare the limits of the room / setup anymore, i built my room and installed the setup 6 years ago and never looked back
How would you describe your style?
Mastering and style in the same sentence sound odd to me, i can say that i'm really good at making a track dance.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
tough... Tony Allen? because he has the best groove ever!
Can you share one music production tip?
Keep it simple
What type of music do you usually work on?
Any genere, but last year i made a lot of house and techno for vinyl
What's your strongest skill?
listening
What do you bring to a song?
In the Utopian scenario nothing, just quality control, in the reality of fact i make it sound as good as it can, trying to be truth to the artist/producer/mixer vision , i'll get technically right for the distribution format, being it vinyl, digital, stream, cassette or whatever else, and if requested i can add anything from vibe, warmth, sheen, dirt....
What's your typical work process?
Every work is different, but like i told earlier i quite often run test masters before the session and eventually suggest mix adjustments that can make the track better. My setup is totally recall, so i can get the same exact scenario even one year later.
Tell us about your studio setup.
It's a nice sounding room where the sound it's at the same time precise but musical, i love to listen to music there. The setup is a mix of top of the line analog hardware and the best plug-ins, i have some custom made hardware and i modified some too to my liking. Gears are essential but not as much as experience and a good listening environment that you know very very well. The Cutting lathe and the tape machine are bonus, sometimes you feel like a track will benefit from "the vinyl sound" even if it's only going to be distributed digital and i'm able to cut a vinyl and rerecord it for that Vinyl sound.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
to many, but i'm really impressed with the consistency of amazing music artist from detroit are putting out, Theo Parrish, Mike Huckaby, Rick Wade, you name it.... Really into Daptone records and this Funk / Soul revival.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I like to get the best results possible, quite often i get sent the mixes before the session, run a test master and if needed i send a list of mix adjustment i feel the track will benefit from, i've client that really improved their mixing skills and as a results now the first file they send is the one to go!