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 Dutch & Dutch 8c
The purest conversion is provided trough the industry standard Lynx Hilo, a Benchmark dac and a Cranesong Avocet, giving flawless integration with high end analog and digital gear.
Audio restoration from digital files, vinyl or tape is provided trough Izotope RX9
We're happy to work remotely as well as offering attended sessions at no cost difference.
Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.
- Mathew Jonson
- Richard Davis
- Flamingo Pier
- jeff jones
- Jelly Bread
- 13 kings
- Lo Stato Sociale
- L'officina Della Camomilla
- 33 Ore
- Italo Brutalo
- La Rappresentante di Lista
- Edo E I Bucanieri
- Sig. Solo
- 4 Fiori Per Zoe
- Dj Rou
- Dj Cream
- Mattia Trani
- Analog Cops
- Juju & Jordash
- Kai ALce
- Rick Wade
- Aux The Master Fader
- Scuola Furano
- La Zebra
- Frank Agrario
- Club Flamingo
- Scanty Sandwich
- The Bank
- Domenico Loparco
- garrincha dischi
- Bosconi Records
- Edizioni Classiche
- Red Rooster
- Pushmaster Discs
- Sorry For This
- Sueńo Latino
- Ricky Persi
- D'Marc Cantu
- Kay Alce
- Alexander Robotnick
- Marcellus Pittman
38 Reviews - 5 Repeat ClientsEndorse Spectrum Mastering & Vinyl
Amazing results, super fast responses to messages, highly recommend Francesco for Mastering
Another great mastering job from Frank. I cannot recommend this guy enough!
Francesco is a pro. Both listening closely to and analyzing the masters in Expose 2 - Dynamic range is maintained, LUFS (average loudness) are within the industry standard range, masters still sound like my mixes. There's no clipping, no distortion, no out of control peaks, no weird or exaggerated effect on the music. Patient, good communication, works fast. Even gave me some great mix notes. You really can't ask for much more here. 100% worth the investment!
Francesco's ear never disappoints! He always masters the track by giving it exactly what it needs, I cannot recommend him enough.
Francesco on mastering duties never disappoints, he always manages to find the right overall balance for my mixes and gives them the perfect finishing touch. I cannot recommend him enough.
Francesco never disappoints - always able to balance out my mixes and give them that extra shine to my mixes. I cannot recommend him enough.
Amazing Francesco on mastering duties as usual, I cannot recommend him enough.
I've been trusting Francesco with mastering duties on all of my tracks for a while now, and he just never disappoints. Always very responsive and accommodating. Totally recommend him.
Very good and consistent engineer - I'm always very happy with his work.
The absolute best, my go to choice for a mastering engineer now! Great guy, amazing at what he does, super professional, super timely too!
Francesco never disappoints - great mastering engineer, very dedicated and he knows what he's doing. I will keep going back to him. 5 stars.
Francesco works very well and really knows how to make a mix shine through his mastering.
I will definitely be going for his services again, and I couldn't recommend him enough.
Quick and good! What more do you want
The only guy I work with now when it comes to mastering. So consistently great
The absolute best. Always a pleasure to work with!
Amazing, professional, quick turnaround, great guy
Great mastering job on a pop/disco track - Francesco is very easy to work with and able to finish a master in a short period of time.
Francesco is amazing, very professional. He delivered a perfect mastering in a very short time! I'm very happy with the results and I can't recommend him enough!
Always a great job, and most of all really compliant with deadlines ! Made sure the mastering was delivered asap in a short time span
Quality work! Great communicator and very efficient!
Interview with Spectrum Mastering & Vinyl
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: 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.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: we will fix it in the mastering,
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: 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
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Get in touch, let's talk about your project, i'm 100% confident we can nail it
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: my 2 hears, electricity to run whatever setup i'll be able to assemble, sunglasses and sun cream
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 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
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Mastering and style in the same sentence sound odd to me, i can say that i'm really good at making a track dance.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: tough... Tony Allen? because he has the best groove ever!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Keep it simple
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Any genere, but last year i made a lot of house and techno for vinyl
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: 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....
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: 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.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: 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.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: 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.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: 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!
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: 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.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: just finished to master, a rmx for the new Cassius album
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: i mostly use the platform to find a recording studio when i'm on the road, so my suggestion can only be geolocated
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: both, because each does one thing the other can't
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: i'll work my A@# to make it good
Q: What do you like most about your job?