I use a hybrid analog/digital workflow to mix and master all types of rock, pop, and heavy music with attention to detail and a passionate ear.
Precision work such as comping, editing, and cleanup are done with software, then your tracks are sent through a real hardware mixer and outboard equipment including compressors, EQs, reverbs, delays, guitar pedals, and/or amplifiers to add real, palpable analog character.
All mixing is done for a flat rate of $60 per song, except for songs under two minutes or over six minutes, which are negotiable. Two revisions are always included, so you never have to worry about paying more to get the results you want.
Again, any editing or cleanup takes place in the digital realm, then your songs are processed through a boutique Chameleon Labs stereo compressor. Final polishing and gentle sweetening EQ are added next, and once you're happy with the final masters I embed metadata such as artist, song, and album names, track order, and credits.
All mastering is done for a flat rate of $25 per song, except for songs under two minutes or over six minutes, which are negotiable. Two revisions are always included, so you never have to worry about paying more to get the results you want.
I also offer audio editing, restoration, sound design, and film/video composition services.
Contact me through the green button above and lets get to work.
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Interview with Dante Fumo
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! Software is necessary for the nitty-gritty stuff like editing, comping takes, and "cleaning up" audio, but analog gear really brings things to life with its subtle coloration and little idiosyncrasies.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will be there for you 100% of the way. I value communication above all else, and you'll see that from the first email all the way until the project's done. I will answer any question you have, make any revisions you need, and offer my advice and opinion when necessary.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Helping people achieve their vision is super satisfying to me, and I like being able to put a little of my own touch on things.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That you just need the software and the gear to be able to record and mix. While those things are important to my job; my skills, experience, knowledge and taste are what really make my work good.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have all your tracks organized, have a clear vision for your project, and be willing to communicate.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been at this professionally since I graduated with an AAS in recording technology in 2011. After I moved back to Milwaukee from Minnesota, I dove straight into recording local DIY bands and learned a TON that way. I'd set up a studio wherever I was living until in 2016 I began building my own studio. Lately I've begun to branch out into remote work, mixing and mastering for clients in other place, which brings me to SoundBetter!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Full and impactful. I have tons of experience mixing dense rock music, carving out space for each instrument and making sure everything is heard and nothing gets lost. Even in sparser songs, I know how to get the perfect balance and tone for each instrument and vocal.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mostly rock, pop, acoustic, and punk, but also some jazz, funk, and electronic stuff.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Knowing how to achieve the sound you hear in your head.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Working with me remotely is simple and efficient: 1-Tell me a little about your project, the results you want, and send any reference tracks 2-Send me your organized audio tracks and put down a 50% deposit 3-I share a secure Dropbox folder containing my mixes and notify you whenever it's updated 4-You give me your feedback and I tweak until we arrive at the final mixes 5-Complete final payment and download the finished product!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: The Workshop is a 1300 square foot studio in Milwaukee, WI. The control room is 310 square feet with 11-foot ceilings and an exposed brick wall at the rear for pleasing, natural diffusion of sound. The heart of the studio is a pair of the latest MOTU AVB interfaces paired with a colorful vintage RAMSA console and a curated rack of outboard gear including analog compressors and EQs as well as top-of-the-line Lexicon reverbs, delays, and other effects. Various guitar amplifiers and pedals give life to reamped tracks, and all sorts of synths and instruments are available as well.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I love anyone who does something unique, passionate, and well-executed.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Remote mixing and mastering work, as well as recording, mixing, and mastering for local Milwaukee artists at my studio, The Workshop.