Mixing and Mastering Engineer. Specialised in electronic music, rock, pop, world, singer-songwriter. Have been recording, mixing and mastering bands since 2008.
Since the beginning of 2000's I have been djing and the love for music made me an avid record collector and took me to the live sound reinforcement business where I have been working as a sound technician since 2008.
In 2010 I moved to Stockholm, Sweden, and in 2011 started a record label there, Two Dots Recordings. The label was focused on slow melodic techno/ deep house and electronica, I was one of the mastering/ mixing engineers at the same time I was working as a live sound engineer.
The spring of 2016 saw me move to Copenhagen,Denmark, where I also started to record live concerts, mixing and mastering them.
At the end of the summer of 2019 I set up base in sunny Lisbon, Portugal where I continue mixing and mastering as well as mixing live.
I started collecting records at age 14, and having been doing it ever since, I like almost everything, given that it is genuine. Lately I have been listening more to: World music, African music, Rock, Pop, Electronic and Latin American music.
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2 ReviewsEndorse Tomás Rebelo
Tomás helped us with some live recordings, recorded, mixed and mastered a gig we did in Copenhagen with some challenging dynamics. The result was really good and I appreciated the good level of communication and the effort he put in.
A man who knows the ins and outs of EQ, compressors and effects, a wonderful mixer and mastering engineer. He knows his gear inside out, super knowledgable! I have worked with Tomas many times and I can't recommend him enough. If you're looking for precision and warmth, he's your man!
Interview with Tomás Rebelo
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been mixing live since 2008 with ups and downs since I have been living abroad for some years, that didn't stop me, but I had to restart almost every time I moved. I have been doing post-production for others since 2011, and started mastering around 2016.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will always be honest and give my best, if I feel I won't be able to correspond your end, I will be the first to help out searching for a person that can.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: In 2017 I was hired to record a classical trumpet player that was going to enter an European competition in Germany. We had to record three, fifteen minute pieces in a row without stopping and couldn't edit or process anything pre or post. I recorded a trumpet and a tail piano with my Soundcraft 12MTK, an AKG C3000 and two 57's. So, with a bit of mic placement adjustments and no more than three takes we got the recordings we wanted! I have never heard anyone play trumpet like that before, wild, esquizophrenic, fast, and that was super powerful, I remember at times feeling a bit of adrenaline. When he delivered the recordings, he didn't even got to the competition, he was invited to be the 1st Trumpet of the Royal Danish Orchestra, he was 24 at the time. I was very lucky to be there, that they followed my instinct and that we achieved even better results.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on a pop/electronic album
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Richard Farrel, great musician, amazing voice! He is a great music writer, lyrics writer and guitar player. He is working on three bands, one of the bands won the Best Blues Album of 2018 in Denmark and he has a solo project and a pop/electronic music project as well. Check him out Richard Farrell, Kettlefish, Trainman Blues
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Analog because it is much more intuitive, fun, and a lot of outboard gear sounds more natural, Digital because you can get access to gear that you would have to work for years to be able to put your hands on.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Meeting people, exchanging ideas, discovering new music and above all, making an impact on the music I get involved with.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long does it take? It all depends on what the service is and if the direction of the project is clear. When those ends are known, then it is a matter of number of songs to work on, but I would say around two weeks the work is usually done.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It is hard to take seriously someone that is so honest.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Does this project have a theme? Do you want this project to sound any specific way? What formats are you going to make this song available for your fans?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be clear and honest about what you want your song to sound like, if you don't know, just ask for an input.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Medium term: Leatherman, fire starter, sleeping bag, towel, finger kalimba.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Dirty Glamour. I am clean whenever I can, dirty when I need to be.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Any artist that truly feels their art.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Listen to music, a lot of music
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop-rock, Electronic, Techno, Deephouse
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Identifying emotions and making them stronger.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I try to be subtle until I am asked not to. So I like to emphasise the energy of a the song wether it should be in your face, or it should be more delicate. So I would have to say that I'll add a bit more emotion.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like working mornings, the ear is fresh and I am fresh as well. So I grab a cup of coffee and typically listen to a song or two before I start working, just to get me ears ready. But my work starts earlier, when I try to get as much information about the project that I am getting involved with, so I can make decisions that will go along with the music better.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I love mixing analog, so I bought a beautiful Midas F32 and it is just fantastic to work with. I run on a hybrid setup, but the goal is to buy some outboard gear that just hasn't got any replacement. I own a Klark Teknik quad compressor which is a very clean compressor and a standard for live mixing, I have a blend of plugins that goes from Waves, Fabfilter, Brainworx, among others.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Greg Wells, Rune Glæsel, Bobby Owsinski, Jacob Speake. Rune Glæsel is one of the best live sound engineers I have seen working, Jacob Speake is a great music writer, producer, , sound engineer, he just takes care of everything but mastering and on top of that, he is a great human being and has been supporting a lot of local and upcoming artists all over the world.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing live concerts and/or recording, mixing and mastering them.