I will show you why mixing and mastering your sound is a crucial issue in the music world.
Hi! I'm Hugo Santos.
I've been in the music industry for many years, composing, producing, mixing, and mastering audio. That experience taught me the importance of all the steps to create a great musical project from scratch to finish.
I have background experience as an instrumentalist and composer. We've been mixing and mastering most of the time with up-and-coming artists.
With my experience and creativity, I will show you the importance of all the steps to create a musical project by industry standards.
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
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Interview with Hugo Santos
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Producing, Mixing and Mastering an EP for the band MUMA.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. For ease. But there will always be something in the sound that analog adds.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise to clients is that there is someone on this side who cares about their order.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Everything. Because it doesn't feel like a job to me.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: More dB. I always tell clients that it's a trade-off with dynamics. Also, with the normalization that streaming platforms do, music is in danger of getting worse. However, I always give two final files, one for media and one for personal consumption. The latter, often at the request of the client, is much higher.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Most of my questions to clients are reactive to what they might ask. It will always depend on what they request.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: To clarify all the doubts with me that you can concerning the work.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 15 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Persevering, attentive, and always open to new suggestions.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Honestly, I never thought much about it. But, for sure, someone with killer vocals.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: There is always something to cut.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Everything from pop-rock to metal.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I think what I do best is mixing/producing vocals.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I always bring my best game. So, mixing and mastering by industry standards.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I always start with editing, tunning (if needed), mixing, revision with the client, mastering, and a final client revision.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I do all my work inside the box. I use Ableton Live with many plugins. The latest versions of the various plugin suites (Waves, Plugin Alliance, Izotope, Fab Filter, etc.)
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Everyone I can learn from, to improve. Because of this, I carry this thought with me: there's always someone better than you.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Almost always mixing and mastering music.