I am Enrico Berto: musician, producer, sound engineer and owner of Mushroom Studio.
I write, arrange, create and perform music both in the studio and on stage, either for my own projects or for bands and artists I collaborate with.
I team with artists and bands to craft their sonic vision, working with them from the early stages of their idea to its final mix.
I mainly focus on mixing but I am also available for other tasks such as recording and editing, both in my studio or elsewhere.
I love great songs. No matter what style they are.
I listen for a story, I look for the hook, I focus on the delivery.
So when I play or when I arrange, when I produce or when I mix, I only serve the song.
I listen to the artist/bands' music, if it gets under my skin and I find elements that I can relate to, I move to the next step which is having an in depth conversation with them about what they are after. If we have a good vibe and share a similar vision, we'll move forward. If possible I try to spend time together with them, go to their rehearsal space or studio, have drinks together, talk, share ideas. This way I can really get a full picture of who they are and what they're trying to accomplish.
I love the hybrid style: blending analog and vintage gear with the modern digital domain. I love my guitars, my old synths and weird boxes but I love my Knifonium and my Soundtoys too. I record, edit and mix on Avid Pro Tools and I make parallel use of Ableton Live! to creatively process the recordings I do or the music I sample.
I love to capture as much live emotion as I can so I focus on tracking musicians together, avoiding drastic use of grids and quantizations. I love to seek unconventional sounds and I try to achieve them either on the way in or by processing the recordings. However if the situation requires it I reach for samples and loops.
Also when I hit the mix stage I love the hybrid approach, I feel it gives me the best results. But depending on the type of sound I am after, I use different techniques, ranging from full analog to completely ITB.
I like experimenting with sounds and crafting building blocks such as beats, loops, samples and sound-scapes. I create them from scratch or I source them from jam-sessions that I love to make with fellow musicians. I then use all of these on my productions be them for my projects, for artists I collaborate with or to be used as sountracks.
You can always come check out some of my unreleased* stuff and experiments on the playlist above!
Enrico is a powerhouse!
His mixes screw with the time-space continuum...
I rarely trust anyone with mixing, let alone contributing in the artistic judgements. Enrico, however, is someone who has become an exception to this and a pivotal collaborator on several projects.
A combination of engineer, producer, arranger and motivator, Enrico knows when to lay back and give you room to create and when to push you to find a higher gear in the song.
High levels of energy, positive input and loads of creativity. I always go for the unconventional, uniquely personal, road, always trying to avoid cliches and being a copycat.
I am extremely driven, focussed and obsessed with the details. I never let go until we all are happy with the result.I have a vast love for music in all its genres. If I really had to pinpoint some they would be Classic Rock , Alternative Rock and HipHop.
I make music because of a deep, almost spiritual, connection to it. Making music is my passion and my call. I decided to turn it into my profession so my whole life could revolve around it.
In my teens I would spend countless hours playing guitar along to blues and classic rock records, learning songs, riffs and solos.
While rockin' in different bands and dreaming big I went to the University to study foreign languages and literature as a sensible Plan-B.
In the same years, to spice up my playing, I attended the Musician Institute in Los Angeles and a couple of Robert Fripp’s Guitar Craft seminars.
Once I graduated from University I decided that I was giving music a serious go so I started hustling. I played in bands, composed jingles for TV, I thaught guitar, I recorded and mixed bands on a crappy laptop out of mouldy rehearsal spaces, you name it...
I was eager to get more so I pushed further by moving to London and studying sound engineering at the SAE Institute.
I then began session playing, touring, producing and engineering full time, all of it bouncing between UK and Italy.
In 2008 I founded Mushroom Studio: a little production heaven hidden on the mountains of northern Italy where other artists and I could cosy up and create.
I like to spread my knowledge about music and want to help you achieve your best possible result. That’s why I am offering you free feedback! That’s right!!! Just send me an email with a link to your music and I’ll give you some ideas on how to improve your track.Get your free feedback