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Mission and Policy

DV Studio is renowned for its dedication to delivering high level services prioritizing exceptional outcomes. We ensure that each project receives the highest degree of care and professionalism.

One distinct advantage of DV Studio is our unparalleled flexibility in work scheduling, enabling effortless collaboration with clients worldwide, breaking through geographical barriers. Furthermore, our online editing and mixing services guarantee prompt project deliveries, irrespective of the client's location.

With this strategy, DV Studio effectively cuts operational expenses without sacrificing the quality of the end product. By resource optimization and the adoption of efficient methods, we offer competitively priced services without skimping on excellence.

At DV Studio, our team is adept at harnessing state-of-the-art technology and equipment to elevate the auditory quality of every project. Every track undergoes rigorous editing, ensuring refined sound, harmonized frequencies, and pristine clarity.

As we anticipate our upcoming recording session, consider these suggestions to enhance our collaborative experience: CLEAR OBJECTIVES: Define specific, measurable goals for your session. If collaborating with a team, communicate these aims clearly for shared understanding.
COMMUNICATION: Cultivate a space where everyone feels heard and valued.
RESPECT FOR ROLES: Trust in the expertise of fellow professionals. Each individual's contribution is pivotal to the project's success.
TIME MANAGEMENT: Recording sessions can be mentally and physically demanding. Strategically plan your time, keeping in mind potential unforeseen challenges and the importance of minimizing stress.
OPTIMISM: Positive teamwork thrives in an uplifting atmosphere.

  • We want to offer a rewarding work experience, in a proactive and productive climate, and be able to keep the studio open as a service to the musical community, therefore we ask to respect the timetables, the equipment, and the hall.
  • We work with musicians every day and have produced hundreds of records, but we are ready to listen to your needs and desires so that you can relax and enjoy your stay at DV Studio.
  • Recording times are the following: 9.00-13.00 / 14.00-18.00.
    Any changes must be requested in advance (we are in an historic building which organizes many other activities). For any further hour or fractions of it in excess, we calculate a rate of €30/hour. Respect for timetables is of primary importance to us, since it is a sing of respect hosting our activities.
  • We work at DV Studio every day, and we have helped many artists get their music recorded. But we know that your needs and expectations may be very high. That’s why we highly recommend coming and checking out the recording space (and the piano) before decide to sign a recording contract with us.
  • If you’re wondering “well…it won’t be a problem if we start/finish 15 minutes later?”. Maybe not for you, but those apparently insignificant 15 minutes multiplied by 150 days of recording per year become a problem for those working on dozens of projects. Please consider the time of the people who work for you as a precious commodity. Thank you.
  • It is possible to look at the hall in order to organizer it by agreeing on the methods and times in advance. Extra charges may be applied in case you use the piano. In some cases, by agreeing times and methods with the caretaker of the villa, it could be useful to bring the tools the day before the session starts in order to begin to work the following day without delays. The recording session always starts at 9.00. We assume no responsibility for damage or theft of the objects or tools left in the room.
  • Recording sessions are tiring: it is preferable to play the less demanding pieces first. It is optimal to accumulate as much material as possible before starting to get tired and consequently worsen one’s performance level.
  • Wear something comfortable and don’t put on accessories suches as shoes, clothes or jewellery that could possibily produce sounds that can spoil the recording.
  • We work with a lot of people and we try to keep production costs very low, so we have a pretty strict policy on changing recording dates. Please read the contract including all terms.
  • Don’t force the sound: the hall is acoustically dry, so you may not hear your instrument as you would like. Don’t worry about that – take some time to get used to the dynamic range of the room. Do your best not to force your sound, because microphones pick up every nuance of your playing, including all your dynamics and colors. Unfortunately, this also means that if you play too hard, the sound could be harsh. Relax, get used to the room and play naturally.
  • It’s better to record silent pieces first so you have time to get used to the acoustics. The piano goes out of tune if played very hard, so the best thing to do is playing the pieces that require power and volume later in your session when have got used to the room and the instrument.
  • If you tend to have cold hands in winter, cover yourself well. We have a kettle and herbal teas that musicians can drink. Eating in the hall is forbidden.
  • Remember: you may be nervous during the recording, so take breaks and try to trust the production manager.
  • The production manager has the right to interrupt the recording.
  • The time required for the placement of the instruments and equipment disposal is a fundamental part of the session and depends on many factors (number of players, room layout, potential for external noise, technical choices). Make a sensible plan for managing your time in the studio. It’s better to have a few extra minutes left at the end of the session rather than leave the recording of the requested piece uncomplete.
  • Piano tuning usually takes place in the morning before the session, around 9am and can take up to one hour.
  • The time required for equipment setup is considered part of the session. On the first day, sessions usually start around 10am. Satisfactory artistic results requires piano tuning at the start of each recording day, but we cannot guarantee that piano will stay in-tune throughout the session (results will depend on the nature of the repertoire and the pianist’s touch).
  • Be prepared to take breaks when you need them.
  • Communicate your needs timely. What instruments and pieces do you play? How long are these pieces? How many musicians will play in the performance? Will the piano have to be used? If so, will the pianist be present for the entire session? How much will the piano be strained during the session?
  • If there’s something you don’t like (lighting, instrument tuning, placement of musical instruments, …), feel free to share your opinion at the start of the session.
  • Production costs are based on a pre-signed contract. Special requests often require hours of additional post-production work (mixing, audio export, final rendering of files). In this case, you will receive an offer for additional work.
  • Clearly state your concerns at the beginning of the session to avoid misunderstandings. Recording sessions can be stressful, especially for first-time musicians. If in doubt, ask the producers for clarification, but be open to different perspectives in a collaborative atmosphere.
  • Mixing consists of techniques for combining microphone tracks to create a natural and pleasing sound. This includes various adjustments such as adding artificial reverb, equalization, and adjusting dynamics. For the works by DaVinci Publishing, mixing approval is up to the label’s Art Direction only.
  • Mixing will take place after completing the editing, therefore it is impossible to hear the definitive sound of the record during the tracking phase. Normally the musician does not participate in the mixing phase, but if you wish, a mastering room specifically designed for this task can be hired for an extra cost (normally 500€ per day).
  • While recording registering as a group, only one person can contact and talk to the production manager. Anything regarding the project must be discussed with designated contact person.
  • Communication should be as quick and clear as possible. A lack of information (timetables, modalities, special needs, etc.) can cause complications. If you have any requests, please let us know in writing at least 15 days in advance.
  • Sounds in the DV studio room are picked up by microphones and they are audible to the audience in charge of shaping the quality of the performance standing on the other side of the recording room. Playing is the most important part, much more than the recording equipment and techniques used to capture the sound.
  • Focus on playing your best and leave the rest of the work to the professionals in charge. In case the recorded sound does not satisfy you at the beginning of the session, try to explain in a clear and understandable way what you want. “The sound isn’t nice” isn’t much help for the session.
  • Face problems and organize work with others without isolating yourself. Working together and sharing decisions with others is the best way to work in a positive environment.
  • Please do not arrive more than 10 minutes before the beginning of the recording session.
  • Bring a paper copy of the score you are recording so we can take notes.
  • Unforeseen circumstances can arise during a recording session and we strive to handle them calmly and professionally. Power outages, noise, instrument failures and delays may occur. We strive to be flexible to the needs of our artists, because we know how much you care about your projects and your music but, please, try to explain your needs and limit requests clearly, remembering what is practically feasible in the circumstances in which we work.