Studio engineers rarely get credit for their crucial contributions to hits. But the sound of a recording—just as much as a song’s rendition— often provides the intangible element that puts it across. Listeners rarely identify this certain something as the hook that grabs them. Without its imperceptible appeal, however, they simply may not respond, and a hit will not ensue.
No audio engineer has thrilled more listeners by imbuing more hits with more sonic excitement than Cosimo Matassa. Matassa worked on a shoestring budget.