Mastering Engineer, Hammond organist and pianist, arranger and composer | Groove Sound Design


Using S4 mixing headphones

"I work every day on different music projects as mastering engineer, so I decide to add a precise and critical listening option to my system monitoring. OLLO S4 Headphones are simply a very good reference to judge a mix or a master with an impressive clarity and definition."

Max Paparella, born in 1975, is a Hammond organist and keyboardist, arranger and composer (SIAE registered from 1998) with a special passion for vintage instruments. Active in the music industry over 20 years, he has forged close ties in Europe and the USA, working on numerous albums over the years as composer, musician, mastering engineer and “ghost producer”.

Growing up listening to the vinyl records of great soul jazz masters such as Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff and Richard “Groove” Holmes, in the late ’80s and early’ 90s he discovered a new, increasingly popular musical movement, soon known as “Acid Jazz”, which profoundly inspires him still today.

The rest is history, the style, musical choices and contaminations from genres as eclectic as house, Afro, lounge, funk and hip hop go to make up Max’s “genetic” sound, research and experimentation leading him to fuse and to combine sounds characteristic of electronic music and vintage and retro instruments.

In 2010 he founded the studio Groove Sound Design, working for singers, artists and record labels on pop/rock/r'n'b/soul productions as mixing & mastering engineer.