Back in 1996, my band mate Juan Urteaga and I converted our band practice space into a mini recording studio, and we began our journey as audio engineers. Less than 2 years later, we moved into a warehouse and built our first ‘real’ recording studio, and began to dedicate all of our free time, outside of the band, to recording. When it became clear that there was not enough room for two engineers in the same studio, I rented a space next door and built a control room for mastering.
Ever since I was in high school, I was an audiophile. I had an audiophile best friend back then and we used to spend our time buying and selling used audio gear, learning about the equipment and refining our ears in the process. In 1988 I worked for a high-end home stereo retail outlet in New York City called Audio Video Salon, and then became certified in speaker and crossover building and car stereo installation. Before I was a dedicated musician, I was an audiophile at heart. So in 2002 when I decided to refocus on mastering and cool out a bit on the tracking, it was really just a natural evolution because I was always really into the fine detail of audio work, and not as much into the ‘scene’. As a touring musician, I got my share of the scene, and I appreciated the way a mastering engineer works alone and in silence to perfect his art.
Much of my early work was heavy metal and extreme metal, but these days I master many more styles and it not only deepens my love for music and the art, but keeps me excited and open minded. I still love mastering, and I am still learning, although I dont struggle like I used to back in the day.
If there is anything I can do to make your job easier, as musicians or engineers, please let me know. I want the same thing you do! Communication is my thing, so please feel free to get in touch, talk with me about your project and send a mix for test mastering.
I know you will do your absolute best to make your audio art shine, and I will do my best to make your intents shine through. After that, we can all relax and let the music do the rest.
All the best,