Camilo Silva F Mastering

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Analog & tape mastering, 2X Grammy winner, Mastering specialist. World-class mastering skills and technology at your disposal. I'm committed to delivering the best possible results and fulfilling your needs!

I'm here to listen to your needs! And I'm a mastering specialist! After a 21+yrs career and thousands of tracks under my belt, I keep working hard every day to keep my skills at their peak. Just ask around :-)

Some credits:

https://jaxsta.com/profile/e49d5933-f398-4bb6-9560-8b3489b1f961/catalogue?view=tile

Grammy verification here: https://www.latingrammy.com/en/nominees/search?artist=%22camilo+silva%22&field_nominee_work_value=&year=All&genre=All

Credits include: Aitana, Maluma, Paula Arenas, Carlos Vives, Andres Cepeda, Morat, Alkilados, Ventino, Shallow Side...Background checks are highly encouraged!

Camilo realized that to get the best results; he needed to build and equip a mastering room with his specifications and top-notch design and technology. Being such a tinkerer, he's decided that he wanted to build something unique to offer to his clients: He's built many of his room's equipment under his own Camilo Silva F. Brand, including his D/A tube converters! Camilo's gear choices get enhanced by some critical pieces of state-of-the-art analog EQ, dynamics, and A/D/A conversion.

Camilo has 20+yrs experience, 10 of them at the legendary Estudios Audiovision, as resident Rec/Mix/Mastering engineer/studio tech. Camilo's been dedicated exclusively to Mastering since Q4/2013 in his facility.

We're Apple Certified (MFiT) mastering room!

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

Credits

Discogs verified credits for Camilo Silva F.
  • Petrona Martinez
  • Carlos Vives
  • Sonique (6)
  • Thorns Of Sin
  • 3 Parts Dead
  • Various
  • Antonio José
  • Bustamante*
  • Halley (12), Bionic (36)
  • Vajra (5)
  • Vajra (5)
  • Marc Buronfosse
  • Antonio José
  • Vajra (5)
  • Suraaj Parab, Sandeep Kulkarni
  • Can Can
  • This Cold Night
  • This Cold Night
  • Animus Trio

944 Reviews - 175 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Elen Andrew
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    Thanks again Camilo for what a great job you did. You are a super nice guy and take my music to the next level. I love your style. You are clearly one of the best master engineers here on SoundBetter. Thank you very much, Elen

  2. Review by manglund
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    Great job again by Camilo. Couldn't be happier:)

  3. Review by Elen Andrew
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    Camilo is a mastering whisperer to me. He recognizes the character, the vision of a song perfectly and you get a result that blows you away, almost or yes, an auditory orgasm. His work, also with analog tape mastering, is unique. I have met such a nice, helpful and totally up to date perfect mastering engineer nowhere else. The songs that I had Camilo master for me get very good feedback from people around me. I'm looking forward to the whole new album. 1000 thanks bro!

  4. Review by Timon
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    Best mastering engineer, looking forward to my next jobs

  5. Review by manglund
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    Camilo is my Go To Mastering Engineer. He does what you expect from an ME and even more. After putting his fingers on your mix it will translate much better across different speaker systems. Great environment and great skills combined with trustful communications are the keys here. He made my song fly. Thanks Camilo:)

  6. Review by Meero M.
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    Super great quality from Camilo as always!!

  7. Review by Peter D.
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    As always, quick response time, quality work, it has always been a pleasure to work with Camilo, wasn't disappointed:)

  8. Review by Craig C.
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    Awesome master as usual. Camilo is my go-to for every master now

  9. Review by Elen Andrew
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    Camilo has real class. He is wise, has a lot of experience, is creative and instinctive (which I think is excellent, lots in music doesn't just happen out of knowledge, but out of intuition and creativity). All this combines Camilo to a perfect mastering engineer. He under-stands me blindly. Camilo helped me spark a love for my own music, find my own language. And his mixing instructions are golden every time. What more can I say: Thank you Camilo! I love the new track!
    Elen

  10. Review by Meero M.
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    Dopenesssss as always!!!
    Never disappoints and makes things sound better!!

Interview with Camilo Silva F Mastering

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: Shallow Side's EP "One", a terrific rock band from Cullman, Alabama! They're doing amazingly well, had a couple of songs on the top 40 Billboard rock charts and they're getting nice reviews on the specialized media. Another recent one was the complete score for the "Gabe" documentary, directed by Luke Terrell. around 30 music pieces...A real nice one.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Lots of albums...And a huge load of singles! From projects all around the globe.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Yes, in fact, I've been working shoulder to shoulder with Andres F. Millan, which besides being a terrific recording and mixing engineer, he's also the past president of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) Colombian section and we share many projects together. Reach him here: https://soundbetter.com/profiles/29305-andres-millan

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both! It doesn't matter anymore but nothing can beat the ergonomics and speed of tweaking in the analog domain. However, most of my problem-solving would be impossible or impractical in the analog domain.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: I promise you this: A big smile on your face. Also, I promise to be honest and straightforward at all times. If that means turning down a job because I'm not the right fit for it, then I'll be honest about it and let you know. As long as you know what you want and are 100% satisfied with your mix, you'll be smiling all over :-)

  11. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  12. A: Mostly about deadlines. And yes, sometimes I can deliver in about 24hrs or less depending on my workload. Sometimes I get asked about my custom-made gear. Even tho my gear choices are only relevant to me and my needs.

  13. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  14. A: That would be the idea that anyone without real-world experience can do this in any room, treated or untreated, and get real-world results. Also, there's the misconception that AI or a preset on a plugin will be any better than a trained ear, a brain with good instincts, and a heart that can feel the music and react accordingly. Cheaper, yes. But no good.

  15. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  16. A: Not much really. Mostly about deadlines. I let the music do the talking!

  17. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  18. A: Take your time to evaluate your options. No rush! And let your prospect engineer's experience and credits do the talking. He / She needs to be a good fit for your project. Remember: Equipment is irrelevant compared to human talent.

  19. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  20. A: 1 - My Barefoot MM26 speakers. 2 - My soldering iron and Hakko desoldering station, so I can modify anything I want !!. 3 - My Herman Miller chair, comfort is paramount. 4 - Cashews. Lots of them. 5 - Good company!

  21. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  22. A: I've been doing this since I've finished high school. I jumped on a console as soon as I could after that. I wanted to be who I am now since I was 13. Of course, I've had luck, but I always prepared to ensure that I was worthy when the big chance arrived. Being doing this in my own mastering room since 2013 :-) And getting better each day at it. I could say more than 22-24 years (since I started doing this while in high school and I'm 41 right now), but I always count 2002 as the year I got my first world-class studio job as a recording/mixing engineer. I've been blessed winning a couple Latin Grammys and being nominated 16 times over the years. Four of them are name nominations (when the engineer is nominated by name, just as the artist, that happens on the album, song, and recording of the year). Not that such award is relevant from an engineering standpoint, but it is nice having them tho.

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: My style is a combination of a technically-minded but very creative and ever-evolving workflow. Loud, punchy. dynamic.

  25. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  26. A: Hard one...Every gig is a different journey, fun and rewarding every time but I'd like to get back in time 30-35 years and do some work with such an innovative band as Queen, maybe The Cars, something inventive and technically demanding like that...

  27. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  28. A: Pretty much everything. Just check out my playlist at https://camilosilvaf.com/index.php#player

  29. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  30. A: Technical proficiency combined with experienced ears and great people skills. In other words: I'm a total client pleaser.

  31. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  32. A: Perspective. Vision, objectivity, and a fresh set of skilled and experienced ears. I'm not your typical no-credits, no-name, no real-world-experience youtube-educated "mastering" guy. I've done the whole ear-educating process of being a recording and mix engineer for more than a decade. I use all that experience to my client's advantage. Remember this: A mixing engineer who also offers mastering (usually as a package and generally doing so in a mixing room not designed and optimized for mastering to keep costs down) can get good results quite often, but a true mastering engineer is irreplaceable (Gladly !). We get paid for our experience and objectivity and the ability to apply that experience and objectivity in a specialized, fine-tuned environment.

  33. Q: What's your typical work process?

  34. A: My workflow is: Get the files, assess them and once I've verified they're fit for the process, I'll let my client know we're good to go then proceed with the mastering! For albums, I do prefer to work a single ahead of the rest but all my decision-making is context-based (For albums or EPs)

  35. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  36. A: My setup is custom-built primarily or modified gear. I tend to dislike stock gear, so I design and build my own equipment. But it is also complemented by many key "stock" pieces like the BuzzAudio REQ Mastering equalizer or the Pendulum PL2 mastering limiter...For the monitoring, only top-notch will do, and my choice is Barefoot Sound MM26 - it may be an unusual choice for a mastering guy, but believe me, nothing I've ever used comes close for my particular needs and setup. My electro-acoustic setup is perfected using the most sophisticated acoustic correction system known to man : (((accurate))) by AudioVero. This system is so powerful that it runs on its own dedicated computer with an extensive digital i/o card (Lynx AES16) to handle all my digital sources. Accurate effectively perfects my impulse, transient, phase, and frequency response to be as perfect as physically possible, but of course, you need proper room and high-end monitoring to take full advantage of such a system. It is pretty hard to implement and really involved, definitely not plug-and-play - I had to spend a couple of months studying it before I was able to implement and integrate it into my room, but it has paid off tremendously: Decisions are quicker and more confident than ever, clients are happier than ever too! It has to be heard to be believed. This system makes any other similar system on the market (Dirac, Trinnov, IK ARC) look like a toy. I built my passive monitoring controller to be superior to any active (amplified, be it discrete, opamp, etc..) monitor controller. Its signal path is the closest you'll get to a wire, and there are no active components anywhere. Also, stereo tracking error is less than 0.1dB worst-case scenario. I made sure of that by matching every part by hand to 0.1% tolerance. My room is rated at NC (noise criterion) 20 with the ventilation system running. It's hushed. Also, I have natural lighting, which is a big plus. Comfort, comfort, comfort! This is paramount!

  37. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  38. A: More than music production professionals, I'm inspired by people like me: Studio engineers who can build their own equipment or genius designers who influence all our sounds with their designs: People Like Bill Putnam (UA), Rupert Neve (Rupert Neve Designs), George Massenburg (GML)...

  39. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  40. A: At this time, I'm dedicated exclusively to Mastering!

  41. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  42. A: Trust your instincts. Don't overthink. Don't procrastinate, take quick decisions and commit to them.

  43. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  44. A: That it doesn't feel like a job anymore. It's pure pleasure.

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Terms Of Service

Reasonable number of revisions is included as long as it is the same mix. If needed, MFiT/ADM included free of charge. One alternate version (Your pick from Inst or TV mix) is included in the pricing!

GenresSounds Like
  • Shallow Side
  • LosPetitFellas
  • Totó La Momposina
Gear Highlights
  • Barefoot Sound MM26
  • Ampex ATR104 1/2" Tapemachine
  • BuzzAudio REQ2.2MEA
  • Pendulum PL-2 Mastering Limiter
  • CraneSong Solaris DA
  • Burl B2 AD
  • Kush Clariphonic MS EQ
  • High Voltage Audio EQ6S
  • Camilo Silva F. All-Tube DA
  • VariMu Limiter&Tube Mastering Compressor
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SoundBetter Deal

MFiT/ADM free of charge ! 24bit files free of charge ! One alt version free of charge ! (TV Mix or Instrumental). DDP free of charge for albums and EP's ! (if requested beforehand)

  • Five 2021 Latin Grammy nominations for Camilo Silva F Mastering!Sep 29, 2021

    We did it again! We just got nominated for "Album of the year", "Recording of the year", "Song of the Year" and "Best Traditional Pop Album" with "Mis Amores" from Paula Arenas. Plus "Best Contemporary Tropical Album" With "La Musica Del Carnaval - XX Aniversario" from Juventino Ojito & Su Son Mocaná". That's FIVE nominations this year.

  • Another Latin Grammy Nom for us ! Aitana's "Spoiler"Sep 29, 2020

    Awesome ! Aitana's "Spoiler" has been nominated "Best Pop Vocal Performance" for this year's Latin Grammy awards ! Mastered by Camilo Silva F Mastering (except a couple tracks).

    Full credits here :  https://listen.tidal.com/album/110446782/credits

  • Three Latin Grammy nominations for us this year !Sep 24, 2019

    Great news ! Three albums mastered at Camilo Silva F Mastering just got nominated for the 20th Latin Grammy Awards !!

    Cimarron "Orinoco"

    Burning Caravan "Ciudad Faro"

    Claraluna "Imaginaré"

    A big shout out to this phenomenal artists ! Proud to had the privilege to master their albums. 

  • Latin Grammy for us !Nov 16, 2018

    Great news ! Claraluna's "Imaginare" won "Best Children's Album" on the 18th Latin Grammy Awards. Proudly mastered by yours truly at Camilo Silva F Mastering :-) 

  • New monitoring system !Nov 08, 2018

    Now on service at Camilo Silva F Mastering, the incredible Barefoot Sound MicroMain26, the latest generation of this technology-driven and innovative brand. Our choice of monitoring since we started !

    https://barefootsound.com/micromain26/

  • Latin Grammy nominations for two of our projects !Sep 27, 2017

    Two albums recently mastered at Camilo Silva F Mastering got nominations this year on the Latin Grammy Awards : "Coletera" from Colectro (http://www.colectro.com/) on "Best Tropical Fusion Album" and "Cumbia Del Rio Magdalena" from Juventino Ojito y su Son Mocaná (http://www.juventinoojitoysusonmocana.com/) on "Best Cumbia / Vallenato Album". Congratulations to them ! 


  • "The Gabe Documentary" Wins at FirstGlance Film Festivals ! Mastered at Camilo Silva F. Mastering !May 16, 2017

    We've just found out that "The Gabe Documentary" Wins "Best Documentary" at FirstGlance Film Festivals ! Mastered at Camilo Silva F. Mastering ! Directed by Luke Terrell, Music by Andrew Marsh. This was a very challenging 31-piece score plus main song theme. Lots of fun !



  • New ! Acourate FIR room correction system just installed !Mar 01, 2017



    We just installed the most sophisticated room correction system on existence ! (((acourate))) by AudioVero. This system's goal is perfecting an already great monitoring system, improving step response, frequency response and IACC coefficients. It has to be heard to be believed ! Our monitoring system is now reaching impressive precision levels which make our work even better. 

  • Latin Grammy Nomination !Sep 23, 2016

    "1-2-3 Llega Navidad", from ClaraLuna, mastered at Camilo Silva F. Mastering just got a nomination for "Best Kids Album" at the 17th. Latin Grammy Awards !

  • New in the room !! BuzzAudio REQ2.2 MEA Mastering EQJun 04, 2016

    Thanks to all our client base for making this possible for you. We keep working real hard to offer the best of the best to you !