#1 most reviewed mastering engineer and immersive audio mixer on SoundBetter and a 2-Grammy winner, Andres is Past-President of the AES worldwide. If you want to mix or master your music in stereo, surround 7.1, binaural or Dolby Atmos, start by sending us 1 song and you'll get a FREE and HONEST audio quality report that will really help you out.
Andres boasts credits in over 3,000 albums released on all formats since 1991. He found that most of the problems of a flawed mix can't be fixed in mastering, so he invests a great deal of time to get the most out of each mix. His Mix Coaching (R) is a revision process that renders overwhelmingly superior quality mixes, whether they are regular stereo mixes, binaural or Dolby Atmos.
Our Certified Dolby Atmos room boasts the very best analog and digital outboard available. Shadow Hills, Manley, Massenburg, Neve, Weiss, Z-Systems, Focusrite, Lavry, TC Electronic, Avid, ATC, Neumann. Studio gear is important, but experience and good judgement, as well as full involvement in every project are also key offerings. We have pioneered remote work since the early 90´s, so we truly know how much anxiety the artist can feel at this stage. We are committed to be 100% responsive to your needs.
GRAMMY member with more than 30 years of experience in the industry, Andres built an acoustically perfect workspace and trained a dedicated human team that always aims for excellence. We deliver:
- Mixes in stereo, surround 7.1, binaural and Dolby Atmos
- Mastering for every format: Radio Ready, Spotify, Immersive & Spatial Audio, TIDAL, Apple Digital Masters, Mastered for iTunes (MFiT) Certified, CD, Vinyl
- Mix Coaching (can be hired separately)
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2746 Reviews - 511 Repeat ClientsEndorse Andres Mayo
I’m thrilled I used Andres’s mastering services for my last 4 tracks. A music producer friend of mine recommended I’d try Andres for my electronic pop music and I’m so glad I took her word. Andres was first of all a true pleasure to communicate with over this platform, he was quick to reply with profound, professional & encouraging advice and above all my songs now sound GREAT after his mastering! I have no doubt I’ll be reaching out to Andres for mastering my next tracks! Thank you Andres! :)
Had another really positive experience with Andres. Very pleased with the results :). Thanks again Andres!
ANDRES MAYO IS MY PERSON TO GO TO WHEN IN NEED
ALL MY SONG ARE WITH HIM!
muy profesional y recibes mucho apoyo para que tu track quede mucho mejor.
Perfect every time!
Andrés is very talented and always pulls my mixes to the next level. Always recommended and my very first choice.
Andrés is my go to guy - very dependable and attentive to details - I highly recommend him -
Do not look any further- he is the one you need !
Andres is so professional, and he always nails these masters. I continue to be amazed at his ability to handle all styles. As a mix coach, he is honest with me and provides very specific feedback that can further prep the mix for master. Almost always, his suggested tweaks add the perfect touch, and are a nice antidote to ear fatigue late in the production process. Then, his masters add that final bit of professional volume, shine, and clarity that a song needs to be competitive.
Andres delivered an awesome product once again! The song has many dynamic bursts, builds and drops, which I really was quite questioned as to what approach would be taken for the master but everything was preserved not hindering the initial "feel" of the song.
I am always so happy with Andres' masters and I look forward to our next collab. Thanks again Andres!!!
Needed a radio edit of a previously mastered song and as always, another wonderful experience with Andres!
Interview with Andres Mayo
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am especially proud of a Tango collection that I produced, which is comprised of 7 DVD telling the story of Argentinian Tango in a very special packaging, with high quality video, 5.1 surround mixing and subtitling into 8 different languages. I won 2 Grammys for this production, which sold out its 2,000 hand-made units.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Fortunately, SoundBetter provides me with enough work from around the world to keep me very busy. So aside from local artists that I work with regularly, right now I am mastering an album for a Mexican band called Playas Eternas, an Indonesian producer that lives in Canada named Taufik and a US guitar player that is self-producing his first album, named Chris Abrams.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, absolutely. Digital to me means external processors that can do their job every time exactly the same, not plug.ins that depend on the computer´s available resources. A great combination of dedicated analog and digital processors is the key of my mastering chain. And having many different color options for each process (compression, for example) allows me to find the best possible combination for every song, and even for every part of a song.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I only promise that I will be honest. If the mix is not ready for mastering, I will simply tell them what I expect them to change, for the benefit of their record. I will never promise to fix in mastering things that need to be fixed in the mix.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I just love to find the right color for the music. I love teaming up with musicians, producers and/or mixing engineers..I know I can do it well and I really enjoy doing it.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Many times, customers want to know if I can make their music sound louder than someone else´s . My invariable answer is: I have absolutely nothing against volume, so I will try to get there but only as long as it does not degrade your audio quality. Then I make sure that I explore all the available options to compress and find the best possible compromise to deliver a master that sounds in the range they want but where you can´t hear the distortion and degradation commonly associated with excessive compression. In the other end, when there is no pressure to increase the final RMS level, it´s much easier and pleasant to concentrate in the color I want to get for that music.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I have seen with great pleasure that my friend Ed Cherney is on SoundBetter. I would recommend him to anyone without a doubt.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Many people still believe that mastering is a purely technical process. Nothing, really nothing can be farther from the truth. Mastering is an entirely creative process that can save your mix right before it reaches the audience. Never underestimate the power of a good mastering process.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: First, I don´t ask questions because I just need to listen to their music, which speaks for itself. The more I know, the less I will get from my listening session, because my brain will have more information than I need. After I have been able to know what the music is proposing, I may ask questions related to the sound they are looking for, the RMS level they intend to have and even about the evolution of the recording sessions. It´s crucial for me to understand if they got there by mistake or if that is the audio they wanted to achieve. Those questions may add something to my conclusion, but never before listening to the music they bring.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: A good mastering studio needs to provide the following: an experienced engineer you can trust, an acoustically treated room that can deliver neutral sound to the sweet spot and great tools to tweak your mixes in case of necessity. Always keep that in mind before hiring one.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My pair of ATC Monitors SCM 100A, my Lavry Gold A/D Converter, my Shadow Hills Compressor, my Focusrite Blue Isomorphic EQ and my Weiss DS-1 MKII.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been mastering since 1992. I discovered that I love this profession when we were in the beginning of the digital era. I started my own home studio soon after leaving the major studio I was working for and I never stopped mastering in almost 26 years. I have been really successful in my career, earning 2 Latin Grammys and 6 Carlos Gardel Awards to the Technical Excellence.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is hard-working, respectful of the music and extremely committed. I would never deliver a mastering that I am not completely fond of. Most of the times, it´s my own dedication that keeps me working extra hours, not the client´s request.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio has been built throughout the years (I started mastering in 1992 in a much smaller room) and I had the fortune of being able to tailor it to my exact taste. I use a hybrid (analog & digital) mastering chain, comprised of great analog processors made by Shadow Hills, Focusrite, George Massenburg Labs, Neve, Manley, etc and very modern digital processors made by Weiss, TC Electronic, Lavry, Z-Systems, etc. I don´t use plug-ins at all. All my mastering is based on excellent outboard gear, either analog or digital. My monitoring systems are ATC Loudspeakers, both for stereo and 5.1 listening.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Jacob Collier is an artist I would love to work with. Young, extremely talented artists such as him are very inspiring.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Train your ears every day. No visual instrument can give you more information that a well trained pair of ears.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I really love music. I have worked with so many different genres (rock, pop, EDM, world music, Brazilian music, Tango, jazz, punk) that I couldn´t really pick one type of music. Possibly the first 4 genres I mentioned are the ones I work more commonly with.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I can listen to the music and understand very quickly if it has been mixed to its maximum potential or not, and how to get there.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring my good judgement, my almost 3,000 records and 25+ years of experience in mastering, and more importantly, I bring my absolute commitment to deliver an impeccable work. I don´t stop until my client is 100% satisfied.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First, I dedicate enough time to listen to the mix(es) thoroughly. That first listen gives me an awesome lot of information, because my ears are completely fresh in relation to the music I am hearing. Then I write and send a complete report to the musician/engineer/producer who hired me, with my perspective on the audio quality I am hearing. I then wait for their response, if it means a new mix then I have a second listen and if we are in good shape I proceed to mastering. I usually take 24/48 working hours to finish my work and I always first send a sample of my work to the client, so he can trace where I am going. I do my best to keep communication alive with my client because I believe it´s fundamental for both parties in order to get the best results and to avoid misunderstandings.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I get inspiration every single day from musicians from all over the world. I am not exaggerating: it´s easy to be inspired by an Indian producer, a Swedish DJ or a Brazilian musician you have never heard of. And that´s exactly what I get in my everyday´s job!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: After 25+ years of listening to mixes from every genre, I specialize in providing an "audio quality report" that really helps musicians, engineers and producers to get the most out of their mixes before mastering. I strongly believe that mastering is like putting a magnifying glass in front of the mix, therefore both the virtues and defects will be augmented. I try as hard as I can to help the mixer get a great mix, and only then I start mastering. In my profile you´ll see many reviews stating how much the MIx Coaching (R) process has helped them.