Sergio Zamorano is a mexico based audio engineer with 7+ years of experience that has worked with Latin Grammy winning artists and prominent figures in Mexico's independent music scene. Graduated from Berklee's partner university, "Rec Música Centro de Estudios Musicales", specialized in mixing, mastering and sound design.
I offer mixing, editing, mastering and sound design services with a personal approach to each project, understanding that no music is the same and because of this it shouldn't be approached in the same way.
Before starting to work on your project, I will have a short discussion with you to learn the direction of your project, how should I approach it and what you're expecting from my work.
I specialize on mixing and sound design, and I have a very technical approach towards mastering, striving for the best balance between loudness and dynamics, preserving the "soul" or "mojo" of the song.
I come from a rock background, but I like to listen (and work on) all kind of music. If you check my soundcloud playlist you'll find I've work on a huge variety of genres including symphonic orchestras, singer/songwriter, reggae, rock, pop and even flamenco. https://soundcloud.com/sergio-zamorano/tracks
Since the "podcast boom" that came with the pandemic, i've also dived into sound correction. Most people that started their own podcast don't have an acoustically treated room. That's where I come in, reducing background noise, controlling unwanted reverbs and restoring archival audio.
-Mastering (stereo and stems price may vary)
-Sound correction / Restoration
-Vocal pitch correction (Melodyne)
-Synthesis & Sound Design
Let's make some music!
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
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Interview with Sergio Zamorano
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: La Comuna's Live session. It's not easy recording a 9-man band when you're limited to 16 channels and a not so big space, but it sounded great.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Hybrid. I'm a firm believer that with modern technology digital comes extremely close to analog, and sometimes it is not discernible. But for more detailed processes like summing, I prefer analog.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll make your music sound great, but preserving it's essence.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I mean, who doesn't dream about working on music?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: No, I'm not a DJ.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I wouldn't. There's no clients and salty air would ruin it. But if you want me to choose my 5 favorite pieces of gear I'd go with Elysia Alpha, SSL console, Antelope interface, LA2A and 1176.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Halestorm. Their music is great, and there's a lot of room to "play" or experiment with their music (in the technical aspect).
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Louder isn't better. Dynamic is better.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, Pop, Reggae and Latin.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Critical Listening. I don't like to focus on visual meters, except on mastering where there's more technical aspects. But mixing, if it sounds good it's good, nevermind what the spectrum analyzer says.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Clarity and congruence, but preserving the essence.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Most of the work I do is in the box. I find it a lot more practical and I can achieve incredible results, but If I want a specific sound I use my peripherals
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Hardware: Antelope interface, SSL AWS924 console, 2x Distressor, Elysia Alpha, LA2A, 1176, Lexicon Reverbs. Software: Pro tools/Logic Pro X, Reason. Plug-ins: Arturia, Fabfilter, Waves, IK Multimedia, Boz Digital Labs, Klanghelm, Slate, etc.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I live for rock music. Some of my favorite artists are Scorpions, Halestorm, Nightwish and Deep Purple, but I like all kinds of music. On the engineer side, I admire Manny Marroquin (Mixer) and the late George Marino (Mastering Engineer, RIP).
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing and mastering. I also specialize on synthesis and sound design, but most of my work has been mixinand mastering