Gonzalo Castro

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Gonzalo Castro on SoundBetter

Grammy Awards and multiplatinum mixer Engineer. Almost 30 years experience.

For almost 30 years I've been working with and collaborating with a long list of top Spanish artists. From all these jobs some have been awarded the Latin Grammy and many have risen to top sales with gold and multi platinum records.

My mixes will be very immersive, I love to work to create excellent atmospheres with a direct sound and inverse mix that will not leave you indifferent when listening.

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Credits

Discogs verified credits for Gonzalo Castro
  • Lagartija Nick (2)
  • Massiel
  • Mercromina
  • Los Enemigos
  • Sabina Y Cia*
  • Maíta Vende Cá
  • Pecos
  • Digital 21
  • Digital 21
  • Digital 21
  • Niña Pastori
  • Pepe Luis Carmona Habichuela*
  • Corazones Estrangulados
  • Corazones Estrangulados
  • Antonio Flores
  • Pancho Varona
  • Distrito 14
  • Distrito 14
  • Raimundo Amador
  • Rebeldes*
  • Ely Guerra
  • Lagartija Nick (2)
  • Los Enemigos
  • Mercromina
  • Massiel
  • Mercromina
  • Paloma San Basilio
  • Various
  • Hilario Camacho
  • Tino Di Geraldo
  • Various
  • El Hombre Gancho
  • Antonio Rodríguez (3)
  • Antonio Rodríguez (3)
  • Frank T
  • Los Enemigos
  • Various
  • Lemon^Fly
  • Niña Pastori
  • Sabina Y Cia*
  • Ella Baila Sola
  • Kesia
  • Elefantes
  • Ana Belén
  • Frank T
  • Café Quijano
  • Jovanotti
  • Clovis
  • Corcobado*
  • La Excepcion...*
  • Niña Pastori
  • Digital 21
  • Digital 21
  • Niña Pastori
  • Enrique Heredia "Negri"*
  • Niña Pastori
  • Niña Pastori
  • Pepe Luis Carmona Habichuela*
  • Ella Baila Sola

3 Reviews

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  1. Review by Joel
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    by Joel

    Gonzalo is a great listener. He is able to shift directions quickly according to the song’s sonic needs and makes the whole creative process sound amazing. We worked together with Ella Baila Sola and in very interesting conditions and Gonzalo was very patient and worked hard to make the process easy for us all.

  2. Review by Arturo Soriano
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    by Arturo Soriano

    As a producer, I met Gonzalo Castro at the Sonoland studios, when he was still a recording and mixing assistant. Later, as an engineer, we recorded several albums with very satisfactory results. His working method is really demanding and perfectionist, guarantee of top sound!

  3. Review by Sergio
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    by Sergio

    I have been lucky to have Gonzalo in several jobs, his professionalism and talent is incredible. It is a real privilege to be able to count on him.

Interview with Gonzalo Castro

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: Both! My training began in the analog world with the wonders sound of the great transistor tube equipment, Studers multitrack, vintage equalizers, compressors, preamps, effects, large consoles... analog tape editing by hand, and I have lived on the front line the emergence and evolution of digital technology from the first digital multitrack (with tape editing), the appearance of the first portable professional computers and music programming began, the emergence of the recorders of the big brands of software and audio editors like Protools or Logic .... I have lived all the evolution of the digital domain until today. At the beginning of the digital era it is true that there were many shortcomings in the sound, many good things of the analog sound were lost, although many possibilities were opened in the creative part and it was anticipated that these shortcomings would eventually improve and get to be at the height of the analog domain. Nowadays this domain has advanced enormously and some results have been achieved by combining them with some analogical punctual processes (even without them) you can get excellent results without missing all those great equipments (or at least not so much anymore), there are some companies that are based on much research and years of development have achieved results that in blind A-B tests make you doubt which comes from one or the other environment. Choosing well what is used in each world you can achieve impressive results, with considerable time savings, greater creative possibilities and the opportunity of performing setups of mixes almost instantly to be able to recover at different times a mix already with some distance and to be able to provide objectively better decisions in the mix. Both worlds have turned everything into a much more creative and enriching process.

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

  4. A: Search the piece that is going to be a contribution to your project.

  5. Q: How would you describe your style?

  6. A: You could consider my style is direct, with character and taking very careful of the ambients, always putting all the sensitivity I am capable of bringing to each mix.

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

  8. A: To be meticulous and detailed, passionate to the last consequences, always trying not to lose at any time the soul of the composition. Only a high level of requirement in each step on the process make the result clear and direct to the listener.

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

  10. A: The spectrum is very broad, the main artists who are and were referents such as: King Crimsom, Bowie, Lou Reed, Neil Young, Nick Cave, The Clash, Paul Weller, Fran Black, The Cure, Pixies, Pearl Jam, Jeff Buckley, Massive Attack, Pulp, Beck, Portishead, Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Queen of the Stone Age, Foo fighters, The Staat, Flume.... Great names and source of inspiration for many professional and artist.

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

  12. A: Attractive and creative mixes providing a great sound, giving the most appropriate sense and style for the theme and the message to be trasmitted.

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

  14. A: There are several projects. They have been very special, both for their relevance for having been awarded or nominated for a Latin Grammy, as well as for having achieved top sales with gold or multiplatinum records in Spain and Latin America. That can be a source of pride, but as I said before, I enjoy enormously in big productions as well as in projects of alternative or independent bands or artists. As long as there is a good proposal, I will be happy to get the best for each mix, which is really what I am passionate about.

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

  16. A: I'm working in several projects...

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

  18. A: At this moment I don't know. However, I have been able to appreciate in a quick search, that there are great professionals which has encouraged me to include myself in this portal.

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

  20. A: The commitment to perform each mix with total dedication in order to achieve the ideal ambience and sound for the listening of the track.

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

  22. A: To be able to contribute something valuable to the song with my mixes. It is a job that if you live it you are completely absorbed during the process, in which it is a challenge to bring your own perception, trying to make it as attractive as possible while listening.

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

  24. A: Maybe it's how is to get a big size in the music with a wide and deep low end, and how to get a separation of instruments without losing the size of the song so that everything sounds clean. My answer is dedicating a lot of time and work to understand how to sculpt this range of frequencies, how to divide it assigning to each instrument, its space and relevance in the song, having a clear objective and many references in my head and, understanding how a transducer works mechanically.

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

  26. A: Probably being too obsessive (which I don't really consider a negative thing). I couldn't say which part is the worst, in any case, that’s something I try not to have in my work and my clients will be able to talk about that better than me.

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

  28. A: What they are looking for in their music and the tastes they would like to bring to the mix.

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

  30. A: I hope I don't have to...

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

  32. A: My career is almost 30 years, in which I was trained in the most emblematic studios in Spain, participating in major productions with leading national and some international artists, where many of these jobs have managed to rise to the top sales and some have been awarded with nominations or Latin Grammy awards.

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

  34. A: There would be a long list of artists, but I can say that when I receive a proposals to me it is a challenge with which I tenjoy and in which I see the opportunity to investigate new proposals. I really enjoy every piece of work I receive.

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

  36. A: I love Pop music, Rock music, generally genres where I move in, which I consider my natural environment. In addition, due to my geographical location, I am fortunate to participate in flamenco music, a super rich and complex style. I am also lucky to have worked and done many projects with great flamenco artists in all its variants.

  37. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  38. A: The ability to focus on polishing each sound and not stopping until everything sounds coherent and natural. I consider myself very detail-oriented and I don't stop until everything is in its place, so that it captures you while listening, making you enjoy the full song.

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

  40. A: I like the artist to provide me with as much information as possible, if they already have a definite idea of what they want to achieve. If they have some reference this is helpful to focus the way to take.However there is no problem if there is nothing defined and they prefer to give me freedom to my interpretation with the material that they give me, I am convinced that the way and result will be to their liking or very close to it, so that later with these proposals I can have a better idea with which to polish the proposal sent.

  41. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  42. A: The mixes are process and developed with a mix of solutions from analog and digital domain mixed within Protools HDX. Taking advantage of a part of the process in the analog environment to achieve greater size and depth to the mixes by performing the sum of mixing analogically through 40 independent outputs through high quality converters performing the analog sum through SSL obtaining that depth and harmonic richness of the brand where they have made a lot of reference albums and greatest hits which provides an unmistakable character. Within the digital environment a whole battery of solutions with the best software, hardware with all plugins from the big brands that really sound amazing and have all the character and color of the best analog equipment, together with other auxiliary tools for certain processes samplers and sequencers as well as other great tools from UAD, Plugin Alliance, Izotope, Melodyne, Acústica Audio, Audio Slate, Nugen.... A mix of solutions from each domain to get a final mixing with a big, wide-open and deep sound result really up to any personal reference ant to be able to recover very fast each setup to we can make any retouch fast in any time without lost of quality.

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