My name is Ruben Castro , I am a Los Angeles based Mixing Engineer and I want to help you get the sound you've always wanted. I've assisted engineered sessions with artists like Khalid, Zara Larsson, Maria Isabel. Credits include : Idris Elba, Zara Larsson, Robot 95, The Midnight, Near x Far, NCS, PopSockets.
Started as an assistant engineer for Grammy Winning Producer Latroit, in Los Angeles and eventually had my first opportunity to co-mix Inner City's "We All Move Together" ft. Idris Elba.
In 2021, I started from the ground up at Record Plant Recording Studios, as a runner. During that time, I learned all about recording and using an SSL console. I worked my way up to assist in a few sessions with artists such as: Lil Bibby.
Today, I am an assistant engineer/engineer at Just For The Record in Los Angeles. Some sessions include: Khalid, Zara Larsson, Danja, Maria Isabel, Parkwood Ent.
I am extremely excited to work with you, let's make it happen!
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
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Interview with Ruben Castro
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am very proud of a project I did for PopSockets. I produced, mixed and mastered the 2021 Ad.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently wrapping up a big Synch commercial for an upcoming Padel company as well as assisting engineering at Just For The Record.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! I love recording vocals through my trusted Vocal Chain. I also like running my mixbus through my trusted gear!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'm here to help bring your vision to life & I'll do whatever it takes to make that happen! We will work together and get it to the finish line.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love getting an artist happy & excited about their song. I love connecting with new people & helping them achieve the sound they've always wanted.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you make it -3Lufs? Yes. Can you make it sound like this record? Yes.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Bad recordings can't be fixed!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How many songs are you looking to get done? What have you been listening to lately?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Work with people that truly believe in your art.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Macbook Pro, Apollo Twin, Audeze LCD-X, Telefunken 251, 1073.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started djing years ago and I found myself touring around Mexico. I had the opportunity of opening for Marshmello. I started as an assistant engineer for grammy winning producer Latroit, in Los Angeles and eventually had my first opportunity to co-mix Inner City's "We All Move Together" ft. Idris Elba. In 2021 , I started from the ground up at Record Plant Recording, as a runner. During that time, I learned all about recording and using an SSL console. I worked my way up to assist in a few sessions with artists such as: Lil Bibby.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Communication is key, assertive , organized, efficient. Mix style : Loud, punchy, clear.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would like to work with J Balvin. He is a major inspiration to me.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Pick the right samples!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on EDM, Reggeaeton, Latin, Pop.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Attention to detail, communication, finisher.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I make it sound like a record. I love bringing out elements that you didn't hear were there. I love making choruses hit.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Depends on the project , deadlines and needs of the client. Usually we schedule a call , listen to the record & figure out a game plan. We talk about what your needs are and how can get there. After I receive stems, I check to see if any stems are mixing and I get to work. I'll do many passes before sending the first pass.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Currently rocking MB3-X's, Apollo 8xp, Apollo x16, Lynx Hilo, D.W. Fearn VT-5.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Zhu , J-Balvin , FKA Twigs , David Guetta.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing, Mastering, Music Production & Dolby Atmos!