Rafael Ramos

Mixing and Mastering

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I have been working in music for more than 16 years and with each passing day I feel the need to delve even more into this ocean of sounds. When I listen to a song, I always close my eyes and feel what each instrument is telling me, and in this way I am shaping the sounds until the music is present in my ears.

I love to mix. And I am happy to work with you on your project taking your music to the next level. So many of my clients are always thanking me for making their sonic vision come to reality. I strive to work a record that sounds FINAL."

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Interview with Rafael Ramos

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

  2. A: I am proud of all the projects I participate in. I always give my best in everything I do and this has generated good results for me.

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

  4. A: At the moment I'm mixing a vocal group from the Dominican Republic called One Praise.

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

  6. A: No.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: They are parallel worlds. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. I use digital for low cost and high performance.

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

  10. A: I don't promise anything to my clients. I do whatever it takes to make the music what it needs to be.

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

  12. A: Music is art. Every day I make art!

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

  14. A: Is your mix all ITB? Yes it is 100% ITB. And I'm very happy about it.

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

  16. A: I think the biggest mistake is to think that in mixing everything has a solution. The end result of a good job depends on all the processes involved.

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

  18. A: What do you want with your music? What feeling do you want to convey to those who will listen to your music?

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

  20. A: Look for what's best for your music. Look for professionals that you are sure will work hard to take your music to the highest level.

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

  22. A: Hard question...

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

  24. A: I started my music career as a musician playing piano in a church. At 19 I started to dedicate myself to audio and decided to specialize in mixing. I've been doing this for 16 years.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: I don't think everyone should stick to one style. I am what music wants me to be.

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

  28. A: I would like to mix John Mayer. I really like his music.

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

  30. A: Always try to create a feeling in those who will listen to your music. What makes a song good or not is the feeling it generates in people.

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

  32. A: I mix different styles of music every day. From folk music to Trap music.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Definitely the Mix.

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

  36. A: I try to exalt in music the feeling that music has. If the song is sad, I will emphasize that feeling. My purpose is always to awaken in listeners the feeling that music has.

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

  38. A: First I listen to the music exactly as the producers send me the audios and feel if editing is necessary. After editing everything, I do a rough mix to feel what the song wants to tell me. And from there I start mixing. I try to be in tune with the producer so that I can transpose the producer's idea into the music and at the same time put my sonic identity.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I have a Home Studio with Pro Tools Ultimate and Antelope interface. I use Adam A7x monitors with Adam Sub10 subwoofer. I use UAD plugins, SSL, Digital Slate, Plugin Alliance, FabFilter, etc... The mixing and mastering is ITB.

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

  42. A: I really admire Michael Brauer, Tony Maserati and Manny Marroquim.

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

  44. A: Daily I mix and master many different styles of music.

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I was the Mixing Engineer, Mastering Engineer in this production

Gear Highlights
  • Adam A77X
  • Icon QCon Pro
  • Avid Pro Tools
  • Antelope Zen Tour
  • Softube Console 1 MK2
  • Slate Digital
  • SSL Plugins
  • UAD Plugins.
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