Camilo Silva F : 2X Latin Grammy Award winning mastering engineer and pro audio equipment manufacturer. We're Apple MFiT Certified mastering room.

Some of my credits include : Carlos Vives, Andres Cepeda, Pedrina y Rio, Telebit, Zoé....

Camilo is a Universal Audio endorsed artist, AES full time member, LARAS member and also a teacher.

Camilo Silva F. Mastering : Colombia's premiere mastering experience. We are officially an Apple Certified mastering studio. Our highlight isn't about the gear or the room, but about what's really important : The human resource. Camilo's unique set of skills on audio, electronics and computer technology are not found anymore on an engineer these days. He's a young guy with an old soul and a great taste for vintage and custom built gear.

That said, Camilo realized that in order to get superior results he needed to build and equip a mastering room under his exacting specifications and with top-notch design and technology. So he did, and he built most of the room's equipment under his own Camilo Silva F. Brand. That includes all his tube and VCA compressors, three analog summing mixers, a 100% passive and digitally controlled monitoring unit, and more recently, his own D/A stereo tube and 8-channel reference converters. Most of the other pieces in Camilo Silva F. Mastering, except some of his converters and the monitors are modified by Camilo to extract the last drop of performance from them.

Camilo has over 15 years experience as an engineer for the top acts in Colombia, ten of them spent at the legendary Estudios Audiovision in Bogotá, Colombia, where he was resident engineer/mixer/mastering guy and studio tech until mid-2013.

My credits include

Gear highlights

  • Barefoot MicroMain35 Gen2. BuzzAudio REQ2.2MEA Mastering EQ. Pendulum PL-2 Mastering Peak Limiter. Burl B2 Bomber AD. Camilo Silva F. All-Tube DA reference converters
  • Vari-Mu Limiter and All-Tube Mastering Compressor. UAD2 OCTO+QUAD. Avid HDN card.

Genres I specialize in

Terms of Service

Turnaround time is usually fast, a day or two for singles and a bit more for albums . Certified "Mastered for iTunes" versions are included at no extra cost (Let me know if you require MFiT !)

Reviews of Camilo Silva F. Mastering

  • Listing_thumb_afi_soundb1 day agoby Verified Review

    Un placer total Camilo, un gusto trabajar contigo, las atenciones y el profesionalismo anteceden a un trabajo impecable. Buenas vibras y saludos siempre desde Asunción, Paraguay

  • Listing_thumb_steph23 days agoby Verified Review

    Very pleased with the outcome, has a great ear for what the sound needs, It was a pleasure.

  • Default-avatar12 days agoby Verified Review

    Camilo never disappoints very helpful really makes the master version sound great everytime

  • Listing_thumb_11811461_10152876255172396_8712490192392778605_n16 days agoby Verified Review

    Thank You Camilo! You did a beautiful job, and also help guide me through the last final adjustments to make everything come out to be a beautiful song. I can highly recommend You. Thank you once again :-)

  • Default-avatar24 days agoby Verified Review

    Awesome job, very fast delivery, and didn't ask for any revision since the mastered track was perfect. Planning to work with him again on the future.

  • Listing_thumb_redhead_babypicabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

    I recently requested Camilo's services to master a track and he came within 24 hours with a master plus a revision. He really brought out the fullness of the song and the groove. Great quality work and efficiency!

  • Default-avatarabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

    Excellent as usual, he is an amazing audio engineer.

  • Default-avatarabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

    Great job really helpful and professional

  • Default-avatarabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

    Camilo Silva F. Mastering
    Camilo abilities improved the overall quality of my music, I will be calling on him in the future. He has a great ear and provided that extra attention every mastering session should have.

  • Listing_thumb_12-r13-photos-edited-06-29-15__1_about 1 month agoby Verified Review

    Is his name really Camilo, or is it the Lord Of Mastering? Camilo the King!

  • Listing_thumb_11229753_10153427531185330_589337551007586261_n2 months agoby Verified Review

    Excelentes consejos y sonido muy claro. Recomendado al 100%. Un profesional en su trabajo.

  • Default-avatar2 months agoby Verified Review

    As usual Camilo is the man! Great sounding master!

  • Listing_thumb_12-r13-photos-edited-06-29-15__1_2 months agoby Verified Review

    I think that the amount of reviews I've left for Camilo says it all ... I use him for every project I do!! Only person I trust with my productions/mixes to make sure that not only will they punch you in the face with their presence, but that they sonically sound balanced and amazing while they do it!

  • Default-avatar2 months agoby Verified Review

    Excellent as usual! The mastering is just so perfect and on point! Thank you very much Camilo Silva. You are one of a kind!

  • Listing_thumb_cristian_greene_logo3 months agoby Verified Review

    The best of the best !
    Loved working with Camilo and I still will be on my upcoming projects .

  • Default-avatar3 months agoby Verified Review

    I was looking for the best audio engineer and couldn't find one. Until I came across thing guy right here! Camilio Silva, one of the best mastering so far on one of my best tracks. Thank you very much my friend, will choose you again very soon when I will be done with my other tracks!

  • Default-avatar3 months agoby Verified Review

    This is my second time using Camilo and the experience has been great ! I don't claim to be a mix engineer, but I do mix my own tracks and he has helped me tremendously in getting my product to sound exceptional ! I've ask him for suggestions and his advice is spot-on. He has helped me take my mixing to another level. Thank you Camilo!

  • Listing_thumb_12-r13-photos-edited-06-29-15__1_4 months agoby Verified Review

    10 Thumbs Up.

  • Listing_thumb_12-r13-photos-edited-06-29-15__1_5 months agoby Verified Review

    Camilo is the best! 'Nuff said!

  • Default-avatar5 months agoby Verified Review

    I had some mastering done for an instrumental track and the results were superb.Camilo has a unique control, sharpness and precision in his craft.
    I will call Camilo again for my mastering needs.

  • Default-avatar5 months agoby Verified Review

    Camilo is a true professional, experienced and passionate at what he does. Communication was always on time, clear and informative. Very happy with the job he performed. Delivered as promised. Will be working with Camilo again!!

  • Listing_thumb_12-r13-photos-edited-06-29-15__1_5 months agoby Verified Review

    News of Camilo is traveling far and wide! Other producers are reaching out to me and asking how my tracks sound so clean, massive, and full, and I point them to Camilo! That's what happened for this project! And guess what? Producer LOVED it. If I could give more than 5 stars I would!

  • Default-avatar6 months agoby Verified Review

    With Camilo you're not only paying for his great mastering job, big and polish sound, his proven knowledge and experience ... but also you`re paying for his awesome customer service... 100% guaranteed

  • Listing_thumb_12-r13-photos-edited-06-29-15__1_6 months agoby Verified Review

    Camilo always delivers the best masters! For this mix I insisted on using Camilo for the master when the band wanted to use their guy they normally do, but then they heard Camilo's and were BLOWN away! Just goes to show that Camilo truly is the best!

  • Listing_thumb_soundcloud_upload_picture7 months agoby Verified Review

    Camilo is a master at his craft! Extremely friendly, very quick and he delivered super professional quality. Further he pointed out some mixing mistakes which was highly appreciated. He really listens to the material and that's what makes his service very valuable.

  • Listing_thumb_12-r13-photos-edited-06-29-15__1_7 months agoby Verified Review

    I am running out of things to say! Camilo is the best! I go to him exclusively for all my projects! He truly is the best there is!

  • Default-avatar8 months agoby Verified Review

    Working with Camilo has been a real treat and a learning experience. The finished product he delivered brought my track to life and he knows how to really enhance a song where its needed. Ill be using him for all my future projects.

  • Listing_thumb_andres_millan_ssl8 months agoby Verified Review

    Definitively what we were looking for in the master. From now on I believe 100% of my mixes will be heading to Camilo Silva F Mastering. Also, perfect timing, even faster than expected.

  • Default-avatar8 months agoby Verified Review

    Total professional, fabulous person, communication was a dream and fab job mastering my track. All I can say is…
    Genius !

  • Listing_thumb_andres_millan_ssl8 months agoby Verified Review (Client)

    It was great working with Camilo. Information was precise and organized. Furthermore, the communication was extremely fast and concise. Looking forward to work for him again.

  • Default-avatar8 months agoby Verified Review

    Camilo was really cool to work with. Really helpful with his experienced insights on getting the best mastered output. Looking forward to work with him on my future ventures.

  • Default-avatar9 months agoby Verified Review

    There is a reason why Camilo has 2 Latin Grammy awards under his belt...That being said he is also 100% professional and 100% honest which in itself is a rarity these days. Definitely one of the best!!

  • Listing_thumb_image9 months agoby Verified Review

    Incredible sonics & musicality. Very easy to work with & dedicated to perfection!

  • Default-avatar10 months agoby Verified Review

    Excellent mastering engineer and knows his craft without question. Additionally, he is prompt, courteous and will work with you to get the best master possible!

  • Default-avatar11 months agoby Verified Review

    After my first try out with Camilo last month I gave Camilo some other songs for mastering for me, and again he gave me great tips and tricks and I love the results of the songs, it sounds open, the low and high ranges are very clear and he put his secret tricks in it, Fantastic ! Camilo and thanks for your work and energy
    regards Martin

  • Default-avatar11 months agoby Verified Review

    Amazing work! Great communication and a quick return! Will definitely be returning for more masters.

  • Default-avatar11 months agoby Verified Review

    For the first time in my life, I did a Mastering via Internet and saw Camilo on it , read reviews about him and it's really true what most of them were saying
    Great Service and Feedback and for sure I will let him do some other tracks in the future ! You did a great Job Camilo and Thanks, talk to you soon
    regards Martin Duiser

  • Listing_thumb_12-r13-photos-edited-06-29-15__1_12 months agoby Verified Review

    Once again Camilo delivered me a crystal clear, punchy, and larger-than-life master! I HIGHLY recommend him. If you want the best qualities of your mix brought to life in a master, this is your guy.

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    10/10

  • Listing_thumb_scan_1-2_removedblood12 months agoby Verified Review

    Very Profesional Individual. He made sure we are on the same page when It came to expectations for the final Product. Very Happy with His Service. Thank You Camilo awesome Job!

  • Listing_thumb_12-r13-photos-edited-06-29-15__1_about 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Amazing work once again! Camilo is the best mastering engineer there is!

  • Default-avatarabout 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Excellent first experience on SoundBetter with Camilo.
    Very attentive, personable and gooood sounding professional mastering service.
    I am totally thrilled with the mastered result of my mixes. First round was enough, no need for reviews or corrections. The tracks came out punchy, clear, loud and consistent.
    Would definitely recommend Camilo!

  • Listing_thumb_12-r13-photos-edited-06-29-15__1_about 1 year agoby Verified Review

    What can I say besides INCREDIBLE!? Camilo delivers the best masters I've ever had, and this is coming from someone who has had masters done by some of the most acclaimed engineers in the industry. He is truly a magician!

  • Listing_thumb_img_6632about 1 year agoby Verified Review

    I already feel I trust Camilo to master my tracks, and I could send them off without even listening to them. Always a pleasure!

  • Listing_thumb_img_6632over 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Another solid job from Camilo (even on this noisy-industrial track!). Always courteous and efficient! Track was received quicker than planned. A+

  • Listing_thumb_imageover 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Great Person to work with and worth every dollar. Do not hesitate to work with this guy it will be one of the best decisions you have made.

  • Listing_thumb_img_6632over 1 year agoby Verified Review

    This guy can read my mind. Did an excellent job on a completely different sounding track I sent his way. Surprised me once again. Pleasure to do business with!

  • Listing_thumb_img_6632over 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Since getting back into the music industry, Camilo was the first person to work on any material I've produced. Camilo was a pleasure to work with and knows what he is doing. Great mastered track that even bandaged up my flaws. Great customer service, communication, efficiency, and a professional. A+

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby Verified Review

    What a great sound here! Camilo gives you a great customer service too. Thumps up!

  • Listing_thumb_12804744_982134708548146_3278477087578776458_nabout 1 month agoby

    No es la primera vez que trabajo con el GRAN Camilo Silva, no deja de sorprenderme su talento, excelente trabajo y asesoramiento en la Mezcla, lleva mi mezcla a un siguiente nivel...sin duda seguiremos trabajando juntos, GRAN EQUIPO!!!

  • Default-avatarabout 1 month agoby

    professional, straightforward and really cool.

  • Default-avatar5 months agoby

    Camilo did an amazing job and really made the whole experience of having a track mastered seem effortless. I will definitely contact him for more masters.

    Great!

  • Listing_thumb_na_vi5 months agoby

    I've worked with Camilo since I started producing Music. All I have to say is : Amazing!! Balance,Dynamics and punch!!

  • Default-avatar5 months agoby

    Really impressed to work with Camilo from the beginning to end very professional in every aspect. My sound definitely sounds better and for sure i'm looking forward to work with him again.

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    great MASTERING, mastered for iTunes included 10/10

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Camilo's work is simply masterful. My producer and I worked extremely hard on the mixes of my album but still had a few minor issues with each mix. Camilo not only fixed every issue we had when he mastered the album, but gave my music a polish and punch that takes it to the next level. He is efficient, reliable, and works quickly. 6 out of 5 stars!

  • Listing_thumb_12-r13-photos-edited-06-29-15__1_over 1 year agoby

    Camilo is one of the best mastering engineers I've ever worked with! INCREDIBLE quality masters, quick turnaround, and a willingness to work with your needs and wants. A++++++++

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Interview with Camilo Silva F. Mastering

Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Of course the Carlos Vives record, Corazon Profundo. I recorded many things on that album...Percussions, Accordion, vocals, Hammond...Really fulfilling for me. Also, Superlitio's "Nocturna" which is one of my favorite albums from a Colombian Band (from a purely audience perspective) and Doctor Krapula's "Ama-Zonas" which is kinda concept album with a non-stop flow of music and landscapes.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Take your time to evaluate your options. No rush ! And let your prospect engineer's experience and credits do the talking. He / She needs to be a good fit for your project. Remember : Equpment is irrelevant compared to human resource.
What do you bring to a song?
Perspective. Vision, objectivity and a fresh set of skilled and experienced ears. I'm not your typical no-credits no-name no real-experience youtube-educated "mastering" guy. I've done the whole ear-educating process of being a recording and mix engineer for more than a decade and i use all that experience to my client's advantage. Remember this : A mixing engineer who also offers mastering (usually as a package and usually doing so in a mixing room not designed and optimized for mastering to keep costs down) can get good results quite often, but a true mastering engineer is irreplaceable (Gladly !). We get paid for our experience and objectivity, and the ability to apply that experience and objectivity on a specialized, fine-tuned environment.
Tell us about your studio setup.
My setup is mostly custom-built or modified gear. I mostly dislike stock gear, as i think any idiot with some money can get great and expensive gear, but very few engineers are capable of building and modding their own gear. Sadly, that breed of engineers is slowly dissapearing. Anyone can buy. Few can design and build. So. besides a couple key (stock) pieces, all my gear is either built by me, or modified by me to match the sound i demand from them. For the monitoring, i chose the fabulous Barefoot MicroMain35 Gen2, mostly because i really dislike subwoofers and the Barefoots can go as low as 35Hz at very high SPL levels while delivering the most precise sound i've ever heard on a multipurpose monitor like this. Also, their size is perfect for my room size and they can rip your head off too ! I've yet to hear a lowend so precise in another monitor system that's adequate for my room dimensions. My passive monitoring controller, i built it to be superior to any active (amplified, be it discrete, opamp, etc..) monitor controller. It's signal path is the closest you'll get to a wire and there's no active components anywhere. Also, stereo tracking error is less than 0.1dB worst case scenario. I made sure of that by matching by hand every component to 0.1% tolerance. I recently installed the fabulous BuzzAudio REQ2.2 MEA Mastering Equalizer and the Pendulum Audio PL-2 Analog Brickwall Limiter. I realized that i'm never going to finish that tube mastering EQ i've been building for so long...I don't have that time anymore as my room is pushing me right at my limit ! I have my own brand tube compressors and summing amplifiers, and i'm a heavy UAD user. I have a powerful setup (UAD2 OCTO+QUAD) so i have plenty of creative power. My room is rated at NC (noise criterion) 20 with the ventilation system running. It's very quiet. Also, i have natural light, which is a big plus. Comfort, comfort, comfort ! This is paramount !
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I've doing this since i finished high school. I jumped on a console as soon as i could after that. I wanted to be who i am now since i was 13. Of course i've had luck but i always prepared myself to made sure that i was worthy when the big chance arrived. I've had the luck of winning a couple Latin Grammys and being nominated 14 times over the years, four of them are name nominations (when the engineer is nominated by name, just as the artist, that happens on album, song and recording of the year).
Can you share one music production tip?
Trust your instincts. Don't overthink. Don't procrastinate, take quick decisions and commit to them.
What are you working on at the moment?
Well, i've just completed project # 200 this year in almost six months of work...So go figure ! Memorable ones : Three tracks for the award winning Zoé band from Mexico, The "Tourista" band album from Perú, a 4-song EP from Johnny Baab Trio (N.Y), Toño Cepeda's Album (a highly evolved art-rock artist from Ecuador, Mixed by the great Alvaro Aléncar), the "Quinta Kalavera" (from Mexico) band's album....Lots of work everyday !
What type of music do you usually work on?
Being in such a musically-diverse country as Colombia, i've worked on everything, from the Colombian Symphonic Orchestra, to Jazz, to World Music, to urban to top-40 Pop to Rock to Death Metal. I enjoy every genre and every style brings me a different learning experience.
Analog or digital and why?
Both ! It doesn't matter anymore but for certain tasks nothing digital can beat one of my self-built tube compressors.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I promise you this : A big smile on your face.
What do you like most about your job?
That it doesn't feel like a job anymore. It's pure pleasure.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
The most common : Can we get it real loud ? (yes we can, but i advice against it unless it's absolutely necessary) Another one : What's your studio's weapon of choice ??? Answer : Me, of course. Equipment is irrelevant compared to human resource.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That would be the idea that anyone without real world experience can do this in any room, treated or untreated and get real world results.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
The main question is : How dynamic would you like your master to be ? How fast do you need it ? Any particular loudness and format requirements ?
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
1 - My Barefoot MM35 Gen2 monitors. 2 - My soldering iron, so i can modify anything i want !!. 3 - My Herman Miller chair, comfort is paramount. 4 - Cashews. Lots of them. 5 - Good company !
How would you describe your style?
My style is a combination of technically-minded but very creative and ever evolving process. Loud, punchy. dynamic but above all, RESPECTFUL.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Hard one...By now i've had the privilege of working with every artist i've ever wanted, at least at national level.
What's your strongest skill?
Technical proficience combined with experienced ears and great people skills. In other words : I'm a total client pleaser.
What's your typical work process?
I always listen to the material first. If asked, i'll offers suggestions according to what i hear. Then i'll proceed and send a preview on MP3 at 320KBPS for approval (or revisions). After approval and payment, i'll send the full package, including a DDP master with custom player (if required), certified "Mastered for iTunes" versions (which are mastered at lower levels and with better dynamics than the CD / Radio version) and anything else my client request. Remember that i'm an Apple certified "Mastered For iTunes" engineer.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
More than music production professionals, i'm inspired by people like me : Studio engineers who can build his own equipment or genius designers who influence all our sounds with their designs : People Like Bill Putnam (UA), Rupert Neve (Rupert Neve Designs), George Massenburg (GML)....
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
At this time, i'm dedicated exclusively to Mastering....Sadly i don't have time anymore for mixing as much as i love it. I really miss it but all my energy is focused on Mastering right now.