Hello. I´m David Parra, sound engineer based in Mexico City. As an engineer and musician, I had found the best of both worlds. Fully experienced as a recording, mixing and mastering engineer. Multi-instrumentalist with production skills. Participated in major and renowned projects in Latin America since 2007.
(formerly "no tocar!" Studio)
- Mixing engineer
- Recording engineer
- Mastering engineer
- Music production
- Live shows playback systems
// 2015 Latin Grammy Nominee / Album of The Year //
MTV Unplugged - Pepe Aguilar
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- Pepe Aguilar - MTV Unplugged
- Café Tacvba - El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco
- Meme - No Puedo Parar Single
- Liber Terán - Errante
- Presidente - La Gran Magia
- Bengala - Sigue
- Austin TV - Caballeros del Albedrío
- Los Bunkers - Música Libre
- Súi - Galaxias
- Los Angeles Negros - No Morirá Jamás
- La Banderville - Mutante Adolescente
- Los Pellejos
- Café Tacvba - Sino
- Liber Terán - Cantante Solitario
- La Tremenda Korte
- Meme - Todo Va A Estar Bien Single
- Café Tacvba - Jei Beibi
Reviews (10)Endorse | Wall of Sound | workshop
whoa , A big Thank you to you, you did a very good job on my track , my track sounds perfect exactly the way i want it too , thank you !! this guy is flipping good , i encourage yall to work with him ! and he fast and reliable .. thank you again..
I'm so happy with my tracks!. David really pays attention to details. He listened to my feedback and comments. At the ended he fixed all of my concerns regarding these tracks so now they sound professional and ready for release. I recommend David as a solid and knowledgeable engineer!
My first album and I wanted it to be the best I could. I reviewed three ways to do the Master (web service, SW plugin or hire a professional). I decided to hire a David. It was the best choice. The web service gave an "ok" sound but I felt it lacked something important. David succeed to arrive to that sound & quick. 100% professional. Worth it.
Highly recommended! he has a great ear, excellent ideas, and he works fast. It was an enjoyable process working with him on a master.
Great engineer, so patient and fulfilled my very strict requirements within time constrains! I definitely recommend him (:
Quality work done to improve and tune vocals - responsive and honest with communication. Could not ask for more!
Very good job of David serious and professional. If you can recommend
Amazing job , the songs went into another level and space. The whole band is really happy with the end result. He is Ana amazing engineer and and an artist at mixing and mastering.
AN INCREDIBLE WORK PREPARED BY DAVID PARRA ONE OF THE BEST MEXICAN ENGINEERS, THE TREMENDOUS KORTE RECOMMENDS THE WIDELY IN ANY SERVICES PROVIDED, IT IS A MEXICAN PRIDE.
I contacted David to mix a song and I couldn't be more pleased with the final result. David is very professional, he understands the artist's concept and he sure knows how to make it sound good!
Interview with | Wall of Sound | workshop
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Be organized. Recall sheets, named tracks, session descriptions, dates. All you can specified. When you want to go back, this will make it lot easier.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. I like to seize their strengths, and I'm always open to new ideas.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Working side by side with Mick Guzauski. I had the amazing experience of working with him. He recorded one of the latest songs of Café Tacvba, and mixed the entire last album. I recorded several part of that record, made all the overdubs and post with the band in their studio, and I had to make all the session prep for Mick. I made rough mixes so Mick could have an idea of what we were looking and could have a good perception of the songs. Even sometimes he started from there. Communication with him was crucial in this process, all the time. He is so professional and humble, beside he is an artist!, not just an engineer. I learned a lot from him and his workflow process. Such a great experience and we all are very proud of the result.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it could be really easy, and is not worth it... and that isn´t such an important part of the creative process as equal as the music.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Always I tried to understand what they want, what they need. I asked them to be very explicit. How they imagine and visualize their songs. Any question can help me getting into this...
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I'm thinking.... bold. That would be my style. I enjoy going far away in the mix, going to a breakpoint. Sometimes (many) works for me, but if not, I start pulling back until I feel I get the best path for the song. Always keeping in mind that the song is the most important element here, always.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My artistic sensibility and musical passion, my intuition, my taste, my perspective, my experience. Heart, soul and mind (sounds cheesy, but I really do it that way).
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: That would be mixing. For sure. That is the most I do, most of the time. I also do mastering, and editing in PT (quite a lot). But my daily basis for sure is mixing. I enjoy recording as well. In the musical process, I find myself doing music production, beat programming, and arrangements.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been into music since I'm 12. I started playing drums. At 15 guitar, and so on with other instruments... That was the main cause I finished here. About 13 years ago I started playing with audio software, doing stuff at home, playing covers and making sequence tracks for this... After that, I decided this was for sure what I want for me. I studied sound engineering and master production, but most important, since my first months at school, I started working in a pro studio as well. From the real bottom. Working hard to achieve what I have today and more. Two years after, I also started working as a live sound engineer. From 2009 to present, I've been doing both live and studio with major Mexican artists, from the real top of the list. Now I have the chance to seize all my experience and knowledge into my studio.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: There are too many musicians, producers and engineers that inspired me to become better every day... But if I have to choose some of them, my list would start with Nigel Godrich and Thom Yorke... Tchad Blake is a genius!, Mitchell Froom, Tony Peluso, Eddie Kramer, Tom Elmhirst, Geoff Emerick, Butch Vig, Mick Guzauski, Joe Ciccarelli, Jack White, Alan Parsons, Rick Rubin, Gustavo Santaolalla, Dave Pensado, to name very few...
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Most of the time I work with live instrumentation. From the basic drums, bass, guitar, etc., in a rock setup (and its alternatives); to some things more complex or "traditional" kind of instruments, Latin American folk music. In the past couple of years I had worked with several electronic music too, more like a genres blend, and I´m starting feeling comfortable with that.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: - ProTools 10 - Yamaha NS10 Monitors - Amphion One18 Monitors - Universal Apollo 16 Interface - UAD Quad Satellite - UBK Fatso - Eli Distressor EL8-X - Obsidian 500 Stereo Compressor - Standard Audio Level-Or - Shadow Hills Mono Gamma - Maschine Mikro MKII - Several FX pedals... Eventide Space. Space Echo, Memory Man, TC Nova Reverb, Strymon El Capistan, Strymon Flint, KaossPad II, Akai Head Rush, Malekko Delay, and more. These are some of my studio toys.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To make my best effort and beyond to understand and get connected to their music, so I can delivery what are they expecting to. Their music are their babies, I have to take care a lot of them...
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: All of it!! It´s my life, my passion, not my job.