"Don't be fooled by the large amount of great Latin tracks that Dave has worked on, that's just the tip of the iceberg. His mixing skills transcend all genres and geographies. He listened to what I was trying to accomplish, offered up his own creative suggestions and delivered a robust mix that sounded as I hoped it would sound!" - Plaine
I started to play drums when I was 12. That was the beginning.
I remember caring about things, just like any other boy, except for music. Music was something else, something new. My body discovered that connection, and my mind was consumed by beats, chords, and melodies.
That “thing” you feel with it, I have been feeling it too since 1998.
After several years of playing instruments and having a couple of bands, I discovered my passion. The path or paths in which music is created and assembled. That is my truth.
Years and years dedicated to it with devotion and complicity, given me more than I could have ever expected. This is why I am so committed; I owe it to music.
I am Dave Parra, sound engineer and musician, Latin Grammy winner, and this is a tiny piece of my story. Now, I want to listen yours.
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
24 Reviews - 5 Repeat ClientsEndorse Dave Parra | Wall of Sound
Dave added so much to my song with his drums! He’s a fantastic musician with a professional sound and is very easy to work with
Dave was fantastic to work with. I gave him the freedom to mix with a creative ear and make changes that he thought would improve the mix. The end result sounded so much better than I could have imagined. He made multiple revisions to make sure it was exactly like I wanted. I will absolutely be working with Dave again in the future.
I could not have had a better experience with Dave! My album was a mess of different styles recorded in different places and with pretty average-level equipment and he made the whole thing come together and sound amazing while also bringing some really awesome creative ideas to the table. He was super communicative and patient with me when I got picky about one of the songs, a total class act the whole way through. Without a doubt, you can trust him with your music!
Dave came through with another great mix. Revisions were quick and details were on point. Will recommend to anyone.
Don't be fooled by the large amount of great Latin tracks that Dave has worked on, that's just the tip of the iceberg. His mixing skills transcend all genres and geographies. I wrote an electronic/rock ballad and Dave did a fantastic job with it, as I was really struggling with the mix. He listened to what I was trying to accomplish, offered up his own creative suggestions and delivered a robust mix that sounded as I hoped it would sound. He was extremely easy and pleasurable to work with!
The work Dave did on my project was great! I look forward to working with him very soon.
Dave is really good at his job! And really nice to talk to! He did a great job! Can only recommend him!
Really nice guy! It was a pleasure to work with him. Quick turnaround time and even though we did a few revisions he was happy to help us out! :)
Dave, Did a fantastic job on my production, he added fresh ideas to the project. I look forward to working with Dave again. Thanks Jimmie Gray
I was quite impressed with how he captured the feeling of the song. It fits so perfectly. He was patient and trustworthy as well, which was much appreciated.
I can't wait to show off the final product of the whole creation that came of working with Dave.
Dave has a great ear and added a wonderful boost to my track! IN THE MIDST OF A PANDEMIC NO LESS!
Extremely professional, great pricing, fantastic to work with, and the result was exactly what I was looking for. I cannot recommend him enough!
Dave was able to bring my track to the next level and was really receptive to all of my input. He did a fantastic job. I look forward to working with him on more tracks moving forward!
I've worked with a few mixers on soundbetter, and so far David has proven to be the most creative and proficient. His first mix already brought the song to a different level, and his subsequent mixes accurately reflected all of the changes I had requested. All at a surprisingly low price (please don't raise your prices until I finish recording all my songs with you, David!).
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.
David is a very creative and collaborative producer who will work tirelessly with you until you're happy with the end result!
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 Dave Parra | Wall of Sound
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I work with up-and-coming bands and artists anxious to make their music viral. There are so many artists that do not know the real potential of their music because something is missing to their great songs… a great mix and master. They rather solve this with dull balances, generic presets, and a limiter. At the end, that piece of art is half-way painted. So, I use my craft and years of experience with top artists to bring every project to its maximum potential within its context. Making it unique, with soul, and professional.
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. 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 do you like most about your job?
A: All of it!! It´s my life, my passion, not my job.
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 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: 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: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: - ProTools Ultimate - Yamaha NS10 Monitors - Amphion One18 Monitors - Universal Apollo 16 Interface - 2 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 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: 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 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: 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 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: 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: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. I like to seize their strengths, and I'm always open to new ideas.
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.