I have over 20 years of recording & mixing experience working with top industry producers & Grammy award winning artists. You have worked hard on your music, together we can bring it to the next level.
Originally from NYC now based in LA county, I am a recording, mixing & mastering engineer dedicated to getting the best sound possible. My forte is Hip Hop, R&B and Pop but also have experience working on dance/house music as well as jazz and rock records. I have a small setup at home for mixing, mastering & editing. If you are in the LA area and want to do a full on recording, I can always help you find the right facility that will best fit your needs.
Working with some of the biggest names in the business has given me the experience to be calm and efficient in some stressful situations all while getting a sound that the client and I can be happy with. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
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3 ReviewsEndorse Oscar Ramirez
Oscar was a pleasure to work with. He took the extra time to attend our session before the mix, so he not only had a chance to familiarize himself with the piece, but allow us time to chat about our mix goals, potential issues, etc. He was very responsive with notes and revision requests on the mix as well, which I definitely appreciated. Oscar is great!
ONE OF THE GREATEST ENGINEERS IN THE INDUSTRY!! I have had the honor of working with and LEARNING from Oscar for most of my career at Aftermath Ent. We worked together everyday for quite a few years. He helped mold my sound sonically and gave me confidence behind the mixing board. He is truly an amazing friend, person, engineer, and producer. HE CAN EVEN BUST ON THE MIC...lol! I have huge love and the deepest respect for Oscar and for whatever it is worth to whomever is reading this, HE IS THE CERTIFIED TRUTH!!!!
Oscar has been the sound guy for all of my projects since 2010!!! He's taken all of my commercial video projects to a professional level. Hands down this guy has ben the easiest to work with and always gives you more than you ask for, both with advice and his industry wheelhouse experience! Great dude!!
Interview with Oscar Ramirez
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Give as much information you can about your song / project. If your looking for a recording engineer make sure to let them know what type of sound you are looking for and do your best to get your recordings onto a medium at the best quality possible. If you're looking for a mixing engineer get your rough mix to where you like it and also submit some similar sounding reference songs that can be used to compare against your song.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Recording, Editing & Mixing. Only recently have I been doing small mastering projects.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: As of right now (6/26/18) I'm inspired by music from Janelle Monáe, Esperaza Spalding, Seinabo Sey & Anderson .Paak. I'm also a big hip hop fan and producers in that genre that inspire me are Focus..., DJ Premier, Rockwilder & Mike Dean. As for audio engineers that inspire me, I would say Tom Dowd, Rudy Van Gelder, and my mentor Dave Darlington.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My main client is Christina Aguilera and I have been her recording engineer for the last 17 years. I would say that's an accomplishment to be proud of.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I just finished recording Liberation with Christina Aguilera and currently looking for some other outlets for work.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I'm old school and tend to lean towards analog but within the last few years these plugins have been sonically getting so good that I'm now doing more work "in the box" which is great when it comes to recalls.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise I will do my best.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love meeting new and talented musicians, singers, songwriters & producers. Another aspect I like is that you just never know what's gonna happen in a recording session, it's always something different and it keeps me on my toes.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Biggest misconception is that anything can be fixed. I can't stand the "we'll fix it in the mix" way of thinking. Get it right in the recording process and you wont have to "fix" it later. If your song & production is not complete the mix will sound incomplete.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: None, what good would they be on a desert island? ;)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I was born and raised in Flushing, New York. When I was about 10 years old, a cousin gave me a Yamaha PSS-470 digital keyboard and I taught myself how to play. By age 11, my parents saw I had a love and talent for music and began paying for music lessons to supplement the music classes I took throughout elementary and high school. After high school, I studied at The Institute of Audio Research (IAR) in NYC where I learned the fundamentals of recording and mixing. Soon after graduating from IAR in 1995, I started my career at Bass Hit Studios on 23rd Street & 6th Avenue in Manhattan, which was later bought out by world renowned producers Kenny Dope & Little Louie Vega and became known as Masters At Work Studios (MAW). I worked my way up from intern to engineer, learning alongside some great engineers like Dave Darlington, Steven Barkan, Dexter Simmons, and Philip Pagano. During my time at MAW, I was honored to work on sessions with some of the best Jazz, Soul and Gospel artists such as George Benson, Tito Puente, Roy Ayers, Joe Sample, BeBe Winans, Eddie Palmieri, Luther Vandross, and Stefanie Mills, to name a few. Working on sessions with all these A-class artist gave me the experience and confidence to get great sounds while being calm, focused & professional in some high pressure situations. After 5 years at MAW, I felt I needed a change of pace and scenery so I decided to move to Los Angeles where I began to work as a freelance engineer at places like Enterprise Studios, Encore Studios, The Record Plant, Stagg Street Studios, and Sol7. Since moving to LA in 2000, I have had great pleasure working with major recording label artists and producers in the Hip-Hop, Pop, and R&B world such as Focus…, DJ Premier, Dr. Dre, Scott Storch, Rockwilder, Christina Aguilera, Mary J Blige, Marsha Ambrosius, Toni Braxton, Redman, Kanye West, Diddy, The Game, and Bishop Lamont. I truly enjoy working on music no matter what the genre; good music is good music and I always strive to get the best sound possible whether it be in a professional studio or home-studio environment.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: New York
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Honestly, I would like to work with any artist that is at the top of their game and super talented.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Keep it simple, don't over produce it. If it sounds good, go with it.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on Hip Hop, R&B, EDM and Pop music but have worked on several Rock & Jazz projects.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a fresh critical ear with 20+ years of listening experience.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: If working at home I work "in the box" using UA apollo interfaces with Protools as my DAW. For monitoring I have a Dangerous 2bus+ and Dangerous Monitor ST with Equator Q8 speakers.