I've been in the industry for 20 years. I Work for independent artists and major labels. I put my ears before my eyes. Multi nominated and awarded for several albums.
My place is a tailored hybrid studio with a rupert neve console and some really nice outboard, combined with the power of UAD plugins and others.
I offer a variety of services:
I think Hybrid mixing its the way to go, I choose that workflow for my tracks and others. Its key to put attention to details and take the music where its meant to be taken without compromising.
Stereo Analog Mastering:
I'll take your stereo mix and process it with analog gear to remove all harshness, tame annoying frequencies, balance the tone, control the low-end, fix muddy frequencies, glue music together, raise the level and get it ready for digital distribution.
I gather together all the stems + the stereo mix and use the channels of the neve and my analog outboard to mix balance and give color/ flavor to the audio. And then I master all the songs for digital distribution.
I Work with your stems into making your Atmos Master adaptation for immersive experience and playlisting opportunities.
Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.
320 Reviews - 41 Repeat ClientsEndorse Nacho de la Riega
Very Good experience doing repeated business with Nacho! always willing to work and with the best of the vibes.
He has been so helpful to me and his general sound is very professional. Definitely recommend!
Nacho is hands-down one of the best engineers around. We have been lucky enough to have him on the production team for a couple of years now and his expertise, wisdom, and instinct with his ears are crucial to getting our records to their maximum strength. On top of that, he's patient with revisions and very punctual/professional. Not to mention, he's one of the coolest guys we know too. Just saying.
One time and again AMAZING.Best of the best
Really Happy with the result, Nacho, is so experienced that he even help me to catch minor issues that I had not even noticed. The result is impressive, I definitely recommended it if you are looking to master a song.
Nacho did an excellent job on mastering my track! Great guy and communication, and it only took him 1 take... Happy to come back with more songs to him soon, cheers
Quality + great timing ! Thank you nacho !
Amazing as usual !
Nacho works with efficiency and accuracy and a divine taste, it has always been a pleasure.
Exactly as promised, some issues from my end, but he was very patient & professional. Highly recommend.
Dynamic, louder, round finish. He knows what he is doing and done it well.
Thanks so much mate! Next one is coming…
Nacho never misses. His expertise is world-class. Grateful and lucky to be able to have found him and work with him
Super tasty masters! Thanks Nacho!
nice work, good communication
Outstanding work from Nacho yet again!! Professionalism and super fast delivery. My go-to Mastering engineer. 11/10.
Working with Nacho is always fun and mind-blowing.His work opens up the vision.
Gave great feedback and delivered great results!
Great mastering from Nacho! I recommend him!
Finding Nacho has been one of the best decisions I have made for my music. It's undisputed...
Interview with Nacho de la Riega
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Loli Molina 's Rubi is one of the finest albums I recorded and Produced. It was her third album, but we felt as it was the debut album. it was a magical process and I feel it all got into the vibe of those songs.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I have several ongoing albums, but Im about to release and album from Fede Petro that Im quite proud of.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Im new on the platform, hopefully I will be able soon.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Hybrid ! no question. Digital for the flexibility and the recall possibilities and analog, for the sound!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I'll put the music first.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: the feeling that music is endless and that after so manny years, Im still amazed and thrill about it.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: I have a faulty mix, Can you fix it on the mastering ? I rather have a great mix and make an even greater master out of it.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That since I do jazz a lot, I can't do Dance and Ambient music as good or the other way around.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: All the necessary that give me a clear path to follow.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Listen to music I ve done in the past, is the best way to get to know an engineer.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: EMI Curve Bender would be my n1. Follow by a neve console. A Telefunken u47 mic, a Zener Limiter and a FATSO
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started as an assistant in the days we used tape machines. In my early twenties I started recording that led to producing a few years later. Being in every part of the chain, makes you understand each part and each role a whole lot better.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: A Very patient one.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: wow ... hard to say, since they are several ! As of today, I would say Phoebe Bridgers and Rebecca Martin.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: ears first, eyes second.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work with singer/ songwriters to make albums, Jazz bands to do live sessions and all kinds of music to mix and master their songs.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Fast and accurate diagnostic on how we can make a track better.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Well it depends on the song and Genre. But the common factor is : make a GREAT listening experience that moves you.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I don't have a "typical " work process. It depends a LOT on the material. That's the nice thing about music and studio life...you don't get the same every day.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I run a hybrid setup. I mix in pro tools using UAD plug ins on " each channel " basis. All my channels go to a Rupert Neve console, where I insert analog gear on the sub and main mix. The return then is recorded back on pro tools. I generally use a Curve Bender and an SSL G master bus comp on the Master Insert, and Avalon Eqs, Manley and other gear on the sub groups. To record Im pretty straight forward, I have API, Neve, Avalon and Chandler pre amps that go to my Apollo.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: A hole bunch really. From Tony Benett to spanish revolutionary Rosalia...I found inspiration in many many places. Music is endless, and that Its profoundly inspiring.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I record mix and master music. But These days I have at least one Stem Mastering session per week.