I have been mastering Hip Hop projects for 20+ years. I have experience in working on projects for local, unknown artists as well as legends who I regularly work with. I put the same level of care into all of the projects I work on, starting with evaluating the mixes and pointing out issues that could be worked at in the mixing stage.
Hi! I’m Luis “L-ROX” Franco. I started Redsecta Mastering back in 1998. Redsecta is an online Mastering studio that specializes in Hip Hop. I have worked with countless Hip Hop artists and record labels for over 20 years. I have been pre-mastering for vinyl for close to 20 years too (Hip Hop artists never stopped pressing wax!) and have a lot of experience in making digital pre-masters for vinyl that result in great-sounding records, as well as authoring countless CDs (DDP) as well as creating pre-masters for all digital formats. If you like the classic sound of the 90’s Boom Bap era, I’m your guy.
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Interview with Redsecta Mastering
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! I've built some of the analog tools I use, and nothing compares to being able to shape the sound of a piece of gear that you've built; it helps define your own sonic "flavor". On the other hand, digital tools offer flexibility and versatility that can help augment the potential of your analog tools. Having the best of both worlds is great!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work from home (this helps keep the rates low). I have excellent converters and monitoring tools, and I keep a minimal tool set that I know really well; the amount of gear I have has been reduced over the years. I’m mainly interested in only having the tools I need (and a few of these are analog pieces that I've built and modified myself). I see working from home as a huge advantage; it helps keep the rates low for my clients and I'm very confident with how things translate anywhere because it's also the same environment where I listen to music for fun.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip Hop. Sometimes, repeat clients will ask if I can work on side projects that range from Neo Soul, Instrumental Funk, Dub, etc. I mainly work on Hip Hop, but have experience with other (similar) types of music. Bass music is my specialty!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Experience. Not just with working on audio, but all of the other technical steps that have to do with the manufacturing of audio projects, whether it's CD, Vinyl or Cassettes. There's a customer service component that is also important, and I pride myself on having great feedback from my clients on that. I make sure my clients know that their projects are very important to me as well.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Audio Mastering, Stem Mastering, Restoration and Editing