Mastering services for stereo and dolby atmos projects. Mixing services ( using stems ) for dolby atmos and Sony 360º projects. Dolby USA Certified Studio for Atmos services.
Mastering Engineer with 28 years of experience in mastering.
Carlos is a nine-time Latin Grammy nominee in the Best Engineering category, and has been the mastering engineer in Thirty Three Grammy award winning records, with more than one hundred nominations.
The albums include artists such as João Gilberto, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Céu, Lenine, Tom Jobim, Luciana Souza, Chico Pinheiro, Ivete Sangalo, Ed Motta, Omara Portuondo, Andres Cepeda among many others.
Carlos Freitas has mastered several soundtracks, including "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind", "Love in the Time of Cholera", "City of God", "The Perfect Stranger" and "The Mosquito Coast. He was also responsible for mastering the TV audio for the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Rio, in 2016.
Carlos has always supported the independent music community and believes that advancements in technology can have a very positive effect on the arts, leading to a more vibrant music industry.
Partners ans sponsors: Manley Labs, Focusrite Latin, Sennheiser, Neumann Brasil and Dolby USA and Latin America.
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- Ed Motta
- Omara Portuondo
- Santiago Cruz
- Ivete Sangalo
- Roberto Carlos
- Carlinhos Brown
- Gilberto Gil
- Caetano Veloso
- Elis Regina
- Marisa Monte
- Jota Quest
- Luciana Souza
- Moacir Santos
- Miryam Latrece
- Ivan Lins
- Claudia Leite e Juanes
- Paula Fernandes
- Max de Castro
- Mireia Vilar
- Alvaro Buendia
- Ed Mota
- Carlos Vives
110 Reviews - 18 Repeat ClientsEndorse Carlos Freitas
If you´re looking for an experienced mastering engineer that will take your songs to the next level, look no further than Carlos. I had imagined he would be the right person to master my E.P. and I was right. He did a great job, very professional, flexible with a fast delivery. After communicating my expectations for the sound and references, he got it right the first time. No need for revisions. Highly recommended.
Fantastic Job as always... Carlos delivered an amazing Master for my artist Dunna. Once again: It sounds INCREDIBLE
Again, another great master by Carlos Freitas.... I truly love your work!!!
Carlos is clearly a highly skilled engineer. He understood the tone I was after, and what he delivered sounded wonderful. I look forward to working with him again in the future.
Had an amazing experience working with Carlos. My song sounds great.
Carlos did a fantastic job mastering my upcoming single... Extra fast delivery and an incredible result. Sounds amazing.
Carlos is, by far, my TOP Mastering Engineer... for life. I love what he did on my latest production. Sounds incredible.
Working with Carlos is a pleasure, top professional in responsiveness and an industry leading master as a result!
Carlos was incredible. This was the first time I have ever mastered through this process. He went above and beyond for our bands mixes and took the time to work out what we needed. We have another run of tracks to do in the next few months and ill be coming back to Carlos. Rock & Roll
Carlos is really good at understanding the intent of the song and then applying the necessary mastering for the specific intent. Also is extremely great at respecting the emotion on each part of the song and then enhancing the emotion on each part as a going in a roller coaster.
Wonderful results! Great turn around time and very attentive to feedback /detail. Highly recommended.
Carlos did an amazing job on my track! He knows what it's doing! Made my track on an higher level! I' ll contact him again!
There's a good reason why Carlos Freitas is my preferred option as a Mastering Engineer for the last 3 years: He delivers an amazing result EVERY TIME. Thanks again, Carlos, for a job incredibly well done.
thanks, good master!
Carlos did a lovely job mastering my EP! I am very happy with the final product. I feel like there is so much art in what he does. He really brought out the emotion in the music with clarity and warmth. Also he was very fast and responsive. Will definitely be using Carlos again.
Communication was excellent. Delivered in a single day. Exceptional sound.
all good thanks
Great clear and warm master. Professional and very fast responses.
Carlos mastered one of my songs and sounds amazing! He also answers fast and is professional. I’ll definitely work with him again.
Interview with Carlos Freitas
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I like so much my work on Brazilian Singer Ed Motta's last album "Criterion of the Senses". Ed is purist and rigorous about their work and pushed me hard until we get exactly the result he wanted. It was hard , but we did it!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Beto Neves Brazilian Mix engineer! He is so great to work and provide strong mixes in all genres! Strongly recommended!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I start my mastering process listening to the album, preferably with the songs in the final sequence . Then, I talk to the producer via skype about his expectations for mastering, references and other needs, taking notes for details for each song on a worksheet. After the talk , I separate the songs by style to be mastered in blocks. I test different set ups among my analog equipment until find the most suitable and move on the process, always comparing the songs to each other, to get a good balance between them. At the end, I do final editions, balance and final adjustments and then, I listen the final master before sending the project to the client for approval.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The mistake are mix and master simultaneously, something increasingly common nowadays, making the production process miss an important component, which is performed by an expert in mastering .
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Emotion, always! My goal is always understand and enhance the emotion contained in each song during the mastering process , detecting elements of music that can help the artist to express and enhance the emotion of its art, in a way , that their fans can capture that feeling to listen to their music .
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Brazilian, Latin Music and World Music.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to do my best during mastering process working on his music in order to help them to express and enhance the emotion of his art for their fans.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Focus !! During the mastering process , I keep my focus on process strongly always.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I think that the process of equalizing or compressing are personal skills and equipment are tools, so it does not matter if your tools are analog or digital, it cares if you are skilled to use them.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Believe in what you are listening!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What message does he want to tell his listener through his music and what I can do in my mastering work to help him to achieve this goal ?
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What do you think about my mix? I usually say that when a mix comes to my studio to be mastered , it is ready and approved by artist and producer and I focus my work on the emotional aspects and technical for distribution and as a matter of ethics, I do not make judgments.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Tell me all possible information about your work. This will help me to understand your expectations and reach the best result of mastering your project.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I like to work always together with the mixing engineer and the producer of the album. Teamwork is essential to achieve the best result always.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would like to work with Paul McCartney, mastering one of his album, for all that he represents to the world music .
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: B&W Monitors, Maselec MEA-1 EQ, Maselec MLA-1 Comp, Maselec MTC-1 and Manley Varimu Compressor.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I start working with audio in 1983 as second engineer and in 1986, recording and mixing engineer. In 1992, I began my mastering journey until nowadays.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Our mastering set up consists of a mix of tubed and Solid State equalizers and compressors from Maselec, Manley and Dangerous. They are all connected to the Maselec MTC-1 mastering transfer console, which in addition to controlling the monitor, allows me to quickly change and choose the type of equipment to be used during mastering process considering the song's style. The digital converters are the Lavry Golds , which in my opinion are the most transparent converter available and in the digital domain, I use the Fab Filter Pro L2, Universal Audio, Sonnox and PSP digital limiters, Isotope RX7 for sound repair, Pro Tools for Playback and soundBlade for final edit.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mastering projects for online distribution such as Spotify, Tidal, YouTube Music and iTunes MFiT. Mastering for Vinil is growing faster.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Bernie Grundman and Doug Sax always inspired me as Mastering Engineers.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: We are working hard to increase final quality on stream services. We do different masters for each stream service considering each Loudness Normalization protocols.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The emotional aspect care during mastering process.