Carlos Freitas

World Class Mastering Service

117 Reviews (85 Verified)
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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 38 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 Four Grammy award winning records, with more than one hundred nominations. 
The albums include artists such as Andres Cepeda, João Gilberto, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Céu, Lenine, Tom Jobim, Luciana Souza, Chico Pinheiro, Ivete Sangalo, Ed Motta, Omara Portuondo 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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117 Reviews - 20 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by David M.

    Amazing mastering services as always!! Hands Down one top Engineer!! Fast but what's best is his amazing sound quality!!!

  2. Review by Joel
    by Joel

    Carlos is a world-class engineer.
    I really enjoyed working with him on my organic electronica / world music tracks
    A truly warm analog sound!

  3. Review by Carlos N.

    Carlos was very generous in his patience with the project. Always wanted to make sure the client was happy. I’m grateful for him. Thanks Carlos!

  4. Review by Brandon H.

    Amazing work Carlos!! If you are looking for polished hit quality sound mastering , look no further!!

  5. Review by Alper
    by Alper

    Carlos is wonderful to work with and he provided me a world class master in a short turn around time. He’s also really nice and I’d highly recommend him for mastering your songs!

  6. Review by Travis N.

    Carlos is an expert at what he does! Every song he has mastered for me has come back on another level. He knows how to bring out depth, space, energy. Also he's exceptionally quick, professional, and courteous. A+ Mastering engineer!

  7. Review by Cal1
    by Cal1

    Carlos is a experienced mastering engineer and delivered superb quality. The communication was very friendly and he has a very fast work ethic. I will surely be happy to work with him again!

  8. Review by Luis C.

    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.

  9. Review by Vyero
    by Vyero

    Fantastic Job as always... Carlos delivered an amazing Master for my artist Dunna. Once again: It sounds INCREDIBLE

  10. Review by Vyero
    by Vyero

    Again, another great master by Carlos Freitas.... I truly love your work!!!

  11. Review by James M.

    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.

  12. Review by Shubham S.

    Had an amazing experience working with Carlos. My song sounds great.

  13. Review by Vyero
    by Vyero

    Carlos did a fantastic job mastering my upcoming single... Extra fast delivery and an incredible result. Sounds amazing.

  14. Review by Vyero
    by Vyero

    Carlos is, by far, my TOP Mastering Engineer... for life. I love what he did on my latest production. Sounds incredible.

  15. Review by Miguel O.

    Working with Carlos is a pleasure, top professional in responsiveness and an industry leading master as a result!

  16. Review by Ryan D.

    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

  17. Review by Cali S.

    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.

  18. Review by EVENNY
    by EVENNY

    Wonderful results! Great turn around time and very attentive to feedback /detail. Highly recommended.

  19. Review by Luigi S.

    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!

  20. Review by Vyero
    by Vyero

    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.

Interview with Carlos Freitas

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. 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!

  3. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  4. A: Beto Neves Brazilian Mix engineer! He is so great to work and provide strong mixes in all genres! Strongly recommended!

  5. Q: What's your typical work process?

  6. 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.

  7. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  8. 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 .

  9. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  10. 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 .

  11. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  12. A: Brazilian, Latin Music and World Music.

  13. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  14. 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.

  15. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  16. A: Focus !! During the mastering process , I keep my focus on process strongly always.

  17. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  18. 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.

  19. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  20. A: Believe in what you are listening!

  21. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  22. 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 ?

  23. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  24. 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.

  25. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  26. 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.

  27. Q: How would you describe your style?

  28. 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.

  29. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  30. A: I would like to work with Paul McCartney, mastering one of his album, for all that he represents to the world music .

  31. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  32. A: B&W Monitors, Maselec MEA-1 EQ, Maselec MLA-1 Comp, Maselec MTC-1 and Manley Varimu Compressor.

  33. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  34. 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.

  35. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  36. 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.

  37. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  38. A: Mastering projects for online distribution such as Spotify, Tidal, YouTube Music and iTunes MFiT. Mastering for Vinil is growing faster.

  39. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  40. A: Bernie Grundman and Doug Sax always inspired me as Mastering Engineers.

  41. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  42. 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.

  43. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  44. A: The emotional aspect care during mastering process.

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Mastering for all major Stream Services, CD (DDPi), Video (YouTube) and Vinyl.

GenresSounds Like
  • Ed Motta
  • Jota Quest
  • Lenine
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  • Maselec
  • Manley and Dangerous Analog Mastering gears.
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  • Audio Mastering for TV Transmission for Olympic Closing Ceremony Rio 2016Aug 24, 2016

    It was  an amazing experience!We had the privilege and pleasure to participate in the Olympic Games Rio 2016 mastering all audio content for TV from the "Closing Ceremony" that was broadcast to an audience around 4 billion people around the world, made in the current standard of audio transmission for television with  loudness normalisation BS 1770.1 and EBU R128. 

  • Professionals Award of Brazilian Music in 2016May 09, 2016

    Classic Master Mastering Estúdios received the Brazilian Professionals Music 2016 Award for Best Professional Mastering Studio in Brasil and Carlos Freitas for best Mastering Engineer.

  • Sonnox Plug-Ins Interview with Carlos FreitasMar 16, 2016

    Carlos Freitas has built his mastering studio Classic Master in "a city where every day feels like a Monday, and every night a Friday", it is no shock that there is a thriving music scene and Brazilian artists as well as artists from all over the world look to Carlos for his style of mastering.

  • Ivan Lins, Brazilian Popular Music Legend won the Latin Grammy.Nov 24, 2015

    Ivan Lins, Brazilian Popular Music Legend, won the Latin Grammy at category Best Brazilian Popular Music Album for his last album "América Brasil" , mastered by Carlos Freitas in Classic Master Brasil.

  • Ed Motta new's album mastered in HD for Vinil and iTunes MFiT.Oct 20, 2015

    Ed Motta's new album, recorded in Los Angeles and mixed in Brasil, was mastered in HD here in Classic Master for Vinil and iTunes MFiT.His work covers a variety of genres utilising influences from jazz to popular Brazilian music. 

  • Albuns mastered here in Classic Master nominated for Latin Grammy 2015Sep 26, 2015

    Carbono Lenine (Universal) Best Brazilian Pop Music and Best Brazilian Song, America Brasil Ivan Lins (Sony) Best Brazilian Pop Music, Não Pare pra Pensar Pato Fu (Sony) Best Rock Album, Ser Humano Zeca Pagodinho (Universal) Best Samba Album, Irmãos Victor e Leo (Som Livre) Best Country Music Album.

  • Carlinhos Brown Finishes his last project on Classic Master.Sep 23, 2015

    "It's a love trip ," Carlinhos said about all 10 songs that comprise the album with amazing arrangements including strings, horns and woodwinds .

    It  will be released in Brazil and Spain and then worldwide available on CD and iTunes MFiT .