Mastering Engineer with 28 years of experience in mastering.
Carlos Freitas is considered one of the top mastering engineers in Brazil. Having worked in the industry since 1994, Carlos and has been at the forefront of the developments in technology that have taken place in mastering in Latin America over the past three decades. Recently, Carlos relocated to Miami, FL, where he will continue to deliver award wining music.
Carlos is a seven-time Latin Grammy nominee in the Best Engineering category, and has been the mastering engineer in twenty six Grammy award winning records, with more than one hundred nominations. The albums include artists such as João Gilberto, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Céu, Lenine, Djavan, Luciana Souza, Chico Pinheiro, Ivete Sangalo, Ed Motta, and 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, and The Perfect Stranger. He was also responsible for 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.
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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
101 Reviews - 17 Repeat ClientsEndorse Carlos Freitas
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.
High quality master with a fast turnaround!
Carlos is a fast responder, and does what needs to be done! He mastered my song, but then the other day I wasn't really vibing a part of my song, so I changed it, and he mastered the new track without complaining. Thank you Carlos!
I chose Carlos because he mastered a few of my favorite records.
I was honored that he wanted to master my EP.
Good communication and fast response!
Job completed before the expected date.
Carlos is the man! Very professional and does an amazing job
Just look at his credits! Carlos is an extraordinary mastering engineer that I had the pleasure to work with. Very polite and fast! Of course, the master sounds amazing! Don't hesitate to contact him.
Comunication with Carlos is EXCELLENT! He is a guy to work with because he shows interest in mastering your song in the best way posible and he delivered on time.
Carlos has delivered, once again, an incredible Master for one of my projects, no corrections needed. I fully trust him with every project I do. Very professional, he perfectly understood what I needed.
Wonderful experience working with Carlos! Top-drawer. Great communication as well! Highly recommend!
As usual, Carlos delivered a great Master for my production. Thank you so much for giving it the final touch it needed.
I highly recommend his work... It's been a couple years now since we first started working together, I'm never looking back.
The best master engineering I've worked with! Thank you, Carlos!
Carlos is a Master of his art. Glad to have access to him via this site.
His quality and expertise is unsurpassed! Another project mastered for all forms of streaming media.
I'm sticking with Classic Master for all my projects, for sure. The results are always great. Carlos knows exactly how to approach every song. And Natalia's help is always amazing. This time it was an emergency Mastering session with a really short deadline. The Master is great as usual.
As usual, Carlos delivered an incredible sounding Master. Thank you and Natalia for this great work
Carlos is doing MAGIC to your tracks!
Nothing more to say.
Amazing Job by Carlos!
Very beautiful, open and polish sound. And also very flexible to understand the needs of the songs, and suggestions to make the master suitable for the music style.
It was my second song with Carlos , and I received a "Classic Master" within a day .
Wonderful experience and Great quality Master !
Hope to send more songs to Carlos soon . . .
Carlos is very professional and very good! He had very good communication and was very easy to work with! Definitely recommend him!
Carlos, once again, did an incredible job mastering one of my projects. We are doing a lot more, very soon! Thanks so much!!!
My Mix sounded like a Million Dollar's after mastering at Classic Master ! Even though I'v heard my mix so many times, I wanted to keep hearing my song again and again after mastering by Carlos . Not just that , Carlos sent me a video of my song being played in his super cool studio . Absolute Pro . Get your songs mastered at Classic master !
It was great to work with Carlos, Quick turn around and great sound. Will def work with him again! Carlo is a great professional!
Awesome work again !
He did the master of 2 EDM Tracks for me.
So he can handle music outside his usual genres also pretty good.
Excellent!instantly rehired for next project.
An Awesome Mastering engineer. Carlos is patient and very professional. Simply awesome to work with.
This is not the first review I have done for Carlos, and it won't be the last. Carlos is a Master! He did an excellent Job on a song outside of his Genre. I am very impressed with the quality of Carlos work.
Carlos is a Master of his art--one of a kind! We are lucky to have such a person available to us on this site. He is professional & passionate about his music and does an amazing job. Could not be happier!
There are many mastering professionals in the world, I have worked with many of them; And it truly has been excellent to work with Carlos Freitas, a true master of masters in the world of professional audio. I was infinitely satisfied with your work, my dear friend, and what to say of the attention Nati and your work team offered me!
Another great work with Carlos using SoundBetter.
I had a very good experience working with Carlos. Great communication, and even more important, an excellent result. He was able to add a smooth finishing touch and a little extra punch that was just what I was looking for. -- Thanks!
Incredible Work. Carlos is an EXCELLENT Mastering engineer. Couldn't be happier. I truly recommend him. Thank you Carlos and Natalia!!!
I am Overjoyed by Carlos's professionalism and Accuracy in Mastering.
My track has come out exactly how i wanted it to sound like,he has done an incredible job and it is commendable to know about how patient he is with his client's demands at the same time being extremely cost friendly and determined.
Carlos did such an amazing job on mastering our tune, great volumen and everything sound so transparent, the best part is he did in such amazing timing!! Highly Recommend!!!!
hey carlos just wanna say thanks for doing such a great job on mastering my new single , cannot be more pleased ! looking forward to doing some more projects with classic master ..
Carlos is the best!!!
Carlos was very hospitable in attending to my mastering needs. Prompt in delivery and willing to create a series of masters (rather than just one) for me to compare before finalising, he also lent advice on different audio formats and modern modes of mastering. Responsive, prompt and highly detailed across mastering.
Working with Carlos is a real pleasure ; he is really helpful and very reactive. His work is great.
Carlos did a great job with the song. Fast turn around time and great communication made is a great experience. I plan to send more work his way!
P.S. Thanks Natalia!
Carlos did a great job. I'm very pleased with this work!
It was amazing working with Carlos. He was the right Mastering Engineer for the JOB and also he delivered an out-standing quality of every single record that was given to him.
For the Record he's very patience and easy to work with !! With a Great attitude.
GOD Bless you Carlos Keep up the " Great " Work.
i was so impressed with Carlos work, besides i love his great attitude and sense of customer satisfaction. Thanks Carlos
Carlos is always great!
Excelente trabajo como siempre!!!!
Awesome!! The best!!
Awesome!! Every time that i work with Carlos the result is just perfect! Beautiful sound.
I have to say this again. Carlos Freitas is the big deal. What a stellar job! The whole team is really professional, great quality, fast and reliable. Everyone here is really happy with the final results and we couldn't say more about Carlos, Carina and Natalia.
Carlos is a gentleman and a great professional.
Elegant and beautiful sound! Just perfect in every sense!
Carlos cares a lot about his clients and will always seek approval on every revision made before proceeding. He is therefore very considerate of a client's needs and displays an open willingness to adjust anything wherever necessary.
Great experience with the mastering process. Carlos has many tools available and uses real hardware and real studio.
I cannot say enough about Carlos Freitas and his team. What a great job! He's really passionate about his work and takes it seriously. Also, we had a chat before and after the master was complete to make sure we were both going on the right direction. I am 100% happy with the master and would highly recommend him. Thanks!
Simply put, it doesn't get better than Carlos Freitas. Professional, courteous and brilliant, Carlos will do your mastering for you to perfection. There are many engineers in this business who know the technical aspects of the business but what I love about Carlos is he uses his ears!! Simply the best! Obrigado Carlos!
When you work with some one like Carlos Freitas and the Classic Master Team, you know you are gonna get (hear and feel) the best results for your music. Has been a real pleasure to work with. Thanks a lot!
Fantastic , BIG, LOUD, sound!
Great engineer!!! Understood exactly what I was going for! His masters sound very BIG and CLEAN. A TRUE PROFESSIONAL.
Carlos did an awesome Mastering. Super fast delivery and excellent sound!
Ha sido un placer trabajar con Carlos.
No esperabamos menos de alguien con su experiencia, doy por seguro que en el futuro haremos más trabajos juntos.
It has been a pleasure to work with Carlos.
Do not expect less from someone with your experience, I for sure in the future we will do more work together.
Carlinhos is one of the best professionals that I've work with.
Carlos is the best mastering engineer in my country. I have worked with him several times and I always get what I need. Totally recomended!
Mr Carlos I am so happy that I found some no one like him, you arer really special in your way I hope to work some thing tougather, I am an English Singer by the way and vocal melody maker
Carlos Freitas is one of the most respectful professional when talking about mastering, a lovely person and a super easy going guy to work with.
One of the best mastering engineer in Brazil ever! It's an honour and a pleasure to work with him always!
O sorte !!!!! excelente trabalho!!!! O sorte !!!!! ter meu CD "Bina Coquet" masterizado pelo mestre Carlos Freitas!! da Classic Master!!, Além dele ser o cara, ainda tem uma super equipe!!!! Lançamento previsto pra Outubro de 2016!!!! O sorte !!!!!
Reference when you think of mastering your project. His work speaks for itself. Great Engineer.
Carlos is the supreme professional I expect in a mastering engineer. He is supportive, friendly, patient, has an amazing ear for detail and most importantly to me, he really loves to collaborate. I've been working on a variety of projects with him since 2001 and I am always looking forward to our next project together.
O trabalho do Carlos sempre surpreende, pois, conhecendo-o, a gente já espera perfeição - mas, na hora do resultado, sempre vem um algo a mais que ele, com sua sensibilidade e emoção, consegue ainda extrair ou valorizar do som, arredondando, agregando, tornando maior. Mestre total da arte, parceiro indispensável! Respeito absoluto!
It's always been a pleasure to work with Carlos Freitas. The term "golden ears" is a bit worn these days, but there's nothing better to describe Carlos amazing talent. He's always very respectful regarding the mixer's work on a project, and yet every single work I've done with him sounds it's best. And if this wasn't enough, he's a great guy!
Carlos Freitas é o melhor engenheiro de masterização do Brasil.Tenho muitos CDs e DVDs finalizados no Classic Master seu estúdio e minha satisfação foi sempre completa com o seu trabalho.Recomendo a todos que queiram ser respeitados em sua obra esse engenheiro que adora musica e faz do seu trabalho arte!
Sem falar da qualidade do equipamento da Classic Master, Carlos Freitas já fez de tudo em termos de estilo como engenheiro de masterização e antes ainda de gravação e mixagem, juntando toda essa experiencia, musicalidade e bom gosto o resultado de seu trabalho é impecável!!!!
Carlos Freitas, sempre minha primeira escolha, certeza de trabalhar com um mestre sensível que ouve seu som, ouve seu cliente e que não poupa esforços pra chegar no resultado almejado. Sinto até mais alegria e confiança em mixar um trabalho, já sabendo que posso contar com o Carlinhos pra finalizá-lo! Obrigado, e até a próxima aventura sonora!
My name is Luiz Brasil, producer, arranger, composer and musician.
For me the work that Carlos Freita "Classic Master" does, is synonymous with guarantee of the highest quality and sound, that music of any professional want to have. Deliver my product to complete it, is to make me quiet and safe it will be the best !!!
I have mastered with Carlos Freitas since my first gypsy jazz project, in 2008 (Hot Club of Piracicaba). He just finished the Hot Jazz Club's new gypsy jazz cd, "chama". He did a great job. He is an amazing professional. He is one of the best mastering engineers in the world. It was an honor to work with him.
Carlos knows how to push the sound, how to give power to your music with all nuances required. Therefore, your songs, your tracks sound with much presence, depth and "shinning" like the rays of the sun. Carlos is a great sound engineer in Brazil and for the world by his big experience, his sensibility and his precision. He really loves the music.
Em muitos de meus álbuns, tive o privilégio de contar com o excelente trabalho de masterização do Carlinhos Freitas. Peso, clareza e definição nas medidas certas. O resultado sempre me deixou muito satisfeito!
Sofisticação e musicalidade! Define para mim o primor do trabalho desse Master da Master, em todos os trabalhos que já estive ao seu lado.
Sophistication and musicality! Defines for me the work of this Master of the Master, in all the jobs that I have been at his side.
Carlos Freitas e sua equipe me deram os melhores resultados que consegui nesses últimos anos. Muita atenção na compreensão do trabalho, atendimento atencioso e muita categoria nas interferências, além de um estúdio muito bem equipado. Obrigado, Carlinhos, por essa antiga e deliciosa parceria! Meus trabalhos nas suas mãos sempre vão além. Mestre.
I would like to recommend and certify the high quality and the talent that make Carlos de Freitas the best mastering engineer in South America. Based in São Paulo and working in the music for decades, his company Classic Master can make your product sounds much better than you think.
One of the best Mastering Engineers in the world, mastering 99% of my mixes for the past 15 years.
Un verdadero guru del mastering. Trabajo impecable, hecho en tiempo record y con una comunicación estupenda. Si buscas a alguien que trabaje con amor, dedicación, años de experiencia y profesionalidad, Carlos Freitas y el equipo de Classic Master son una garantía. Muy agradecido con toda la experiencia, una maravilla.
Trabalhar com Carlos e' sempre, alem de um grande prazer, uma chance de aprender mais sobre audio, sobre as respostas e melhores aplicações do equipamento. Alternando entre as compressões digital e analogica, Carlos consegue aplicar o que cada material necessita, de acordo com sua caracteristica.
Muito obrigado e ate' o proximo projeto.
Em 2004 fiz minha primeira master com o Carlinhos e já somamos mais de 8 projetos até hoje. O profissionalismo, e o respeito com a música, mixados e masterizados em puras frequências de bom humor e inteligência, sem dúvida definem o trabalho incrível e apurado desse grande amigo e mestre, Carlos Freitas!
Hace unos años, cuando estaba trabajando en mi primer EP, escuché un gran disco de Julián Ávila, guitarrista colombiano, masterizado por Carlos. Decidí masterizar con él y desde entonces todo lo que hago pasa por sus procesos. Un trabajo, limpio, garantizado y lleno de buena energía.
Since 1997, I've mastered over 60 projects (CDs and DVDs) with Carlos. In my point of view, Carlos has the most important qualities a mastering engineer could have, flexibility, experience and feeling to understand the aesthetic particularities of each project. So, he is always working to reach the sound result that each album needs. Thank you!
I have mastered many albums with the great mastering engineer Carlos Freitas at Classic Master in São Paulo. Amazing professional, talented and creative, we were Latin Grammy Awards in 2009 with the cuban diva Omara Portuondo's album : "Gracias", produced by myself and Alê Siqueira. Thank you my friend for your great job.
I have had the pleasure of working with Carlos many times, both as an engineer and a mastering guru. His attention to detail make his work impeccable - he has monstrous ears and he has saved my life a few times!
I have mastered over 45 CDs and 20 DVDs with Carlos since 2001. Professional, dedicated and extremely talented and creative with audio, Carlos is the mastering engineer that I have trusted all of my projects with for the last 15 years.
I cannot imagine producing a project without relying on his expert contribution in finalizing the album.Thanks!
I have been mastered my albums and record company´s productions with Carlos Freitas for 20 years and every new project, I am surprised with his renewed progress and excellence of work. I cannot imagine my future works without his essential contribution. A truly master.
Carlos é um esteta supremo do áudio. É sempre uma bela surpresa escutar o parecer sônico dele sobre tudo que gravei nos últimos anos. Uma parceria que me dá muita sorte e prestígio mundo afora.
Interview with Carlos Freitas
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The emotional aspect care during mastering process.
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 other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Bernie Grundman and Doug Sax always inspired me as Mastering Engineers.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Believe in what you are listening!
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: What's your strongest skill?
A: Focus !! During the mastering process , I keep my focus on process strongly always.
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 type of music do you usually work on?
A: Brazilian, Latin Music and World Music.
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'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'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: 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: 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!