Carlos Freitas - Classic Master

Mastering Engineer

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Multi Grammy award-winning Brazilian Mastering Engineer from Classic Master with 23 years of experience in mastering working with Brazilian, Latin and World Music.

CD Mastering,
Hi Resolution Mastering in HD Files,
Mastering for iTunes MFiT (Apple MFiT certified provider).
Mastering for Vinyl,
Mastering for 5.1 Surround Sound,
DVD and Blu-Ray Authoring,
Audio Restoration,
Tape Transfer.

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  1. Review by Jonathan
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    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!

  2. Review by John R.
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    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!

  3. Review by Jopa V.
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    Another great work with Carlos using SoundBetter.

  4. Review by Tony Y.
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    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!

  5. Review by Taxicab Records
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    Incredible Work. Carlos is an EXCELLENT Mastering engineer. Couldn't be happier. I truly recommend him. Thank you Carlos and Natalia!!!

  6. Review by Shobhit b.
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    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.

  7. Review by David M.
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    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!!!!

  8. Review by bobby c.
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    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 ..

  9. Review by Daniel B.
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    Carlos is the best!!!

  10. Review by Stefan R.
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    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.

  11. Review by Francois B.
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    Working with Carlos is a real pleasure ; he is really helpful and very reactive. His work is great.

  12. Review by Jairo I.
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    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!

  13. Review by Glen B.
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    Carlos did a great job. I'm very pleased with this work!

  14. Review by Ola O.
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    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.

  15. Review by Dele S.
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    i was so impressed with Carlos work, besides i love his great attitude and sense of customer satisfaction. Thanks Carlos

  16. Review by Jopa V.
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    Carlos is always great!

  17. Review by Camilo V.
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    Excelente trabajo como siempre!!!!

  18. Review by Camilo V.
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    Awesome!! The best!!

  19. Review by Stefano Pizzaia
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    Awesome!! Every time that i work with Carlos the result is just perfect! Beautiful sound.

  20. Review by Muca
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    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.
    Highly recommended!

  21. Review by Jopa V.
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    Carlos is a gentleman and a great professional.

  22. Review by Stefano Pizzaia
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    Elegant and beautiful sound! Just perfect in every sense!
    Awesome engineer!

  23. Review by Stefan R.
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    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.

  24. Review by Rene P.
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    Great experience with the mastering process. Carlos has many tools available and uses real hardware and real studio.

  25. Review by Stefano Pizzaia
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    Absolutely amazing!

  26. Review by Camilo R.
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    Awesome!!!!

  27. Review by Muca
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    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!

  28. Review by RICHARD L.
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    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!

  29. Review by Juan
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    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!

  30. Review by Boxfed
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    Fantastic , BIG, LOUD, sound!

  31. Review by Boxfed
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    Great engineer!!! Understood exactly what I was going for! His masters sound very BIG and CLEAN. A TRUE PROFESSIONAL.

  32. Review by Don P.
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    Carlos did an awesome Mastering. Super fast delivery and excellent sound!
    Thanks Bro!

  33. Review by Michael G.
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    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.
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    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.

  34. Review by Cris Simoes
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    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!

  35. Review by Alex f.
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    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

  36. Review by Lampadinha (Lamps)
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    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.

  37. Review by Gustavo Lenza
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    One of the best mastering engineer in Brazil ever! It's an honour and a pleasure to work with him always!

  38. Review by binacoquet@gmail.com
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    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 !!!!!

  39. Review by Zeca Leme | BTG Studio
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    Reference when you think of mastering your project. His work speaks for itself. Great Engineer.

  40. Review by Christiaan Oyens
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    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.

  41. Review by Ernani T.
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    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!

  42. Review by Gabriel Pinheiro
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    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!

  43. Review by Flavio V.
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    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!

  44. Review by Flavio V.
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    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!

  45. Review by alexandre fontanetti
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    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!!!!

  46. Review by John Ulhoa
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    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!

  47. Review by Luiz Brasil
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    Good Morning!
    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 !!!

  48. Review by Jose F.
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    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.

  49. Review by Emmanuel Manzi
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    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.

  50. Review by Armaldo Antunes
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    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!

  51. Review by Webster Santos
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    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.
    Congratulations

  52. Review by Sacha Amback
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    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.

  53. Review by Marco Bosco
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    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.

  54. Review by Beto Neves
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    One of the best Mastering Engineers in the world, mastering 99% of my mixes for the past 15 years.
    Totally recommended!!!

  55. Review by Juan RB.
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    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.

  56. Review by Rodrigo Campello
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    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.

  57. Review by Emmerson Nogueira
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    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!

  58. Review by Chris Mosquera
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    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.

  59. Review by Alê Siqueira
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    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!

  60. Review by Swami Jr.
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    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.

  61. Review by Luciana Souza
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    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!

  62. Review by Paul Ralphes
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    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!

  63. Review by Corciolli
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    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.

  64. Review by Ed Motta
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    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.
    Grande respeito!

Interview with Carlos Freitas - Classic Master

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

  2. 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 .

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

  4. 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 .

  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 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 questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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 ?

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

  12. 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.

  13. Q: How would you describe your style?

  14. 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.

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

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

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

  18. A: I like so much my work on Brazilian Singer Ed Motta's last album "AOR". 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! This album was latin grammy nominated!

  19. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  20. 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.

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

  22. A: 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.

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

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

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

  26. 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.

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

  28. A: Believe in what you are listening!

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

  30. A: Brazilian and Latin Music.

  31. Q: What's your strongest skill?

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

  33. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  34. A: Our mastering set up consists of a mix of tubed and Solid State equalizers and compressors from Maselec and Manley. 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 Universal Audio, Sonnox and PSP digital limiters, Isotope RX4 for sound repair and soundBlade for final edit.

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

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

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

  38. A: CD and DVD 2.0 and 5.1 mastering continues to be our main job here in Classic Master, however, mastering projects for online distribution only such as Spotify and iTunes MFiT and mastering for Vinil are growing faster and we are well prepared for that.

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

  40. A: We are working on CD and MFiT projects.

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

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

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