José A. Medina

Metal, Rock & Punk Mixes

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I'm a Spanish producer and engineer with 20 years of experience whose headquarters are in Uniphonic Studios in Mexico City. You can listen to a small sample of my work here at Soundbetter and, if you like it, send me a message so I can send you some lossless audio samples.

I love to work with powerful bands of any style (rock, hard rock, punk, metal ...) and make each one have its own sound. Do you have a band like that and is that what you need? I'd love to hear your music, get to know you a bit, and talk about your project and see what you need.

Only push the 'Contact' button above.

I work with an analog/digital hybrid mixing system. The best of both worlds! All my mixes have analog summing with an SSL mixer and have analog and digital processing.

I think that each song must have its own sound., and I not stop until the client is satisfied.

Reference Music:
In online mixing I start by asking my clients two playlist of Spotify or Tidal. The first one with 10 songs that have changed their lives. The second one with 10 songs that the people to the production is directed they can like them. For me, it's very important to know the tastes of my clients and the people they trying to sell their music.

Before starting the mix.:
To start working on the mix I need all the tracks already edited. Things like time alignment and vocal tuning should be completed prior to submission for mixing. If you need these services, I can do it with an additional cost. I send a PDF with instructions on how I need everything to start the mix.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Interview with José A. Medina

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

  2. A: Do you want to do something of your own with your band or do you settle for sounding like all the others?

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

  4. A: About 20 years... I have worked in many studios with many bands of different genres since the late 90's. I have also written many articles for magazines in spanish specialized in audio and, for about seven years, I have been a university degree professor of acoustics, electronics. recording techniques and advanced mixing techniques.

  5. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  6. A: Understand what the client needs and make his band not sound like what everyone else sounds.

  7. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  8. A: Now, I use an analog and digital hybrid system. I take advantage of the digital power of Pro Tools and plugins (mainly of UAD) and the rich of sound of the external analog hardware. I do the summing in my SSL analog summing mixer.

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

  10. A: Rock and metal.

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

  12. A: Take production to the goal that the band wants to achieve. For this, the two playlists that I ask for before starting to mix are fundamental.

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

  14. A: With some very powerful bands from Spain, Mexico, Argentina and the United States.

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

  16. A: Michael Brauer, Al Schmitt, Eddie Kramer, Andy Wallace, Steve Albini, Joe Barresi, Andy Sneap, Jens Bogren, Will Putney, ...

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

  18. A: In online mixing I start by asking my clients two playlist of Spotify. The first one with 10 songs that have changed their lives. The second one with 10 songs that the people to the production is directed they can like them. For me, it's very important to know the tastes of my clients and the people they trying to sell their music.

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

  20. A: Personality. Each song must have its own sound.

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

  22. A: Sure, see each song as something unique that will never happen again. Forget what was good in the past. Try new things every time.

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

  24. A: Status Quo, Joe Satriani and John Williams, because they changed my life.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Powerful and intense.

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

  28. A: My Pro Tools system, one LA-2A, one 1176, one Pultec EQP1 and my UAD system for the rest.

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

  30. A: Define who you want to reach with your music and let me do the work.

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

  32. A: I can not guarantee sales. I can only guarantee the best version of your band on your album.

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

  34. A: Do you allow mix revisions? Yes, I allow three revisions.

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

  36. A: Be in constant contact with people who create art.

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

  38. A: That both you and I will be happy with the result.

  39. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  40. A: HYBRID. The best of both worlds.

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Includes reamping if you need it and three revisions. Normally we will have the mix ready for review four days after the files are sent (depends on the amount of work in the studio).

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Gear Highlights
  • Uad Apollo
  • Urei 1176
  • SSL Summing Mixer
  • Neve 1073
  • Peavey 5150
  • SSL Compressor
  • ...
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