Mixing Engineer with Live Mixing Experience combined with strong studio skills. Mixing top artists of the industry on both Live and Studio Environments. System oriented mixer which will bring a consistent result throughout multiple projects.
I have been in the sound industry for over 15 years, since high-school. Mixing all kinds of school bands, activities, talent shows, sports events, etc. Jumped into the live business at 18 and never looked back. Started Mixing full scale live shows almost 10 years ago. Have been doing studio mixing for 5 years.
Music has shaped me into the person I am. I will work flawlessly on mixing your production, translate the recording into a transparent canvas.
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Interview with Adolfo Velez
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: All projects make me proud. Each one of them is a stepping stone into what I've always wanted and dreamed.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on building another studio for a client where I will be tracking and mixing hip hop records.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog for recording, if you know what you want. Mixing in the box, resolves latency issues, gives you consistency. Mastering, could have some outboard.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You will get what you were expecting. Maybe more.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Every project is different.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How fast can you make this mix ? - It depends on the project, but typically within 24 hours. Do you use plugins ? - Absolutely, but only what I need where I need. How long have you been doing this ? - Pretty much my entire life.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I don't know what I am doing, because of my age.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How many songs ? Time frame ? Is the song recorded, edited & aligned ? When do we start ?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Talk to your provider, express what you truly want. There is a lot you can tell of a production with only a few words.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Electro-acoustic guitar, Laptop, midi keyboard, interface, mic and a solar battery pack. (Thats 6, but it no one noticed it)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been doing sound for over 15 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I have a quick, straight to the point style, without shortcuts. You do not need a million plugins. Just need to use the correct knobs. I try to stay true to that at all times.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Daft Punk. Would love to be a part of their production and also incorporate into a tour with them playing with an amazing band alongside.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Do not over compress. Keep your dynamic range as big as possible.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on Pop, Hip Hop, Latin, R&B & Rock.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing a good record without having to change drastically the sound intended by the client. I understand the mathematics of sound, I can maximize my headroom and still have the right sound and punch.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring fresh ears, good working environment, strong communication skills, experience working in multiple genres.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Hear the song, then a rough mix if possible. Start a static mix after creating a gain structure. Master Bus Chain must be set before mixing individual channels. Add EQ & Compression and then FX and Delays. Final touches with automation and start reviewing process with client.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Computer: Macbook Pro 15", i7, 32gb RAM, 1tb SSD, 28" Samsung 4K Monitor, OWC Dock I/O & DSP: UAD Apollo Twin & Waves Soundgrid DSP Server Monitors: Adam Audio T7V Control: Avid Artist Mix
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I love any kind of musician or producer that will put their 100% in a production. I love an engineer that is in control of a session. I rather work with an MD that can truly direct a band or musician. Communication must be at its highest.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most common type of work is mixing both studio and live. Also live streaming nowadays.