I may not have any credits or awards (yet) but what I do have is perseverance and a strong passion for getting things done and getting them done right. It is my mission to foresee that you walk away with something you are proud of! Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch so we can finish your track! :D
Freddy Romero is from Gonzales, a small town based in California. Having been passionate about music since middle school, he decided that music was in his future. Having ventured into all aspects of music possible in his high school, it is clear that music is an essential part of his life. Fast forward to today, he continues to study and learn from top-tier mixing engineers which is apparent in the work Freddy produces. His goal is to keep helping others (just like you) in polishing their sound and getting it ready for the world to listen to.
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Interview with Freddy Romero
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I'm actually just getting started so at the moment, I currently don't know anyone yet.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: What I love the most about my job is the music and the relationships I build with other people. It may not be my music but the fact that I'm helping someone else with taking their track to the next level brings me joy.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Most people would be quick to think that if I work in the box, that I will just use presets and call it a day. The truth is quite far from that. Every song is recorded differently and every track will need its own special treatment. What I actually do is go in and listen to every single track and process them with what the track needs. Sometimes the difference can be massive, other times, you can barely even tell until it's not there anymore.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on rock music but in a more orchestral context. Otherwise, it's usually like melodic rock or rock covers of popular songs you have probably heard of.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill would probably have to be my perseverance. Without it, I probably wouldn't be here right now.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: What I bring to a song depends on what the song and the client call for. If they call for nothing, I will make sure the song shines and Ill be sure to make sure the song has a vibe of its own.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio setup is quite simple. I actually handmade my desk and speaker stands. In terms of gear, I started off with literally nothing but just a laptop. Fast-forward to today, I have quite a bit of music-making gear for when I make my own music and I have quite a bit of recording gear. I'm slowly but surely growing my gear collection!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I say the band Leprous is a big inspiration in terms of music. The music production pros that inspire me would be Adam Noble, Nolly GetGood, and Vince Welch.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common work I do would be mixing and simply just gluing the track together. Sometimes, I also edit their tracks to be tighter while still maintaining a natural feel if the client wants me to.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Ah yes, the age-old question. Personally, from what I've both heard and seen... there are many top-tier people in studios that are surrounded by all this nice gear however you just see them on their computer with plugins. Frankly, I say work with what you know instead of trying to spend time trying to relearn something you already know but if you ever get the chance, feel free to dabble into both territories.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is that I will do everything in my power to make sure that they leave satisfied--without regrets.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Well... hmm. First of all, I'd take my Macbook Pro because, without it, everything else would be useless. 2nd would be a nice pair of headphones. 3 would be my MInilogue. 4 would probably be my Launchpad Pro MK3. And 5th would be my MX Master 3 because I don't know where I would be without it.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I say I have a pretty minimalistic style when it comes to mixing. My goal is to simply enhance your audio and make it shine. I'm not afraid to make major adjustments if the track really needs them.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Probably the most important tip I can give is to get the audio right/correct at the source. Spend as much time as you need to prepare so that you aren't fixing anything later.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one, but typically, I start with the kick and snare. From there I move on to the rest of the drum set and from there, bass, guitar, and finally vocals and anything else.