Hello, I'm Carlo Villegas. I am a mixing engineer and a producer. I specialize in mixing and producing R&B/Hip-Hop and Pop music. However, I enjoy working on other types of genres as well.
HOW IT WORKS:
1) Contact on here on Soundbetter about your project and what you would like me to do for your project. Don't forget to include the details of your song, the vibe, how many tracks are in your project, and the date you need the song completed. (Each service has its own turnaround time).
2) Send over your dry, unprocessed files (48 kHz, 32-bit, .wav files) and pay the amount due prior to starting (50%). I will not begin the session until the deposit has been received. Feel free to send me a reference track or a list of songs that can help me work on your project(s). If you have an idea of how you want a particular vocal or instrument to sound, you can send a wet, processed file as well.
3) I will create a rough draft for you to listen to and decide if I'm taking the right path. I want both of us to be on the same page about what the project should sound like.
4) After the project is done and you are satisfied with the results, mark the Job as "Complete" and pay the remaining 50%. After I receive the payment, I will release to you high-res mix stems (Full Mix, Instrumental Mix, TV Mix, Acapella Mix, Ld Vox, BGV, Vocal Up, and Vocal Down).
Thank you for looking through my profile. Feel free to contact me about anything. I'm always on my phone so expect a reply as soon as possible.
- Carlo V.
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Interview with Carlo Villegas
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What type of vibe are you looking for and do you have any reference tracks with that same vibe?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure your files are ready and you have an idea of how you want the final project to sound like.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Building a recording studio for music and film.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: James Auwarter and Mikhail Kusch.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I bounce back and forth. Most of the time, I'm working in the box and mixing digitally. All the tools I have are right in front of me on my computer. However, I still prefer analog whenever I get the chance to. Something about physically touching the sound and deciding how to patch makes me feel more connected to the music.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Hearing the process from my perspective from start to finish.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been engineering and producing music since 2018. I decided to take a step further and go to Full Sail University to enhance my skill in Recording Arts.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My computer, iLok, Headphones, SSD, internet. If not, then why would I be on a desert island.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't be afraid to subtract. It may sound cleaner. Simple is better.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on R&B/Hip-Hop and Pop music. But I'm always open to working on other genres.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Having a conversation with my client(s) is an important step. I want to understand their idea of what the project should sound like. Then they can send me their reference tracks to help me justify what path to take while I am working.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a basic home studio setup since I work in the box majority of the time. I have a Mac Mini and a Macbook Pro running Pro Tools or Logic Pro X. My monitors are ADAM Audio T5V. I do mix with my Sennheiser HD58X. If I'm at the studio, I'm basically running full analog. As long as there is an LA-2A laying around.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: It's hard to say. Ariana Grande's and Doja Cat's vibe are just insanely bouncy and catchy. Other than that, I do enjoy the way Tommee Profitt constructs his music.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I do a lot of mixing for my clients. My producing services are usually only done to some of my repeated clients.