My name is Ryan and I am a professional recording, mixing, mastering engineer and producer. I have worked on records with major label artists across all genres and have also worked on many TV shows and feature films. I am capable of producing, recording, mixing, and mastering all genres of music.

I work at a private recording studio located in Santa Monica with a professional live room capable of accommodating 6 people at a time. Additionally, the studio includes a fully equipped production room with accessible live instruments and high quality gear. I understand that budgets are tight and I am willing to work with you depending on the details of your project. If you want the high quality sound of a major recording studio for a fraction of the price, then you have come to the right place. If you are looking for live musicians, I know the best in LA. They can be essential to the success of your record or film score assuming your budget allows for it.

I am also constantly looking for up and coming singer/songwriters in need of production and musical direction. In addition to being a professional engineer, I am also a multi-instrumentalist. If you can play an instrument too, then that's even better. In some cases, I will work with you free of charge if you are talented, hard working, and dedicated to your craft. Please only send me your music if this applies to you and you are extremely serious in taking your music to the next level. I am very connected in the industry and have relationships with other major recording studios, engineers, and producers. If I believe in your music then I will invest my time into your project.

My credits include

Gear highlights

  • Empirical Labs Distressor (2)
  • UA 1176 (2)
  • Pearlman TM 250
  • Neumann CMV 563
  • Pueblo Preamps
  • Millennia Preamps
  • DBX compressors
  • Neumann TLM103
  • Shure Sm57s
  • Sennheiser MKH40's
  • Shure Beta52A
  • Yamaha SubKick
  • Shure 545
  • AKG 214s

Genres I specialize in

Terms of Service

I offer 5 mix/master revisions per song. I am very efficient with turnaround, but if you have a project with a very strict deadline, then additional charges may apply.

Reviews of RLS Studios

  • Default-avatarabout 1 month agoby

    I've worked with Ryan many times, on both film/tv scores and songs. He is an excellent engineer and a great collaborator. His versatility is a particular strength in film scoring, which often requires a wide variety of instruments and styles. And his attitude is terrific - he's always on-the-ball while staying positive and level-headed.

  • Default-avatar4 months agoby

    I’ve had the great privilege of working with Ryan on a variety of projects over the last two or three years, and I’m constantly impressed by his creativity, efficiency, and professionalism. He cultivates a positive studio environment, and genuinely cares about each performer's individual requirements. An all around outstanding artist and person.

  • Default-avatar4 months agoby

    Ryan has both mixed as well as mastered some of my albums. Ryan is so talented, both as a mixer, composer and in mastering. He has a positive attitude. He really gets the sound you're going for and gives all of himself to a project and works hard. He is open minded and brilliant. I highly recommend RSL studios. My experience has been great!

  • Default-avatar4 months agoby

    I have worked with Ryan on many overdub sessions the past few years and he is always very efficient and fun to work with; always ready to lend an ear to the production. As a player it is a real plus to have an engineer on the other side of the glass that has a great attitude and Ryan is one of those people!

  • Default-avatar4 months agoby

    Ryan is a real pro. He's crazy talented and a great guy to hang with. He's great at contributing creatively to many types of genres and styles. Ultimately, with him you get the whole package, I'd recommend him to anyone, as long as I don't have a project I need him for. :-)

  • Default-avatar4 months agoby

    Ryan possesses those elusive qualities so desired in ones colleagues; patience, an easy-going nature, and deference for others. On top of that he is a talented and tireless worker. I have worked on several huge projects with Ryan with grueling deadlines. He always manages to put people first all while delivering a stellar product.

  • Default-avatar4 months agoby

    I love working with Ryan. Along with making everything sound great. he is a very nurturing producer that always finds a way to get the "perfect take".
    Ryan is clear, efficient and musical.

  • Default-avatar4 months agoby

    Having worked with Ryan for over two years on countless projects, I can attest that his speed and precision while engineering are extremely impressive to witness - yet, he manages to make the studio a very warm and welcoming place. His attitude and professionalism are top notch. I highly recommend working with Ryan.

  • Default-avatar4 months agoby

    Ryan is such a wonderful person to work with! He's absolutely professional and turn things around in a timely manner. He's also great at communicating and has such a positive attitude about everything. Major thumbs up!

  • Default-avatar4 months agoby

    I've known Ryan a long time and have recorded everything from music to voiceover for videos with him. He's a hard worker with a positive attitude, a great ear and is immensely dedicated to his craft. His turn around time is fast, and he will keep working with you until you are both satisfied. Great engineer and also a fantastic, creative musician.

  • Default-avatar4 months agoby

    Working with Ryan Sanchez was great! I was impressed with the quality of his mixes, but even more impressed with the fact that he was able to keep up this quality no matter how many tracks I gave him to mix, or how short the deadline. A great guy that I definitely plan to work with again.

  • Default-avatar4 months agoby

    Ryan Sanchez is an absolute professional and a fantastic engineer. He has always delivered top quality work on time & budget while also maintaining a positive attitude regardless of any challenges that have arisen. I cannot recommend Ryan highly enough!

  • Default-avatar4 months agoby

    If you're looking for an awesome studio experience with a producer/engineer that is great to work with, Ryan Sanchez is your guy. I'm a composer working in Los Angeles on several major television shows, and have worked with Ryan on every single one. His professionalism and work ethic is unsurpassable, not to mention the great energy he brings.

  • Default-avatar4 months agoby

    My name is Kory McMaster. I am a composer and orchestrator based out of Los Angeles. I recently hired Ryan to record and mix the theme song for "Kinda Funny: The Animated Series". His mixing was top-notch, his turnaround was faster than we even needed it to be, and he was an absolute joy to work with. I could not be happier. Highly recommend!

  • Default-avatar4 months agoby

    Ryan is great to work with and keeps the clients happy!

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Interview with RLS Studios

What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
What are your rates? It depends on the amount of work needed to complete your project, however I am very reasonable and am open to negotiation. What have you worked on recently? http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4694876/ Can I hear some of your mixes, masters, or songs you have written? Most of my work is private because they are for the clients I work for. I do not like to email music to people out of respect for the clients that I worked with, but I am happy to have you come for a studio tour to see the facility. This is only offered if you are serious about your project. Do I have to pay you upfront or after a project is completed? Can you give me a general idea of what my project will cost? If you have an extensive project such as a full length album or score, then I expect a negotiable percentage paid up front before we begin working. The rest is expected to be paid upon completion of your project. This applies to projects with an all in flat fee. If we begin to establish a reliable and consistent relationship, then I become more flexible with payment for my services. If it's a project we have negotiated based on an hourly rate, then I require a 3 hour minimum for each recording session you book with me. This must be paid at the end of each session. The amount of hours needed to complete a mix vary based on the number of tracks in your project and the quality of the sounds used. I am open to both flat rates or hourly rates for a mix. Can I bring friends to the sessions I book? Only if they are respectful and responsible. It may also depend on how many people you want to attend. People actually involved in your project are always welcome. Is smoking allowed inside? Absolutely not! What forms of payment do you accept? PayPal, Venmo, Checks, Cash
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I'm proud of all my projects! Whether I'm recording musicians/artists, or mixing/mastering the music, I take pride in whatever part of the process I contributed to.
What are you working on at the moment?
TV/Film season is about to start back up so I will be working on scores for 3 or 4 TV shows as well as 3 or 4 films. Some will be on major television networks or released in major box offices.
Analog or digital and why?
A quick answer would be analog, if your budget allows for it. Analog gear has a certain sound that can never be replicated with software or plugins. I do use analog gear during the recording process, but I am mostly mixing "In the box." That is not to say you can't get a fantastic mix with plugins. I have a huge library of plugins and it is much faster for me to mix digitally and also is more cost efficient for my clients. If you have a specific project where you want it done all analog, then you would need to book me with a major recording studio that offers a console and plenty of outboard gear.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I will give your project a 110% effort and will do whatever it takes to make it sound great. I will be respectful of your vision and will be as flexible as possible with you.
What do you like most about your job?
I love what I do and have a very strong passion for music. I love the creative and collaborative aspect when working with my clients.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
The most difficult thing is communicating exactly how an engineer records and mixes a piece of music. The records and film scores you hear on the radio, on an album or on a feature film take hours and hours of hard work from the writing and recording process to the final steps in the mastering process. Engineering is a very specific skill that requires a high level of attention to detail and only comes with experience. There are no shortcuts in getting a great final product.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What is your budget? What are you hoping to accomplish with my services? Do you have a specific deadline? How flexible are you with a session date and what times of the day are you available to work?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Expect to pay a fair price if you truly want your record to sound professional. Every industry professional has overhead including studio rent, maintenance of gear, and equipment upgrades. Most have worked extremely hard over many years to get to a competitive, professional level. If you truly value your project then you should see the value in paying for a high quality final product.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Guitar, ATC monitors, UA 1176, Bock 507, and a Shure SM57
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started playing guitar and bass at age 10 and then began playing for various bands throughout high school. I eventually picked up piano as well. I started interning at various professional recording studios during my freshman year of college and began learning from working industry professionals. l attended The University of Southern California (USC) and majored within the notorious Thornton School of Music. I have worked at some of the best recording studios in Los Angeles over the past 8 years.
How would you describe your style?
Big, Cinematic, Atmospheric mixes and production
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Talented and hard working individuals
Can you share one music production tip?
Picking the right sounds and live elements for your song is crucial!
What type of music do you usually work on?
Records and Film Scores
What's your strongest skill?
Recording, mixing, and mastering
What do you bring to a song?
High quality audio, professional mix and master, high quality recordings of vocals and live instruments. I also bring an experienced 2nd opinion and executive producing skills. I write music with artists as well, so I bring my own style of production to their songs.
What's your typical work process?
Totally depends on the project
Tell us about your studio setup.
Pro Tools 12 HD rig, AVID HD I/Os, Rosendahl Nanosync, AVID HD Sync, Lavry DA10 converters, ATC SCM50 monitors, Custom headphone amp and monitor controller, Acoustically treated control room and live room, Huge library of Plugins and software instruments including Waves, Altiverb, Sound Toys, McDSP, Omnishphere 2, Zebra, Komplete 10, and many more
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Too many to list!
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Recording, mixing, and mastering