813Rico

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Working with people can be frustrating and finding your sound as an artist can be just as difficult. I guarantee top-quality engineering to bring the sound you have been dreaming of to life. I work with industry artists and underground artists with highlights like Jumex and Taleban Dooda.

I am Juan Romero, AKA, 813Rico, I am originally from Villavicencio, Colombia, and moved to the U.S. at an early age. I am a young engineer and I guarantee top-quality mixing and mastering. If you're looking to get into the industry with that professional sound you have been seeking, look no further. I've been mixing and mastering for about 5 years, and I know that working with people might be hard because you are afraid they might not understand what you truly want. That's why I strive to build a relationship with you and get to know you as an artist. Contact me and let's get your music to the next level! (Se Habla Español)

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

26 Reviews - 5 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Ignacio F.
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    El mejor en esta pagina. Con el uno no se asusta como va a quedar, el no para hasta que estes satisfecho.

  2. Review by Bjarni s.
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    This guy never stops till you are satisfied with your track, I would give him ten stars to rate him, but unfortuantaly there are only five, but 10/10 mixer and master also 10/10 comunication

  3. Review by Regina B.
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    One of the few people on this platform that actually care. I really don't know what's better the mixes and masters or the customer service. Will come back for more!!

  4. Review by Amy M.
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    Met him through Instagram a while back and stuck with him ever since. Treats every song of mine like it's his!

  5. Review by Ignacio F.
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    Estoy haciendo un album y el hizo las primeras 3 canciones (mixed y mastered). El es muy bueno y muy profesional! Voy a volver a el para todo las canciones que faltan. Gracias Rico!

  6. Review by Lillia F.
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    Mixed and mastered another song for me for my EP after my singles come out. Exceptional engineering and will depend my music on it. Just takes a few revisions for him to get it subjectively perfect for me too. Super friendly person as well . Have I said anything negative? Lol

  7. Review by Sonnie O.
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    Quality mixes and masters. Made my vocal sound sooo good.

  8. Review by Lillia F.
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    Mastered a few songs for my upcoming singles and surprised me with how detailed and crisp the sound was. Dedicated person and seems like as if he loves what he does. Will be coming back for more. 10/10

  9. Review by Ignacio F.
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    Muy profesional y dejo mis canciones sonando increibles. Lo mejor es que es bilingue!

  10. Review by Melanie B.
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    Making an EP and working with him is fun and professional. Great sounding mixes and masters! He’s fast as well. Gonna be returning for the rest of the songs

  11. Review by Melanie B.
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    Gave me a discount for being a long time customer and my first mix and master on Soundbetter! Rico never lets me down and always has top quality mixes and masters. Thank you man

  12. Review by Amy M.
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    Third time with him! I can't stress enough how underrated his page is it truly bothers me. I've worked with countless engineers on the platform before (grammy winning even) and he still comes up on top. Work ethic is amazing and he always is very quick with it.

  13. Review by Ignacio F.
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    nunca decepciona. Mi segunda vez con el y de verdad lo reccomiendo. y habla español que es una ventaja jajaja

  14. Review by Kaleb M.
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    813Rico did a full mix and master to one of my songs and it turned out great! Very knowledgeable artist and easy to work with. Great communication and receptive to any questions or concerns I had with the song, and sent a finished product back to me in no time! 10/10 recommend!

  15. Review by Ricardo G.
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    New to the platform and was a great taste of the future of my music especially with this engineer. Thank you rico for the dope master!

  16. Review by Amy M.
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    Mastered a song for me for the first time and was fun to work with again. Very polite and professional. Awesome master.

  17. Review by Ignacio F.
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    Excelente masters. Muy buen servicio

  18. Review by Lauren R.
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    He delivers like seriously DELIVERS. Whenever you're working with audio it's difficult for the other party to know exactly what you want. Especially with a business full of middle aged people overpricing their work. He emphasizes building a relationship with the client strongly and acts upon it while keeping it professional. Great mixes and will come back for his services. FINALLLY FOUND THE ONE!!

  19. Review by Lauren R.
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    He mastered my beat and did a great job! Will come back for more of his impressive work.

  20. Review by Aaliyah W.
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    Cool person and more importantly great and fast restoration for my sample. Looking forward to working with him again.

  21. Review by lashawn s.
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    polite and professional, skilled engineer! work with him if you're looking for someone new

  22. Review by Ryan W.
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    Polite and dope mixes and masters

  23. Review by ONX R.
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    Did restoration for some vocal sample and was great to work with.

  24. Review by Amy M.
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    Super professional. I asked a basic mix for my son’s song and he did it in under a day with additional things in the mix he added!

  25. Review by Aubrey S.
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    So easy to work with and great mixes.

  26. Review by Lacey R
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    AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING. Left my mouth open with the mix transformation he did. Not even mentioning that I gave him 5 days to do the mix and he did it in 24 hours while having great customer service. Definitely my main engineer for now on.

Interview with 813Rico

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: Make Bands by Almighty B and a few unreleased tracks from myself. Make Bands was recorded on a $50 mic when he was overseas and he sent me the stems to mix and master. It turned out to be one of his best if not his best track. I did a lot of effects to that song as well that brought it to life. It just shows that a mix doesn't have to be perfect to be a great song. And for myself that unreleased song is a milestone because that's when I really tapped into my voice and emotion in my songs.

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

  4. A: A trap song for a Floridian artist I've been working with named Almighty B. I mix, master him and record him too. But in the big picture, I'm working on a lot of projects. Self-improvement mostly since I think that's one of the most important things a human can focus on. I'm working on my voice and taking voice lessons on the side. I'm also recording a lot of music every day as well.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: No, I don't unfortunately.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both. I'm very big about using the gear you have and learning it to its maximum potential. Because in my opinion, that's how you achieve the best results. Digital plugins offer emulations of analog hardware and it's great since it's more accessible. But analog is great too since of the color and harmonics it gives but it's much less accessible. I just say work with what you got and study it.

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

  10. A: I guarantee top-quality engineering to bring the sound they have been dreaming of to life while building a relationship with them.

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

  12. A: Definitely, the satisfaction of when the song is released and I get that notification from the artist that it released. I just love to hear that crispy mix on all platforms, it's very fullfilling.

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

  14. A: Usually, they ask if their project is valid for the work I do. Most of the time my answer is yes.

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

  16. A: That I make beats. Lol

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

  18. A: I usually ask them a lot of questions in the mixing stage if they do not specify a lot or I just think the song has tons of potential and I can make it better. For example, adding FX I think would sound good, or something as simple as panning background harmonies. I have a special place in my heart for prospective clients/artists since I am one myself.

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

  20. A: Look for someone you can stick to. Don't pick an engineer because they're expensive or they have fancy gear. Pick someone you can evolve the sound your dreaming of with. Same with production.

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

  22. A: That's a hard one since I could choose any pieces of gear but I wouldn't change my gear since I know how to make them sound great. KRK Rokit G4s, Auratone 5Cs, WA12 MK2 Mic Preamp, Austrian Audio OC818, Beyerdynamic DT990s Open Back 250 Ohm.

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

  24. A: I've been intrigued with music my whole life. Like I mentioned in my profile description, I came from Latin roots and my dad was that lighter to that spark. He showed me salsa and reggaeton all the time. I fell in love with the feeling that music gave me.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Personally, I'm a very serious person and I'm even more serious when it comes to something that I'm extremely passionate about and that is music. I'm an e-boy lol

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

  28. A: Definitely, a lot of picks I believe I would work great with. But probably Iann Dior since a lot of records seem inspired by his style, and he just seems like a really cool person.

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

  30. A: Just because you want to be professional, that doesn't mean throw the creativity that got you interested in this field out the window.

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

  32. A: Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop, Alternative. A lot of modern and urban genres. I've gotten a lot of Hyperpop recently as well since it is a rising genre.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Mixing and Mastering.

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

  36. A: I like to focus a lot on creativity for a project and I'd like to think I transform more than just a song. I really emphasize building a relationship with the client because it goes a long way for the client to be comfortable with you. They usually tell you the true hopes and expectations they have for the project. It's extremely important to deliver for me.

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

  38. A: Since this is my main source of income I take it very seriously while not leaving the fun out the window. I usually get up by 7 am and get done with any projects that are due.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I work mostly at my home studio with KRK Rokit G4s and Auratone 5Cs as my reference monitors. I use Owens Corning 703 4 Inch as my acoustics in my space and have about 14 of them set up in my space as well with some other acoustic treatment for my monitors. I use my Austrian Audio OC818 as my main recording mic and my Bluebird SL as my talkback mic to some clients that come through to record.

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

  42. A: Neek the engineer and Kesha Lee. They're great and are in a lot of projects I enjoy like for Neek, The Kid LAROI's, "F*CK LOVE* and for Kesha Lil Uzi Vert's, "Luv Is Rage 2".

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

  44. A: I usually do a lot of mixing and mastering work for clients. I'm glad to say most clients are satisfied with the results as well. Also, do some other services like restoration or simple vocal comping if that's what the person needs.

  45. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  46. A: Make Bands by Almighty B and a few unreleased tracks from myself. Make Bands was recorded on a $50 mic when he was overseas and he sent me the stems to mix and master. It turned out to be one of his best if not his best track. I did a lot of effects to that song as well that brought it to life. It just shows that a mix doesn't have to be perfect to be a great song. And for myself that unreleased song is a milestone because that's when I really tapped into my voice and emotion in my songs.

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

  48. A: A trap song for a Floridian artist I've been working with named Almighty B. I mix, master him and record him too. But in the big picture, I'm working on a lot of projects. Self-improvement mostly since I think that's one of the most important things a human can focus on. I'm working on my voice and taking voice lessons on the side. I'm also recording a lot of music every day as well.

  49. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  50. A: No, I don't unfortunately.

  51. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  52. A: Both. I'm very big about using the gear you have and learning it to its maximum potential. Because in my opinion, that's how you achieve the best results. Digital plugins offer emulations of analog hardware and it's great since it's more accessible. But analog is great too since of the color and harmonics it gives but it's much less accessible. I just say work with what you got and study it.

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

  54. A: I guarantee top-quality engineering to bring the sound they have been dreaming of to life while building a relationship with them.

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

  56. A: Definitely, the satisfaction of when the song is released and I get that notification from the artist that it released. I just love to hear that crispy mix on all platforms, it's very fullfilling.

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

  58. A: Usually, they ask if their project is valid for the work I do. Most of the time my answer is yes.

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

  60. A: That I make beats. Lol

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

  62. A: I usually ask them a lot of questions in the mixing stage if they do not specify a lot or I just think the song has tons of potential and I can make it better. For example, adding FX I think would sound good, or something as simple as panning background harmonies. I have a special place in my heart for prospective clients/artists since I am one myself.

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

  64. A: Look for someone you can stick to. Don't pick an engineer because they're expensive or they have fancy gear. Pick someone you can evolve the sound your dreaming of with. Same with production.

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

  66. A: That's a hard one since I could choose any pieces of gear but I wouldn't change my gear since I know how to make them sound great. KRK Rokit G4s, Auratone 5Cs, WA12 MK2 Mic Preamp, Austrian Audio OC818, Beyerdynamic DT990s Open Back 250 Ohm.

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

  68. A: I've been intrigued with music my whole life. Like I mentioned in my profile description, I came from Latin roots and my dad was that lighter to that spark. He showed me salsa and reggaeton all the time. I fell in love with the feeling that music gave me.

  69. Q: How would you describe your style?

  70. A: Personally, I'm a very serious person and I'm even more serious when it comes to something that I'm extremely passionate about and that is music.

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

  72. A: Definitely, a lot of picks I believe I would work great with. But probably Iann Dior since a lot of records seem inspired by his style, and he just seems like a really cool person.

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

  74. A: Just because you want to be professional, that doesn't mean throw the creativity that got you interested in this field out the window.

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

  76. A: Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop, Alternative. A lot of modern and urban genres. I've gotten a lot of Hyperpop recently as well since it is a rising genre.

  77. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  78. A: Mixing and Mastering.

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

  80. A: I like to focus a lot on creativity for a project and I'd like to think I transform more than just a song. I really emphasize building a relationship with the client because it goes a long way for the client to be comfortable with you. They usually tell you the true hopes and expectations they have for the project. It's extremely important to deliver for me.

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

  82. A: Since this is my main source of income I take it very seriously while not leaving the fun out the window. I usually get up by 7 am and get done with any projects that are due.

  83. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  84. A: I work mostly at my home studio with KRK Rokit G4s and Auratone 5Cs as my reference monitors. I use Owens Corning 703 4 Inch as my acoustics in my space and have about 14 of them set up in my space as well with some other acoustic treatment for my monitors. I use my Austrian Audio OC818 as my main recording mic and my Bluebird SL as my talkback mic to some clients that come through to record.

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

  86. A: Neek the engineer and Kesha Lee. They're great and are in a lot of projects I enjoy like for Neek, The Kid LAROI's, "F*CK LOVE* and for Kesha Lil Uzi Vert's, "Luv Is Rage 2".

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

  88. A: I usually do a lot of mixing and mastering work for clients. I'm glad to say most clients are satisfied with the results as well. Also, do some other services like restoration or simple vocal comping if that's what the person needs.

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I work passionately to give you 100% satisfaction so I'm flexible with revisions, as long as they're within reason. Will deliver most mixing projects in less than 4 days guaranteed. (SE HABLA ESPAÑOL)

GenresSounds Like
  • The Kid LAROI
  • Iann Dior
  • Ariana Grande
Gear Highlights
  • Austrian Audio OC818
  • WARM WA12 MK2
  • KRK ROKIT G4
  • Auratone 5Cs
  • Bluebird SL
  • Bluebird Baby Bottle
  • Beyerdynamic DT 990
  • Studio One 4
  • Pro Tools 12
  • Ableton 11
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  • Excited for the futureJul 12, 2021

    Loved all the songs I've been working on recently, you guys seriously have some bangers coming through.

  • Mixing an album!Jul 12, 2021

    I'm mixing an album rn wish me luck!

  • Trying to take pictures every day lolJul 07, 2021

    Finding places is so exhausting I have the creativity of a dog when it comes to photography lol. 

  • Working on my voice!Jun 23, 2021

    I've been working on my voice a lot! Taking voice lessons, vocal exercises, etc. I'm very passionate about it. Singing is very difficult.