Independent audio professional and Berklee College of Music graduate. Currently working with a variety array of artists and projects as a music producer, mixing engineer, arranger, composer and keyboardist.
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13 ReviewsEndorse Bruce Gonzalez
I had the pleasure of having Bruce as a mastering engineer for the remastered version of an original film score I composed. His skills as a mastering engineer are unquestionable as the track's sounds were transformed into large scale cinematic pieces with impeccable dynamics. I'm looking forward to working with Bruce in the future.
Working with Bruce is a really great experience. He is really artistic and professional. and besides his music expertise he is a really nice person. Really happy to have worked with him in many production, recording and mastering projects
Bruce is an excellent professional to work with! He has produced and mastered some of my work as an artist so well that we're already planning to work together for the next releases.
Excellent producer, engineer and human being. Very professional and provide you with years of experience. Glad to work with him in my production and mastering process.
Hightly recomended. An excellent producer and mixer, Bruce will give you a great experience and results.
I have worked whit Bruce and it was excellent. He has The knowlement and experience to complete a good job. I’m producer too and I enjoyed a lot to do a recording whit him
I had the best time working with producer Bruce Gonzalez. He understood where I was coming from and where I was heading to, musically. Great experience!!!
I really enjoyed working with Bruce. He made me feel welcome as well as proving me with an A-Class service. We recorded one song together as Bruce engineered the session. Great guy with great expertise.
Working with Bruce was a great experience, I think he comes to understand as a musician, as a sound engineer and as a producer what you look for in a song.
Personally I liked his treatment and knowledge about different music styles and that one as a musician gives a great range of opportunities to grow our art.
I recorded a song with Bruce and we were very good attended. He worked a lot with us.
I worked with Bruce on a documentary project. We recorded a couple of songs for voice and guitar. I really like that he took the time to set up properly for my voice and guitar, it was time comsumming, but totally worth it, then it was 4 takes and that was it. He also is very knowledgable, detailed oriented, easy to work with. Great experience!
Bruce worked mastering my film soundtrack. I really liked the experience and the results. He is not "imposing" orientated, but "convincing" orientated, as he shows different options and textures arriving to the most adequate sound. He has clear ideas and wide knowledge of the craft. The final sound feels carefully achieved, strong and balanced.
I have worked with Bruce on several projects including recording, mixing, mastering and producing songs for my band. He has a very professional approach, a warm personality, (great gear!) and excellent attitude that helps tremendously develop the work and vibe in the studio. Overall a great cat!
Interview with Bruce Gonzalez
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Wow, too many to list! George Martin, Quincy Jones, Arif Mardin, Walter Afanasieff, Gustavo Santaolalla, Twetty González and more!
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Being the producer, arranger and mixer of "Oscura Luz", debut album of Costa Rican R&B artist Melany Cubero.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on an array of projects ranging from full production of songs, to mixing and mastering some of them. I am also doing arranging, composition and even playing in some of the projects I am currently involved in.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work is trying to understand the clients vision and dream so I can help them realize their musical ideas and expectations to full potential. From making rough demos to producing finished tracks, to putting the final icing on mixes. I also help arrange strings, background vocals and brass into full-blown compositions and productions.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I try to use my knowledge and experience along with my heart and instinct while working on any project. I think music should be felt first and then analyzed. I listen to the clients need and vision so I can help them better understand what they are looking for, and together we will make a work plan that can help us achieve that vision!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started in music when I was a very young child. From early on, I started playing organ, violin, trombone, double bass and piano. Choosing piano and keyboards as my main instrument, I went to Berklee College where I double-majored studiying different topics including music production, mixing, arranging and composition.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like that I am working directly with art, even if it is from a technical perspective.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is that they will be satisfied with the final quality and result of the product they will receive when the project is finished.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both!!! Nowadays there are excellent products on both sides and each can bring something good to the table. In the end it is about the music and not about the tools, but if I can choose, I will use both so I can have the best of both worlds!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Questions concerning budget and how much to spend in each part of the production process. I always recommend spending at least the minimum amount necessary to get the quality of work they are looking for. Don't sacrifice quality for quantity!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception is that people think that the audio and music professional will always have the last word on every decision that is made during the production process. I believe that a audio and music professional should listen to the artist and try to make important decisions together as team.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes, Pablo San Martin, an excellent Chilean-born mix engineer, currently based in NY.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio setup consists of equipment I have personally selected because I believe it has the best quality and versatility in sound. Among the manufacturers of equipment I have the privelege to use are: Rupert Neve Designs, Manley Labs, Avalon Designs, Pendulum Audio, Great River and Briscasti among others.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring attention to detail, sensibility and perspective. I will treat each song with the respect and care it deserves as the individual piece that it is, and take into consideration how it fits with the rest of the material it belongs to.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is working on a team and taking everyone's input into the project, so that at the end, everyone's contributions have helped achieve the final product.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: From R&B to rock, from jazz to classical, from Latin to pop, I try to cover different genres and styles.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Yes of course! Don't delay important decisions in the production process. Hopefully, you will have a clear vision of what you are working on from the start. Trust your gut, instinct, taking into consideration what you feel about the music you are working on and most importantly, be critical about what you hear in every stage of the process.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Any artist that is committed to their craft. They should be willing to experiment and try new ideas in order to achieve new results that enhance their music.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would describe myself as someone who is looking to find organic and natural sounds in the work that I do, while at the same time making it interesting and appealing.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Hahaha, this is funny! A SM58, a Neve pre, a spring reverb, a melodica and a ukelele!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: To expend all the time they can in developing their craft, so when they start working on their production, they will be more than ready to take it to the next level!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are their favorite artists and music? What are their long term goals as artists? Where do they see themselves headed in a few years? And what do they expect from the production process?