Defined and Dynamic.

I've been a mastering engineer for about 2 years I know it is a relatively small experience period, BUT I've been working on the audio field for about 7 years, including audio school. I've been working on recording studios for about 4 years and with clients such as Mary Kay, Amway, and many many distinct bands. I'm at your service, so feel free to message me through here or any other medium.


Danny Pena Balboa

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I usually allow as many revisions as a client needs to be happy with his project, and turn-around times really depend on how busy I am with current projects.

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Interview with Daniel "Danny" Pena Balboa

Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
My first band recording. It inspired me to continue in the audio field and opened many doors with friends behind them.
What are you working on at the moment?
A podcast editing of 45 minutes.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Pavel Cal, great guitarist.
Analog or digital and why?
Digital. Fully recall-able, less time waste. The distinction between analog and digital is mostly tone changing (warmth), noise, and some clipping and saturation differences.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I promise I'll fully commit to my clients projects until they are satisfied. I've had some bad experiences as an user myself with other engineers because they don't stay committed or bring priority to my music as much as I'd like to.
What do you like most about your job?
That I get to be able to help people bring out the best out of their music.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Why does XYZ artist have more volume than my song? Play your song through iTunes with soundcheck enabled. Well, obviously not just that. I often explain the different normalization procedures each music streaming site has.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That it doesn't sound loud enough.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Mostly technical questions about their dynamics, if they are available for remixes, or if they have any especial requests/references.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Make your composition sound as if there was no editing, record as if there was no mixing, make your mixing as if there were no master, and master as if there were no second chances.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Computer with DAW Good Interface Legacy Speakers Great Amplifier Good plug-ins
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started recording since I was 16, which was 6 years ago. Mostly friends playing in our garage or recording voices in the closet. Before that I was making loops and beats, which was pretty fun. Then after high school I went to college for audio, and started picking up way more projects in which I work on from then on.
How would you describe your style?
I can't exactly answer that by myself, hahaha.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I'd love to work with anyone that is willing to work with me.
Can you share one music production tip?
Respect dynamics, don't over-compress.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Mostly acoustic sessions which are the happiest clients I get.
What's your strongest skill?
Editing and mastering.
What do you bring to a song?
Definition where it's needed and dirt when you want it.
What's your typical work process?
That depends entirely on the project, haha.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I run completely in the box with a Apogee Symphony 8x8 as an I/O and KH80 Neumann Monitor System. As a DAW I use Magix Samplitude which really speeds up my workflow on the mastering and editing field.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I'd say Ian Shepherd, Bob Ludwig and Alan Tucker as mastering engineers. I really don't know of anyone else from other fields of audio.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I mostly do audio mastering and audio editing, but I'm also a seasoned accordion (B-System) player so I do some remote recording as well. Audio restoration for podcasts and such also seems to be a growing job for me.