Sound Engineer with 7+ years of experience in local indie music from La Plata and Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Here are some examples of my work with music and audio so far:
Sound Design, Edit and Mix for TV and Internet:
CALZADOS ESCOLARES VENUS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXOE8nu7YTk
FUNDACION CECILIA RIVADENEIRA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPwaFye_zcA
DONUTS DE BONAFIDE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eR_c4lG8HpU
PONY MALTA PLUS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvfVqZFsDCU
BINGO OASIS PILAR: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_cUZmO2ObU
TELEFONICA SPEEDY ARGENTINA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzKQptxZJdY
CLARO ECUADOR: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJ0_zR5QlAs
Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.
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Interview with Juan Cerrotta
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Depending on the project, I'm usually called either for Recording, Mixing or Mastering. Usually when I'm called for Mixing I also have to Edit.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Michael Jackson, Damon Albarn, Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Beck, Gustavo Cerati, Luis Alberto Spinetta, Charly García, Johnny Cash, James Brown, the list is long and I'm lazy when it comes to typing.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I do my daily work at my home studio. Core i5 iMac, KRK VXT6 monitors, Sony MDR-7506 headphones hooked to my Mbox, in Buenos Aires City. Then when I'm called for recordings most of them are done at Bulevar32 Studio, La Plata, or eventually at Hometown Studio, Mar del Plata. If I have to travel I take a macbook Pro with the Sony Headphones and a ZOOM H4N.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Always have a long chat first with the artist. Ask for references and check all the material they have to work to evaluate the possibilities and time required. Then I deliver the first draft for review. After that It's all back and forth until both the artist and I feel It's done.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I'm here to give my best to make your music sound just like you want it to.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Indie music from La Plata or Mar del Plata, in Argentina.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Never leave anything you can do right on an early stage to fix later.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Beck, love his style, how he updates his sound.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My ear loves clean and punchy, usually that's my base, then I can drive things pretty much anywhere from there.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I'm going through my 8th year since I started working with my musician friend's projects. First recording, then mixing, then mastering. I've always worked with artists on a budget. Getting a big break inside the music industry in Argentina is quite hard if you're not aiming to a massive commercial audience. I've always moved around the underground scene. And I love to give everything it takes to make a valuable record out of every project I'm invited to work for.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Acoustic Guitar, Hand Recorder, Headphones, iPad and a huuuuuuuuge battery.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Good Communication and predisposition are the Key to achieve awesome results.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How do you think you sound? How would you like to sound? Which record(s) do you think resemble most what you're trying to achieve? How much time do you want to dedicate to this project? Do you accept suggestions? Are you willing to go back to the recording studio if necessary? Can you go back to the recording studio? There are more...
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: "We can fix it during Mixing", "We can fix it on Mastering"... Again, never leave anything to fix for a later stage of production.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: When do you think you'll be done? Answer: when you tell me with a smile that It's done and I'm happy with what I've done.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Looking at the face of the artist and see that I'm on the right path.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'm not happy with it until you're happy with it.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. Future. Love to play with Analog though, great for recording, or mastering. Let's face it. In the end you want people listening to your music. Any streaming compression codec will trash your precious analog sound. Focus on the music, YOUR SOUND should be there. I'm just here to make it sound nice and clear for everyone.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Indie, Indie, more Indie and a new Tango Project. Thrilled to be able to put my hands on a local, historical genre.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: "Las Cosas Vienen" by Gaspar David. So proud of it. Full album post production, mixing and mastering, all digital. Everyone involved was super happy with the results. We really took each song to its best.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Wish I knew someone, when I do I definitely will recommend.