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Time. This is probably one of our most precious and valuable commodities. It cannot be exchanged, it can't be redeemed and it is not renewable. We spend years studying, learning our craft, learning to listen and learning to seek answers to an endless stream of questions that we constantly have about our specialty and about life itself. We use time as a measure of how much of it is needed in order to finish a project and how much of it requires compensation for all of the years that we've invested in order to operate and create miracles out of thin air. Time is measured in units of hours, minutes and seconds. But it is also measured by the amount of breathes of air that we take, how many moments of laughter we get and how much joy we have when a session is going right, when a mix is just sitting right. Please make sure that your time is invested wisely not only for yourself but also for others that in one way or another may be affected by your actions. Timing is everything as they say. #watersoundstudio #carloscastro #mixingexpert #recordingexpert #musicproducer #acousticmusic #classicalmusic #jazzmusic #edm #rockmusic #indierock #countrymusic #audioengineer #recordingstudio #analogrecording #analogstudio #musicengineer #audiophile #neveconsole #nevebcm10 #neve1073 #audiogear #gearslutz #time #reflections

The 3M-79 machine, keeps on working and sounding incredible. Here it is running at 30 I.P.S. with an even frequency response on both playback and record amplifiers. This particular machine has been modified with a transformerless input and a transformer balanced output using the original 3M transformers. 20 KHz is down only 1/2 db and the noise floor is superbly low. I usually calibrate my machine to +3/185 Nwb/m. You may ask why, because I find that this setting allows me to keep tape compression under control and if my peaks are ocassionally hitting at +3 on the VU meters it keeps the music sounding natural, this is my personal preference. Happy Analog Friday to everyone. #carloscastro #watersoundstudio #mixingexpert #recordingexpert #audioengineer #audioengineering #tapemachine #analog #analogtape #analogstudio #musicproducer #musicengineer #recordingstudio #analogstudio #vintagegear #vintagerecording #countrymusic #rockmusic #indierock #edm #jazzmusic #classicalmusic #acousticmusic #tapecalibration

I still can't believe how incredible this is, and it gives me a great deal of joy to finally bring the prodigal son back home, after loosing it ten years ago to hardships. Bill is a master tube electronics wizzard, the level of detail in this restoration was insane: new old stock tubes, new tube sockets, re-capped and replacement of out of tolerance resistors. On the video he is showing me the calibration procedure to lower the amount of distortion on ths unit to a minimum. The UA 176 is a helluva sonic canvas. This means a lot to me! #watersoundstudio #carloscastro #recordingexpert #mixingexpert #mixengineer #audioengineer #recordingengineer #recordingstudio #gearslutz #audioporn #audiophile #ua176 #vintagegear #countrymusic #rockmusic #indierock #classicalmusic #edm #acousticmusic

Mixing magic on the new Andrew York record!
Began with the stunning tracks we captured at Watersound Studios with @watersoundpro and honed them into stellar mixes with Erik Zobler of Studio Zed.

A prime example of equipment customization and careful attention to detail, several years in the making. What you're seeing is a one of a kind rack built and designed by Scott Sedillo using his @puebloaudio gain recovery amps. The EQ's are passive Langevin 251B, these are as rare as hen's teeth, built in 1955 by Langevin they have a 14 db insertion loss. The purpose was to build a fixed gain amplifier before the input of the EQ and a secondary amplifier using a variable stepped attenuator with 1 db steps. These units want to see 600 ohms on both the input and the output in order to maintain proper frequency response. Scott used a special dielectric board to mount his electronics. The end result is a wide bandwith, high headroom equalizer with a sweet sounding top end and mid range and a clear and extended bottom end. In my opinion: a splendid work of art. The first time I got to use this rack was on @shawn_colvin album "The Starlighter". The only EQ on the vocal chain during mixdown was a single Langevin 251B with @puebloaudio recouperation amps. His preamps are spectacular and you should check them out if you get a chance, highly recomended (also used on Shawn Colvin's album). Check out the link on my profile to listen to the title track from Shawn's album. #watersoundstudio #carloscastro #scottsedillo #puebloaudio #preamp #analogeq #langevin251 #recordingstudio #recordingexpert #mixingexpert #recordingengineer #analoggear #audioengineer #musicengineer #musicproducer #audioporn #audiophile #gearslutz #mixengineer #countrymusic #rockmusic #shawncolvin #jazzmusic #acousticmusic #classicalmusic #edm #mastering #masteringengineer #berniegrundmanmastering

Graciaaaas al gran equipo que hizo posible la grabación y el resultado musical de mi sencillo #PorEsteAmor
Son personas que quiero y admiro mucho. Graciaaaas mis queridos: Ismael Gallegos @ismael_gf , (mi productor musical) @ismael_gf , Carlos Castro, maestro @watersoundpro (Ingeniero de Mezcla) y el gran Scott Sedillo (Ingeniero de Masterización)
Ya escuchaste #PorEsteAmor ? Te invito a que entres a este link:
bit.ly/PorEsteAmorLetyLopez
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Today marks the digital release of @letylopezmusic new single titled "Por Este Amor" Recorded and mixed by @watersoundpro Produced and arranged by the great @ismael_gf The single was mastered by @puebloaudio Mr. Scott Sedillo @bgmastering Scott wears a lot of hats, but when mastering this project he wore his special "Mariachi Mastering Hat" which enhances the audio frequencies from the mariachi trumpets and the Mariachi ensamble ;) Thank you Ismael, Lety y @rolicortez for inviting me to be a part of this project. #watersoundstudio #carloscastro #analogconsole #analogtape #analogmastering #mixexpert #mixingengineer #recordingstudio #gearslutz #gearporn #mariachi #mariachis #regionalmexicano #scottsedillo #berniegrundman#recordingengineer #musicproducer #musicmixer #musicengineer #audiophile #singer #LaReinadelMariachi #instamusic #instalike

Today's offering comes courtesy of @soundcheckmagazine in Mexico. I wrote this article for this month's issue about the making of @shawn_colvin new album called "The Starlighter" which was produced and arranged by @dougpettykeys and was recorded and mixed by @watersoundpro at Watersound Studios. Very grateful for the opportunity to write about the process of recording and mixing this album along with some pictures taken along the way. Thanks @jorgeurbano_63 for your friendship and trust throughout the years. May this be the beginning of more future collaborations. Thanks to @shawn_colvin @dougpettykeys for the opportunity to be a part of this awesome project. To all the talented musicians that were a part of this @sterloid @timlefev @micktaras and to the mastering maestro @puebloaudio @bgmastering thanks for all of your hard work! If you want to check out some of the songs on this record click on the link on my profile. #soundcheckmagazine #carloscastro #watersoundstudio #recordingstudio #recordingexpert #mixingexpert #mixexpert #musicproducer #shawncolvin #audioengineering #recordingengineer #mixingengineer #mixengineer #musicengineer #acousticmusic #jazzmusic #singersongwriter #acousticmusic #musicmagazine #audiomagazine #classicalmusic

The EMT 252 along with the 252S remote control was first introduced by EMT Barco in the early 1980's. This was EMT's response to the then popular Lexicon 224 reverb unit and the very rare Quad Eight "System 5" reverb unit. This was EMT's rack mounted, multi effects unit that could be rack mounted and remotley controlled. In it, it includes an emulation of the EMT 250 reverb. I own both the EMT 245 as well as the 252, both of them feature the same EMT 250 emulation, both of them yielding different density results withing the spectrum of the reverb, both incredibly useful on depending on the source and context of the reverb. The 252 boasts a series of equally interesting reverb algorithms as well as a great chorus and non linear reverb effect. Something to point out is the fact that the audio board on this unit is wired point to point on the main frame. This, as you know, has an effect of the resolution of the sound, and thus adds up to the sound of this unit. When I got my start in this industry I cut my teeth on my mentor's EMT 252 which was featured on Michael Jackson's "Dangerous" album along with an original 250 (The R2D2) as some folks call it due to the levelers on the machine to change the unit's settings and due to it's size which resembled R2D2 from Star Wars. May the reverb force be with you! #watersoundstudio #carloscastro #recordingexpert #mixingexpert #audioengineer #musicengineer #digitalreverb #emt252 #emt #emtreverb #emt250 #mixengineer #mixingengineer #mixingoutofthebox #analogmixing #musicproducer #mixingtools #mixtools #gearslutz #gearporn #analogstudio #audiophile #countrymusic #rockmusic #indierock #edm #classicalmusic #recordingstudio #lexicon224 #quadeight

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Today's photo and offering thought of the day is dedicated to Analog recording. Pictured is one of the main pièces de résistance that I have in my arsenal, my Studer 16 Track headstack for the Studer A-827 Gold Edition tape machine. While I was transfering some tapes for a client I was reminded of how sonically rich and vivid this recording medium still is and when you get great source material to work with, the listening experience goes even further. In order for this to occur, a high caliber of both musicianship and engineering complicit with each other to create a sonic experience that is all together satisfying to listen to and it is easy on the ears without every loosing punch nor strenght during playback. While I am not about to embark on the endless and unfruitful debate of Analog vs. Digital, I will say that there is still a lot to be discussed and discovered in Analog to push the format even further. If you ask me what flavor of ice cream is best (Analog or Digital), that would be a difficult answer, as it depends on the day, degree of craving and end result that needs to be achieved. Both formats have pro's and con's, just like anything in life. As a side note, I would like to point out that these magnetic heads made at the Studer factory in Switzerland were, rather sadly, the last ones produced before the factory caught on fire, right at the end of their production of Analog machines. The transport handling of tape is incredible, always a joy to make use of this format and of this machine. Long live Analog! #watersoundstudio #carloscastro #studera827 #studera827goldedition #analog #tapemachine #recordingexpert #mixingexpert #audioengineer #audioengineering #audiophile #tapemachine #studer #recordingstudio #analogrecording #gearslutz #gearporn #countrymusic #rockmusic #indierock #edm #musicproducer #analogstudio #musicengineer #mixengineer #musicmixer #mixingengineer

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Today's photo and offering thought of the day is dedicated to Analog recording. Pictured is one of the main pièces de résistance that I have in my arsenal, my Studer 16 Track headstack for the Studer A-827 Gold Edition tape machine. While I was transfering some tapes for a client I was reminded of how sonically rich and vivid this recording medium still is and when you get great source material to work with, the listening experience goes even further. In order for this to occur, a high caliber of both musicianship and engineering complicit with each other to create a sonic experience that is all together satisfying to listen to and it is easy on the ears without every loosing punch nor strenght during playback. While I am not about to embark on the endless and unfruitful debate of Analog vs. Digital, I will say that there is still a lot to be discussed and discovered in Analog to push the format even further. If you ask me what flavor of ice cream is best (Analog or Digital), that would be a difficult answer, as it depends on the day, degree of craving and end result that needs to be achieved. Both formats have pro's and con's, just like anything in life. As a side note, I would like to point out that these magnetic heads made at the Studer factory in Switzerland were, rather sadly, the last ones produced before the factory caught on fire, right at the end of their production of Analog machines. The transport handling of tape is incredible, always a joy to make use of this format and of this machine. Long live Analog! #watersoundstudio #carloscastro #studera827 #studera827goldedition #analog #tapemachine #recordingexpert #mixingexpert #audioengineer #audioengineering #audiophile #tapemachine #studer #recordingstudio #analogrecording #gearslutz #gearporn #countrymusic #rockmusic #indierock #edm #musicproducer #analogstudio #musicengineer #mixengineer #musicmixer #mixingengineer

Today's photo and offering thought of the day is dedicated to Analog recording. Pictured is one of the main pièces de résistance that I have in my arsenal, my Studer 16 Track headstack for the Studer A-827 Gold Edition tape machine. While I was transfering some tapes for a client I was reminded of how sonically rich and vivid this recording medium still is and when you get great source material to work with, the listening experience goes even further. In order for this to occur, a high caliber of both musicianship and engineering complicit with each other to create a sonic experience that is all together satisfying to listen to and it is easy on the ears without every loosing punch nor strenght during playback. While I am not about to embark on the endless and unfruitful debate of Analog vs. Digital, I will say that there is still a lot to be discussed and discovered in Analog to push the format even further. If you ask me what flavor of ice cream is best (Analog or Digital), that would be a difficult answer, as it depends on the day, degree of craving and end result that needs to be achieved. Both formats have pro's and con's, just like anything in life. As a side note, I would like to point out that these magnetic heads made at the Studer factory in Switzerland were, rather sadly, the last ones produced before the factory caught on fire, right at the end of their production of Analog machines. The transport handling of tape is incredible, always a joy to make use of this format and of this machine. Long live Analog! #watersoundstudio #carloscastro #studera827 #studera827goldedition #analog #tapemachine #recordingexpert #mixingexpert #audioengineer #audioengineering #audiophile #tapemachine #studer #recordingstudio #analogrecording #gearslutz #gearporn #countrymusic #rockmusic #indierock #edm #musicproducer #analogstudio #musicengineer #mixengineer #musicmixer #mixingengineer

Today marks the digital release of @letylopezmusic new single titled "Por Este Amor" Recorded and mixed by @watersoundpro Produced and arranged by the great @ismael_gf The single was mastered by @puebloaudio Mr. Scott Sedillo @bgmastering Scott wears a lot of hats, but when mastering this project he wore his special "Mariachi Mastering Hat" which enhances the audio frequencies from the mariachi trumpets and the Mariachi ensamble ;) Thank you Ismael, Lety y @rolicortez for inviting me to be a part of this project. #watersoundstudio #carloscastro #analogconsole #analogtape #analogmastering #mixexpert #mixingengineer #recordingstudio #gearslutz #gearporn #mariachi #mariachis #regionalmexicano #scottsedillo #berniegrundman#recordingengineer #musicproducer #musicmixer #musicengineer #audiophile

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"Look It Moves!" Lately my daughter has been intrigued by Analog Tape Machines, so she came to the studio today to watch me re-allign the tape deck at 15 I.P.S using CCIR Equalization, 0 VU = 250 Nwb/m. I felt that this allignment will be a better choice for @joecontrerasoficial album that I am currently mixing and co-producing. There is a strong emphasis on the electric bass guitar along with the kick drum. 15 IPS as we know, yields a better Low Frequency response when compared to 30 IPS. As you can see from the video, at 20 Khz, there is a -2 db drop and at 16 khz a -1 db drop this is using the electronics from this machine, the frequency response extension will be even flatter and wider when I take this tape to @puebloaudio @bgmastering . For this project, I am using @recordingthemasters tape with really excellent results. This train keeps on movin' along. Wishing everyone a happy Easter. #watersoundstudio #carloscastro #analogtape #analogtapemachine #analogmixing #analogconsole #recordingexpert #mixingexpert #vintagegear #outboardgear #regionalmexicano #analogeq #avalone55 #gearslutz #gearporn #audiophile #audioengineer #recordingstudio #3m79 #mixingengineer #mixengineer #mrltape #15ips

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"Look It Moves!" Lately my daughter has been intrigued by Analog Tape Machines, so she came to the studio today to watch me re-allign the tape deck at 15 I.P.S using CCIR Equalization, 0 VU = 250 Nwb/m. I felt that this allignment will be a better choice for @joecontrerasoficial album that I am currently mixing and co-producing. There is a strong emphasis on the electric bass guitar along with the kick drum. 15 IPS as we know, yields a better Low Frequency response when compared to 30 IPS. As you can see from the video, at 20 Khz, there is a -2 db drop and at 16 khz a -1 db drop this is using the electronics from this machine, the frequency response extension will be even flatter and wider when I take this tape to @puebloaudio @bgmastering . For this project, I am using @recordingthemasters tape with really excellent results. This train keeps on movin' along. Wishing everyone a happy Easter. #watersoundstudio #carloscastro #analogtape #analogtapemachine #analogmixing #analogconsole #recordingexpert #mixingexpert #vintagegear #outboardgear #regionalmexicano #analogeq #avalone55 #gearslutz #gearporn #audiophile #audioengineer #recordingstudio #3m79 #mixingengineer #mixengineer #mrltape #15ips

"Look It Moves!" Lately my daughter has been intrigued by Analog Tape Machines, so she came to the studio today to watch me re-allign the tape deck at 15 I.P.S using CCIR Equalization, 0 VU = 250 Nwb/m. I felt that this allignment is a better choice for @joecontrerasoficial album that I am currently mixing and co-producing. There is a strong emphasis on the electric bass guitar along with the kick drum. 15 IPS as we know, yields a better Low Frequency response when compared to 30 IPS. As you can see from the video, at 20 Khz, there is a -2 db drop and at 16 khz a -1 db drop this is using the electronics from this machine, the frequency response extension will be even flatter and wider when I take this tape to @puebloaudio @bgmastering . For this project, I am using @recordingthemasters tape with really excellent results. This train keeps on movin' along. Wishing everyone a happy Easter. #watersoundstudio #carloscastro #analogtape #analogtapemachine #analogmixing #analogconsole #recordingexpert #mixingexpert #vintagegear #outboardgear #regionalmexicano #analogeq #avalone55 #gearslutz #gearporn #audiophile #audioengineer #recordingstudio #3m79 #mixingengineer #mixengineer #mrltape #15ips #danielthetiger

The Quad Eight 312 Equalizer manufactured in the mid 1970's has become an important piece of equipment in my daily work. Featuring an all discreet Class A solid state circuitry, this particular unit features Jensen Input and output transformers. These (3) band equalizers feature dedicated inductors for each band. One of the main features of these EQ's it's in it's ability to allow the user to boost either 1.5 Khz or 3.0 Khz resulting in a lush and non phasey sound which is unique to this equalizer. The low band has a wide enough "Q" to be effective on kick drums and bass guitars. Dean Jensen had some influence in the design of these circuits, and be it that they are bi-polar (in the electrical sense) at +/- 28 Volts, their headroom is enormous. These particular units were custom racked at the Quad Eight factory and were used at a Canadian radio station, thanks @cbc #watersoundstudio #carloscastro #mixengineer #mixingexpert #recordingexpert #recordingmusic #recordingengineer #analogeq #outboardgear #analogrecording #analogstudio #vintagegear #quadeightelectronics @orphanaudio #countrymusic #jazzmusic #rockmusic #indierock #edm #recordingstudio #musicengineer #audiophile #gearslutz #gearporn #acousticmusic

So much has been said about the @uaudio 176b compressor that now @retroinstrumentsinc offers a recreation of this classic (which I have yet to audition). This classic Bill Putnam design has rightfully achieved it's iconic status due to it's ability to harmonically enhance any sound source that goes thru it. My personal favorite application is on bass guitar and on lead vocals, when coupled with the original UA 1008 mic pre during a tracking session, it's a #fuggetaboutit sonic extravaganza. But I would like to inject, if a may, a personal story to this post. Back in 2008, during the peak of the market crash, I was forced to let go of a beautifully restored 175b that was my pride an joy, due to a non-paying, known artist who is still in the business. It wasn't until years later that I came accross this even rarer bird which sounds equally as good as my old 175b with the added feature of being able to sellect different compression ratios. So there was a light at the end of the tunnel. We should never ever loose hope, as there is always something great awaiting if we continue being stubborn to not let go of that ideal or dream that we aspire to achieve. Hope you guys had a great weekend! #outboardgear #watersoundstudio #carloscastro #recordingexpert #mixingexpert #ua176 #tubecompressor #vintagegear #recordingtools #mixengineer #audiophile #audioengineer #audioengineering #recordingstudio #musicproducer #musicengineer #countrymusic #rockmusic #indierock #jazzmusic #edm #analogcompressor #gearslutz #gearporn

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Getting ready for an interesting couple of days alternating between a project which I can't give further details about at this moment, but no doubt will be interesting to a lot of you when the time comes to give out further details about it. I will be mixing the first single from debut regional mexican artist @joecontreras_ from his upcoming album which I produced along with Joe. The sound that was achieved on this album is a departure from the traditional style of this musical genere, borrowing more from a punk and indie rock aesthetic within its final sound. Both Joe and I have partnered on this project which we hope that people will enjoy. This single along with the rest of the album will be fully mixed in the analog donain and to Analog tape (1/4" running at 30 IPS with no noise reduction). Part of the arsenal of outboard tools include these a rack of (8) customized Neumann 495b Equalizers with a twin servo outputs and the incredible @avalondesignusa E55 equalizers, running at a staggering 80 volts and would qualify as "the most liquid sounding equalizers" that I've used. Looking forward to getting this mix up and running. Gracias compa Joe! #carloscastro #watersoundstudio #mixingexpert #recordingexpert #neumann #avalone55 #analogeq #mixingtools #musicengineer #audioengineer #musicproducer #musicmixer #mixingengineer #mixengineer #regionalmexicano #regionalmexican #joecontreras #audiophile #audiogear #outboardgear #gearporn #gearslutz #analog #analogtape #3m79 #musicanorteña

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Getting ready for an interesting couple of days alternating between a project which I can't give further details about at this moment, but no doubt will be interesting to a lot of you when the time comes to give out further details about it. I will be mixing the first single from debut regional mexican artist @joecontreras_ from his upcoming album which I produced along with Joe. The sound that was achieved on this album is a departure from the traditional style of this musical genere, borrowing more from a punk and indie rock aesthetic within its final sound. Both Joe and I have partnered on this project which we hope that people will enjoy. This single along with the rest of the album will be fully mixed in the analog donain and to Analog tape (1/4" running at 30 IPS with no noise reduction). Part of the arsenal of outboard tools include these a rack of (8) customized Neumann 495b Equalizers with a twin servo outputs and the incredible @avalondesignusa E55 equalizers, running at a staggering 80 volts and would qualify as "the most liquid sounding equalizers" that I've used. Looking forward to getting this mix up and running. Gracias compa Joe! #carloscastro #watersoundstudio #mixingexpert #recordingexpert #neumann #avalone55 #analogeq #mixingtools #musicengineer #audioengineer #musicproducer #musicmixer #mixingengineer #mixengineer #regionalmexicano #regionalmexican #joecontreras #audiophile #audiogear #outboardgear #gearporn #gearslutz #analog #analogtape #3m79 #musicanorteña

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