Carlos Castro
@watersoundpro

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13x Latin Grammy Award Nominated Mixer, Recording Engineer and Music Producer. Owner of Watersound Studios, Studio City, CA.

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Carlos Castro (@watersoundpro) Instagram photo 2017-11-19 02:34:37

19 November 02:34:37
Excellence lies on the details, and today s audio signal test offering comes courtesy of @galaxyaudio This company makes a very handy and simple to use Polarity Tester. It consists of two units: An emitter (which generates the polarity pulse) and the receiver which will give you a reading using a green (in polarity) or a red (out of polarity) led. Back when I worked as a young assistant on a session with the late #jerryfinn he swore by this unit and I could immediately see the benefit of using this unit to check polarity on all equipment. For microphone tests , the emitter has a little speaker, when turned on it generates a pulse (very much like a Urei Click) as the signal travels from the mic, cable, mic pre and recorder you can get an instant reading on whether or not your signal is in electrical phase. Phase is critical, especially on low frequencies. When a bass guitar is out of phase, the instrument will not sound as deep as one that is in electrical phase, the reason being, in layman s terms, it s because the excursion on your speaker (which acts as a piston) will be reversed when playing back the signal, loosing precious electrical energy that could be fully used to properly play back the sound source, in other words, you would loose punch. Same thing with a vocal, you will have a harder time makimg it sit on the mix when it s out of electrical phase. As you can see, this is my @americanexpress I do not leave home without it! Have you checked your phase today? 😳. #watersoundstudio #carloscastro #carloscastroengineer #mixengineer #mixingengineer #countrymusic #rockmusic #indierock #jazzmusic #edm #audioexpert #recordingexpert #mixingexpert #audioengineer #audiophile #phase #inphase #polarity #recordingstudio #recordingengineer #testequipment #gearslutz #gearporn #analog #analogrecording

Carlos Castro (@watersoundpro) Instagram photo 2017-11-18 02:04:57

18 November 02:04:57
Happy Fader Friday everyone. The picture showcases Watersound s custom analog console which originally began life as an Oram BEQ-24 console. Over the years prominent modifications were done to the board to bring it to its current state. This is now a fixed line level console with no variable input trims and no mic pre-amps. Featuring custom Jensen 990c (with custom dialectric boards that have wide bandwith and a wide frequency response. The rest of the amplifier topology on each channel has been minimized bypassing unnecessary IC circuits that were in the path. A series of brilliant technicians customized each of the existing circuits on the board. A series of customized Accopian supplies now power the console. The whole philosophy behind these customizations was to achieve as much of a neutral sounding mixing surface as possible, by allowing me to inject different colors as I saw them it fit using a wide-gamut of outboard equipment already in place at the studio. Because of the variety of musical projects that I am involved in year after year, I needed a surface that would allow me to have a blank canvas to start off with and add perspective and color as it was needed. The monitoring section uses a special 990 based amplifier design created by #benomay for @bgmastering giving me the opportunity to have clear and resolute monitoring when feeding the different speakers and amps that are used daily, giving the listener an accurate sonic translation of projects that are mixed or recorded here. Everyone has their own individual concept about what an analog console should or shouldn t be, that is totally a personal and individual preference. My philosophy is to start with the clearest sonic surface as possible, and from that, I can add or substract flavor as needed. The world is filled with different choices and possibilities inside this crayon box called music. #watersoundstudio #carloscastro #indierock #rockmusic #gearporn #gearslutz #analog #analogconsole #analogrecording #analogmixing #analogexpert #recordingexpert #mixingexpert #audioexpert #audiophile #audioengineer #recordingstudio #recordingengineer #recordinggear #countrymusic #mixengineer

Carlos Castro (@watersoundpro) Instagram photo 2017-11-15 02:19:50

15 November 02:19:50
The old adage says "Never go back into the past" but that same adage did not take into consideration the archiving and backup of projects and files. Archival of material is crucial to me, not only does it leave a bit of our professional legacy behind, but some of these masters have gone on to become classic albums or classic tracks which make-up the fabric of people s musical memories. For the last couple of week s I ve had the chance to organize, spin drives and "clean house" on all of these projects. Emotional, is the best way to describe the feelings that these different projects brought up when I listened back to them. Memories of people who worked on these projects such as my illustrious friend and wunderbar musical arranger #homeropatron Music that contains true essence, when it s played from the heart it always manages to reflect a particular time and a particular place in life. #watersoundstudio #carloscastro #musicengineer #musicproducer #recordingengineer #audiophile #audioengineer #recordinggear #recordingstudio #backup #archiving #archive #archives #harddrives #recordingexpert #mixingexpert #mixingengineer #countrymusic #classicalmusic #jazzmusic #gearslutz #gearporn #memories #rockmusic #indierock

Carlos Castro (@watersoundpro) Instagram photo 2017-11-14 02:31:49

14 November 02:31:49
Probably one of the hardest tests that a piece of electronic equipment can endure is the reproduction of fast transients. A quick way to determine if the transient response of a microphone is good, you need to reach into your pocket and take out your keys and shake them in front of the mic (not too close). What you may hear is either a complete sonic train wreck or a well defined series of transient noises that the entire signal chain is accurately reproducing. In this case, my good friend @bluemic1943 brought me his bell tree to test one of the two vintage Telefunken Elam 250 s that he kindly did work on. The transient response and smooth High Frequency response of these mics is easily translated from source to recorder. In this case I used a pair of Watersound s custom Jensen 990 pre-amps connected to (2) channels of @stagetec_asia converters. Now, there are pieces of equipment that may not pass this test such as a vintage dynamic mic into a vintage tube mic pre, but when you couple it to the right source it gives you the right tone under the right application. The moral of the story is: "Know the topologies of your equipment and learn what they can or cannot do". That is the bottom line, there is no right or wrong tool, but there is a right and a wrong application and that makes the difference!. Happy transients to everyone 😬. #watersoundstudio #carloscastro #telefunken #elam250 #telefunkenmics #vintagemicrophone #transients #miccheck #jensen990 #audioexpert #recordingexpert #mixingexpert #acousticmusic #rockmusic #jazzmusic #indierock #musicengineer #musicproducer #musicmixer #analog #vintagegear #recordingstudio #recordinggear #audioengineer #audiophile #recordingengineer

Carlos Castro (@watersoundpro) Instagram photo 2017-11-12 03:43:51

12 November 03:43:51
I always find it fascinating to be able to hold original documentation like this one, of Audio Historical significance. A direct reply from Pye TVT to an Milton Holladay in Manning South Carolina in the US. This was the price in 1967 for a brand new mono Pye Compressor model 845752/00. Now, in 1967 a loaf of Wonder bread was $0.50 Cents, then $550.00 dollars in 1967 would be equal to $4,036.10 dollars in 2017. I put this in perspective as professional audio equipment of the era commanded a high price tag, the quality of craftmanship and build of most of these units has withstood the test of time. I have been fortunate to have collected a lot of these unique documents over the years which always give me great joy and great insight to a time and a place that is now long gone, but that is not forgotten and still appreciated. #watersoundstudio #carloscastro #vintagegear #audioexpert #recordingexpert #vintageoutboard #gearslutz #gearporn #pyecompressor #pye845752/00 #audioengineer #musicproducer #musicengineer #recordingstudio #recordinggear #outboardgear #mixingengineer #audiohistory #historicaldocuments #history #countrymusic #jazzmusic #rockmusic #acousticmusic #audiocompressor #indierock

Carlos Castro (@watersoundpro) Instagram photo 2017-11-08 02:41:33

08 November 02:41:33
There are moments, instances of memories that get embedded in our minds and in our hearts forever. Hard to describe what a great picture can capture, just as much as great song is able to instill within a person s heart, it can take you back to a specific time and place. Today, while organizing some old pictures stored in my computer, I came accross this wonderful photo captured by one of my favorite photographers: Oscar Elizondo @ogelapix. He took this picture in 2011 while I was recording @shailadurcal two time @latingrammy nominated album "Asi". "Convenceme" the first single from this album, resonated within the hearts of many women who have suffered from a broken heart. 52 Million views and counting, it s nothing short of humbling to had been a part of this album and of this song. The picture captures Shaila hitting a high note: frozen in time and it showcases the sheer physicallity of pulling all of those emotions from deep within her soul. Memories are truly forever. #watersoundstudio #carloscastro #shailadurcal #convenceme #regionalmexicano #neumannu77 #vintagemicrophone #memories #popularsong #mixingengineer #recordingstudio #audioengineering #recordingengineer #musicmixer #mixingengineer #gearslutz #gearporn #musicproducer #mariachi #mariachimusic #youtube

Carlos Castro (@watersoundpro) Instagram photo 2017-11-05 01:56:33

05 November 01:56:33
"Endless is the amount of information out there to absorb, to understand and to be put into practice. Endless are the hours that should be spent honing our skills and honoring our craft. Endless are the hours that we should spend with family and friends and with those that we care for and those who care about us. Endless is the time that we can spend inside the studio working on a mix, editing a song, tuning a vocal. Endless are the amount of opportunities in order to gain perspective with our carreers: thru small changes in our outlook of life. Endless are the amount of chances that we have to say something kind to one another, to support one another and to learn from each other. So the next time that life should make you feel discouraged, when you feel that you are at a crossroards, think about the Endless amount of experiences that are out there, just waiting to get a hold of you"- Carlos Castro. #watersoundstudio #carloscastro #philosophy #thoughtoftheday #countrymusic #rockmusic #popmusic #edm #indierock #jazz #jazzmusic #rock #studiophilosophy #musicproducer #musicengineer #musicmixer #lifequotes #lifeisbeautiful #lifestyle #audioengineer #audiophile #audioengineering #recordingstudio #mixingengineer #saturdaynight #saturdayquote

Carlos Castro (@watersoundpro) Instagram photo 2017-11-04 01:41:22

04 November 01:41:22
In the spirit of #faderfriday an enigma for me as for why Friday is the designated day for faders. This is a side-view of a vintage @ams_neve #bcm10 console with original #neve1073 equalizers on all ten channels. This console has been a strong ally on the album projects that I have been working on this week. Enough has been said about "The Glue" that Neve electronics impart upon program material, especially on sources that are filled with strong transient peaks that are difficult to tame without a strong amount of compression. The mere fact of going thru these electronics creates a roundness and a coloration that, to my ears, allows for a better presentation of instruments that present these type of challenges. Other important uses involve the saturation of it s stereo buss output when mixing down drums for rock based projects. I find that the combination of this along with a small amount of the unaffected sounds, generates an inmmediacy to the sound that is hard to beat. Analog saturation is important, and choosing the right signal chain in order to achieve a particular end result is equally critical to achieve a "Sonic Hook" that will draw the listener s attention to the song. Shaping the sound to create a more interesting presentation of the song that I m mixing is the goal that I strive for on each and every project. #watersoundstudio #carloscastro #neveconsole #rupertneve #analogconsole #analog #vintagegear #musicengineer #musicproducer #mixingengineer #musicmixer #jazzmusic #rockmusic #gearslutz #gearporn #recordingstudio #recordingengineer #recordingtools #mixingengineer #audioexpert #indierock #countrymusic #albumproject #albummix

Carlos Castro (@watersoundpro) Instagram photo 2017-11-03 01:06:53

03 November 01:06:53
Located up on a perch on top of one of Los Angeles magic mountains, with a view looking directly at an endless forest of greenery. I spent many of hours in this studio back in the day from 2011-2012. This was my office for the day, it was great to be back in this space whose peaceful and creative energy can still felt even today. This is a large @avidtechnology D-control which was helpful when working on several projects that I mixed back then. Good response from the controller when using Pro-Tool s automation. Although my personal style in mixing these days is very much a hybrid approach, with a heavy percentage on the use of Analog equipment, I can see the advantages of the D-Control when I ve had to do projects (in the past) completely in the box. The acoustic design was by Studio Bauton and the monitoring in this room is truly excellent. I feel that it is always important to break-away from your home base and work at other studios and with different groups of people where you are forced to come up with different approaches in the work that we do. #recordingtools #recordingengineer #recordingstudio #indierock #sonicmojo #remotestudio #dcontrol #digidesign #avid #audiophile #audiovisual #audioengineer #gearslutz #gearporn #rockmusic #jazzmusic #musicmixer #mixingengineer #musicproducer #musicengineer

Carlos Castro (@watersoundpro) Instagram photo 2017-11-02 01:57:35

02 November 01:57:35
There is an underlying beauty in both the character and presentation of sound from these simple yet complex RCA circuits that still merit a place and a presence at the sonic dinner table. The RCA BN-6A is a 4 input, 1 output germanium based mixer that was intended to replace the previous OP series for location recording mixers. The output gain from these mixers goes up to 90 db, not without it s noise artifacts mind you, but the vibe, mojo and thickness of sound that these particular mic pre s exhibit is nothing short of exciting. I find that with vintage equipment like this, where character of sound becomes the lead actor, sound sources recorded with these units, end up taking EQ much better after the fact (during mix-down) sitting better during the mix. Just like pepper on a steak, too much of it could potentially saturate your taste pallete (depends on what you are going for) but with just enough of it used on certain key elements of your song to add character, then things can potentially start sounding interesting. You re the Chef of your own kitchen, how you use your ingredients will yield the end results that you obtain. Keep your Mojo Ridin !. #watersoundstudio #carloscastro #soundexpert #audioexpert #mixingexpert #vocalrecording #vocalengineer #trackingengineer #gearslutz #gearporn #audioengineer #musicengineer #musicproducer #vintagegear #rcapreamps #rca #audiophile #audioengineer #audioengineering #countrymusic #rockmusic #jazzmusic #mojo #sonicmojo #indierock #recordingstudio #recordingengineer #recordingtools

Carlos Castro (@watersoundpro) Instagram photo 2017-10-29 01:54:38

29 October 01:54:38
Back in March of 2016 we were recording vocals for what went on to become @leonardoaguilaroficial debut album "Gallo Fino". Under the production of @pepeaguilar_oficial this album has went on to earn two @latingrammys nominations for the "Best Norteño Album" category and the "Best Regional Mexican Song" Category for the song "Compromiso Descartado" written by @espinozapaz The ceremony will be held at the @mgmgrand arena on November 21, 2017. Special thanks go out to Leonardo, Pepe, @anelizzilena @angela_aguilar_ @aneliz_aguilar #watersoundstudio #leonardoaguilar #pepeaguilar #carloscastro #audioengineer #musicengineer #recordingengineer #recordingstudio #musicproducer #regionalmexicano #analogconsole #gearslutz #recordingartist #trackingengineer #vocalengineer #vocalrecording

Carlos Castro (@watersoundpro) Instagram photo 2017-10-28 01:20:56

28 October 01:20:56
Unexpected surprises can come in all shapes and forms. Such was the case when Adam from @chandlerlimited gave me a call a couple of days ago offering to loan me a matched pair of their RS 124 tube compressors which are modeled after the Iconic RS 124 compressors that were used at @abbeyroadstudios during the recording and mixing of @thebeatles albums during the 1960 s. I will certainly run these units thru their paces but so far the results have been quite good and intriguing to say the least. One of the main features that is apparent right out of the box is the amount of compression that one is able to get away with without loosing the sonic character of the audio source that you feed these units with. But it is still too early to offer an opinion, I much rather use them for a while to become better acquainted with their features. Thanks Wade for the chance to try out your units, they will be well taken care of. Happy Friday everyone! #chandleraudio #emicompressor #rs124 #carloscastro #watersoundstudio #drums #jazzmusic #countrymusic #rockmusic #indierock #tubecompressor #tubegear #outboardgear #mixengineer #musicmixer #audioengineer #audiophile #beatles #abbeyroad #recordingstudio #recordingengineer #musicengineer