We realize that it takes an education and over 10,000 hours on the job (much of it unpaid), not to mention a considerable amount of god given talent to “make it” as an engineer. Put $100k in gear in a perfect room and add a mediocre engineer, and you will get terrible poor results. Put $5000k in gear in the hands of a master engineer and the results are formidable. Give a great engineer an incredible room, and prepare to be dumbfounded.
After receiving a diploma in Audio Technology at SAE Miami in 2008, Chris began his freelance career working out of The Hit Factory/Criteria with producer Big Bert (Brandy, Michael Jackson, Toni Braxton) while simultaneously working at SAE Miami teaching large format consoles and giving seminars on theory and the art of mixing. He moved on to become Chief Engineer at Flo Rida’s record label, Strong Arm/IMG, in 2012. He has since been working steadily as a freelance recording and mixing engineer working out of multiple studios in South Florida. He is currently an instructor in Miami Dade College’s Recording Engineering program.
What is there to say about Dave. He is a monster mix engineer with killer ears. He will get you there if the material is in good shape. His mastery of compression, gain staging, and getting a mix to make best use of dynamics is second to none here in Miami. He has mixed #1 hits like Juvenile’s “Slow Motion for Me” won grammy awards, and worked with countless other stars in the Hip Hop, R n B, Latin, and pop genres.
Manny Mercado, a New England native has actually been in the audio business for a while. His passion originated from working at neighborhood studios (Society Productions and The Sloth House) with musicians ranging from rock to underground hip-hop. Manny additionally ventured in Live Sound. Where he was a Front of Home Engineer for a mobile manufacturings company dealing with everything from gigs to sporting events and even workshops. In January 2010, Manny relocated to Miami to take his Engineering profession to the next level. He quickly came to be a set possession to not only Studio Center but also to Strictly Business Records, as their in-house engineer. Manny has dealt with Black Dada, Scott Storch, Epidemic, Calle 13, Shawn Stockman, Omega and many others. Manny is outfitted with an extremely keen set of ears that can separate a rough mix from an end product. He processes a large understanding of tape-recording techniques, studio etiquette and technological understand the best ways to optimize your Studio Center experience.
He is a Pro Tools HD8 Certified Operator and also received his Bachelors Level in Audio Engineering from the New England School of Communications.
Born in Venezuela, Enrique Larreal’s promising work within the new music industry has been in steady advancement. Part of his musical quest features vital collaborations with popular artists and producers such as, Ricky Martin, Paulina Rubio, Wisin y Yandel, Natalia JimÃ©nez, Nelly Furtado, Josh Groban, Joss Stone, Desmond Kid, Chris Rodriguez, and Lester Mendez. His very first source of inspiration was a set of drums offered by his moms and dads as a Christmas present. Soon after, he was spellbinded by his new-found capacity to play musical instruments and quickly came to be a passionate new music enthusiast. By the time senior high school was over, Enrique was ready to broaden his musical limits and signed up at Berklee University of Songs in Boston, MA, where he double majored in New music Development & Engineering, and Songs Synthesis, graduating as a Cum Laude at the top of his classroom in 2004.
As an intern in Supersonic Studios (Miami), he was able to learn from his engagement in projects like Shakira’s “Oral Fixation”, Ricky Martin’s “Life” Album, and many other pertinent music undertakings assisting distinguished recording and mixing engineer, Gustavo Celis. To the end of his internship he was enticed to the world of tv and as a result, he worked for TLC’s “Miami Ink” and MTV 3’s “Making Menudo” as an audio tech and new music producer respectively. In 2007, singer/songwriter “Jeremias” hired Enrique as a live noise engineer exploring Latin America and parts of the USA. As a result, he obtained industry experience on the road, which has actually proven to come in convenient later on in his profession. Following this milestone, Enrique proceeded to larger challenges landing a recording engineer position for Mexican Pop Star Paulina Rubio whose album received a nomination for a 52nd Grammy Award, Enrique was rapidly and gradually developing a strong and effective job in the popular music market. Larreal’s experience, hard work and discipline paid off after his partnership in Nelly Furtado’s “Mi Plan”, which made a Latin Grammy Award for “Greatest Album” in 2010. His academic and professional background in popular music and audio engineering gave him the possibility to work as Chief Engineer on Ricky Martin’s 2011 studio album release “M.A.S.: Musica + Alma + Sexo”.