New York (November 13, 2009) – Zeitgeist Sound Studios chief engineer James Cruz mastered five recordings that won Latin Grammys last week. Calle 13’s Los De Atras Vienen Conmigo won the Album Of The Year trophy, as well as Record Of The Year, Best Urban Music Album, Best Alternative Song and Best Short Form Music Video.
Calle 13’s previous album, Residante O Visitante, also mastered by James Cruz, garnered a Grammy for Best Latin Urban Album and a Latin Grammy for Best Urban Album in 2007.
Zeitgeist sports equipment by Sequoia, Algorithmix, Prism, Z-Sys, SSL and more. The monitoring system is by Dynaudio Acoustics. The acoustics of the space were custom designed by Cruz to create a comfortable living room feel with lots of natural sunlight streaming in from huge windows.
Zeitgeist Sound Studios marks the evolution of Cruz’s approach to mastering. By streamlining the equipment down to only what is necessary, his aim is to keep his signal flow to an absolute minimum. This keeps the integrity of the mix while still remaining flexible enough to accomplish whatever is needed for a particular project. The studio is also set up to do projects from all over the world via secure FTP servers.
Cruz started his career at The Hit Factory Mastering under the guidance of Chris Gehringer, Herb Powers Jr. and Tom Coyne. It was there that he honed his chops on some of the biggest hip-hop records of the day, and gained his first number one Billboard hit (“Feels So Good” by Mase and Puffy), first gold record (“Elevators” by Outkast) and first platinum album (Hard Core by Lil’ Kim).
From The Hit Factory, Cruz moved to Sony Music Studios as a Senior Mastering Engineer. It was here that the hits continued as his following grew. There, he worked with legends such as Wu-Tang Clan, the artists of Cash Money Records, and Nas. He also worked on Grammy winning projects for Mary Mary and Calle 13, among others. His client list also grew around the world with clients from as far as Europe, Asia and Oceana.
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