About

Hi there, this is Edward. I have worked with some of the most renowned artists in the USA, and with 30 years in the audio industry, this year I am celebrating my 23rd anniversary dedicated to music mastering alone.  My clients and the associated mastering work have received Grammy award nominations three consecutive times! Here is a partial discography list with some of the people and projects I have either mixed or mastered. You can also check out my Discogs.com.

Ashley Altman @ Grammy Ceremony

Having been operating in Manhattan, New York City for more than 20 years,  my studio is now located in Queens. It’s been a long music journey, I have been doing audio since 1984 and I specialize in rock, pop, country-pop and electronic dance music {EDM}. That said,  I am pretty comfortable working with all kinds of music genres. I have worked in the past with producers of the likes of Jerry Kasenetz, Jeff Katz and various other record production companies.

As a mastering engineer, I have worked with artists of the likes of Cindy Blackman Santana, John Davidson, Shirley Alston Reeves of The Shirelles (Shirley Owens), Amber (first test masters), Geri King and many more {see discography for partial list}. Combined with my 30+ years of experience in audio, I can provide a superb product that will make your music stand out from the crowd.  In addition, if you have a Facebook account, you can get a no risk, free mastering consultation. 

Pictured on the left is Ed Chalpin, producer of Jimmi Hendrix. On the right, Edward Vinatea, mastering engineer, in New Jersey, at signing of contract to re-master all PPX International recordings involving the legendary guitar player.
Pictured on the left is Ed Chalpin, producer of Jimmi Hendrix. On the right, Edward Vinatea, mastering engineer, in New Jersey, at signing of contract to re-master all PPX International recordings involving the legendary guitar player.

Mixing is however, one service I enjoy the most. And, because mixing, next to tracking, is the core of the quality in any recording, I personally guarantee that if you hire me to mix your song, you will hear great results before the record is even ‘pre-mastered’.  Some examples of my rock & roll work can be best found at Op Critical where I have mixed and mastered most of the band’s songs. 

Moreover, I am probably one of the first proponents for adding a new role to the mixing engineer; the task of pre-mastering the mix in the same monitoring environment: Mixtering. 

Mixtering workstationThis audio workstation was designed to perform the task of both mixing and mastering audio – especially music – in a manner that is fast, efficient, reliable and most importantly, accurate.  Notice on this workstation photo that it has absolutely nothing that might create sound reflections and it’s located in a clutter-free, well tuned acoustic environment.

You also won’t see an isolation booth, or the usual mixing equipment; long racks of gear and a large mixing console. The reason is, this is not a system ideal for capturing or tracking music or vocals. It’s a system for mixing and mastering, period. The operator {that would be me} is forced to stand up since the table is 4.5 feet high and the speakers are 6.3 feet high from the floor. Actually, the speaker’ tweeters are almost at the same exact height as my ears are 🙂

Edward Vinatea mixtering in the 80's at Eddie's Studio, Flushing, New York
Edward Vinatea mixtering in the 80’s at Eddie’s Studio, Flushing, New York

I was one of the first engineers to work with the Akai MG1214, the world’s first integrated 12-track recorder/mixer for mixing and mastering {using a compressor, an equalizer and a BBE maxie sonic maximizer at the master buss} and which prompted me to create the term “mixtering”.

Here I am in 1985 in my pre-production studio in New York. Pretty sure I invented the term “mixtering” back in the 80’s.  Yes, mixing and mastering in the same listening environment is not recommended, but it’s certainly not impossible when you know what you are doing {not that I always knew that 🙂 }.