CAMILO SILVA F.
Ep. 2 | CULTV - Camilo Silva F. - Award Winning Mastering Engineer (full interview)
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CAMILO SILVA F BIO:
Camilo Silva F: Mastering engineer, professional audio gear designer and builder.
Camilo's self-taught career started in high school (circa 1994) when he started as drummer for many of his bands and discovered his love for recording, using 4-track and 8-track portastudios to get his band's demo recordings. Silva discovered his passion for mastering at an early stage, intrigued by the different phases of the music production chain and how they appeared in his favorite album booklets.
Camilo's first Mastering commercially available credits date from 2002 when he was working for one of the most revered studios in Bogotá - Colombia "El Estudio Ltda", later renamed "Galiano Producciones" when it was acquired by the renowned Colombian pop music singer-songwriter Galy Galiano. Camilo worked in the studio by the time that Galy Galiano obtained the highest honors and was at the peak of his career as a popular music artist.
During his early years in the business, Silva realized that spending a long time inside the recording studio honing his aural and sensory skills was a mandatory step towards a full-time audio mastering career, so with that in mind, he pursued the next step in his career.
In 2004, Camilo Silva moved to the legendary recording studios “Estudios Audiovision”, historically renowned as the most important recording installation in the Colombian music industry and one of the most important in Latin America. A mythical space designed by the iconic architect and acoustician John Storyk and accompanied with the highest level equipment of the time. Camilo settled there for the next 9 and a half years as a resident engineer and carried out not only his daily recording, mixing and mastering duties but also being upfront in charge of the technical area within the repair and maintenance of the electronics of the three rooms of the studio.
During this cycle of his professional career, Camilo has been awarded twice ⏤in 2007 and 2013 respectively⏤, with the prestigious Latin Grammy Award from the Recording Arts Academy. Furthermore, Silva received multiple nominations as engineer, including “Album of the Year”, “Record of the Year”, and “Song of the Year”. Additionally, multiple projects in which Camilo worked, in this same period, received several nominations to the Latin Grammy in diverse categories. Currently Silva has, up to date, a total of 19 nominations to the Latin Grammy and one to the Grammy.
In 2013 he decided to open his own mastering facility named "Camilo Silva F Mastering" and equipped not only with top-notch analog and digital technology but also with Camilo's own designs including his all-tube digital-to-analog converters. As an electronics DIY diehard, Silva loves to build, modify and blow stuff up! Some of his stock pieces are also modified to Camilo’s special needs to extract the last drop of performance from each of them.
In his room Camilo has mastered more than 250 full-length albums and thousands of singles, averaging at 1800 songs per year in his last period. Also, five albums mastered at Camilo Silva F Mastering have been nominated for the Latin Grammy award, from which Claraluna's "Imaginaré" won in 2018.
Camilo has recorded, mixed and/or mastered for artists like Carlos Vives, Andrés Cepeda, Shallow Side, Morat, Ventino, Maluma, Alkilados, Gaiteros de San Jacinto, Telebit as well as Latin Grammy-nominated artists Colectro, Aitana, LosPetitFellas, Doctor Krapula, Claraluna, Cimarrón y Juventino Ojito y su Son Mocaná, among hundreds of artists worldwide. Camilo’s work is present on all the five continents with clients from more than 200 cities from around the globe. (Source: https://soundbetter.com/profiles/11051-camilo-silva-f-mastering/map)
Camilo has mastered featured albums from artists from all over the world such as Vajra (USA), Stone Cold Super Friends (Australia), Dom Guyot (Philippines), Toufa Hutong (China), ДРУГ (Rusia) David Bustamante (Spain), Simon Moholt & Zoe Ofilie (Norway), Chiefgroover & Co (Ireland), Adel Al-Qattan (Kuwait), Marc Buronfosse (France), OGR - Scintilla (Canada), Baytor (Mexico), Tolga Sunter (Turkey), among several others.
Camilo was invited as a panelist to the 147th Audio Engineering Society Convention held in New York City, where he discussed his unique techniques alongside other top-tier professional engineers and producers on the “Platinum Latin Engineers & Producers Panel”. (Source: http://www.aes.org/events/147/presenters/?ID=8683)
Furthermore, Silva enjoys sharing his deep knowledge in advanced and unusual mastering and dynamics processing techniques in several workshops, masterclasses, and lectures across the world. Also, his "Dual All-Discrete" microphone preamplifier design has become a standard in the local recording community and there's quite a lot of these units in the USA, Europe, and Latin America. Camilo’s iconic preamps and compressors can be found at some of the most prolific recording studios in the USA such as Studio G Brooklyn (Joel Hamilton, NYC), Flux Studios (Fab Dupont, NYC), Bunker Studios (NYC), Art House Studios (Julio Reyes, Miami), AfterHours Studios (Rafa Sardina, Los Angeles), Sputnik Sound (Vance Powell, Nashville), among several others around the world.