Producer/engineer Humberto Gatica, winner of three Latin Grammy Awards this year, relies on Westlake Audio to create musical magic for top artists such as Celine Dion and fellow three-time 2002 Latin Grammy Award-winner Alejandro Sanz.
"I’ve spent 27 years doing everything from engineering to producing to mixing," said Gatica, who has done recordings for Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Lionel Richie, Chicago, Barbra Streisand, Elton John and Robert Palmer. "Westlake Audio is my choice for a home base because you can always get the sound you are looking for and the staff treats you like family. Simply put, when you spend half your life working in a room, you need to feel comfortable with the equipment and the people. The Westlake team cares about me and my projects, and that’s what keeps me coming back."
Westlake Audio offers seven state-of-the-art studios in two locations: Studio A and B in the Beverly Hills area and Studios C, D, E, P1, P2 and the Digital Audio Edit Bay in West Hollywood. Each room offers its own equipment list, ranging from the Solid State Logic 9000 J Series console to a large complement of Digidesign Pro Tools systems including the latest HD systems.
"I sometimes find myself in production situations where several of the studios are running my projects at the same time," Gatica explained. "I can be mixing a song in Studio E on the SSL J, break away and fix a guitar track in Studio C (also on a J Series), then go back to the mix in Studio E. Also, the acoustics in each room are superior, and the tremendous amount of outboard gear complements the capabilities of the consoles. The studios always have the newest toy floating around, so I can constantly try out new sounds. This type of setup is ideal for the way I need to work."
Chris Brooke, a mixer/engineer whom Gatica cites, along with co-producer Kenny O’Brien, as a big reason for his success, also loves the comfort and amenities provided by Westlake Studios. "I’ve worked with Humberto for about eight years at various facilities," said Brooke. "But we always look forward to coming back to Westlake as they have everything we need right here."
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