Photo: Warris Supanpong
While New York City mastering engineer James Cruz celebrated the third anniversary of his facility, Zeitgeist Sound Studios (Queens, N.Y.), his longtime client, Puerto Rican hip-hop band Calle 13, won nine Latin Grammy Awards for 2011, including Album, Record and Song of the Year for Entren Los Que Quieran. Cruz also mastered Calle 13’s Los De Atrás Vienen Conmigo, which in 2009 won a Latin Grammy for Album of the Year. Cruz’s studio is outfitted with a Magix Sequoia workstation and gear from Z-Systems Audio Engineering, Algorithmix, Prism Sound and more. His clients include Beyoncé, the Music World Entertainment label, Grammy Award–winning gospel duo Mary Mary and many others.