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3271 Coit Avenue Northeast
Grand Rapids, MI

616-262-7164

The Foxboro is an audio mastering studio founded by chief mastering engineer Mike Cervantes. We provide world-class mastering to anyone in the world. GET MASTERED today.

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The Foxboro :: Mastering :: Mike Cervantes :: Grand Rapids :: Michigan


ABOUT

Getting your mixes mastered is the final step of the music making process before distribution. It's the last effort to improve your mix's sonic qualities and enhance the listening experience for the intended audience in every format it is heard. Whether it's a single or full-length album, mastering is a very important step that should never be overlooked or undermined, but simply sought to help your mix's potential success.

The Foxboro has earned a Grand Rapids business award for "enhancing the positive image of small business through service to its customers and community" and we continue to build our character by providing the necessary components to deliver world-class audio mastering. With our precise monitoring, professional digital/analog processing, and our engineer's artistic and professional expertise, we know how to critically listen to your mix and determine what (if any) necessary steps are needed to improve its quality for all music formats it's distributed.

Giving your audience the best representation of your mix is expected when you release the new music you've worked hard on. 

So do it. GET MASTERED

 

Chief engineer: Mike Cervantes

Formerly a mastering engineer at Masterdisk in NYC, Mike Cervantes is now the chief mastering engineer at The Foxboro in Grand Rapids, MI. He has mastered music for independent, major label, Dove Award winning, Latin Grammy and Grammy nominated artists from North America, South America and Europe. His work has been found on the Billboard charts, heard in the clubs of Manhattan and requested on the radio throughout the United States.

Mike has been fortunate to be mentored by 7 time Grammy winning engineer John Jaszcz, learn under renowned mastering engineer Hank Williams, and apprentice for chief mastering engineer/vinyl cutting guru Scott Hull at Masterdisk. He's seen the deep inner workings of the music industry in Nashville and NYC, been exposed to an atmosphere of extreme sonic professionalism in two of the top mastering facilities in the world, and experienced high quality music production sessions by top selling artists and musicians such as Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Dave Matthews Band, Slipknot, Florida Georgia Line and many more.

Mike's goal with every project is to help you achieve a higher level of sonic quality and fidelity with your mix for the world to enjoy on every digital and physical format. He consistently creates high quality masters for every client and his passion for music has never been stronger than it is today. As The Foxboro's chief mastering engineer, Mike is well equipped with the knowledge, skills and experience to take your music to a professional and competitive level. 


Services

       

-STEREO MASTERINg-

We specialize in delivering high quality stereo mastered mixes for all forms of digital and physical distribution.

With digital streaming becoming a new norm, we take into consideration that your mixes will probably be heard through various mobile devices and headphones. That is why we strongly believe it is important to have your mixes mastered and prepared properly for consistent playback on all audio systems. We have every desire to make your stereo master sound it’s absolute best and standout among other artists found in the world of digital streaming and digital music stores. 

If you desire to distribute your music on CD, we highly recommend that you request a DDP from us of the exact mastered waveforms we created during your mastering session. This will prohibit any alteration to the quality of your masters when handled by the replication plant. We take DDP creation seriously, and that is why we also perform QC listening to every second of audio before we send you a final DDP. This step is commonly ignored (small and large mastering studios) but we do it because we want to make sure your CD will playback flawlessly without any skips.

 

 -MASTERING FOR VINYL-

Vinyl records are back and each year vinyl sales keep rising. Its very common today for artists to release their music on vinyl for fans that love to drop the needle on some grooves. The general misconception is how the masters are transferred to vinyl and the special processes needed before they are cut to vinyl. As a former engineer of Masterdisk (home of the best Neumann VMS 80 lathe), our chief engineer has experienced the process of vinyl mastering and has been educated on how to properly prepare a mastered mix for vinyl. If you desire to release your music on vinyl, you are in perfect and experienced hands to receive masters ready to cut to vinyl.

 

-MASTERED FOR ITUNES-

The Foxboro is fully capable of performing the necessary actions required to master your audio specifically for iTunes. Our experience of this process comes from working in the industry and knowing what Apple is specifically looking for in hi-res WAV files before they use their AAC encoding tools to process the final file sold on iTunes. Its a process available during every mastering session at The Foxboro and is highly recommended for anyone choosing to release their music on iTunes.


TESTIMONIALS

 
Mike really cares about his work. In a world where it can be easy to be lazy and just throw a mastering plugin across the 2 bus, Mike works very hard to make mastering a special and vital part of the song process. Mike is hungry to make a great master and I for one am grateful for that and so are my clients. He has a great grasp of sonics and his work is solid, consistent and very important to my process of directing a songs journey from start to finish.
— Jake Rye - //Producer//Mixer//Recording Engineer - (Artist Credits - Newsboys, Sanctus Real, Cloverton, Shine Bright, Curt Anderson) // (Label Credits - Universal, Capital Records, BEC Recordings, InPop Records, SlowSpeak, Sony, Invogue Records) www.jakerye.com
 
Working with Mike was an absolutely incredible experience from start to finish. The personal care for my project, and the time spent on the phone to make sure it was right was invaluable. I will definitely return, and lead others here as well!
— Tommee Profitt - //Producer//Songwriter//Mixer - (Artist Credits - NF, Colton Dixon, Fleurie, Brit Nicole, Beacon Light) // (Label Credits - Capitol Records) www.tommeeprofitt.com
 
Mike has one of my favorite set of ears in the industry! His ears are as versatile as the genres of music we throw his way – something truly difficult to find. Mike nails the polish we seek for our projects right-off-the-bat without virtually any direction from us; Proof that he LISTENS before even touching a single knob. His communication, reliability, and speed are simply bonuses. In a day and age where anyone can call themselves a mastering engineer… Mike earns the title.
— Jose Olide - //Partner & Ceo at Aliento Music Group//Latin Grammy Nominee 2015//Mixer - (Marco Barrientos) www.joseolide.com
 
I’ve done a few projects with Mike so far, and each time I get the files back it doesn’t only exceed my expectations, but the whole process is always an enjoyable one. He’s a straight forward guy that listens and delivers. What more can you want from a mastering engineer?!
— Jon Velasquez - //Producer//Mixer//Recording Engineer - (Chapel Worship, Daylight Worship, Atesto, Jason Dunn, Revolution Worship) www.jonvez.com
 
I’ve never heard my music sound so dynamic and clear after Mike worked on my EP. A pleasure to work with and a very musical engineer, he gave new life to the tracks and really helped enhance what was going on in the music, without sacrificing dynamic range or volume. The tracks sound huge! If you want your music to sound the best it possibly can, I’d recommend calling Mike Cervantes!
— Kevin Andreas - //Artist//Producer//Mixer - (A$AP Rocky, Mikey Wax, Sandra Bernhard) www.kevinandreas.com
 
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Every time I listen back to the masters Mike did, it puts a smile on my face. Mike did such an amazing job bringing out the energy and excitement in my mixes. Everything feels punchy, the vocals are clear but not harsh and everything just feels like it’s glued together as one unit. I don’t know how he did it. I really appreciated him going the extra distance to fit in the project deadline and for the extra hours he spent on it. Mike is a true professional and I’ll be sending more mixes to him in the future.
— Jordan Oorebeek - //Mixer//Engineer - (George Canyon, Wes Mack, Ray Gibson)

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