Natalia Ramirez has worked on records by some of the biggest names in Latin music including Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Alejandro Sanz and more, but, as someone who began as an engineering student and was eventually taken under the wing of GRAMMY-winning producer Julio Reyes Copello, she's never lost sight of how fortunate she's been to have the chance to work with artists at that level.
"When I was a student I never thought I would end up here in Miami in this recording studio with such a mentor, working with these artists," Ramirez says in the latest installment of the Recording Academy's Behind The Board. "Sometimes I think that it is super important to never take for granted all of those things and never lose sight of the big picture."
The Colombian native, who has also worked with Natasha Bedingfield, grew up around music. The daughter of a musician and younger sister to an audio engineer, she says she can't think of herself without thinking of music and knew she wanted to do audio engineering after working on an intensive project with GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Kany Garcia as a student. As a vocal tuning specialist, she uses her musicianship and engineering skills to keep the vocal tracks she works with feeling organic.
"The challenge is always like what can I touch that is not gonna make it sound artificial or that is not gonna make it go away from the genre because you always want to respect what that particular [genre] is," she says.
To learn more about Ramirez's career and techniques, watch the video above.