James Cruz

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James Cruz is a Grammy Award winning audio mastering engineer and owner of Zeitgeist Sound Studios in Long Island City, New York.


James Cruz started his career in 1995 at The Hit Factory during its "golden age" under the tutelage of Tom Coyne, Chris Gehringer and Herb Powers Jr. While there he mastered records for artists such as Lil' Kim, Toni Braxton, Mary Mary, Maxwell and Outkast.

After The Hit Factory, James moved to Sony Studios as a senior mastering engineer. There he worked on artists such as Natasha Bedingfield, Calle 13 and Lil Wayne. He also gained an international following with clients from Serbia, England, Australia and Japan.

In 2008 James opened Zeitgeist Sound Studios in Long Island City, New York. It's here that he won his first Latin Grammy for mastering "Los De Atras Vienen Conmigo" by Calle 13.

In 2011 The album "Entren Los Que Quieran" by Calle 13 was mastered by James Cruz and won a record setting 9 Latin Grammys including Album of the year.


Latin Grammy: Calle 13- Album Of The Year "Entren Los Que Quieran" 2011

Grammy: Calle 13- Best Latin Rock/Alt/Urban Album "Los De Atras Vienen Conmigo" 2009

Grammy: Mary Mary- Best Gospel Song "God In Me" 2009

Latin Grammy: Calle 13- Album Of The Year 2009 "Los De Atras Vienen Conmigo"

Grammy: Mary Mary- Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album "Thankful" 2000

Latin Grammy: Calle 13- Best Urban Music Album "Residente O Visitante" 2007


James has mastered over 400 albums, many of them winning either a gold or platinum certification. Some of note are:

Calle 13 :: Entren Los Que Quieran

Calle 13 :: Residente O Visitante

Calle 13 :: Los De Atras Vienen Conmigo

Mary Mary :: The Sound

Beyoncé :: Above And Beyoncé

Tye Tribbett & G.A. :: Stand Out

Tye Tribbett & G.A. :: Victory Live!

Lil' Kim :: Hard Core

Montell Jordan :: Get It On...Tonight

Lil Wayne :: Tha Block Is Hot

Juvenile :: Tha G Code

Juvenile :: 400 Degreez

Big Tymers :: I Got That Work

Lil Wayne :: Lights Out

Mary Mary :: Thankful

Three-6 Mafia :: Da Unbreakables

Wu-Tang Clan :: W

Mary Mary :: Incredible

Lyfe Jennings :: Lyfe 268-192

Mary Mary :: Mary Mary

Miligram :: Miligram 2

Miligram :: Miligram 3

Miligram :: Magnetic

Three-6 Mafia :: Most Known Unknown

Natasha Bedingfied :: Unwritten

Nina Simone :: Remixed & Reimagined

Men Of Standard :: Surrounded

Svetlana Ceca Ražnatović :: Ljubav Zivi

Svetlana Ceca Ražnatović :: Poziv


1. http://mixonline.com/recording/mastering/mastering-another-gray-area-1209/index.html
2. http://mixonline.com/mag/audio_hidden_sony_masters/index.html
3. http://www.prosoundnews.com/article/26688
4. http://www.zeitgeistsound.com
5. https://www.allmusic.com/artist/p321268
6. Recording Magazine, April, 2010