Serge Espitia

Owner/Chief Engineer

I’m a big believer in the importance of human connection, and that great work comes from communication. No matter where my clients are located, the more that I know about them and their music, the better I’m able to help them achieve their vision and deliver the best results. With that, I’d like to let you know a little bit about me:

I was born and raised in Mexico City and moved to the United States in 2007 to study music production and audio engineering at Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts. In Boston, I trained at Blue Jay Recording and Cybersound, before settling in New York City. Over the next few years, I gained valuable experience at East Side Sound, as well as at Stratosphere Sound, where I had the opportunity to work with—and learn from— some of the world’s most sought-after artists and producers, including James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins), Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne), Tony Visconti (David Bowie), and songwriter/producer Dave McCracken (Beyoncé, John Legend, Florence and the Machine).

In 2011, I opened Tiny Thunder Audio—originally as a recording and mixing studio—and collaborated with a clientele that included Sean C & LV (Jay Z, Linkin Park), Branko (Buraka Som Sistema), Jahdan Blakkamoore (Snoop Dogg), and James Atkin (EMF). Given the constant changes happening in the recording industry, the business also evolved and I found myself gravitating more and more towards mastering. In 2016 I made the decision to focus exclusively on online mastering services. Over the last couple of years, I’ve had the opportunity to study and learn from the great Scott Hull, whose tireless work ethic and passion at Masterdisk continues to inspire me on a daily basis.

I love the complexity of mastering. I find that the biggest challenge is to be able to enhance a recording while remaining invisible. It’s a lesson in both taste and restraint, and it’s a skill that is constantly being developed by listening to a wide variety of music. Today, Tiny Thunder Audio has a new life as a full-service mastering studio. To best meet the needs of my clients I work entirely online, in order to offer the best value and quality, while also getting the chance to work with musically diverse artists from around the world. Plus, offering online services has allowed me to invest in the best technology and tools to get the job done faster and in accordance to the highest standards of quality! You can check out a complete list of Tiny Thunder Audio’s gear here

I am grateful that my past experience has come full circle—having a full understanding of recording and mixing techniques helps me better communicate with my clients about their own work. The most important thing that I can tell my clients is to not be afraid to ask questions or to ask for changes. If you are not absolutely thrilled at the end, then I didn’t do my job. 

Finally, I always want to hear from people like you and talk about how we can make a great record together. So please—send me an email and let’s get a conversation going!