José “Chilitos” Valenzuela is a musician, recording/mixing engineer, music producer, synthesizer programmer, hardware/software design engineer, studio designer, author, educator, and an Avid Certified Pro Tools Expert Instructor, born in Tijuana, B. C., Mexico. He graduated in Audio, Electronic Music and Computer Science Engineering from Baja California’s Institute of Technology (ITR #21) in Tijuana B. C., California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, CA and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
José “Chilitos” Valenzuela, in the Post-Production world, “Chilitos” Valenzuela has participated as a sound effects designer and synthesizer programmer in feature films such as “Star Trek: Generations” under the guidance of composer Dennis McCarthy. He also has worked as Scoring Engineer, Sound Mixer, ADR Editor, Sound Editor, Music Editor, Re-recording Mixer, and Sound Designer on other movies such as Dark Water, Lost, and Hollywood Familia, among others.
As a former editor of Digidesign’s DigiZine magazine Spanish Edition (a Pro Tools technical magazine), Guitar Player Magazine and Mix Magazine Spanish Editions, and Editorial Director of the Latin Grammy Magazine Spanish Edition, Chilitos still manages to write technical articles for Músico Pro Magazine, and have written and published technical books such as the first Spanish MIDI book (Descubriendo MIDI); the first Spanish Digital Audio Handbook (Audio Digital, Conceptos Básicos y Aplicaciones), and a Spanish Illustrated Electronic Music Dictionary, of which they have been tremendously successful in United States, Latin America, and Spain.
The success of Chilitos & Friends International Audio Conference where twelve Latin American countries were represented, was held in Tijuana, Mexico (his homeland) in November 1997, proved to be an absolute success when a live rock band was recorded, mixed and digitally mastered by participants in the audience in “Real Time”. The success of the first conference led him to produce, two years later, the Second Chilitos & Friends Audio Conference where Latin professional producers and engineer friends joined him to participate in a series of “hands-on” conferences about music production and the new digital technology. The highlight of this conference was to perform a live Pro Tools recording session via ISDN from the stage in Tijuana, México to Barcelona, Spain, which was successfully completed.
In 1999, internationally renowned Latin producers Emilio Estefan, Bebu Silveti (Luis Miguel) and Rudy Perez (Christina Aguilera) participated in the first ExpoLatina held in Miami, Florida, where Chilitos was the moderator for the “Forum of Latin Music Production” sponsored by NARAS (National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences) and LARAS (Latin Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences).
With respect to his distinguished music recording/mixing engineering skills, Chilitos has worked with Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake & Palmer), John Waite (The Babys and Bad English), Tony Kanal (No Doubt), Colin Hay (Man At Work), Bobby Fernandez (Film Mixer), producer Michael Sembello and singer/songwriter James Grey, among others. Since 2001, he has been busy mixing record after record, including the Grammy Award winner, singer Pepe Aguilar (México), Latin Grammy Award Nominee, singer Alejandro Lerner (Argentina), Latin Grammy Nominee Banda Maguey (México), and singer/actor Marcelo Cezan (Colombia).
In 2003, Mr. Valenzuela launched his Music Production and Publishing Company. He is currently acting as a producer/engineer developing and producing new and already established American and Latin American artists. Furthermore, his latest books titled The Complete Pro Tools Handbook, The Complete Pro Tools Shortcuts-Second Edition, and The Complete Guide To Connecting Audio, Video, and MIDI Equipment in English and Spanish, have been extremely well received by readers from all over the world.
Chilitos Valenzuela has been one of the most low-key internationally sought after engineer/educator in the business. He has worked as an audio engineer for Oberheim Electronics (a synthesizer manufacturer) and for ABC T.V. Network during the Los Angeles Olympic Games. He also worked as designer engineer for Fast Forward Designs (now Line 6) where he collaborated in the design of several Alesis Corporation and Digidesign products.