Chris has worked with all kinds of artists, from all kinds of genres and backgrounds. Whether it is recorded in a big studio or a bedroom, the goal is still the same- to bring out the artist's vision for the song and to get the most potential out of the production
After graduating from UNA's commercial music program in 2007, Chris began working at Noiseblock studio in Florence,AL. Studying and working in an area with such incredible musical history has inspired him to make great quality music that lives up to the reputation of The Shoals. Today, his home base is still Noiseblock, where he mixes and masters a wide variety of musical genres.
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Interview with Chris Bethea
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Rock record and a Greatest Hits record from a TBA artist.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1) Slate VMR 2) Soundtoys Decapitator 3) Soundtoys Echoboy 4) Valhalla verb 5) DMG Limitless
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I am usually at the studio by 8:30 in the morning. I'll pull up the song for that day and give it a listen with my Americano from the local coffeeshop. I usually listen to the song several times before i dive in. Once I have a plan, I take care of house keeping things within the session and then give my best shot!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital…I'm in and out of so many sessions that analog would be too much of a pain to deal with for me personally.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: each day brings something new
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 7 years
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: pop, country, pop-rock, singer-songwriter
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My setup consists of ATC 150s with a couple of Genelec subs. The console is an Amek Rembrandt, although I typically stay in the box most of the time. I am using Pro Tools HD3 as well with Dangerous D/A.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of my work is mixing. Usually, I add my mastering chain on to the mix and if the client digs it, then i'm the mastering engineer too :) I also master projects that i did not mix.