TEK

Vocal Production, Vocal Tuning

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Hello! I’m a Grammy Award-winning sound engineer (14x nominated 1x win) who has been producing, recording, vocal producing, tuning & mixing at the highest level of the industry for over 20 yrs. I'm considered a leader in vocal tuning having tuned the majority of Bieber's career and have tuned engineered and vocal prod'd most major pop artists.

THE PROCESS

1) You send me your demo, I give you notes on where it can improve. If it's ready then I sing harmonies and adlibs over it (if it needs it), send it back to you with separated files so you can hear all the notes separately to copy. I'll also give you pointers on how best to attack the song and can advise on mic and vocal chain selection in the studio.

2) You send me your files (Pro Tools preferably, if not then stems). I can either give you notes on how to improve it if you want to go back in the booth or I comp what I have (if it's not comped).

3) I then export the vocals out of pro tools into melodyne, hand tune them, import back into PT.

4) Mix everything together with separated files (eg. kick, snare, bass, synths, etc)

5) Master it or send to my fave mastering engineer Joe Bozzi (the best in the industry IMO) who can bring the clarity and punch up another notch.

6) Success! Upload to Apple Music, Spotify etc

Also, you can record with me either by making it to L.A, flying me to you OR virtually where I remote control the studio computer and guide you over zoom (yay technology). This is the full package, you may not need all these steps. Check the sound file to the right, this is an example of this process. 4 bars of demo with 4 bars of the finished process. Thanks to Tofer Paul for letting me use it as an example!

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

Credits

Discogs verified credits for Chris "Tek" O'Ryan
  • B. Howard*
  • Various
  • Karmin
  • Nicole Scherzinger
  • Nicole Scherzinger
  • Ciara (2)
  • Ciara (2)
  • R3hab & Ciara (2)
  • Kato (13) & Sigala Ft. Hailee Steinfeld
  • Fifth Harmony
  • Alan Walker (9), Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals
  • Various
  • Loren Gray
  • David Guetta
  • Chromeo
  • Alan Walker (9), Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals
  • Marques Houston
  • Marques Houston Feat. Young Rome
  • Marques Houston
  • Mila J featuring Marques Houston
  • Mila J
  • Marques Houston
  • Skillz
  • Skillz
  • B. Howard*
  • Raheem DeVaughn
  • Deborah Cox
  • Ariana Grande
  • David Guetta
  • David Archuleta
  • Mila J Featuring Marques Houston
  • Marques Houston
  • Marques Houston Ft. Juelz Santana
  • Marques Houston
  • Marques Houston
  • B2K Feat. Willy Denzey
  • Marques Houston Featuring Joe Budden And Pied Piper*
  • Marques Houston Featuring Jermaine "JD" Dupri*
  • Young Rome
  • Smooth (4)
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  • Young Rome Feat. Omarion
  • N2U Featuring Jermaine Dupri
  • Young Rome Featuring Guerilla Black And Rufus Blaq
  • Marques Houston
  • Omarion
  • Wendy Williams
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  • Mila J featuring Marques Houston
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  • Marques Houston
  • Various
  • The-Dream
  • Omarion
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  • Mary J. Blige
  • Various
  • Skillz
  • Jesse McCartney
  • Jesse McCartney Featuring Baby Bash
  • The-Dream
  • Gym Class Heroes
  • Utada*
  • Mariah Carey
  • The-Dream
  • Rihanna
  • Various
  • Fabolous
  • Mariah Carey
  • B. Howard*
  • Diddy Dirty Money*
  • Ciara (2)
  • Ciara (2) Featuring Ludacris
  • Flo Rida
  • Katy Perry
  • Kelly Rowland
  • Ke$ha*
  • Rihanna
  • Justin Bieber
  • Jessie J Feat. B.o.B
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Jessie J
  • Lauren Alaina
  • Big Time Rush
  • Justin Bieber
  • Lauren Alaina
  • Jessie J
  • JLO*
  • JLO* Feat. Pitbull
  • The Wanted (5)
  • Ke$ha*
  • Britney Spears
  • Justin Bieber Ft. Drake
  • Various
  • Various
  • Karmin
  • Justin Bieber
  • JLO*
  • Adam Lambert
  • Cheryl*
  • Keyshia Cole
  • Far East Movement
  • Justin Bieber
  • The Wanted (5)
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Cher Lloyd
  • Far East Movement feat. Justin Bieber
  • Quadron
  • Ariana Grande
  • Ariana Grande
  • Cher
  • will.i.am*
  • Cher
  • JLO* Featuring Pitbull
  • Justin Bieber
  • Various
  • The Weeknd
  • Celine Dion*
  • Linkin Park
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Ciara (2)
  • Karmin
  • Nicole Scherzinger
  • Nicole Scherzinger
  • Marsha Ambrosius
  • David Guetta
  • Ciara (2)
  • アリアナ・グランデ*
  • Namie Amuro
  • David Guetta Feat. Emeli Sandé
  • David Guetta Feat. Sia & Fetty Wap
  • Ciara (2)
  • Jack Ü
  • Justin Bieber
  • Tiësto* Feat. John Legend
  • Justin Bieber
  • Hailee Steinfeld & Grey (28) Ft. Zedd
  • David Guetta Ft. Justin Bieber
  • Hailee Steinfeld
  • Kato (13) & Sigala Ft. Hailee Steinfeld
  • Alan Walker (9), Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals
  • David Guetta
  • Chromeo
  • DJ Khaled Featuring Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper & Quavo
  • Zac Brown (3)
  • Justin Bieber
  • Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper
  • Shawn Mendes
  • Mila J Featuring Marques Houston
  • Marques Houston
  • Marques Houston Ft. Juelz Santana
  • Rihanna
  • Katy Perry
  • Jessie J
  • Britney Spears
  • JLO*
  • The Weeknd
  • Celine Dion*
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Justin Bieber
  • Cher
  • David Guetta

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    TEK has truly amazing ears and gave me really valuable insights!

Interview with TEK

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I'm really proud of Justin Bieber's latest record "Changes". We really dug deep and went into excruciating detail to get the best possible vocals we could and I personally think the end result speaks for itself!

  3. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  4. A: I always knew I was going to be a musician. I started young with piano, choir and guitar and moved onto songwriting, production, scoring & engineering as I got older. When I was 21, I left Melbourne Australia to establish my career in L.A and have been here almost 20 years. I started from the bottom with nothing but knuckle-headed determination and grit. I always put my absolute best into every record I touch and consider them all a mark of my career, from the biggest records like Despacito, to an indie one that only 20 people will hear. I give them all my full creative attention. After all, the audience deserves it and the artists who are forking out their hard-earned money deserve it too.

  5. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  6. A: If I haven't done justice to your record and it's not of a professional major label quality sonically, then you can request a refund. I'm happy to do as many edits/changes as you need until it's perfect.

  7. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  8. A: I include melodyning in my mix fee which is hand-tuning your vocals unlike slapping autotune on it. It provides a far superior result and one you can not simply achieve with autotune. I'm more expensive than my peers but you get what you pay for.

  9. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  10. A: both

  11. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  12. A: laptop, 251 mic, 1073, CLA 1176 & Derresser (yep that's my vocal chain).

  13. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  14. A: Metallica, I've been a fan since I was a kid!

  15. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  16. A: It's all about the song. Production can change, be remixed, mixed whatever. The song is where the emotion is and to me, music is all about emotion. Get the song right first, and the rest will follow.

  17. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  18. A: Usually it's pop/hip hop but I've also done a lot of work in the adult contempory space (Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Bocelli etc).

  19. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  20. A: Though a combination of vocal tuning, added vocal production & mixing I'm able to take a song from the amateur space to sounding fully professional. I can also turn a poor/average vocal performance into a world class one :)

  21. Q: What's your typical work process?

  22. A: The most important part when starting on a record is to find out what really makes it tick and to make sure you don't lose sight of that while developing it out. For example, something may have a terrible mix on it but a sound may be distorting in the wrong way which gives it it's own unique vibe. You don't want to mix it all cleanly and lose that grit. Similarly, when vocal producing, I might add harmonies, adlibs efx and all fancy tricks but it's important to identify the tiny details in the rough demo that gave the song it's life and swag and to not lose that. Too many people get hung up on what they CAN do and not what they SHOULD do for the record and often this can make you lose sight of the heart of the record.

  23. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  24. A: I have a hybrid in the box/out the box setup. I have all the plugins I need and some key pieces of classic analog gear that I use to give my mixes some warmth and saturation (SSL G comps, Neve 33609, pultecs etc).

  25. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  26. A: Growing up, I played many different instruments from many different genres, from upright bass in jazz quartets to electric guitar in metal bands and everything in between. It has given me a great appreciation for all music so I would say I'm inspired by the best of each respective genre's.

  27. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  28. A: Most of my work is major label vocal production, tuning and mixing. Some artists love my vocal production and tuning but already have their person for mixing, whereas some artists already have their person they're comfortable recording with but love my mixes.

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I was the Recording engineer, vocal producer, vocal tuner & mixer (file is 4 bars of demo then 4 bars of completed process) in this production

Terms Of Service

The average price for vocal tuning is around $1000, the avg for the whole vocal production & mix process above is around $4000.

GenresSounds Like
  • Justin Bieber
  • Hailee Steinfeld
  • Jennifer Lopez
Gear Highlights
  • All tuning by hand in Melodyne
  • hybrid mixing (in the box plugins with high end outboard gear).
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SoundBetter Deal

I like to help out indie artists so I generally charge half or less than what I charge major label artists. I'm happy to work within budgets but I can't do cheap and fast, it's either cheap and slow or fast and regular price :)

  • 4 Grammy noms for 2022Dec 14, 2021

    Justin Bieber - Justice - Album of the year  

    Justin Bieber and Benny Blanco - Lonely (which I was the vocal producer) - Best Pop Duo


    Anyone - Bieber -  Best Pop Vocal


    Justice - Bieber - best pop album

  • Recent projectsDec 14, 2021

    Justice by Justin Bieber, Sobriety by Jessie Murph, Lonely by Bieber/Blanco, Infinite (film), The High Note (film), Changes album by Bieber