Christopher Meraz-Mata

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I studied under Al Schmitt, Steve Genewick, and Doug Sax. I even got to work with Melody Gardot one day on Al's session.

Balanced Audio Records is a professional recording studio specializing in jazz and other acoustic genres. We are also a complete production house and independent record label. We have a Yamaha G5 grand piano, as well as professional-grade acoustic and classical guitars. The studio has extensive acoustic treatment, and our selection of digital and analog equipment is sure to get the job done with exceptional quality.

Please ask as many questions as you would like. I love talking about new potential projects. Planning and pre-production are the key to getting the best out of your visit to any studio!

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Interview with Christopher Meraz-Mata

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

  2. A: My expertise is in recording small jazz groups and soloists.

  3. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  4. A: Pro Tools, UAD Apollo, hybrid mixing.

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

  6. A: A typical recording in my studio starts with recording all the musicians together in the same room, unless there are very loud instruments like drums or trumpets. In that case we would start with the rhythm section. Anyways, we'll record that in one or two takes per song, and then move on to the vocals. We'll listen back immediately, identify any problems, and do another take if necessary. Then I'll make a rough mix within a day to get the clients' feedback.

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

  8. A: Melody Gardot has the most beautiful singing voice in the whole wide world.

  9. Q: How would you describe your style?

  10. A: My production style is, "stay out of the way." Let the musicians do their thing, don't slow them down!

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

  12. A: This started as a hobby when I was a teenager. I've now been working on this for 15 years.

  13. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  14. A: Both are indispensable.

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

  16. A: I have studied under Al Schmitt two times at Mix With The Masters. I love the way that man works.

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

  18. A: The most important thing is the arrangement, the acoustics of the room, and the instruments used. Most studios don't focus on this at all, they only focus on microphones and preamps but really those are at the end of the chain when you consider the final outcome.

  19. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  20. A: I do everything possible to keep the attention on the skill of the musicians and on the beauty of each instrument.

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

  22. A: Jazz, acoustic covers of pop songs, classic rock.

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

  24. A: My production tip is: work on pre-production! Song selection, arrangement, sound design, and PRACTICE, all these things that we can do before showing up to the studio are infinitely more important than anything we can do during the recording!

Theo Kandel, Sleeping On The Subway

I was the Recording and Mixing Engineer in this production

Gear Highlights
  • Yamaha G5 Grand Piano
  • Martin HD28 Acoustic Guitar
  • Cervantes Classical Guitar
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