Pro Audio at Punk Rock Prices. Chief songwriter/arranger/singer/guitarist/P/M/E etc. for all my bands, Vulcan Freedom Fighters (Alt. Rock), Anonymous Bosch (Alt. Rock), and Lavey Laveau (Classical Power Trio). Anything you hear on those records I'm responsible for and I can do something similar for you.
Guitarist and composer thoroughly familiar with the entire music and sound chain. Experienced with all aspects of music creation and production; interacting directly with artists, artist representatives, music attorneys, labels, publishers, producers, agencies, etc. Working through tough, time-sensitive, high-pressure, creative environments; driving results in a room full of (at times) temperamental and massive egos (including my own) while maintaining quality of product and an overall sense of artistic alignment and cohesion in an atmosphere of fun. Software: Cubase, Wavelab, Adobe Creative Suite, Izotope, Softube, Slate, Soundtoys, Kush, Waves, NI, Arturia. Hardware: All Mics/Comps/EQs etc. required for P/M/E. I'm fun as fvck and love all great music.
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3 ReviewsEndorse Chris Haines The King of Spain
I've worked with and used Chris for years. He's a great song writer/ guitarist/vocalist and engineering producer. Super competent and knows his stuff when it comes to getting good tones and sounds. I'm very particular with my drum sound desires and he always comes through :)
Worked with Chris on a handful of projects when he was at Audiogrotto in Cincinnati. I learned a lot from him and was always happy with the production and/or mixes. Solid, genuine guy who knows his stuff! Even though we are states apart now, I still reach out to him regularly for advice and direction with whatever studio work I’m involved in.
Chris did a great job tracking and mixing my piano, a model D, as well as recommending the gear I should put in my room so that I can do it on my own in the future. He even provided the mixing templates he created after the session at no charge so that I can try to replicate his mixing without hiring him next time. Stand up dude.
Interview with Chris Haines The King of Spain
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Setting up recording environments from equipment choices to placement of everything in the room. Producing/Mixing/Engineering recordings. Consulting on gear purchases and studio setups.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Huge fan of songwriters first, then artists...Prince/Petty/Reznor...Failure is one of my all-time favorite bands. If you were at any of their shows in LA in the early to mid 90s I was in the room. Same with Tool & RATM & This Great Religion. Also love Sigur Ros, Arcade Fire, Monster Magnet, Mother Mother, Bjork, Megadeth, Lyle Lovett etc etc.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Hardware Comps: Avalon/Millennia/1176revA/1176revD/Drawmer/DBX EQs: API/Millennia/Avalon/Vintech/Neotek Pres: API/Millennia/Avalon/Drawmer/Neotek/Sytek/Vintech/Hairball AD/DA: Benchmark/Antelope/Lynx/Lucid Monitoring: NHT M20/B20 Amps: Marshall/Boogie/Ampeg/GK/Frenzel/THD/Sinmarc Plugs: SoundToys, Izotope, Slate, Kush, Waves, Arturia, NI etc.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: write/record/mix in that order. silly question. drums/bass/vocals/guitars/everything else probably in that order.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: everything I've got.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: always have a room mic as well.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: The Front Bottoms because they write great songs and I could bring them the rock if they would just let me.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: mild-mannered fun-loving criminal.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Bregman Electronic Music Studio at Dartmouth working on a full blown synclavier as a student, to A&R West Coast Rep. for Emerald Forest Entertainment (Marilyn Manson, Macy Gray, Brownstone, Sophie B. Hawkins, Stan Lynch etc.) to lead singer/guitarist for Anonymous Bosch, Vulcan Freedom Fighters, and Lavey Laveau interspersed with Recording Studio Ownership, Concert Promotion, Artist Manager, Producer, Mixer & Engineer and fathering four children who are now all in college.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure you are happy with all of your takes and that you're ready to mix with a good idea of the vibe you're looking for.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Have you edited all the drums and vocals? What are the weaknesses in the recording that you're hoping I can compensate for? What are the strengths you want to make sure I don't fuck with? Who are your favorite bands and what records do you love the sound of that are similar to the vibe you are trying to achieve?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That you can't learn how to do it on your own...the only issue is that it takes a good ten thousand hours in multiple studios to really learn how to do everything.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: How much? A: A lot but I'm going to bust my ass and do it right.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: working on great songs
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: that it's your art, your baby, and I won't defile it. It's my job to help you manifest whatever you hear in your head.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Analog for as much of the tracking as possible & outboard gear while mixing when appropriate. Faster to mix in a DAW and tape degrades over multiple passes so no more large format consoles for mixing or 2" tape for me.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: nope. new to soundbetter.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Vulcan Freedom Fighters, Music For The Master Debaters, the second full-length record.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Lavey Laveau. Artist/P/M/E arranger, writer, director. What began as a discussion on a writing retreat in Spain morphed into a full blown project that resulted in a short film that was accepted into 21 film festival screened on four continents, winning a few and placing in several. I learned a great deal about micing grand pianos as well as what it takes to write/produce/direct a short film from start to finish.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Acoustic Guitar, Millennia Origin x2, a stereo ribbon mic, laptop and a fishing rod. That's six. I'm not a big fan of coloring within the lines.