Chris Bell

Experienced Mixing Engineer

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My name is Chris Bell and I am a Mixing Engineer and Producer specializing in recording and mixing music. I record bands or solo artists in a recording studio and work on projects from across the globe. I have 23 years of successful projects from all genres of music.

Mix engineer, producer, and recording engineer. Developed through years of experience in the recording industry, Chris Bell's talents in the field of audio production align musicians with the masterful chemistry necessary to attract an enduring audience.

With a special interest in new talent, Chris continues to focus and devolop his abilities in album production having honed his skills over the last 25 years. His resume includes studio time with The Eagles, Erykah Badu, Kirk Franklin, Kelly Rowland, Everclear, Destiny's Child, Fuel, Oleander, and The Polyphonic Spree to name just a few.

Skilled in all genres of music, Bell's strength lies in his diversity crossing platforms from rock to RB to craft every collaboration with a unique signature sound.

Recent projects include North Mississippi All Star, Luther Dickinson "Blues and Ballads" nominated for "Best Blues Album" , Don Henley's "Cass County"​, Kenny Wayne Shepherds "Going Home"​ and Brian Blade and The Fellowship Grammy Nominated "Landmarks"​, The Eagles #1 record "Long Road Out of Eden, Erykah Badu's "Amerykah 1 & 2"​, Earth, Wind, and Fire featuring Kelly Rowland, and the soundtrack to the film “Before The Music Dies” featuring Erykah Badu, Doyle Bramhall II, and Questlove.

Honored in his field, Bell was nominated for a Grammy‚ in 1998 for “Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical”

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Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Chris Bell
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
  • North Mississippi Allstars
  • Luther Dickinson
  • Honey Island Swamp Band
  • Billy Crockett
  • Don Henley
  • Jim Lauderdale
  • Samantha Fish
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
  • Brian Blade
  • Brian Blade
  • The Shadowboxers
  • The Shadowboxers
  • Ace Hood
  • Mississippi Heat
  • Kirk Franklin
  • Kirk Franklin
  • Erykah Badu
  • Erykah Badu
  • Nightmares on Wax
  • Dirtfoot
  • Dirtfoot
  • Cas Haley
  • Erykah Badu
  • Red Monroe
  • Red Monroe
  • Red Monroe
  • Dwayne Kerr
  • Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights
  • Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights
  • Maroon 5
  • Eagles
  • Eagles
  • FöRJAK
  • FöRJAK
  • Reba McEntire
  • Reba McEntire
  • Little Brian
  • Little Brian
  • VeggieTales
  • Red Monroe
  • Red Monroe
  • Red Monroe
  • Superstring
  • Superstring
  • Superstring
  • Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Death in Vegas
  • Death in Vegas
  • Geno "Junebugg" Young
  • Karin Ström
  • Karin Ström
  • Tim Miller
  • Tim Miller
  • Tim Miller
  • Tim Miller
  • The Polyphonic Spree
  • Omen
  • Omen
  • Peter Gabriel
  • The Polyphonic Spree
  • T.D. Jakes
  • The Killdares
  • The Killdares
  • The Killdares
  • Rob Free
  • Guru
  • Erykah Badu
  • Pimpadelic
  • Destiny's Child
  • Meadows Wind Ensemble
  • Kirk Franklin
  • Nick Turale
  • Nick Turale
  • Danny Wright
  • Jackyl
  • Big Al
  • Michael Wolff
  • The Telescopes
  • Tim Miller
  • Tim Miller
  • Tim Miller
  • Alive By Sunrise
  • Alive By Sunrise
  • Tandem
  • Tandem
  • Waking Norman
  • Shawn Amos
  • Lance Lopez
  • Tim Miller
  • Tim Miller
  • Tim Miller
  • Mike Flanigin
  • Mike Flanigin
  • Buffalo Ruckus
  • Buffalo Ruckus
  • Buffalo Ruckus
  • The Randians
  • The Randians

Interview with Chris Bell

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

  2. A: Proud of my work on Brian Blade and the Fellowship record where we never used a computer the entire project. As well as Erykah Badu's "Mammas Gun". Probably also The Eagles "Long Road Out of Eden" record. So many I' sure I can think of more later. I serve as Engineer as well as Mix engineer on Brians record.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Just mixed the new Christopher Cross record, as well as Sue Foley featuring Jimmie Vaughan and Billy Gibbons.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: I haven't really looked around yet. I'll keep you posted on this one.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Really? I think we're done with that debate.

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

  10. A: To give them back something we are both proud of.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: Is this actually a job?

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: Do you make beats? No

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: Anybody can do it.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: 1. What they envision the mix or recording to sound like? 2. What's the song about? 3. What formats will be released of the song? 4. What sample rate are the files? 5. Are they working in Pro-Tools?

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

  20. A: Talk with them and make sure you are on the same page.

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

  22. A: SM57, SSL Duality, Neve 1073, Studer 827, and Manly-Vari Mu.

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

  24. A: I started out as an intern and worked my way to Chief Engineer of a 5 room studio. Then went freelance and have been making records for the last 25 years.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Attention to detail.

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

  28. A: The Beatles, but that would be pretty hard at this point. Because they took music outside of the box and didn't follow anyone else.

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

  30. A: Don't over think it.

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

  32. A: I don't work on just one genre. If you look at my credits you will see everything form Rock, jazz, Hip/Hop, Funk, Singer/Songwriter, Blues, and classical.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Bringing the song to life using analog equipment.

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

  36. A: It all depends on my role. I will try and visualize being the listener and try to express what the artist and the song is wanting to express. Occasionally using the mix to help the arrangement of the song as well if necessary.

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

  38. A: I usually like to have a discussion with the client before we start anything to see what they expect and their vision for the music. I will typically decide at that point if I'm a good fit for their project and move forward from there. If mixing I will run a mix and send them the mix for approval.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I usually work in a professional studio on all analog equipment. Normally a large format console. If budget does not permit I also have a home rig with a hybrid approach using analog gear with Pro-Tools.

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

  42. A: Let's see...big fan of engineers such as Alan Parsons, Glyn and Andy Johns, and many other engineer greats from the 60's and 70's.

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

  44. A: Mostly mixing for clients or Producing and Recording in a professional studio.

GenresSounds Like
  • Erykah Badu
  • The Eagles
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Gear Highlights
  • SSL Duality
  • Pro-Tools
  • Neve
  • API
  • Empirical Labs
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