Chris Turnbaugh

Professional Audio Engineer

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You have your song recorded, but you don't have that professional sound yet. Let me mix it. My credits include both Grammy-winning and Grammy-nominated artists.

I have almost two decades of recording experience, the last five of which have been as a house engineer at a world-class studio in St. Louis, MO. I am comfortable working in Pro Tools and Ableton, as well as working totally analog with tape. I can edit, mix, and/or master your tracks to give you the professional sound you need. Depending on your budget, I will mix you at home or on an SSL 4056E with plenty of outboard EQs, compressors, reverbs, delays, etc.

My credits include Allman Betts Band, LionsGate, otherfather, Jackson Stokes, On Fillmore, One Way Traffic, The Gorge, Darin Gray, and more.

Send a song my way and let's get to work.

P.S. The audio example is a woman who came in with an acoustic guitar and vocals and wanted a bigger production. I played bass, and hired a drummer and pianist. I recorded it and mixed it and I think we really made her song special.

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

Interview with Chris Turnbaugh

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

  2. A: Mutoid Man. They're heavy and melodic. So good. I bet their a blast too.

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

  4. A: Sidechain your vocal reverbs.

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

  6. A: Mostly the rock world, but I'm very comfortable in jazz, bluegrass, and pop too.

  7. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  8. A: Being sensitive to the needs of my clients and also the direction that'll best serve the music.

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

  10. A: I try to bring passion every time. Whether it's playing bass or engineering, or an intimate ballad or an abrasive metal tune, I want to bring the appropriate passion to the song.

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

  12. A: It totally depends on the song and my role. The song needs to be respected, and I'll do what needs to be done to make sure that's the case.

  13. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  14. A: I have a home rig and a work rig. At home, my setup is simple. I have Pro Tools interfaced with Audient, which I use to record my voice, basses, guitars, synths, etc. My work rig includes two studios, one with a hybrid setup centered around an SSL 4056 E and the other being totally in the box. Both sides have plenty of outboard preamps, EQs, compressors, and effects.

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

  16. A: Andy Wallace is still probably my biggest inspiration from an engineering standpoint. Bassists are the classics, like James Jamerson. Although chops from the likes of Hadrien Feraud are pretty damn impressive.

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

  18. A: Most of my work is done in person and focuses on realizing a bigger production for a solo singer-songwriter. The sample track on my profile, "Blue Eyes," is one such case. I arranged the song, hired the musicians, recorded, and mixed the project.

Blue Eyes by Haley Woolbright

I was the Producer, recording engineer, bassist, and mixing engineer in this production

Terms Of Service

It depends on the amount of material and which position you want me to fill. Mixing takes me two days and then I will do up to 2 revisions, which will add a day or two for each.

GenresSounds Like
  • Andy Wallace
  • Steve Albini
Gear Highlights
  • SSL 4056E
  • Otari MX-80
  • 1176
  • distressor
  • lexicon reverb
  • lexicon delay
  • echoplex
  • LA-4A
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