Hi I'm Chris Nunn. I specialize in audio mixing and mastering for Hip-Hop, Contemporary Christian Music, and Urban Gospel. My passion is making and supporting artists with positive messages, who run counter to a culture which promotes destructive lifestyles. If you are one of those artists, I look forward to working on your next project.
I gained much of my experience in producing beats and mixing gangster rap music in Sacramento, California with Big Bread Entertainment and Ace High Records in the early 2000's.I continue to produce and release my own music and helping others. Aside from that, I have a formal education from Full Sail University Audio Production program; and Business and Recording Studio Management from American River College. I also have extensive experience in audio engineering live sound for large church venues and recording live events. 7SP currently focuses on mixing, mastering, and music production for Christian Hip-Hop (CHH), contemporary Christian Music (CCM), and other clean music or audio for media content. My passion is making and supporting music with positive messages that run counter to a culture which promotes destructive lifestyles. I personally know people who have lost their lives in senseless violence, ruined families because of selfish decisions, and I was once part of the problem. A lot of entertainment powerhouses promote these issues as glamorous, normal, just art, or a product. 7SP is committed to countering this message and working with dope artists who share the same values.If you are one of those artists, I look forward to working on your next project.
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Interview with 7Th Sounds Productions
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Setup a phone call or zoom conference to meet the artists and ask and answer questions. This helps us to better understand each other and communicate a vision and plan to achieve it. Mixing: Receive files in correct format and any reference information and vision for song, listen, balance levels and pan, work individual EQ and dynamics, create groups, EQ balance to eliminate masking, work Time-based EFX (Reverb and Delay), work on stereo width and dynamic range, check with client on arrangement if need be and progress of the mix to make sure the client likes where the mix or master is going, Analog Summing from groups (if need be or desired), print final mix according to headroom requests or standard -6DB, send client draft or final mix depending on the client's response. Mastering: Receive two track mix file or Stem-files as well as reference information and vision for song, listen and notate any issues as client's music is compared to reference and come up with an approach to reach the client's goal, work dynamics, EQ, address any stereo width and depth aspects, and EQ or dynamics, polish sound character, work loudness and limiter according to the clients request and publishing platform standards for final print and delivery to client, and receive feedback and make adjustments if needed.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Recording vocals, beat production, mixing, and mastering.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I achieve great results for my clients. Its more than business, its creative partnership.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Charlie Westropp, John Webber, and Calvin Food.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I was able to be an assistant engineer and be an extra for a skit for an album that was released in my area when I was an intern at Ace High Records in Sacramento, CA. It was special because it was the first time I got featured on a legit album.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I have an instrumental project for my own music, recording and mixing a song/intro for a social media show, working on audio video bumpers for YouTube channels.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. I work mainly in the box as its cost efficient with endless possibilities, but analog emulation and outboard gear is great to have on hand for achieving textures and flavors many people find pleasant.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working-on and being inspired by great songs and projects.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How much time do I have? I answer based on time booked and the relationship.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The technology is what makes a good song.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Are you working on a new project, recently released or close to releasing a project? Where/how do you intend to release your music? How soon do you plan on releasing it? How and where did you record it? Whats the vision for the project? Do you have any questions?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Put your best into your music and have an idea of who you want to hear it, and why.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Cajon (instrument and chair), bongos, a hard drive of my music (just in case I'm found alive or dead), acoustic guitar, my favorite water bottle, and my Zoom H3 field recorder.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I want to expand my business and eventually be able to hire and build a network of engineers and producers who want to work and teach the next generation. I've been doing music production, mixing, mastering, and live sound for 20 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I like things organized, planned out, and done on time. Artistically, I think my style is very musical and funky. I can be making or listening to hip-hop, but I can hear Santana playing a solo. Jazz could be playing, but I can hear spots that would be right fora rap verse. When I am making music, I will borrow elements from other styles genres if it speaks me and feels right.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: If I had to choose one guaranteed artist/producer, it would be Kanye West. He inst afraid to create what he wants and he is both a great artist and producer. It would be good to see his workflow and creative process first hand. I'm sure I would learn a lot of technical nuggets of gold. I share a lot of his beliefs and I would like to know how he navigates the music industry.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't be afraid to walk away for a few hours and come back with fresh ears and a cleared mind, when its possible.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Christian hip-hop/rap/trap, Contemporary Christian Rock (Worship bands), and instrumentals (hip-hop/sound track, jazz, funk, fusions).
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is mixing instrumentals.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring years of love and understanding of different types of music, I research the references to help achieve certain sounds while maintaining uniqueness and creativity, I bring my 20 years experience, as well as technical prowess gained from formal education at Full Sail University and American River College.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I'm running Cubase Pro 10.5 as my main recording, mixing, and beat production DAW. I use Wave Lab 9 Pro and Ozone for Mastering. I also use Logic Pro for beat production. I use Steinberg/Yamaha MR816x audio interface, Universal Audio Twin Finity Mic Pre, and Dangerous D-Box for Analog Summing and monitor playback control. For playback I use Yamaha HS8 pair, with a Sub cross over to an M-Audio Sub as well as M-Audio 5in monitors, and a SDX box for mono. I have AKG, Nuemann, Audio Technica, Zoom H3-VR ambisonic and an assortment of other microphones. For MIDI, I use an Akai MPK 249, Native Instruments Maschine and a Behringer X-Touch Universal Control surface. I keep an assortment of percussion instruments Hansonic HPD-20, cajon set, shakers, rain stick and more.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Kanye West, Dr. Dre, Andre 3000, Quincy Jones, Prince, Gawvii, Chris Lord-Alge, Graham Cochrane, Leslie Brathwaite, Lecrae, David Crowder, Third Day, Jesus Culture, Tye Tribute, Canton Jones, Kirk Franklin, Toby Mac, Need To Breath, Bizzle, Sevin, Flame, Thi'sl, Beautiful Eulogy, Propaganda, Jackie Hill-Perry, Bone Thugs in harmony, Twister, Brotha Lynch Hung, Tupac, Skrillex, Avicci, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Isaac Hayes, Santana, Herb Alpert, Kenny G, Najee, Talking Heads, Michael W Smith