El Cosmophonico

Producer/Mixer/Composer

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Cosmic Causality Manuel Calderon (El Cosmophonico) Latin Grammy nominated for "Best New Artist 2016" with The Chamanas and work out of Sonic Ranch Studios participating in countless Grammy nominated albums. More than 15 years of experience. Also work in Mexico City, Los Angeles, and can travel to meet an artist's needs.

Profesional Mixer, can bring any recording (including home recordings) to a profesional level. (Also maintain lofi approach)

Record Producer, World class engineering, Writing, Composing, Arrangements etc.

Currently working with my band Estereomance, and producing projects like The Holy Knives, The Red Pears, Sparta, Le Voyage, Flamel, Soul Parade, Strawberry Mountain.

I also have access to Sonic Ranch, the world's largest residential studio where artists like Bon Iver, Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs record.

DM me to discuss the best approach for your project/recording.

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Manuel Calderón
  • Hanson
  • ODESZA
  • ODESZA
  • São Paulo Underground
  • São Paulo Underground
  • Nina Diaz
  • Nina Diaz
  • Nina Diaz
  • Beach House
  • Beach House
  • Beach House
  • Desert Noises
  • Ximena Sariñana
  • Jessica Hernandez
  • Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas
  • Hanson
  • Gloria Trevi
  • Jessica Hernandez
  • Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Gogol Bordello
  • Gogol Bordello
  • Beach House
  • Animal Collective
  • Dead Sara
  • Band of Horses
  • Conor Oberst
  • Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
  • Pablo Montero
  • Pablo Montero
  • Jorge Muñiz
  • Jorge Muñiz
  • Jorge Muñiz
  • Portugal. The Man
  • Portugal. The Man
  • Portugal. The Man
  • Carlos Cuevas
  • ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
  • ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
  • Sheyla
  • Edith Márquez
  • Hanson
  • Shearwater
  • Nigga
  • Flex
  • Conor Oberst
  • Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
  • Conor Oberst
  • Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
  • Kika Edgar
  • Jorge Muñiz
  • Girl in a Coma
  • Girl in a Coma
  • Amanda Miguel
  • Amanda Miguel
  • Amanda Miguel
  • Yuri
  • Yuri
  • A.B. Quintanilla III
  • Zoé
  • DJ Kane
  • Myriam
  • Myriam
  • Shaila Dúrcal
  • Shaila Dúrcal
  • Myriam
  • Myriam
  • Kumbia All Starz
  • A.B. Quintanilla III
  • A.B. Quintanilla III
  • Lucero
  • Lucero
  • Lucero
  • DJ Kane
  • DJ Kane
  • Pandora
  • La Onda
  • Los Invasores de Nuevo León
  • Los Invasores de Nuevo León
  • Los Nocheros
  • Myriam
  • Myriam
  • Lucero
  • Los Traileros del Norte
  • Los Invasores de Nuevo León
  • Amaury Gutiérrez
  • Amaury Gutiérrez
  • Emmanuel
  • Emmanuel
  • Fermín IV
  • Pedro Fernández
  • Mijares
  • Manuel Mijares
  • Mijares
  • Grupo Límite
  • Amaury Gutiérrez
  • Los Barón de Apodaca
  • Banda San Miguel
  • Paulina Rubio
  • Paulina Rubio
  • Tatiana
  • Kabah
  • Grupo Límite
  • Flans
  • Ragazzi
  • Pedro Fernández
  • Talisman
  • Caló
  • Mijares
  • Meyra Cordova
  • Grupo Límite
  • Lorenzo de Monteclaro
  • Mariachi México de Pepe Villa
  • Angeles Ochoa
  • Yuri
  • Kabah
  • Kabah
  • Lorenzo de Monteclaro
  • Los Mier
  • Pedro Fernández
  • Pedro Fernández
  • Vikki Carr
  • Mestizzo
  • Pedro Fernández
  • Pedro Fernández
  • Caló
  • Caló
  • Marcos Llunas
  • Surrender the Fall
  • Blue Condition
  • Paulina Rubio
  • Ian Ash
  • Johnny Rawls
  • Johnny Rawls
  • Johnny Rawls
  • Johnny Rawls

10 Reviews

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  1. Review by Joey F.
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    Manuel is incredibly good at mixing. It was an experience to hear the song after he mixed it. He locked into the vibe and really just drove it home.

    He's a great guy to work with - very open and collaborative with quick turn arounds.

    Couldn't recommend his services more.

  2. Review by Kyle.kristopher.anderson@gmail.com
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    Incredible producer, incredible guy. His knowledge is expansive and he brings a multi-talented approach to music. He’s easy to work with and can also bring an outsider perspective that helps develop your sound and take your music to a new level. Highly recommend!

  3. Review by Luis Mitre
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    Manu is unique. His sound and recording techniques make him an extraordinary producer and engineer. He creates also a very relaxed and chill environment in the studio that makes everything flow easily and magically.

  4. Review by Alejandro Bustillos
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    I had the opportunity to work with Manuel Calderon (COMANCHE SOUND) for five years straight. His knowledge and understanding will led you to be a better musician day by day. He is a relax perfectionist that will take your unexplored limits to the max. Seeing him composing, mixing and producing is just pure genuine art. Humble, friendly and legit genius will be my best description for Manuel. I recommend EVERYONE to work with him, doesn't matter what kind of musical genre are you in to.

    Love & Respect

  5. Review by Iván Díaz Nájera
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    Desde que conozco a Manuel Calderón mejor conocido como Calderock ha sido uno de los productores con los que más trabajo y en quien más confirmo para poder interpretar las ideas de los artistas y plasmarlas en canciones, EPs y albúmenes.

    Además he podido presenciar el gran auge de una de sus bandas desde el inicio con el lanzamiento de varios discos, videos y sencillos con The Chamanas hasta lograr ser nominados como Mejor Nuevo Artista en Latín Grammy, además de poder ver muchas veces los resultados de grandes producciones como: Diablocalavera, Flamel, The Holy Knives, Estereoromance, etc

  6. Review by Macehual Tzipahtli
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    Manu hizo la producción de nuestro primer disco y sin duda tiene una calidad excelente en cuanto al trabajo como productor, aparte de ser una gran persona llena de humildad y con un talento impresionante que sin duda se refleja en su trabajo y el impulso que le da con su visión, harto recomendable, uno de los mejores productores en la actualidad!

  7. Review by Angel Ramirez
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    Truly one of a kind! Working with Manu has been so rewarding. Looking back to the time when I started, I can really differentiate my own growth as a musician thanks to working with Manu. His understanding & quality will really get the best out of your music. As other reviews mention it, he will really let your creativity flow and boost it at the same time. Hugely recommended.

  8. Review by Enrique Tena
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    Manuel is the real deal, one of a kind producer... the man has done it all, from animal collective to beach house. The brains of The Chamanas and an absolute sweetheart!
    His understanding of sound and humbleness makes him one of a kind!

  9. Review by Sergio Hernandez
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    Recording with Manu has been one of the best choices I could of done as a musician. The way he produces just gives you so many possibilities of things that you can do with your music. He is constantly giving you of ideas of what to do to improve your music, but at the same time he lets your ideas flow freely. Besides, he is also reliable, easy to communicate with, punctual, and versatile when it comes on producing.
    I would totally recommend Manu if your looking for high quality work on your music.

  10. Review by Cody Davis
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    Manny is one of the best producers I've been around. He has that uncanny ability to be ever-present yet never in the way of your creativity, instead being a perfect conduit for the creative flow of the room. Works very fast and always has his finger on the pulse of the record, never losing sight of the bigger picture. I can't recommend him enough. He's one of the best.

Interview with El Cosmophonico

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

  2. A: Mixing "Thank Your Lucky Stars" with Beach House, learned a lot from that project and it sounds beautiful. With Estereomance's first album, It's an evolution of my artistic and producing career. Just finished the new Sparta record, recorded at Sonic Ranch and mixed at my studio. As I kid I looked up to Jim Ward and Sparta, and now I get to record and mix his record.

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

  4. A: My main focus now is my band called Estereomance. I produce and co-write the music with 2 very talented ladies. I also produce a great band from San Antonio called The Holy Knives. Im mixing the new Red Pears album that I tracked back in December at Sonic Ranch. In El Paso I'm usually working with 3 to 4 bands at a time.

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

  6. A: asuming there is electricity, Microphone, Tascam Recorder, Guitar, any Casio Toy Keyboard, and Drum Machine no electricity acustic guitar, a piano, harp, and some percusive instruments,

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

  8. A: Mixing is much easier when the musical arrangement is coherent. Not having lots of different instruments fighting for frequency real estate. Finding the right key for the right singer is crucial too!

  9. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  10. A: Listening to the client's needs.

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

  12. A: Whatever the artist and song needs. Can be simple music structuring, to music arrangement and re-writing. I have a team assembled of 2-3 musicians producers that I work with as well. Also have 15 years of world class experience engineering.

  13. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  14. A: I have my own studio downtown El Paso. I mainly work out of the box when it comes to mixing. I use pro tools and a large array of plugins, UAD, Plugin Alliance, Slate, etc I also work out of Sonic Ranch Studios www.sonicranch.com Its a world class recording studio with Neve, API, and SSL consoles. There are great instruments and gear, anything you can ask for. I have access to the studio.

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

  16. A: Radiohead, Soda Stereo, Danger Mouse, Andrew Scheps, Sparklehorse, Flaming Lips, Dave Fridmann, Stereolab, Gorillaz, Damon Albarn

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

  18. A: Mixing and Music Producing.

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

  20. A: For Mixing, I usually take a business day to finish. For Producing, depends on the music style and what the artist is looking for. Typically 3-4 days per song

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

  22. A: Alternative-Indie. But I enjoy working on Pop and R&B

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

  24. A: Flaming Lips, their music is great and I love to experiment.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: I like to go back to basics, how music was done in the 60's and 70's but with a modern twist and punchy. I like to stamp my productions with attitude.

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

  28. A: 2005 graduated from Full Sail 2005- 2008 I interned at Westlake Recording Studios, where I was born as a Recording Engineer. Got to work in sessions with Music professionals like, Quincy Jones, Humberto Gatica, Herbie Hancock, Vinnie Colaiuta, Paulinho Da Costa, Josh Groban, Michael Bolton, Annie Lennox, Glen Ballard, Ryan Tedder, Snoop Dog, etc

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

  30. A: Check out the credits and experience on the provider if looking for a professional. Also make sure the style is compatible with the artist..

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

  32. A: What style of music? How many songs? Is there financial support, or self funded? What expectation does the client have on the project.

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

  34. A: Clients sometimes think I master.

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

  36. A: They ask me what I would charge, I always respond it depends case by case and I always try to match the budget.

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

  38. A: Making friends and great music.

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

  40. A: That the client is satisfied with the product, and Lots of fun.

  41. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  42. A: Both, because they both work great. Analog requires more time, hence more money. Digital is more practical. But I personally like both, I can get great results from both.

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

  44. A: Not personally, but I havent searched either.

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I was the Producer Co-Writer, Engineer in this production

Terms Of Service

I guarantee the artist will be extremely happy with the result and turn around time, unlimited revisions. Will discuss with client the time frame to make sure we meet deadlines. I do not Master.

GenresSounds Like
  • Beach House
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Animal Collective
Gear Highlights
  • Neve
  • SSL
  • API
  • Shadow Hills
  • Chandler
  • Neumman
  • Moog
  • Dave Smith
  • UAD
  • BAE
  • Plugin Alliance
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