My name’s Chris, and I’m a Producer and Audio Engineer. Your music deserves to be of the highest quality, and I can help you achieve the results you desire. Good communication, setting goals/deadlines, and being honest about what you want will result in a stand out and exceptional end product. Let's make some music!
Getting the right Producer, Mix engineer, or Mastering Engineer can make all the difference in the world. Your music deserves to be of the highest quality, and I can help you achieve the results you desire. Good communication, setting goals/deadlines, and being honest about what you want will result in a stand out and exceptional end product.
I have worked on a large variety of music ranging from Hip Hop to Jazz and Metal to R&B. My passion for music started when I began playing bass guitar in local bands 16+ years ago. After years of formal and informal training, I decided I wanted to work in the Music industry from both sides of the production desk. In 2014 I graduated Cal State Chico with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Industry and Technology: Option in Recording Arts. After I graduated I started working as a live sound engineer and mobile recordist, eventually working my way into local studios. A few years after that, my pursuits brought me to Los Angeles where I currently reside.
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Interview with Chris C Audio
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Just wrapped up mixing a single for a band in Phoenix, Arizona. Now onto getting a single out for a rock band!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog gear can be great for tracking. When it comes to editing, mixing, and mastering, digital all the way. There's so much you can do within DAWs these days, pretty much anything is possible
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Having the best or most expensive gear in the world doesn't make anybody a good engineer or producer. Having a great ear that can make critical decisions is the most important thing for anybody making music.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What style/s are you after? Who are some of your biggest influences? Are you looking for any specific FX or edits?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Tell me your expectations for your music. I'm here to help you!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A fishing pole with line, a smartphone, a solar powered generator, a salt water filer, and one acoustic guitar. Living is pretty important.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Slightly saturated and big. Not everything needs to be saturated, but I love making things sound full and almost to the point of slight distortion. That being said, big clean productions are great and I would never shy away from such a task.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: If I could work with Brittany Howard, that would be a dream come true. Top talent, and and an incredible ear. She has an amazing sense for lyric delivery, and squeezes every bit of emotion possible out of anything she does. Would love to see what music we can make.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Communication is key. If you don't like anything about the production, mix, master, or song structure, tell me! I want you to feel amazing about your music.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I typically work on rock or some variation of pop music. Lots of indie and metal mixed in there too.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Getting vocal tracks to sit in the mix. It's the most important part of most songs, so it's critical to treat the vocals properly.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I love making songs breathe. Giving subtle contrast from verse to chorus or any other part of the song really makes a huge difference. It doesn't have to be major, just little things here and there.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: With a mix, I'll start with the drums. I try to dial in any overhead and room mics first, then I'll bring in the close mics. From there I'll mix in any guitars, pianos, synths. After that comes the bass instruments and then finally we get to the vocals. After that, I'll make sure to everything is gelling together and cohesive.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use 2 rooms. The room I mix and master in has a ton of acoustic treatment from GiK Acoustics, and the sound coming out of my monitors lays any track bare. If there's something wrong, the speakers will scream at me. Our tracking room has extensive treatment as well. We have 16 channels of Universal Audio Apollo preamps, a mini grand, a full drum kit, and a fantastic personal monitoring system.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: John Fischbach, Stevie Wonder, Jay Messina, Little Dragon, every band member of Gojira, and many many more!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I primarily mix for my clients and bring all the elements of their music together, turning their creation into a cohesive and vibrant sounding product.