Mixing / Mastering Engineer
Top quality, radio ready mixes and masters.
I am a mixing and mastering engineer by way of long time pro keyboard player and music director. I am also on Apple's approved list of "Mastered for iTunes" providers. I have worked with platinum and gold artists ranging from Chris Cagle, Everlast / House of Pain, Nashville's Muzik Mafia (Big & Rich, Cowboy Troy, Gretcgen Wilson, Shanna Crooks, Damien Horne- also of The Farm), Heidi Newfeild / Trick Pony, The Voice S.7 winner Craig Wayne Boyd, Trevor Rosen of Old Dominion, Redlight King, Will Champlin and Trailer Choir. I have sat in or rehearsed with Katy Perry, Randy Houser, Scott Weiland, Natasha Bedingfield, Ke$ha, Randy Owen of Alabama, Adam Lambert and Jewel.
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Interview with Chris Mendoza
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I did a project with one of my brothers that was tracked entirely on 2 inch tape, where we used zero tune correcting software, and just let the heavy hitters play their hearts out. The result was music! It was so gratifying. You can hear some of that project on my website: http://www.lunaverserecords.com/chrismendoza. Specifically listen to "Peace of Mind". My role in the album was producer, mixing engineer and mastering engineer. I also did most of the arrangements and keyboard playing.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Some remixing and mastering of a 70's style project I recorded to tape a few years ago. FUN STUFF!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. There are pros and cons to both. I generally use both on a regular basis.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will make it sound the best!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Making music that makes people move, or emotionally react in some form.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you make this louder than the other guys? Answer: Sure; how much do you want it to sound like music?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's learnable in school. It takes thousands of hours of real world, hands on experience to perfect.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: what artist or recording to do want or hope this to sound like when it's finished? What is your budget?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Listen to their work.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A drum set, a bass, something to record on, speakers or headphones and an EL-9.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career path begin as a radio personality, then touring keyboard player, and then music director, before starting my own production company. I've been in the business, professionally, for about 20 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: A little bit of everything.. Even though I know that's cliche to say.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Phil Collins. He has made some unbelievable and strange writing/arrangement/instrument/production choices over the course of his career, and I'd just like to see that magic live in the room!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on everything. I'm a sucker for all things music!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I believe listening is my strongest skill. Songs will reveal their production needs to you if you simply listen.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: That special character that you can't quite describe.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My typical work process is to just dive in. I generally work long hours and strive for absolute perfection.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: For tracking projects, I usually track to 2 inch tape using a Studer A820, and then record into Pro Tools 7 HD. For mixing, I generally use Sonar Producer X3 with a custom built Windows machine and RME converters. Depending on the project, I also use PT 11, and have it in both Mac and Windows versions. I use Avid controllers, and a wide range of plugins including the best of UAD. For vocals I generally use a Neve 1073 coupled with a vintage Teletronix LA-2A and vintage Urei 1176. Mics range from a vintage U47 to vintage U87, to SM7, Rode NTK or AT4040. For mastering, I use a wide range of only the best hardware and plugins.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Quincy Jones, David Foster, Bruce Swedien
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing, Mastering, Arranging, Editing, Producing.