Chris Mendoza

Mixing / Mastering Engineer

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"Mastered for iTunes" Certified - Works with Major Label Artists

I am a mixing and mastering engineer by way of long time pro keyboard player, music director and former on air radio personality. I have worked with platinum and gold artists ranging from Chris Cagle, Everlast-House of Pain, Nashville's Muzik Mafia (Big & Rich, Cowboy Troy, Gretchen Wilson, James Otto, Shanna Crooks, Damien Horne-The Farm), Heidi Newfeild-Trick Pony, "The Voice" winner Craig Wayne Boyd, "The Voice" 3rd place contestant Will Champlin, "The Voice" contestants Shawna P, Ryan Quinn, and Kylie Rothfield, "American Idol" contestants Kendra Chantelle and Michelle Delamor, Trevor Rosen and Matt Ramsey of Old Dominion, Redlight King, BC Jean, and Trailer Choir. I have sat in or rehearsed with Natasha Bedingfield, Ke$ha, Randy Houser, Scott Weiland, Katy Perry, Randy Owen of Alabama, Adam Lambert and Jewel.

I currently own and operate Lunaverse® Records ( where I have two recording facilities and a large array of high-end equipment and software. I am also on Apple's approved list of "Mastered for iTunes" providers. If you're looking for actual radio quality mixes and masters, look no further. Please take a listen to my work. It speaks for itself.

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

Interview with Chris Mendoza

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

  2. 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: 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.

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

  4. A: Some remixing and mastering of a 70's style project I recorded to tape a few years ago. FUN STUFF!

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

  6. A: No

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both. There are pros and cons to both. I generally use both on a regular basis.

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

  10. A: I will make it sound the best!

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

  12. A: Making music that makes people move, or emotionally react in some form.

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

  14. A: Can you make this louder than the other guys? Answer: Sure; how much do you want it to sound like music?

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

  16. A: That it's learnable in school. It takes thousands of hours of real world, hands on experience to perfect.

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

  18. A: what artist or recording to do want or hope this to sound like when it's finished? What is your budget?

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

  20. A: Listen to their work.

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

  22. A: A drum set, a bass, something to record on, speakers or headphones and an EL-9.

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

  24. 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.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: A little bit of everything.. Even though I know that's cliche to say.

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

  28. 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!

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

  30. A: Listen

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

  32. A: I work on everything. I'm a sucker for all things music!

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: I believe listening is my strongest skill. Songs will reveal their production needs to you if you simply listen.

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

  36. A: That special character that you can't quite describe.

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

  38. A: My typical work process is to just dive in. I generally work long hours and strive for absolute perfection.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: For tracking projects, I usually track to 2 inch tape using a Studer A820 at my favorite tracking facility. It's then transferred to Pro Tools, where I take the files to my home studio. From there I migrate the files into Sonar Producer X3 for overdubs, editing and mixing. My outboard equipment for mixing and mastering consists of SSL AWS 948, Neve 1073, BAE 1073, LA2A, 1176, Manley Vari Mu Mastering Version with T-Bar Mod, Manley Massive Passive, SSL G Series Bus Compressor, Pultec EQP-1A, Pultec MEQ-5, Empirical Labs EL9, API 2500 and more. My software consists of UAD MKII plugins, Izotope Ozone Advanced, Melodyne, Autotune, Pro Tools 11, Sonar X3 Producer and more.

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

  42. A: Quincy Jones, David Foster, Bruce Swedien

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

  44. A: Mixing, Mastering, Arranging, Editing, Producing.

Phoenix Mendoza - Take it Off

I was the Producer, Mixing Engineer, and Mastering Engineer in this production

GenresSounds Like
  • Bruno Mars
  • John Mayer
  • Marvin Gaye
Gear Highlights
  • Pro Tools 11
  • Sonar Producer X3
  • UAD
  • Ozone 7 Advanced
  • Manley
  • Neve
  • Studer
  • Urei
  • Teletronix
  • Empirical Labs
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