Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
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 the project in my reverbnation page www.reverbnation.com/chrisdosmendoza
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.
What are you working on at the moment?
A pop project with one of the Muzik Mafia guys from Nashville. The track I have listed here is the first single. Check it out!
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Analog or digital and why?
Both. There are pros and cons to both. I generally use both on a regular basis.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I will make it sound the best!
What do you like most about your job?
Making music that makes people move or emotionally react in some form.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Can you make this louder than the other guys? Answer: Sure; how much do you want it to sound like music?
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That it's learnable in school. It takes thousands of hours of real world, hands on experience to perfect
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
what artist or recording to do want or hope this to sound like when it's finished? What is your budget?
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Listen to their work.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A drum set, a bass, something to records on, speakers or headphones and an EL-9.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
My career path begin as a touring keyboard player and then music director before starting my own production company. I've been in the business, professionally, for about 20 years.
How would you describe your style?
A little bit of everything.. Even though I know that's cliche to say.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
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!
Can you share one music production tip?
What type of music do you usually work on?
I work on everything. I'm a sucker for all things music!
What's your strongest skill?
I believe listening is my strongest skill. Songs will reveal their production needs to you if you simply listen.
What do you bring to a song?
That special character that you can't quite describe.
What's your typical work process?
My typical work process is to just dive in. I generally work long hours and strive for absolute perfection.
Tell us about your studio setup.
For tracking projects, I usually track to 2 inch tape using a Studer A820, and then record into Pro tools. For mixing, I generally use Sonar X3 with a custom built Windows machine and RME converters. but 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. For vocals I generally use a Neve 1073 or Imperical Labs EL-9 for preamp, and then the compressor section of EL-9 or LA-2A, a lot of times coupled with an 1176 for compression. For Mastering, I also use a wide range of tools and plugins which are secret tricks ;), but finish out using Ozone 7 advanced.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Quincy Jones, David Foster, Bruce Swedien
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
All things audio; Mixing, Mastering, Arranging, Editing, Producing.