"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.
My experience with the above mentioned artists have taken me around the world alongside other well known artists, across multiple genres, including Cypress Hill, Sublime, and Brooks & Dunn, among many more. Music has not only been a way life for me, but a massive learning and humbling process that has taught me to appreciate and be grateful for every project and moment I've been given the chance to participate in.
I currently own and operate Lunaverse® Records, where I have two recording facilities and a large array of outboard equipment and software.
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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 players play their hearts out. The result was music! It was so gratifying. You can hear some of that project on my website, Lunaverse Records. Look for the song "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: I have a side project called "Wax Jelly". Check it out! It's a mix of whatever we come up with! 70s/80s sounding tracks with wacky videos. It's a lot of fun! Currently, we have a relationship with Universal Studios, where they put our songs and videos in a regular rotation on the big screen, and radio station at City Walk. Look/listen for it, and Shazam us!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you make this as loud or louder than "that" track? Answer: Sure; how much do you want it to sound like music?
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'm not done until it's perfect!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Making music that makes people move, or emotionally react in some form.
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 you want or hope the finished product to sound like? 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 good drum set, a better bass, something to record on, powered speakers/headphones and an Empirical Labs EL-9. Why an EL-9? It's a tank, and it's sooo versatile!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career path begin as a radio personality, followed by 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?
A: Listen! Listen! Listen!
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: I usually like to say that special character that you can't quite describe.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My typical work process starts with listening. To me, songs and productions will reveal their path if you let them. Additionally, there are many conversations with the client before any work is ever started. I like to have a very clear picture of where our destination is. For tracking projects, I usually track to 2 inch tape, using a Studer A820 at my favorite tracking facility. After meticulously being transferred to Pro Tools, I take the files to my home studio, where I migrate them into Sonar Producer X3 for overdubs, editing and mixing. Why Sonar, you ask? To me, I hear a difference in DAWs. And Sonar, sounds softer on the ear. After mixing, I use an analog loop for mastering through high end analog equipment, before re-capture, and the final limiter, which is typically in the Izotope Ozone Advanced suite. If the project will be delivered to Apple, the very last part of my process is the Mastered for iTunes protocol.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I utilize two facilities for projects. One is a larger tracking facility where I usually track to 2 inch tape through a custom console, and a lot of vintage equipment. The other, my mixing and mastering facility with a hefty dose of outboard analog gear, coupled with the best software available. 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 Mastering Version, SSL G384 Bus Compressor, Pultec EQP-1A, Pultec MEQ-5, Empirical Labs EL9, API 2500 and more. Converters are Song Crane Solaris, Dangerous Conver-2, and Dangerous Convert-AD+. My software consists of UAD MKII plugins, Izotope Ozone Advanced, Melodyne, Pro Tools 11, Pro Tools HD 7, Sonar X3 Producer, and more.
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.