Delivering Songs to Ears since 1999
Hi, I'm Chris! I'm 1/4 of the production group Wax Jelly, and the owner of a small production company, Lunaverse Records. I am a mixing and mastering engineer by way of long time pro keyboard player, music director and former on air radio personality. Helping artists & songs reach their intended destination is an obsession for me.
Genres we work with range from pop, to country, folk, classical, rock, R&B, contemporary, jazz and more. Tracking projects are usually done to 2 inch tape on a Studer A820, through vintage pres, compressors and a custom console. For mixing & mastering, I work in my own studio which is an analog/digital hybrid with mastering grade converters. Outboard consists of Manley, Neve, SSL and more. I am also on Apple's approved list of Apple Digital Masters providers.
As a band director, musician, producer and engineer, I've worked with a number of gold, platinum and local artists. Credits include Everlast/House of Pain, Nashville's Muzik Mafia (Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Damien Horne), Chris Cagle, Heidi Newfield/Trick Pony, American Idol contestants, Voice contestants, Randy Houser, and members of Old Dominion.
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
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Chris has always been an innovator and craftsman when it comes to audio production. His mixes are always balanced and genre appropriate and his mastering is nothing short of the best. He is at the top of his game and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a high end audio solution.
Working with Chris was a great experience. He’s professional, extremely knowledgeable and a perfectionist. The end result was amazing and more than we expected it to be. Can’t wait to work with him again in the future!
Chris aka Dos is the one of the most dedicated, talented, and efficient musicians and producers I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with! His ability to help any project reach its highest potential is impressive. If you are looking for someone who can bring you music to life Dos is your man!
Chris is a perfectionist. He will never settle for "lust good enough". "Dos" has produced, mixed and mastered many projects in different genres for me and I never have to worry about the quality I am going to receive. In addition, he is a world class keyboardist. I highly recommend Chris for your projects.
As a long time musician and recording engineer I’ve always known the value of a great mix and how much mastering can affect it. Chris has been my go to for the better part of the last decade. I’ve A/B’d his mixes with some of the biggest names in the business and have always gravitated towards his work. He’s a perfectionist who is dedicated to doing his absolute best on every project, no matter the genre. You would be doing yourself a disservice not to give him a shot.
Interview with Wax Jelly
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. There are pros and cons to both. I use both on a regular basis.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you make this louder than ____________ by ____________? Answer: Sure; how much do you want it to sound like music?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: There's two misconceptions in my opinion. First, it isn't magic, and mixing/mastering engineers don't wave their wand... poof, it sounds great and is a hit record. It has to be a good song, with talented artists, and recorded well. Second, and to add on to the first misconception.. Making records, mixing and mastering them, or even playing music on a major tour, is not learnable in school. It takes tens of thousands of hours of real world, hands on experience to perfect these crafts, and a lot of "borrowing" from the greats before us. And that's after the talent. Beyond that, it takes an incredible amount of humility.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I usually ask clients what artist or recording inspired them or the track. Do they want or hope the finished product to sound like a particular production? What is the budget? What platforms will the song be delivered to?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Listen to the work, don't just read names. Just because someone has worked for "so and so", doesn't necessarily mean they are good, or even a good fit for you. That includes me. Let your ears be the judge.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I'd have to think really hard about it, but right off the top of my head.. a Yamaha Motif, a Sony C-800, a laptop, a set of Beyerdynamic DT770s, and an Apollo Twin (loaded with every UA plugin, of course!)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career path begin as an afternoon FM 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: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Marc Desisto. Look him up.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work I do for my clients is a combo mix & master.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Quincy Jones, David Foster, Bruce Swedien, Max Martin
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 type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on contemporary or pop music, though I have a strong country background as well. All genres are welcome though, as I have a wide range of musical obsession and experience.
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 arrangement/production choices over the course of his career, and I'd just like to see that magic live in the room!
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 vintage pres, compressors, and a custom console. For mixing and mastering, I work from my own studio which is an analog/digital hybrid with mastering grade converters. My outboard consists of Neve, SSL, Manley, Cranesong, Dangerous, UA and more. Software is Pro Tools, Sonar, UAD MKII, Melodyne.
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. 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. For mixing & mastering, I use a combo of analog and digital, usually with the final limiter being digital, typically from 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: What do you like most about your job?
A: Making music that makes people move, or emotionally react in some form.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I usually like to say that "special character" you can't quite describe.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Listen! Listen! Listen!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'm not done until it's perfect!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm perpetually working on Wax Jelly. 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: 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 pitch 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.