Hi! My name is Christian Thomas. I live in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with a beautiful wife and son. I am a Software & Audio Engineer. ( Software Engineer by day, Musician and Audio Engineer by night ) My personal vision is to "Make great art and enable others to do so."
- I'll mix your songs. One of the reasons I got into this was I wanted control over my music and how it sounded. And I was frustrated with the technical part of recording covering up the original intent of the song. Of DIY requires a lot of learning, time, pain, and joy, but it was worth it. I love it when a musician comes to me with tracks that they can't quite get sounding like they've envisioned and I'm able to honor their effort and make the absolute best of what they've brought.
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Session Work on Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Trumpet, and Vocals
- My primary focus in school was music. I was a Trumpet major and Guitar minor and have been playing in ensembles and traveling bands since I was ten. I'll lay down some acoustic, electric, horns, or vocals on your tracks if that's what you think you need.
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Interview with Christian Thomas
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, use digital domain for excellent workflow around capture and playback, use Analog effects and summing to bring in the vibe. The performance is what matters most.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What their inspirations are and vision for the song
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Talk to me!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1. SM57 2. Tascam Portastudio 3. My Collings DS2H 4. Beyerdynamic DT770 5. That's it I guess!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been a musician since I was 5. My mother and father were both church musicians. I went to school and was scholarshipped on trumpet. My dad always had a home studio though and I got bit by the bug of recording my own music early.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Naturalistic. I want to honor the content and performance you've brought me. I don't like tuning and I don't like tons of surgery. If the drums sound like they were recorded in a practice room, I'm not going to try and make a mix that convinces you you're in an arena. I'd say there's something primal and endearing about the way they sound in a practice room, but if you want an bigger more open sound, re-track them in a big room.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Aoife O'Donovan. She's nothing short of magical.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Less looking, more listening.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Listening to you and translating that into results.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I'll ask for you inspirations and vision for your tracks and get a rough mix out to you immediately. We'll go through revision one with your notes either through email, or a zoom video conference call where we can mix live with HD audio routing. Sit on those mixes for a bit and see what you love about them and come at me with round two. That's it for the most part. If you want more revisions per track it will be $35 / per revision. When you're happy with your mixes I'd recommend sending them out to Telegraph Mastering of Portland, OR. I've had great experiences with them in the past.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I've got a small setup in my apartment. I've tried to pack every square inch of it with gear that lends vibe and versatility. I can do a lot with a little bit. The most unique thing in my rig is the Ekadek Klangenschmitt Brooklyn summing mixer. I had it custom made by Greg of Ekadek in NZ. It's very Nevish and then some. I loved the idea of the Radial XTC-SA guitar pedal interface so I had him built it into the mixer. I love routing stuff through my pedal board or reverb tank. I've treated the room enough and my Focals, headphones, and vintage TEAC speakers can give me all the right angles for determining a portable mix.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Engineers: Larry Crane, Joe Meek, Glyn Johns, Gary Paczosa Musicians: Sufjan Stevens, Nickel Creek, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O'Donovan
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.