Cove Music Studio

Production and Mixing

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Mixing for over 15 years. Process is efficient and artistic. Turn around for mix is 24 hrs. You only pay if you are happy with the mix.

We use a hybrid system through Studio One 3. See our list of outboard gear for an idea of the quality of equipment we us.

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  1. Review by Brandon J. Bagby
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    Christopher and his team are great to work with! He was very clear on instruction with what he was looking for on this particular song. Chris allowed me to have creative freedom which is always a plus! I look forward to working with The Cove Recording Studio again!

  2. Review by Charlie Lowell
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    Christopher was great- he needed a scratch piano track replaced.... and sent great stems so I could learn the basic idea, then mute it and still have click & vocal. Very handy.... good communicator. Would love to do more tracks for him.

Interview with Cove Music Studio

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: Both! Because digital can do a lot but it can't do everything yet, so analog still sounds better and is easier for me when using compression, recording guitar, or even eq sometimes. Analog gear can make a sound cut through a mix.

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

  4. A: You will like it or you don't pay.

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

  6. A: Can you fix that (often referring to a performance error)? My answer: Of course.

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

  8. A: That mixing and mastering will make the song better. It will and it won't. If the song isn't catchy before a mix, it won't be afterward.

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

  10. A: Who are you influences, what do you love about the music you listen to, what do you love about the song you want me to mix?

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

  12. A: We provide music production and building arrangements. The process starts from a single instrument and a scratch vocal and is taken to the final product the artist envisioned.

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

  14. A: Work until you Love your song before it gets mixed and you will love it even more after the mix.

  15. Q: How would you describe your style?

  16. A: A Laid back, easy going person. Usually clean and punchy mixes.

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

  18. A: Keep moving forward. If you are always improving your craft then your current project will not be your best, and that's a good thing. So finish, learn something, and keep moving forward.

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

  20. A: Singer-Songwriter, Pop, Rock, and Gospel.

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

  22. A: I bring clarity and precision. I strive for a mix where each sound has it's place.

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

  24. A: I went to school for Recording Arts. I have been working at it for 15 years.

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

  26. A: Lee Ritenour because I can randomly pick any of his albums and, with good odds, really enjoy what I hear.

  27. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  28. A: I believe mixing is my strongest skill. Breaking down what is necessary for translatable emotion.

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

  30. A: I take a page from Rick Rubin when producing. I start with the song, is the song good enough? I stress to my clients that if the song is mediocre, the arrangement won't help any. Once we do have a song worth taking to the next steps, I get to know what the client really wants from the song and get their vision to reality. When mixing, I follow Bobby Owsinski's method outlined in the book Mixing Engineer's Handbook. I break down each song into its structural form and then emphasize the important parts. The art becomes deciding what get emphasized and what takes more of a secondary role.

  31. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  32. A: An overdub/mix studio with two api 512c's, two SSL 611 Eq's, one slate dragon, one SSL XLogic G Series Compressor, and an Apogee Symphony.

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

  34. A: There are several producers and engineers that I can think of, including Quincy Jones, Rick Rubin, Chris Lord-Alge, Warren Huart, but when it comes down to it, inspiration can come from anyone and hardly ever comes from any place predictably.

Gear Highlights
  • Analog SSL G Series Buss Comp
  • API 512c
  • Analog SSL EQ's
  • Apogee Symphony
  • Slate Dragon
  • dbx 160
  • SanAmp PSA-1
  • spl Transient Designer
  • Slate Digital Premium Plugins
  • Waves Plugins
  • Pro-Tools 11
  • Logic Pro 9
  • Studio One 3
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