Hi! I'm a producer, engineer, composer and audio editing specialist (Melodyne) from the UK, based in Berlin, with a passion for the creative process and a love of all things music - artists/clients include Ellie Goulding, Leona Lewis, One Direction and more...
My first love in life is as a producer - a multi-instrumentalist and session player for many years before coming round to the other side of the glass, I passionately believe in finding and developing great talent, working with music that makes me feel something fundamental, whether it's electronic or acoustic, band-centric, orchestral, jazz, whatever it is it should stir the soul.
Check out the box below for some of my credits and collabs as a producer/remixer/engineer, and follow the soundcloud link to hear my most recent productions.
As an audio editor, I'm the go-to for tuning and editing for clients including One Direction (All live work from 2012 onwards), Leona Lewis, Susan Boyle, Ellie Goulding, Ronan Keating (And many more) and for fast turn-around broadcasts inc. Capital One Ball at Wembley Stadium, Children In Need, Comic Relief, X Factor and more. Using Melodyne 4 Studio I offer spotless tuning, timing and editing on any audio recording - I have a reputation for fixing the unfixable! And if you have the perfect emotion in a performance, I can make sure you can get the best sound without having to sacrifice that special moment you found in the studio.
Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.
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Interview with Charlie McClean
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm always producing, writing or arranging - so far this year, two EPs produced, mixed and mastered, a lot of co-writing, orchestration for a jazz record, a lot of vocal editing work. I'm also currently organising an all-female non-profit writing camp for later this year in London, lady producers and writers feel free to drop me a message!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I like a mix of both - it's totally dependent on the project, different things suit different music.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To bring care, diligence, acute attention to detail, and sincere commitment to their project, irrespective of their budget or level of success. To be reliable, easy to contact and communicate with.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: No two days are ever alike, and I get to do what I love all day every day - it never feels like a job!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started with a classical background as a pianist and cellist, spent my formative years as a session player and singer, before getting into jazz, arrangement and orchestration. I took to the other side of the console in 2011 as engineering assistant, remixer and audio editor to Biff Stannard and Ash Howes, working in studios across the UK. In addition to my ongoing work there I've been free-lance producing and mixing since 2014, and am now based in Berlin in my own studio.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Every day, try to make your own samples. Record and mess with every noise you can make, in your studio, your house, in the street, you never know what might make a rad snare drum or weird lead sound.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: An open mind - I have a lot of experience in a wide range of genres and styles, and I firmly believe that one can never tell when or where inspiration will come from, so if you bring it all to the table, you have endless tools at your disposal.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: As a producer or engineer I like to get to know the artist and find out what makes them tick, what drives them to create and what inspires them, as that will inform the nature of the record, whether I'm making beats, arranging for a film, working with a band, or giving vocal production. And when writing songs or arranging, the same thing applies - every session, every artist is completely different, so for me flexibility and the ability to work with a given situation is the key to success.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My main base of operations is my studio in Berlin. I work mainly on Logic X, running UA convertors, Genelec and Mackie Monitoring and additional Focurite outboard. I prefer to work largely in the box for mixing for portability and convenience, but when there's the opportunity to take a more physical, analogue approach I'm always keen!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: My musical hero is Quincey Jones, for his incredible vision, versatility, and his continued desire to be at the forefront of innovation and inspiration in music. I've also had the privilege of being mentored by producers Rupert Hine, Biff Stannard and Ash Howes, who have inspired me to place innovation, creative vision, and most of all joy in music at the centre of everything I do with an artist.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mainly work as a music producer and songwriter, with a focus on artist development. I also work as an audio editor (Melodyne specialist), mixer, recording engineer, arranger, session vocalist and orchestrator.