Kelly Hibbert (Almachrome)

Mastering Engineer

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Mastering engineer with 15+ years of professional experience. Search my name on Discogs for an extensive list of credits. Apple certified for Apple Digital Masters (MFiT) almachrome.com

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Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Kelly Hibbert
  • Karl Hector
  • Karl Hector & the Malcouns
  • De Lux
  • The Urban Renewal Project
  • The Molochs
  • Korey Dane
  • Braxton Cook
  • Kutmah
  • The Egyptian Lover
  • Guilty Simpson
  • The Lions
  • Madlib
  • Freddie Gibbs
  • Madlib
  • Freddie Gibbs
  • Sandra St. Victor
  • Hiatus Kaiyote
  • Allah-Las
  • Karriem Riggins
  • Ebo Taylor
  • Dimitri from Paris
  • Fritz Kalkbrenner
  • Nick Waterhouse
  • Locussolus
  • Mark de Clive-Lowe
  • J Rocc
  • Mr. Chop
  • Jonti
  • Carl Cox
  • Whitefield Brothers
  • Electric Wire Hustle
  • Optimo
  • Nathan Haines
  • DJ Hell
  • Lazer Sword
  • Ebo Taylor
  • The Last Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz & Percussion Ensemble
  • Guilty Simpson
  • Guilty Simpson
  • Young Jazz Rebels
  • Madlib
  • Triorganico
  • The Heliocentrics
  • Kikumoto Allstars
  • Savath & Savalas
  • Grand Analog
  • Thecocknbullkid
  • Dâm-Funk
  • Peanut Butter Wolf
  • Young MC
  • Diplo
  • The Arabian Prince
  • The Arabian Prince
  • Johnson & Jonson
  • Johnson & Jonson
  • Johnson & Jonson
  • Guilty Simpson
  • Guilty Simpson
  • Recloose
  • Karl Hector
  • Jackson Conti
  • James Pants
  • Peanut Butter Wolf
  • Peanut Butter Wolf
  • Madlib
  • Blu & Exile
  • Melou
  • Shape of Broad Minds
  • Oh No
  • Amnesty
  • Night Canopy
  • The Heliocentrics
  • Percee P
  • Percee P
  • Percee P
  • J Dilla
  • J Dilla
  • Ta'Raach
  • Ta'Raach
  • Ta'Raach
  • Ta'Raach
  • Yesterdays New Quintet
  • Flying Lotus
  • Roc C.
  • 2Mex
  • Baron Zen
  • Chrome Children
  • Chrome Children
  • Exile
  • Oh No
  • Georgia Anne Muldrow
  • Rhythm Machine
  • Rhythm Machine
  • Aloe Blacc
  • Kashmere Stage Band
  • Kashmere Stage Band
  • Madlib
  • J Dilla
  • The Psychonauts
  • Whitefield Brothers
  • Cavestar
  • Young MC
  • Charlotte Dos Santos
  • Vex Ruffin
  • Sorceress
  • DJ Ravin
  • Nicholas Sechaud
  • Emmavie
  • Henri Kohn
  • Mop Mop
  • The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble
  • DJ Nu-Mark
  • Mark de Clive-Lowe
  • Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra
  • Woima Collective
  • Rhi
  • Rhi
  • The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble
  • Dave Dub
  • Arthur Verocai
  • P.E. Hewitt Jazz Ensemble
  • P.E. Hewitt Jazz Ensemble

15 Reviews - 2 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Daylin B.
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    Kelly has done it once again... It's an to work with this guy, he comes through everytime... Thanks again...

  2. Review by Jane F.
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    Kelly is #1! We were so excited to find a mastering engineer of this calibre on SB and came to her because of her already existing catalogue. She turned around the first pass of our master super fast. We had some notes, and she implemented them and turned around the final masters on the same day. I could not have asked for a better experience and will definitely be coming back! Thank you Kelly!!

  3. Review by Hayden Arp
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    Very responsive, and a great master!

  4. Review by Ivan A.
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    Working with Kelly was a great experience. Very satisfied with the mastering result, plus she provided much appreciated tips to improve the mixing, which means I even learned from her :)

  5. Review by Brian H.
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    Really amazing work!

  6. Review by Jonas C.
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    Product couldnt have come out nettet. Easy and comfortable to work and communicate with. Over all great job

  7. Review by Conway J.
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    Kelly was great to work with! Super helpful and stoked with the result!

  8. Review by Shayna M.
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    Kelly was very easy to work with, and gave us exactly what we needed. The song bloomed perfectly because of his work.

  9. Review by Quentin Q.
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    Really made the album shine. He listens to your work for what you intended and brings its best heart out.

    Not only amazing technical skills as an engineer, but you can tell there's a strong sense of creativity and love for music behind it.

    Can't recommend enough.

  10. Review by Shay L.
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    Super professional, Top Job

  11. Review by Daylin B.
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    "Speechless"... It is an Honor to be an Independent artist and receive this type of work... Satisfied client from A to Z...

  12. Review by William M.
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    Kelly did a lovely job with my tracks and did exactly what I was hoping he would do with them. He was direct, communicative, and really easy to work with.

  13. Review by Martin M.
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    We asked Kelly to master our EP because we loved the work he has done for artists we look up to, among them Hiatus Kaiyote and Little Dragon. We were sure he understood our music and he certainly delivered. The process was smooth and pleasant and the product exactly what we had hoped for in a master. Very much recommended!

  14. Review by Daniel M.
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    Very easy to work with and I was really happy with the mastering results:) I would definitely recommend his services to anyone else.

  15. Review by Fernando E.
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    Hello,

    My name is Fernando Esteban, I´m a mexican based musician with my first solo album coming up and I´m looking for someone to help me with the mastering.

    I want to know your prices, its a 6 songs Album with around 24 minutes long.
    Here is an example of one of the songs of the album: (1:35)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5x1JATyX4VI

Interview with Kelly Hibbert (Almachrome)

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

  2. A: My career path has been full of twists and turns, but they were all music related. I started at the age of 7 or 8 as a drummer. At 14 I was in my first band. Age 16 is when I first started to earn a living as a drummer. I then left band life behind to become a session drummer for studio and live shows (while supplementing my income working at a variety of record labels and record stores). After a very brief adventure achieving my childhood dream of “being in a band that got signed", I had the epiphany that all I really wanted was to be in the studio creating music as much as possible. At first, I thought I wanted to be a producer, but later realized that mixing and/or mastering was the absolute perfect gig. While trying to figure out how to crack into doing it professionally, I was a club DJ and started an internet radio station with some friends (Sumosound 1999-2003). It was while curating and preparing the DJ mixes for Sumosound, that I first started to do mastering. During this time I was also working as a freelance tech for Solid State Logic and doing technical design for music studios (clients included Babyface, Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, Eminem, and many others). Finally, in 2005, I linked up with a former studio design client, Dave Cooley, to start mixing and mastering full time. His primary client was Stones Throw Records, a local independent hip-hop label with artists like Madlib, Dilla, MF Doom, and many others. After working with Cooley at Elysian Masters for 5 years, I broke off and started my own thing, Almachrome, in 2010.

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

  4. A: When working on a production, consider where each element fits in the frequency spectrum. It's a bit like a sonic puzzle, and each element should have its own place to create a clear and complete picture. If this is done right, the song will have more impact and be fairly simple to mix, and the master will be loud and punchy. The most common production/arrangement problem I come across is the overcrowding of an area of the spectrum. The next most common is the opposite... a "hole" in the spectrum, an area that is lacking any information at all (instruments or sounds).

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: My Studio is a minimalist environment with acoustic accuracy / critical listening as the top priority. The studio was a "ground up" build and design, purpose built for mastering, completed in 2019. There is a separate studio designed for mixing that also serves as an alternate listening room. I use a combination of analog and digital processing to bring projects to their full potential.

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

  8. A: Miles Davis & Bill Evans have been my musical heroes since my early teenage years. Brian Eno, King Tubby, Rick Rubin, Nina Simone, Serge Gainsbourg and David Byrne have also had a strong influence on my way of listening to music. Madlib, Dilla, Nigel Godrich, Timbaland, and Pharrell have all been inspirational music makers of my own generation.

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

  10. A: The most common type of work I do is mastering. Occasionally I also do stem mastering. Stem mastering can be a great option for songs that haven't been professionally mixed.

Terms Of Service

3 revisions included. Typical turn around time: 1-3 songs mastered within 48 hrs. Full length mastering projects 1-2 wks. Mix projects to be discussed well in advance.

GenresSounds Like
  • Madlib
  • Flying Lotus
  • Hiatus Kaiyote
Gear Highlights
  • Grace
  • Apogee
  • Weiss
  • Dangerous Music
  • Barefoot
  • Audeze
  • Fabfilter
  • and DMG
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