Producer, Mixer, Musician
I'm a producer, mixer, engineer, and musician based in Brooklyn. I believe that great songwriting is the backbone of any great record. I specialize in records that combine live and programmed elements. I've had the pleasure to work with artists who I respect, including John Legend, Craig David, Needtobreathe, and Ella Eyre.
Chris Connors is a versatile music producer, audio engineer, multi-instrumentalist, and sound designer based in New York City. Connors combines disciplined musicianship, proven analog recording techniques, and a curated arsenal of digital tools help artists realize their creative visions.
Connors produces primarily from his Brooklyn project studio, Concrete Sound. He also works alongside Grammy-winning producer Dave Tozer at Tozer’s Night Fox Studio in Union Square.
Connors provides original music, sound design and mixing for visual media as well. He heads the audio post-production department of Haym Pictures and works frequently with the innovative team of audio architects at Youtoocanwoo.
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Interview with Chris Connors
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. I mix mostly in digital with UAD plugins, because it allows me instant recall while still getting tons of sonic character. But I love recording to tape too. It's all about having a well-designed recording process to make it all work.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Look for someone who loves music first and foremost, but who is a nerd about audio.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I'd take a computer, Telefunken U47, UAD Apollo, my Nash Strat, and my P-Bass.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing jazz guitar and electric bass in college, began recording classical and folk acts, assisted on rock sessions, and then fell into producing pop music full time. I've been recording since 2009.
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: As an artist, the closer you get to the finish line, the harder it is to retain a clear perspective. Having a good professional help at the end of a project can really help.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Knowledge of jazz/classical/acoustic music, a background in audio engineering, experience in electronic pop. A solution-oriented, positive attitude.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I run a project studio called Concrete Sound. It has a 5.5' x 13' booth/small room for recording and a 350 square ft mixing room. It's lean and mean with a few channels of high quality audio signal path, and tons of UAD processing/plugins for mixing. Several great, iconic guitars.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: John Hill, Blake Mills, The Smeezingtons, Ian Chang, Greg Kurstin, Kanye, Tom Elmhirst
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I often produce records where I play/program many of the instruments, engineer, mix and master. I work in traditionally acoustic genres as well as more modern, electronic/programmed genres.