Grammy Award Winning Engineer/Mixer/Producer (Album of the Year- OutKast)
For over 17 years, I've been fortunate to work with some of the best musicians and professionals in the music business. In doing so, I've acquired countless hours of operating on all facets of the game. From recording numerous vocalists and instrumentalists on various projects; to mixing songs on both independent and top 100 albums; be it in the analog world, digital, or hybrid, I've developed a keen comprehension on balancing sonics and tonality. And from A&Ring and Producing many projects, I've learned to work with many major labels and independent labels. My outlook is to treat each client/project/task as uniquely as possible with a sense of the bigger picture at hand.
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14 Reviews - 3 Repeat ClientsEndorse Chris Carmouche
Chris is incredible! His years of experience and laidback demeanour creates the perfect balance. He is efficient, pays attention to detail and is incredibly respectful of an artists vision. It was an honour to have him mix my album :)
the very best and patient and knowledgeable.
Chris got my mix done quickly and made the changes I wanted without any hassle. He’s easy to work with and understands what you’re wanting even when you don’t have the proper terms to explain what you’re looking for. I look forward to working with him on more songs
Super nice, really good at his job. He was crazy efficient and did his thing. Highly recommend.
I put my world into my Hip-hop, so I hoped to find an engineer prepared to do somewhat the same. I truly feel that Chris formed the highest potential, sonic quality of mix. Thanks to him again, and for all of the beautiful music he's helped bloom over our airwaves. In fact, I think imma go listen to some now
Chris is really the consummate professional. I have always loved his mixes and it was an honor to have him work on my productions. Feel, Clarity, Staging, Depth, Sonics, it's all there! I highly recommend.
Is amazing and fun to work with! He met all my needs with enthusiasm and patience and delivered promptly! I would highly recommend him! He handles my obstacles swiftly! Thanks Chris for going above and beyond ! Angel Monroe
Chris's mixes sound amazing. His communication and work ethic are next level. I mean seriously good. Especially considering I'm in Australia. Chris really added something special to the music.
Very pleased with the level of service provided. Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. Provides quick turnarounds and is very responsive to customer needs. My tracks sound exactly how I wanted. Will definitely use him again.
An honor working with him. More than gladly to give my respect and homage. Really talented engineer to the core. You won’t be disappointed.
Extremely patient. Communication 100%. Extremely fast turnaround.
Breathed another level of life into Track.
Chris obviously knows how to handle music. He was easy to communicate with also it doesn't take him long to make an average sounding mix turn into a professional well engineered song. He also was prepared to go out of his way to complete the job. I am impressed. Rich A
Hey Chris is the best In the industry. I’ve worked with several engineers, producers etc. From the first moment I stepped in the studio with Chris I felt at home. He has helped me vocally pushing me for a better sound even helping with melody. I trust him with my life. The environment Carmouche presents is very professional, friendly and welcoming. I wish to work with no one else if at all possible. That is how great my every experience with Chris has been. Such a really great producer adding ideas to the track that I would’ve never heard. You must work with Chris like yesterday!!!!! -J.Reu
Carmouche is a top notch professional music kat that can and has worn many hats. Producer, Mix and Revording Engineer, A&R and Musician. Name it and he makes it happen.
Interview with Chris Carmouche
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Lately, I mostly do mixing for clients. I love production and recording as well. And I don't mind doing some A&R consulting. But mostly, clients ask me to mix one of their songs.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My typical work process depends on what's the task at hand. In general, when I 1st began to interact with the client, I try to be as aware as possible so we can have a clear understanding of what we're trying to achieve from this journey. But in specifics, if I'm recording someone, naturally I'm basically a servant, caterer to that client. I immediately engage what he or she wants to accomplish for the session and prepare the session accordingly. Once we're on a roll, I aim to anticipate the next move so there is no lag time throughout the session. For mixing, I get a call, email, about the song etc. Then I receive the files, organize, & prep the song for mixing. Sometimes this process is done by an assistant if I decide to use one. Once that is ready, I go in and mix the song. Hopefully w/n a 6-8hr span, I'm able to have the song in a jamming space. For production &/or A&R, the situation tend to be more flexible and organic. After I've talked with the client/artist, I'll make suggestions on what should be our 1st, 2nd, etc step in order to move along. We'll arrange and agree on budget, time, etc then get on with the process. Everything else just depend on the nature of the song/project. I'll try to move as fast or slow as the client/artist wishes it to be.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: What I gather from folks listening to my work is that I bring a unique low end presence to a song that's natural and organic feeling. I also like to think that I'm very detail oriented in crafting the sound of a song. So there's a bit of ear candy in the music that may tend to attract the listener.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I listen, endure, & respect the creative angle of the client. Being around artists for so many years and having the opportunity to either record, mix, &/or produce their music, you pick up on the subtle vibes that each act bring. So you begin to anticipate the direction a song/project should take; but at the same time, be mindful of the wishes of the artists. Give & take....
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My musical style tend to be funky, tribal, & organic. However, I try to grab as much as I can from everything I hear and incorporate, little by little, those various elements into a project. My approach tend to be more laid back yet hopefully focused (until I wild out, ha)..
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I guess the biggest misconception about what I do is that apparently I actually know what I'm doing with low end. hahaha. I actually don't know what the hell I'm doing with low end. It just seem to work out in my favor. I guess I've been around low end music so long that it's just a part of my DNA. But I have no idea.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: What I like about my job is that it's simply my life. I enjoy being a part of music. So naturally, it doesn't feel like a job. It's very taxing on my physical and mental health at times. But I like that it can follow me wherever I go.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I try not to make promises to clients. I would want them to understand that I'll try to be as professional as possible and just hope we have a good time along the way.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: The music I usually work on has been Hip-Hop, R&B, Dance, & Alternative. I started my career with both OutKast & Lil Jon. Their music arguably are very forward, out the box, thinking. Moving further to Akon, Major Lazer, Childish Gambino, Modest Mouse, Little Dragon, Phantogram, etc, I believe my musical palette is extensive.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Emailing songs back and forth are good and necessary in this era of the music business. But at some point, it's crucial to have a moment where you and the artist(s) are in a room together and come up with some musical idea on the spot. As both a recording engineer and a producer, I've witnessed the creation of some of the most fantastic, and at times commercially successful, songs written with the producer and artist just having a simple conversation in the studio that one day. Vibes can go a long way.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I've been blessed to have worked with a lot of artists through my years. I don't have any one artist in particular that I hope to work with. But I'm always a fan of anything new and current. Never do I want to be the person in the room complaining about how the music today is this or that. That's when you know it's time to shut up or clock out. So, I don't know, just give me an artist with a cool personality and I'm good.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. I grew up during the peak of analog while the dawn of digital was upon us. And as I studied music, I was just dumbfounded on why and how music sounded the way it did. It wasn't until I was at university and studied recording that I realized that what I was hearing was analog. But as the flexibility and affordability of digital products came along, slowly the use of analog gear was becoming obsolete. I entered the music business in 2001 therefore I had one foot in the analog world and the other foot in the digital world. Nowadays, hybrid systems allows you to have the best of both worlds- analog sound with digital flexibility.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My current studio setup is: Pro Tools 10 HD rig, Ridiculous plugin catalog, Summing mixer, Various Reference Monitors, Solid State Logic G Series compressor, Guitars, Keyboards, etc, Acoustic treated room..
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Check the vibes. I always thought that it's not the most skillful person who gets the gig. It's the one who knew how to chill and go with the flow. Half the time, many of us don't know shit. But as long as we can vibe and listen to the client, we'll all get there, and it will be fun.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Hmmmm.. Tough one. I loved working with E-40 as a recording engineer on his "My Ghetto Report Card" LP. It was just fun being in the studio for 3 weeks straight with him, Lil Jon, all the musicians, artists, and other engineers. We were pushing non-stop in order to complete that project. Super fun!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Daniela Rivera. She's a great engineer and producer. Many times she has worked with me.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I studied music in high school and college and majored in music with a concentration in recording. I interned for a year at 2 studios here in Atlanta. Then was able to work full time from then on. I've been in the music business for over 17 years. And I've pretty much done all aspects- recording, producing, mixing, A&Ring, executive producing, etc. I hope to continue those various jobs with clients; perhaps I can one day compose music for television and movies. I did Co-Produce an Adult Swim special with Big Grams (Big Boi+Phantogram) and Run the Jewels. So TV may just be the next frontier for me.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you trying to accomplish? What's your style? When would you want this project to be complete? Who are you trying to sell this to? How can I be of service to you?
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: So many musicians & music production professionals inspire me. Quincy Jones, Thundercat, Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Ian Kirkpatrick, John Hill, Organized Noize, DJ Dahi, Al Shux, John Mayer, Max Martin, Leon Ware, Hal Davis, Rob Temperton, and on and on and on.... I'll get back to y'all with a lot more.. It's just too many of them.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: On a desert island with 5 pieces of gear I would take (assuming we have electricity) a Macbook laptop, Pro Tools, MIDI Keyboard, Microphone, and a Preamp. Bare essentials I guess. And hopefully we have internet and food to hunt/gather. I'll just send songs out to the world and chill.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Just finishing a Kimbra/Snoop Dogg remix. Hopefully her and I will do more music. Also, I'm finishing up production and mixing on 2 separate EP projects. One for an artist named Jedii and the other for an artist by named Brutus.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: They may ask, "Can I make the drums hit?" I'll say, "Of course! (hopefully)"... Umm they may ask, "How long have you've been doing this?". To that, I'd reply, "A very long ass time, like 17 years or something." And they may go on to say, "Oh shit, you're an OG.". And I would then say, "Yeah, I guess so..."