Chad Carlson

Multi-Grammy Engineer/Producer

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I Mix Stuff, I produce Stuff and build tracks in Country, Pop and Rock.

I Mix, Produce and snore when I sleep. 2 Grammys including "Album Of The Year" and "Country Album Of The Year" for Taylor Swift's Fearless Album. Former Chief Engineer at the world famous Sound Emporium Studios. My strength is Country, Pop and Rock Music.

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Chad Carlson
  • Zack Dyer
  • Zack Dyer
  • Zack Dyer
  • Zack Dyer
  • Tyler Jordan
  • Tyler Jordan
  • Tyler Jordan
  • Tyler Jordan
  • Nashville Tribute Band
  • Jacob Whitesides
  • Blues Traveler
  • Blues Traveler
  • David Cook
  • William Clark Green
  • Jana Kramer
  • Love and Theft
  • Love and Theft
  • Cole Swindell
  • Chase Rice
  • Trisha Yearwood
  • Robin Meade
  • Robin Meade
  • Robin Meade
  • Katie Armiger
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  • Katie Armiger
  • Katie Armiger
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  • Katie Armiger
  • Katie Armiger
  • Katie Armiger
  • Katie Armiger
  • Neal McCoy
  • Chase Rice
  • Taylor Swift
  • Krystal Keith
  • Krystal Keith
  • Chase Rice
  • Chase Rice
  • Chase Rice
  • Chase Rice
  • Chase Rice
  • Chase Rice
  • Chase Rice
  • Maddy Rodriguez
  • Annie Moses Band
  • Taylor Swift
  • The FARM
  • The FARM
  • Melissa Rae Barrie
  • Melissa Rae Barrie
  • Melissa Rae Barrie
  • Melissa Rae Barrie
  • Matraca Berg
  • Matraca Berg
  • Steff Nevers
  • Bridgette Tatum
  • Point of Grace
  • Point of Grace
  • Taylor Swift
  • Taylor Swift
  • Jewel
  • Katie Armiger
  • Katie Armiger
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  • Katie Armiger
  • The McClymonts
  • Breathe Deep
  • Hannah Montana
  • Alice Peacock
  • Alice Peacock
  • Alice Peacock
  • Chris Isaak
  • Chris Isaak
  • Jimmy Wayne
  • Wendy Jans
  • Roch Voisine
  • Roch Voisine
  • Roch Voisine
  • Tara Oram
  • Taylor Swift
  • Taylor Swift
  • Taylor Swift
  • Alison Krauss
  • Alison Krauss
  • John Waite
  • Trisha Yearwood
  • Point of Grace
  • Jessie Farrell
  • Jessie Farrell
  • Jessie Farrell
  • Mike Graff
  • Taylor Swift
  • Wendy Jans
  • Mark O'Connor
  • Gloriae Dei Cantores
  • Mark O'Connor
  • Gloriae Dei Cantores
  • George Canyon
  • Taylor Swift
  • Heidi Holt
  • Jared Tyler
  • Mark O'Connor
  • Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
  • Trisha Yearwood
  • Trisha Yearwood
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  • Trisha Yearwood
  • Buddy Jewell
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  • Janis Ian
  • Janis Ian
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  • Mark O'Connor
  • The Gibson Brothers
  • SHeDAISY
  • John Waite
  • Sugarland
  • Sugarland
  • Natalie MacMaster
  • Natalie MacMaster
  • Half-Handed Cloud
  • Half-Handed Cloud
  • Bill Gentry
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  • Bill Gentry
  • Hailey Whitters
  • Hailey Whitters
  • Jana Kramer
  • Ali Morgan
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  • olha
  • olha
  • Victoria Shaw
  • Ali Morgan
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  • Sarah Marince
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  • Chelsea Basham

2 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by Chris B.
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    Amazing experience once again. Chad is a top pro. Delivered great results and was kind enough to offer me different variations on the track. Super mixing, and very excited to work on another 4 songs with Chad.

  2. Review by Chris B.
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    Great working with Chad. He is a nice guy to communicate with and a superb producer/mixing engineer. Chad took my song to the next level and then some! Excited to work together on more!

Interview with Chad Carlson

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

  2. A: I don't think there is one. I Mix and Produce Music

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

  4. A: Do you drink Coffee?

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

  6. A: email me and I'll give you my cell so we can chat. carlson.chad@gmail.com

  7. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  8. A: Laptop with Pro Tools and Hotspot Wifi to call Jack, Kate and Sayid to come save me from the Smoke Monster.

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

  10. A: Chief Engineer Sound Emporium Studios In Nashville for 7 years..Then Producer/engineer for last 8 years and also was publisher songwriter for Pub Company here for last 5. So 15 years of everything.

  11. Q: How would you describe your style?

  12. A: Peanut Butter in a Jelly world

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

  14. A: Bruno Mars....Duh.....

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

  16. A: Remember to make "Timeless" music and your productions will never sound dated.

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

  18. A: Country, Pop, Rock

  19. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  20. A: Telling bad jokes

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

  22. A: Direction, clarity and emotion.

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

  24. A: Mixing Records- I'll import files into a session and first listen to the rough mix you/the client has sent me along with any other music references to I can understand how you are wanting to hear mix. Then I'll spend a day mixing song how I hear it with your references in mind. Then send a reference mix for you to hear on your speakers. Then when you are ready we'll find a time to FaceTime in and close out mix together. Production- I'll ask for a simple guitar vocal or piano vocal worktape of the song to hear and get the general feel. Then talk over the phone about direction or if you're in Nashville we can meet up. Then depending on style of music I'll either start building a track with tools I have here at my studio or if it's a more organic thing I'll hire Nashville session players to play on the track. Once the basic track is built I'll have artist either come to sing before I mix it up.

  25. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  26. A: Cabana Sound has a Pro Tools HD rig. Also Logic. I have Martech MSS10's, API, Avalon, Empirical Labs, SSL, Transient Designer and much other analog gear. Manley Reference Gold Mic, Neumann Stephen Pahl Modified U87's and other mics. I mix "In The Box" on my Pro Tools HD rig with all sorts of plug ins and softsynths.

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

  28. A: Producers- Mutt Lange, Jay Joyce, Dann Huff. Musicians- I'm here in Nashville TN with the worlds best session musicians that I am fortunate enough to work with every day!

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

  30. A: Mix Records, Build Tracks, Track bands in World class facilities in Nashville such as Sound Emporium where I was chief engineer for 7 years. Also Blackbird Studios, Starstruck and Oceanway. I also have a overdub/mix room in my Pool house behind my house where I do a lot of work.

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Terms Of Service

Happy to facetime with producers to close out mixes. If more than an hour of tweaks there will be additional charge. Typical turnaround time is 7-10 days.

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