Dynamic, Organic, and Creative are just a few words i would use to describe the sound that I produce. Turning your performance into a record that keeps the energy flowing and the keeping the listener hypnotised. Working closely with you and understanding what you want from start to finish is a key element to my approach. 100% passion goes into to making your music stand out from the rest.
I use a range of vintage and modern equipment to create the right sound for you. A combination of live recording and over dubs is used to keep a performance sounding like real people playing. Various live spaces and and top of the range equipment ensure the quality is always kept, ready for the mixing process.
All mixing and editing is done with great eye for detail. Careful use of EQ’s, automation, effects and the right compression makes sure that the mix always preserves the dynamic range and impact created by the performance and arrangement. All mixes are mixed back to tape before sent to the right Mastering Engineer. Hear my examples to get an idea of what I can achieve for you.
Wether your looking for complete advise, someone to add opinions or to add that sparkle in the arrangement. My approach is really simple and by listening to your opinions, your ideas I am simpley the person to make sure you get it.
I am the in house Engineer at Manchester Recording studio – Cotton Mouth Studios . A mixed studio between the old and new. Steadily picking up pace and reputation for the unique space and quality of records being produces here. The concept behind the studio is to lock out the studio for the client, essentially making it your home during the whole process. See the images in the blog to see the place.
Recent Work // Just press play to hear some of my recent work. There are some comments to have read through to just click on each track!
Promo Video 2013
Im partial to music being a bit different, crossed mixed genres with world influences. Then along came Tiki Black.Tiki booked in through Cottonmouth Studios to record some vocals for a track that she had recorded over in the States. Straight away, I realised that Tiki had something pretty unique and well I just had to record her new album… Out Of The Black. Click HERE to read the album session blog…
Matt Tomo Thompson
I got a call from Matt Tomo Thomposn in 2012 asking me to produce / record and mix his acoustic album it was a pretty low budget for an album these days but with the help off half a dozen musciains and a week to do it all in i like to think we achieved a brilliant result. I talked to Matt to find out how he feels a few months after. Heres how it came together… CLICK You can also listen to another track Hellbent
We spent three days recording with Chris down at Toast Studios. The first impressions are of a relaxed working environment, and a monster of an analogue desk! We were impressed with the attention to detail of the sound at source Chris gave. The same attention was given to the sound once the microphones were positioned. Then we recorded. A no fuss producers approach was employed by Chris, giving us the final say on takes and suggesting different recording techniques where appropriate. In no way did we ever feel that we weren’t in control of the final product. This led to a very relaxed atmosphere, which is always the best way to get the right results.
The only difficulty we had was getting Chris to buy us a pint. All in all, an enjoyable few days and an end product we were all delighted with.
Baked A la ska
Chris’ approach to the recording and mixing was great. Even after very long, potentially draining sessions, he stayed focussed on what was best for the song. He was always up for experimenting and the idea of adding or trying something new, even though that usually created more work for both of us!
It felt like a collaborative project, where both band and engineer are working towards the same goal. I’ve had some experiences in studios where your creative belief and passion for the music isn’t met or matched by the sound engineer, and it feels like its a case of just getting things done and out of the way.
At Toast Studios it was a much more positive experience. Chris’s enthusiasm and ideas made him feel like part of the band, along with plenty of piss-taking and good laughs!
“We had only a short time, and difficulties with availability but Chris did us proud. It was our first recording in this band and we cheekily pushed to get 3 tracks done. He made it easy by being supportive, relaxed and offered up some great suggestions of how we could improve things we went along. More than an engineer, Chris is a great collaborator. I’d be more than hapy to record with him again in the future!”
“On our pre production meeting with Chris, it was evident that we would have a great time in the studio with him, he is a guy with great vision and great ideas, but is also cool to just let you be creative and do your thing.
It was our first experience recording to tape and Chris was patient with us as we found our way, he is a grafter too and us kept motivated and focused throughout the sessions.
The Kit within the studio is super yummy and it’s such a nice atmosphere and not grotty in the slightest, which always makes for a more relaxed vibe.
The finished product of our tunes sounded crisp with a real meaty quality to the mix. Chris was sympathetic to our style and sonically some of the best ears in Manchester”
Currently in Mastering
The Black Knights
Toast is a GREAT setup and Chris is very good at what he does – we were in on the 13th and 14th and got two new tracks down ‘Midnight in the Mausoleum’ and another track with a working title of ‘Freakshowblues’
About this Blog // It's about time I had a decent blog. Here you will find news from clients and their records, sessions, events that either i am hosting or Dj'ing at in and around Manchester or UK, mixing notes, plus other bits and bobs! Be sure to follow me at all the usual social media sites!
Calling all Musicians and music people alike. We at Cotton Mouth Studios & Toast Recordings are opening the doors 28th September for people to come have a nosy what we do, the gear we use and ask us what ever questions they like. Continue reading
Im partial to music being a bit different, crossed mixed genres with world influences. Then along came Tiki Black. Continue reading
I got a call from Matt Tomo Thomposn in 2012 asking me to produce / record and mix his acoustic album it was a pretty low budget for an album Continue reading
Sam Smith and Company are a four peice from Manchester. They have come to Toast this month to record an EP 'From Heathens With Devils' Watch a preview of them in the studio here