I'm available for hire as a freelance Pro Tools or Sadie engineer, specialising in recording, editing and mixing speech and sound for broadcast and online. I'm happy to work in your studio, or can edit and mix remotely in my suite at home.
Well regarded as a studio sound engineer (don't just take my word for it), I can offer recording, editing, and mixing for:
I've worked as a studio engineer in London since 1999 and decided to go freelance in 2011.
Mobile Pro Tools recording service
I have my own portable Pro Tools recording rig (using a 15" MacBook Pro), various mixers and interfaces, including the Focusrite Clarett 8Pre, and broadcast-quality small- and large-diaphragm condenser microphones. I can offer recording at your location, for live shows, podcasts, round-table discussions, interviews and more. I've previously recorded live comedy and panel shows at venues such as the London Palladium, Theatre Royal Brighton, The Dancehouse Manchester and The Royal Albert Hall. I also record and make some of the most exciting podcasts on the internet, including The Guilty Feminist and How to Fail with Elizabeth Day, both of which I've worked on since their inception. Please note extra costs will apply if I need to travel outside London.
Editing and mixing
I have a powerful arsenal of sonic goodies available at your disposal. Alongside the industry-standard Pro Tools, I also have the incredibly good Izotope RX6 Standard restoration package, and Adobe Audition and Sound Forge for fine file editing, mastering and batch processing. I have fast fibre-optic broadband for fast up/downloads, and 100GB of cloud storage for client deliveries.
Sadie/SADiE? What's that?
If you're looking to hire me as a Sadie engineer, then you'll know what it is. If not, I'll just tell you it's the incredibly powerful audio system favoured by BBC radio that I've used since 2001. More information can be found here: SADiE
Please note, I am an experienced engineer for audio-post, and am not a sound engineer for music. I do not offer location sound recording for TV or film.
The obligatory hackneyed close-up shot of a mixing desk can be found here.
Per day (10:00 - 18:00) £220
Per half day (Any 4 hours between 10:00 and 18:00) £150
Additional hours (between 10:00 and 18:00) charged at £30ph, capped at £220
Weekends/out-of-hours charged at time and a half
Public holidays charged at double
For some jobs like podcasts, I'm happy to negotiate a set price per item, rather than my day rate, so you know what you're spending. Do get in touch.No VAT involved. Prices exclude any dry-hire studio costs, however my own equipment and audio suite carries no additional charge.
Please note that if you'd like me to come to your location or studio, I serve London only. I may be happy in some circumstances to work outside London but it will incur additional charges to cover transport from/to London, travel time and any accomodation costs. If I'm working in my audio suite at home then of course there would be no such issue!
I'm afraid I don't allow clients to visit my home audio suite - all remote editing/mixing work is carried out unattended.
Please thoroughly read the terms and conditions before booking.
If you're interested, my music can be found here. It's an acquired taste.
Some unprompted comments from clients:
'...Chris was excellent, and if you could try to ensure that I could work with him again, it would be much appreciated.' Gail S, Advertising agency, London Complete audio production of radio ad
'Thanks so much for your hard work (again) on this series honey. We can't do it without you you know!' Elaine W, radio producer, London BBC radio comedy series
'Chris was great to work with, and the whole experience totally pleasant!' Vanessa D, Multimedia and interactive company, Symonds Yat West, UK Multimedia speech recording and editing
'Thanks so much for your diligence and a whole lot of patience too in getting all those jingles made [...] a huge round of applause from me and everyone here for all the work you've done.' Rupert W, studio manager, London Radio branding and idents
'I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. It sounds so great with the music - perfectly judged.' E.D., writer and journalist, London Podcast record, edit and mix
'I just wanted to say I think you've done a really good job. The voices are crystal clear, I can hear the audience well and the balance between the two is perfect.' Tom S, live comedy show director, London Live comedy show mix and record
'We were all agreeing how brilliant you are and also how helpful.' Jonathan S, business journalist and presenter, London Podcast recording and production
'You were amazing and saved the day on Wednesday. Thank you so much. Can't wait to hear the show.' Gillian D, broadcast producer, London Podcast recording and production
'That's great! Many thanks for the speedy turnaround!' N.L., multimedia project manager, Dublin Multimedia speech recording and editing
'Thanks for all of your help. It was a pleasure working with you!' Bill M, business software company, USA Speech recording for multimedia project
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