“Yo, just got the new mix … wow wow wow wow wow, that’s all I can say.”
“Over the course of my career I have had the opportunity to work with many great mixers (even Multi-Grammy Award Winning Mixers) in the business. Chris Steinmetz is a magician of sound. He takes the tracks he is given and builds the song to a level far beyond my expectations. At the core he understands the mechanics of what a great recording should sound like. It’s all about the passion of the performance and Chris understands how to showcase that depth.”
–Marty Casey of Lovehammers & LA Guns
“Chris is a super accomplished audio engineer and producer. I trust his judgement, experience and knowledge to the nth degree. He has the ability to find and enhance the essence of a recording, and negotiate the fine line with finicky artists with patience and in the end he makes sure you get the results you’re looking for.”
“Chris is a highly skilled recording engineer who has worked with some of the most famous names in the business. His recording knowledge as well as his production experience was a perfect match for the $100,000 production of “Hotel LaFayette” we did. He is wonderful at both mixing and mastering, and a great guy to work with. He has my highest recommendation!”
-Adrian Brigham, Executive Producer at Denise Brigham, Inc.
“The best producer I have ever worked with hands down. Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Creative”
-Jonathon Cabrera AE at Townsquare Media
“I’ve known Chris for about ten years having worked closely with him as a tech at Chicago Trax for about three years. During that period, I got to watch him close up as he worked on numerous projects by artists like Mickey Hart on his groundbreaking “Planet Drum” DVD, Billy Corgan on the soundtrack for the film “Stigmata”, R. Kelly, Soul asylum, and many others. Having been quite familiar with his exceptional mixing skills and creativity for years, he was, naturally, my first choice when it was time to mix my debut CD “Eyes of the City”.
Without exception, Chris was able to take each song far beyond what I’d envisioned; often causing me to look at my own compositions in an entirely different light. He brings to the table an uncanny ability to add subtle things that can make a good song great which comes from years of making great records. Another added benefit of working with Chris was in knowing that my project was being mixed on the same gear and was being treated no differently than all of the major label projects that he works on.
All in all, with the help of Chris, I was able to deliver a self-produced CD with a major label sound at a very reasonable price. Thanks a million Chris for allowing me to experiment and for going the extra mile so many times in helping me realize this dream of mine; I can’t wait for the opportunity to work with you again on my next one!”
“I’ve put out three albums to date and no one has ever captured that live energy, raw power and voice I have on stage. As a result, I’m currently recording my entire 4th album with Chris as Producer and Engineer. So far, I feel like the recordings I’m creating now are worlds away from my previous work. I’m looking forward to the best album I’ve ever made, thanks to Chris’s fantastic ears and superior knowledge of getting the best out of everything on which he makes his mark.”
“FANTASTIC. Stonecutter is the real deal. Steinmetz is creative, experienced, and he’s got musicality for DAYS. Hands-down the BEST live room for strings and brass in Chicago. Their expertise in tracking acoustic instruments is unsurpassed and Steinmetz treats your project like it’s the most important thing in the world. There’s no better person to have in your corner.”
“Stonecutter Recording is a very professional, well managed studio that has always served me to the best standards set by the industry. Located in a historic corner of Pilsen, it is easy to reach and stay at with no burdensome street parking. Chris Steinmetz brings with him decades of experience while also being savvy to new techniques, sounds, and genres. Helpful staff, cool facilities, excellent equipment, and killer quality keeps bringing me back to Stonecutter.”
“If you’re searching for quality, look no further. Chris has years of experience as both a producer and engineer, and is extremely knowledgable in all genres, what’s trending in music, and the latest technology. The atmosphere of the studio will make you feel right at home, is professionally run, and his staff has always been very accommodating.”
“I’ve been recording an EP with Chris, and I couldn’t be happier. If you’re looking for a producer and someone who really cares about the quality of music coming in and out of his studio, Chris is the guy. He’ll work with you and help you develop your sound to make some awesome, high quality tracks. He’s worked with plenty of big names, and is using his experience with the pros to work with up and coming artists.”
“If you need a place to record, mix, or master your next record – look no further. Chris’ talent as a producer and engineer is world-class, and the proof is in the pudding.”
“I definitely would highly recommend Chris for any of your music project. When Chris was helping me record a few songs of mine I could tell that he has been doing this for a while with his vast knowledge that he poured onto me as I have never been in a recording studio before. He was helpful and constructive in shaping my songs the way I imagined it and even also giving advice and pointers on how my songs could be improved upon. My only regret was not having the time and resources to continue working with Chris as I feel I have much more to learn on being recording artist. I am eager to continue working with Chris again in the future since I can learn a lot from him and I feel like it would advantageous to be in the studio with him when I plan to pursue an actual music career as an artist.”
“It was a pleasure working with Chris. He was extremely professional from the very first phone call and that continued throughout my session. The best part about working with Chris is he is a GREAT communicator and very patient. Chris is someone who works with me and cares about what I’m doing. Finally, the quality of his work is outstanding and it feels good to work with an experienced engineer. Overall, I strongly recommend Chris and Stonecutter Studios.”
“Chris, the owner, was incredibly patient with my 16yo during her first recording session. He was very welcoming and accommodating. The great thing is that he has free parking, too! He has tremendous talent, experience and a great deal of sophisticated equipment to make your music sound great and very quickly!”
“Chris was an absolute pleasure to work with. He is an extremely talented Studio Engineer/Producer. He was able to deliver a superbly mixed recording in a timely fashion. He went out of his way to make sure that I was happy with my finished product, and boy am I happy. I will definitely use Chris again for my future recording projects.You can Check out his Amazing work at adiasound.com”
“I had a totally awesome experience at Stonecutter Records!!! Top of the line equipment, awesome atmosphere and GREAT SOUNDS!!!”
“LISTEN TO ME ! If you love your music and your trying to figure out where to go this is the place! i am one critical, negative, pessimistic guy and i can honestly say i have nothing but great experiences with Chris and his staff . Chris has the experience and the know how to make your songs sound great . Yes he does have excellent studio, equipment and staff but the reason i keep going back is He’s fantastic with sound and arrangements, and he’s tremendous with me the artist He shows me how to make it better, and he gets more honest and exciting performances out of people than anyoneHe has the ability and the patience to let music be discovered, not manufactured.”
“I am really speechless. It was everything we wanted and more. Chris really has an ear for sound and rooms that are able to capture it with optimal equipment and unique settings. His particular method of mic placement and his ability to hear fine detail is amazing. He of course tops all this with his amazing work ethic. His staff follows his leadership and is on it when something is needed well normally before ready they wait. We will be finishing many more songs with Stonecutter Recording Studios. Maybe we will see you there.”
“GREAT STUDIO! I’ve worked and recorded at multiple studios in Chicago. Stonecutter is hands down my favorite. Great equipment, both new and vintage. Excellent microphone selection. Great sounding guitar amps and cabinets. Every plug-in/effect and virtual instrument you could ever imagine wanting on your record. In-studio cameras to document the recording process for an artist DVD or music video. Best of all, Chris Steinmetz and his staff are all extremely attentive to your needs and your musical ideas. This is the place to go.”
“I recently toured this studio and loved it. Cool layout, great equipment, top of the line control room, and an awesome staff. Chris Steinmetz is the best in the biz! I can’t wait to record here, just booked my first session.”
“I tracked some live violin with Chris at Stonecutter for an audition. He had exactly the mics / room / PATIENCE I needed. He found the perfect sound with just mic placement, no processing or editing at all, which was a requirement of the audition process.
Chris and his people were easy to work with and keep a great vibe. I got the gig, btw, so I’ll be working downtown at a prominent show for several years. Thank you, Stonecutter!”
“Amazing! Chris helped shaped and evolve our bands sound inside and outside of the studio. He is a phenomenal engineer (precise and quick) and opened our eyes to his ability to produce an album. He is a great mentor.”