The FOOD Audio / ToneCrafters

Houston, TX

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Im born and raised in south London, England, DJ'd in London's popular clubs for 12 years, Graduated from South Thames College AND University of West London with a BTEC Music Production (2002) and BA Music Technology (2007). I run a small/medium recording studio in Houston specializing in rock, pop and hip hop. Ive been known to bring clarity to mixes and deliver a large console sound at a cost that is wallet friendly. Ive been exposed to the British style of mix production earlier in my career before moving to Houston and exploiting my eclectic musical taste and varied production technique.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Delivering the sound the client crave at a price that they can afford...there is no greater buzz!
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Location

Houston, TX 77043

Background check

Complete

Years in business

3

Number of employees

2

Reviews

10 Reviews
  • John E. Jun 14, 2017
    When entrusting your music production to another, the probabilities of gaining a product that is what you're hoping for, much less "more" than you're hoping, is probably a small success margin. The possibilities of your vision being misunderstood or missed in the end game are a very real problem. It is a fine line to put a light on a vision or reflect an idea and capture that vision without changing the vision to something not originally intended. Calvin Venus & Tonecrafters are gifted in taking a vision or idea that is already complete or well developed and polishing it into a heightened musical presentation. Their ability to add color and texture to a music production that enhances the dimensionality of a listening experience and not move it into an entirely new event, is a rare gift. From day one, my relationship with Calvin and Tonecrafters grew from great to life long family. After spending a year working on this debut album, we have created something that CCM hasn't seen since the likes of Rich Mullins. Creating something new and fresh, yet timeless and universal ... the world will soon learn more about this talented studio master of production.
  • Val B. Apr 18, 2016
    This is a great and very kind guy who makes that pro sound! It was a great pleasure to work with him, make sure you check him out :)
  • Tena D. Mar 5, 2016
    Calvin is the professional you need to have all your Mastering/Audio projects completed for any genre. His mastering is superb. I highly recommend him. He makes good promises. He does what he loves to do and he does it well. Very pleased!
  • Swahili R. Feb 23, 2016
    Calvin "The Food" Venus is an excellent chef, very creative and know what he is doing, Very skilled and professional.
  • Alex Z. Feb 5, 2016
    I have to say I was pleased with the work “Calvin Venus” did on my first professional project REFOCUS. The mix and mastering was phenomenal. His efforts and talent took this project to the next level. Calvin did an outstanding job communicating the ideas and sounds he implemented to help this project come to life. He’s an Incredible sound engineer! ~AZ
  • Kristen R. Jan 17, 2016
    Calvin Venus is an amazing man behind the music... besides the incredible accent... he is a man who diligently works for the best, does the best, listens not only to the music well, but also the client.... is extremely gifted... and fun to be around and work with all while having having a tremendous heart and putting the fullness of that heart into each project. He goes above and beyond... a true gift.
  • IMAGE M. Oct 12, 2015
    I've had a good experience with Calvin..great brother. I wish we would have finished the project quicker and on time, but life happens. It has actually allowed us to develop a better relationship. Recommendations coming from me!
  • DJ O. Oct 12, 2015
    Calvin "The Food" Venus did an amazing job on my Project "Kaleidowaves" , the mixing & mastering is incredible, he kept the original idea , and the organic feeling through out the whole project! Amazing work! Noisetrade.com/DjOverflow : Jesse "DjOverflow" Hernandez
  • Jasmine P. Jan 7, 2015
    Working with Calvin was exactly what my band needed! We wrote three original songs which needed recording in a studio. He was encouraging as an individual and experienced as a technician. He was always prompt and so hardworking. During the recording session, he created a wonderful raw and balanced mix that sounded natural. He knows just how to balance instruments and vocals to create a smooth and live performance type track. As an individual, he has a charismatic personality that creates a great atmosphere for everyone to work with him. Everything went so smoothly that we could surprisingly record all our songs in one recording session. He was always on time. His work captured the emotion and the slight nuances that musicians add in their music. In the future, my band will undeniably go to Calvin Venus for recording more of our compositions.
  • Melody D. Oct 21, 2014
    Calvin is great! He successfully mixed/mastered my Christmas Album with diginity as if it was his own project. Excellent communication throughout the entire review process. I highly recommend, Calvin and will utilize his services again.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
First i listen to your ideas, your previous work, rehearsals and even live shows. Then you submit music you like so I can achieve the project of your desires. Reference tracks are essential.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Ive studied at both South Thames College and University of West London, England. But the years recording, mixing and mastering surpasses all eduction.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Mixing - 150 per track Mastering - 100 per track Full production - 650 (includes mixing and mastering) per track Negotiable prices on EPs and Albums.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I was a Dj for 12 years, i studied Music production for 5 years in London and I started freelancing since 2007. I now freelance, own ToneCrafters Productions and run a professional recording studio.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Independent artists small and medium labels local and international musician and production labels.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I mixed and mastered Sherwin Gardner's hit album "Greater" which reached the #4 on Billboard's Gospel Chart.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Its good to talk, its really is. Go with the guy/gal who makes you feel comfortable, that is passionate with your music and the direction you are going...and most importantly...that they are a fan!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
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