Christopher Tuck

Additional Info

  • Country: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Unique Notes: Protools session files, or consolidated WAV. Or AIFF files 44.1/48/96 @ 24bit
  • Musical Genres: Rock, Dance, Indie, Alternative, Electronica, Pop, HipHop, World, Jazz, Folk, Orchestral
  • Favorite Equipment : Besides my ears, it would be my Quested H108 monitors paired with a C Audio RA 501 amplifier. I purchased these in the mid 90's, after a year of auditioning different monitors. It was love at first listen. Monitors are such a personal thing, many will question my delight, but these just work so well for me.
  • Services: Mixing, Production, Remixing, Vocal Production
  • Audio Mixing Price: US$ 180 to US$800

 

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Biography

Christopher Tuck (Darkpopchris) was probably destined to end up in the recording studio. As a small child in England, he is reported to have played, and then subsequently destroyed, all of his mom's 78 RPM Beatles and Elvis records on the turntable.

Growing up, he would often be found glued to the radio, cassette recorder at the ready, waiting to capture his latest favourite song.

Christopher first entered the world of recording studios in 1987 at the age of 17, immediately after finishing school. He got his first break into the professional recording world by studying electronics, and by getting various installation jobs in studios.

Despite his skills (or lack thereof) with the soldering iron, his rise through the studio ranks was the tried and tested route of tea boy, assistant, engineer, producer.

He cut his teeth at The Audio Lab in Johannesburg, a 48 track analogue facility, working on a Harrison 4032 console. He would be tracking music for TV commercials during the day, and then albums at night and weekends. This gave him a wealth of experience with differing musical styles and also between music and post workflows.

His varied career has seen him writing and performing in many bands, composing for commercials, creating original sound design for films, and of course recording, producing and mixing albums.

He has spent the past 26 years working in both the South African and British audio industries.

As a producer, Christopher likes to be hands on with all stages of the growth of a musical idea, from the simplest sketch, right through to the final master.

He particularly enjoys the mixing stage, which he sees as his opportunity to really sink his skills into exploring and bringing out the best in a recording.

He is even known to relish a massive vocal comp, much to the surprise of his peers.

He moved from London in 2010, and has chosen to settle in Cape Town. Since then he has inspired the growth of the high end boutique recording facility - Digital Forest Studio. He has also set up his own production and mixing facility at The Planet Art, in the heart of beautiful Cape Town.

He was nominated in the 2013 South African Music Awards, in the Best Engineer category for one of his album productions, and two more of his album productions were nominated in the Best Alternative Album category.

He is represented in South Africa by Kwazi Mojo Media for whom he is currently producing and composing several artists and tracks.

He looks forward to many busy and creatively challenging years ahead.

Audio Gallery

Equipment

  • DAW
    • Digidesign Pro Control (32 fader)
    • Digidesign HD7 Accel System
    • Digidesign 192 I/O Convertors 32 ch x 3
    • Digidesign MIDI I/O
    • Digidesign Pro Tools HD 8HD
    • Apple G5
    • Apple 23inch Display x 2
    • Glyph GT 103
    • Glyph GT Keys x 3
    • M-Audio Axiom 61 Key Midi Controller
    • Akai MPD 24
  • Monitor Systems:
    • JBL LSR32 x2
    • Crown Studio Reference 1 Amplifier
    • JBL LSR 28P x2
    • JBL LSR 12P Sub
    • JBL LSR 4326P x2
    • Hear Technologies Hearback Hub
    • Hear Technologies Hearback Mixer x7
    • Quested H 108
  • DAW 2
    • Universal Audio Apollo Quad
    • Mac Pro
  • DAW 2 Software
    • Pro Tools 10 + 11
    • Ableton Live 9 Suite
    • Logic Pro X
    • UAD (All Plugs)
    • Plug In Alliance (Select Plug Ins)
    • Native Instruments Ultimate
    • Native Instruments Maschine
    • iZotope Ozone
    • Slate Digital (Select Plug Ins)
  • Microphone Pre Amplifiers:
    • AEA TRP (The Ribbon Pre) 2 channel
    • Digidesign Pre 24 channel
  • Microphones:
    • AEA R84 Ribbon Microphone x 2
    • AKG C451 B
    • AKG C414 B-XL2
    • AKG C418 x3
    • AKG C408
    • AKG D112
    • AKG C12 (Vintage)
    • Neumann U47 (Vintage)
    • Neumann U87
    • Neumann U87 40 Year Anniversary
    • Rode NT-2
    • Sennheiser MD421 II
    • Shure Beta 52
    • Shure Beta 56
    • Shure Beta 57A
    • Shure Beta 91
    • Shure Beta 98 x4
    • Shure KSM 44
    • Shure KSM 137 x2
    • Shure KSM 141
    • Shure SM57 x 4
    • Shure SM58
    • Shure SM81
  • Headphones:
    • AKG K271 x 8
    • AKG K171
    • Vic Firth Drum Headphones
  • Plugins TDM
    • Waves Gold
    • Waves SSL
    • DUY Global
    • Sonnox EQ and Filter
    • Soundtoys Complete
    • McDSP Classic Pack
    • Digidesign Massive Pack
    • Digidesign Air
    • Revibe
    • Slate Digital Trigger
    • Steven Slate Drums
  • Compressors and Limiters:
    • Empirical Labs Distressor x 2
    • DBX 160A x 2
    • Teletronix LA-2A Leveling Amplifier (Vintage)
    • SSL XLogic G-Series Compressor
    • SPL Transient Designer 4ch
    • Universal Audio 1176LN
  • Equalizers:
    • Pultec EQP-1A3 (Vintage)
  • Microphone Pre Amplifiers:
    • Demeter VTMP-2A Tube Pre Amp (Vintage)
  • Signal Processors:
    • Sans Amp PSA-1
    • Marshall JMP-1
    • Roland GP-100
    • Lexicon PCM96
    • Electro Harmonix Big Muff Distortion
    • Z.Vex Woolly Mammoth
    • Digitech Bass Synth Wah
    • MXR M288
    • MXR M80
    • Carl Martin Compressor
    • Budda Wah
    • Budda Phat Bass
    • Boss GT-3
    • Korg Mini Kaoss Pad
    • Radial JD7
    • TC Electronics M2000
    • Yamaha SPX990
  • Amplifiers:
    • Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Road King 2
    • Mesa Boogie Electra-Dyne
    • Fender Band Master Head
    • Vox AC30 JMI Top Boost (Vintage)
    • Mars Tube Audio Trainwreck Tube head
    • SWR Strawberry Blonde Acoustic Instrument Amplifier
    • Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus
    • Fender Pro Junior 15Watt
    • Ampeg SVT Classic Bass Head
    • Ampeg Classic Series Bass Cab
    • Marshall JCM900 4Å~12 Lead 1960 cab
    • Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier 4x12 cab
  • Keyboards/Controllers, Synthesizers and Sound Modules:
    • Roland FP-7 Electric Piano
    • Roland HP1700 Digital Piano
    • Roland Juno 60 (Vintage)
    • Moog Mini Moog (Vintage)
    • Access Virus B
    • Roland JV2080 Expanded
    • Waldorf Pulse
    • E-MU Planet Phat
    • Ensoniq MR Rack Expanded
    • Korg Wavestation SR
    • Korg TR-Rack
  • Guitars and Basses:
    • Gibson Les Paul Custom (Vintage 60s)
    • Epiphone B.B. King Lucille (Modified)
    • Gretch Electromatic
    • Line 6 Variax 700
    • Taylor Acoustic
    • Yamaha TRB-6P, 6 String Bass
    • Ernie Ball Music Man Sting Ray 5
    • Line 6 Variax Bass
    • Fender American Precision Bass (Vintage 60s)
    • Warwick Streamer 4 Bass
  • Drums & Cymbals:
    • DW Collector Series Drum Kit 10/12/14/16/22
    • DW Edge Craviotto 5,5 x 14 Snare Drum
    • Ludwig Black Beauty
    • Ludwig 7 x 14 Maple Snare Drum
    • Premier 3 x 14 Steel Picalo
    • 20ʼ Zildjian A Custom Ride
    • 17ʼ Zildjian A Custom Projection Crash
    • 16ʼ Zildjian Z Custom Medium Crash
    • 16ʼ Zildjian Oriental China Trash
    • 14ʼ Zildjian Avedis Vintage Hi Hats
    • 6ʼ Zildjian Zil-Bell x 2
    • DW 5000 BD pedal x2
    • DW 5000 Hi Hat Stand
    • Roland TD-20 Electronic Drum Kit
    • Toca Conga
    • Toca Bongo
    • 1964 Slingerland Jazz Combo Classic 5 piece
    • Musser M55 Vibraphone
    • Various percussive instruments
  • Console:
    • SSL AWS 948 also available

Partial list of clients and artists:

  • Yoav
  • Seether
  • Fetish
  • Sony
  • Codemasters
  • Mango Groove
  • Ogilvy & Mather
  • Universal Music
  • Sugarbabes
  • Ascent Media (Discovery Channel)
  • Louise Carver
  • Appleton
  • TKZee
  • Virgin EMI
  • Disney
  • Cut And Paste Generation
  • Ringo Madlingozi
  • Endemol (Big Brother)
  • Hugh Masekela
  • Sibongile Khumalo
  • TBWA Hunt Lascaris
  • Saatchi&Saatchi
  • Reelsound
  • Strongroom Post
  • Just Music
  • Zebra And Giraffe...