The road of Le Mobile and Guy from 1973 to present
Emmy Awards
Recording Music and cars my passion
Member of
The Recording Academy
View my ZO6 who play music to my ears when it hit 7000 RPM
TEC Awards

My story begins in 1973, when a leading Montreal radio station came to my high-end audiophile store to seek advice about recording a live-music broadcast. I not only supplied the equipment but went on to engineer over 100 shows for Canadian radio and TV. My three life-long obsessions - music, audio electronics and cars - inevitably lead me to design my first mobile named Filtroson
Filtronique was my high-end audiophile store 1969-1974
Filtroson Mobile built on a 16' lenght box, You can find inside a Studer A80 and a Neve with (24) 1073 Preamp.

In 1977 Le Mobile was designed and built. “It was the only truck of its kind in Canada and it combined my passion for customizing autos and a new-found talent for on-location recording

At that time I used a truck with a gasoline engine knowing I will eventually change it for a Diesel

In the new designed Le Mobile you can find a pair of Studer A800 and my Neve 8058 with Necam faders


In 1978 While working at Carnegie Hall in New York for CBC, I called my friend Bruno Hochstrasser at Studer and said, “Where does Phil Ramone work?” And he said, “A&R Studio.” I called them under the guise of visiting their studio and said, “I’m down from Montreal, doing a recording for CBC at Carnegie Hall, I’d like to see your studio.” I drove Le Mobile to their front door.  They asked if they could see what I had inside.  “They walked in, saw a Neve console like theirs, but they saw a pair of Studer A800 that they didn't have.  I had the first Studer A800 24-track recorder in the North America.  I never saw their studio. A month later, I received a call from Phil office asking me to come in Cleveland with Le Mobile to record the Movie "One Trick Pony"

In 1980, I updated Le Mobile by replacing the Chevy truck with a new diesel GMC General, the same truck still under Le Mobile today. I relocated to New York as my base of operations followed 4 years later (1984) with a permanent move to Southern California purchasing Leed Rehearsal Studio in N. Hollywood.
Early 1990 I relocated North County of San Diego in Vista

2006 Le Mobile purchased a permanent home in Carlsbad, CA

The winning combination brought Le Mobile to record multiple Gold and Platinum albums, CD and DVD

Eye on GUY CHARBONNEAU

Industry awards soon followed in recognition of Charbonneau’s long and prestigious career in live remote recordings, production and mixing. Guy has received Mix magazine’s coveted TEC/Technical Excellence & Creativity Award in the category of Outstanding Institutional Achievement, Remote/Location Recording Engineer. He was awarded an Emmy® at the 52nd Annual Creative Arts Awards for his TV productions. Over the years, Guy has developed an unsurpassed style that allows the ambience of a live environment to be recorded without having to re-create it later in a studio environment.With a perspective that spans more than three decades, Guy Charbonneau is uniquely positioned to bring a wealth of hands-on experience to any audio or video production via his Le Mobile production. “Given the complexity of today's multimedia projects,” the seasoned veteran offers with a knowing grin, “I firmly believe in The Team Approach. With many years experience of recording live events around the world we know what it takes to plan, execute and post-produce any type of audio or video event using either our full-equipped truck or state-of-the-art portable systems.”

During the past 35+ years Guy Charbonneau has recorded and mixed productions for a wide range of talent within the music, TV and motion-picture industries. His reputation for clean, pristine sound quality, and his world-renowned experience of working within the music industry, ensures that Guy remains one of pro-audio’s foremost sound engineers. “Our ability to interpret diverse types of music and constantly capture the ambience of a live event,” he concedes, “makes Le Mobile an invaluable asset to any recording project.” In addition to keeping Le Mobile one step ahead of his clients needs, Guy’s passion for recording music remains unparalleled.

Le Mobile’s team approach is evident from recent productions. Guy recorded No Doubt’s Rock Steady tour in Long Beach, CA, and then mixed the project for stereo video and 5.1 DVD release. He did the same for The Pretenders’ Loose in L.A. DVD. For country superstar Kenny Chesney, Le Mobile traveled to Knoxville, TN, for tracking of his Back Where I Come From Party. When the truck returned to its home base in California, Charbonneau handled the stereo mix for a CMT broadcast, as well as premixing for a 5.1 DVD release. He recorded and mixed 12 tracks from the 2007 and 16 tracks from the 2010 Crossroads Music Festival, which featured over 20 of the world’s greatest guitar players. He also recorded/mixed the live recordings of Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Girls Lovers Live, as well as her forthcoming Sweet Escape Live DVD.

Recommendations

“The surround mix is exciting and multi-dimensional, and it sets a standard I wish most concert DVD mixers would follow. The crowd noise in the rear speakers actually sounds as if it was recorded from the back of the hall (rather than at the front, perspective simply mixed to the rear), which truly puts the listener in the center of the auditorium. Then, the ambient mix is EQ’d to bring out the sharp timbres of the guitars, cymbals, and vocals—you actually hear the sounds decay and snap in the back of the room. Crank everything up, and it really seems as if you’re at L.A.’s Wiltern Theatre grooving to the band.”
Michael Molenda, Guitar Players Magazine about the Pretenders Loose In LA DVD


“There is more to Guy then you could ever discover in one sitting... His demeanor, attitude and charisma provide for a most enjoyable experience ... I have not only worked with, but learned and absorbed a great deal in my time spent with him..... I cannot recommend him more.”
”Joel Singer, Lead Engineer, Mix Music Mobile


“Guy is one of the most highly regarded engineers for live tracking and mix down production in the business. He was one of the first to bring the highest end studio gear into the recording process of capturing concert sound. He hand built and outfitted a luxury semi truck to house the studio which maintains functional accustical involvement with a physical comfortablity that blends into genius. He was one of the pioneers to accomplish quality and mobility, and still remain in the upper echelon of audio engineering today. As with great minds and extreme intelligence, he is quirky an eccentric in many ways, and sometimes leaves people scratching their heads, but one can never doubt his professionalism. It's never a boring experience with Guy.”
Becky Wilson, Monitor engineer the Bangles, Rebecca Wilson Productions.


“Guy is one of the finest engineers that has ever worked on my truck. He is with out a doubt one of the top engineers for location recording in the country. Guy's mobile unit "Le Mobile" is also at the top of its field as one of the finest audio truck on the west coast. The term Sonic Integrity best describes Guy.”
Kooster McAllister, Chief Engineer / Owner, Record Plant Remote


"Guy is simply the best audio engineer in the world! I have worked with him for more than 15 years on lots of major projects from New Orleans Jazz Festival to a Gospel recording in San Francisco and everytime his work is simply amazing. He is the best live mixer there is bar none. His recording truck puts out an unbelievable sound and headroom that is second to none. Check out his credits it is literarlly the biggest artist of the past century. What's more amzing to me is that is the nicest guy you will ever want to meet. A true team player with the goal of win-win for all his clients. If you are privileged to work with such a incredible artists you too will know what I mean. Guy is simply the best!”
Carey Goin hired Guy as a Audio Production


“When it comes to capturing live music events Guy is at the top. His work over the years at the Coachella Festival has a reassuring professionalism to both the festival owners and the artist participants with everyone's integrity and expression remaining intact.”
Tom Carolan, Owner, J Rae Entertainment