"A good mix will be heard, but a great mix will be felt." ~ @MIXEDBYZIPTYE
Born in Delaware, Zachary is an incredibly gifted musician with inherent dedication and passion for the music industry. Zachary is currently finishing up his senior year at Berklee College of Music in Boston,MA where he studies Music Production and Engineering (MP&E).
Zachary is an in-demand mixing engineer who specializes in Top 40 Pop and R&B music. Most clients approach Zachary for his brilliant ear and unique ability to bring ordinary mixes up to commercially satisfactory sounding records through the use of various pieces of outboard gear and plugins. Zachary's perfectionism and organization in his mixes allow him to work quickly and accurately, all while maintaining the emotional impact of the record.
Credits: Julia Thompson, Salem, NINA, Rozie Baker, & LIYA, to name a few.
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Interview with Zachary Pennington
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Oh gosh. This question always trips me up because why not have the best of both worlds? If I must pick, I would have to go with Digital. Technology is getting better and better, especially concerning the plugins that resemble actual outboard gear. Universal Audio is up to something amazing and their plugins sound like the real deal. Also, being "in the box" allows me to be flexible and mobile.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise to clients is to deliver a mix that is sonically sound, rich, full, and deliver a song that the client is excited about.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like that I get to be creative in my mixes and create a sonic signature that is my own.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Neve 1073, Apollo 8P, Sony C800G, Pro Tools, and a UAD Octo Satellite.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't stick to the "norm" and start thinking outside of the box. Play with FX, sounds, and make stuff sound DIFFERENT. This is what I do in all of my mixes because there is no "rule" book that I must adhere to. Play around and find what makes you unique.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop and R&B
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work I do now is mixing and mastering. I used to a bunch of production work as well but I discovered my true talent in mixing rather than producing.