I make good songs turn into GREAT songs! I've been a tracking and mixing engineer now for over a decade. I have worked at the award winning 512 Studios (Austin Chronicle Industry Awards 2016/18/19) and have a state-of-the-art home studio. Mixing is my specialty and I promise you won't be disappointed when you finish mixing with me. I guarantee it!!
I'm Kevin Abbenante and I've been a lifelong resident of the Austin area. I've been playing and studying drums for over 25 years, and has been performing and touring professionally for the last 13 years. Not only have I been performing for the past 13 years, but I have also been a session drummer on numerous studio albums. I'm currently performs and touring with Kaleider, (http://www.kaleidermusic.com/)The Tequila Rock Revolution.(https://www.tequilarockrevolution.com/) and Dharma Kings (https://www.facebook.com/thedharmakings/).
I earned my Associate Degree in Commercial Music Management from Austin Community College in 2012. I have been working as a professional Audio Engineer for the past ten years predominantly at 512 Studios with Omar Vallejo. I have also done some projects at Evenbreak Productions with Vicki Holmes, and Evil Snail Studios with Kfir and Rom Gov. I currently mixes (and master) out of my state-of-the-art home studio.
Since I have been affiliated with 512 Studios, Evenbreak Productions and Evil Snail Studios, I have helped engineer and mix over 100 albums. I take great pride in the fact that 512 Studios was voted “Best Recording Studio” in Austin for the 2016, 2018 and 2019 Austin Chronicle Music Industry Awards.
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Kevin has done session drumming and live performance of my album Extra Medium due out this summer. Additionally he engineered the studio sessions and has provided mixing and mastering services. Kevin was always on time and prepared! Dude knows how to run a recording session and is a repository of knowledge about recording equipment. He is also an excellent drummer. He nailed many songs in one take. Whether you’re an artist on a budget or have deep pockets, Kevin can scale his services to craft the best version of your musical vision. Highly recommend him.
I recorded an album at 512 Studios last fall, and Kevin did all the engineering, mixing, and mastering. Kevin has a natural ear for balance, and will bring any recording project to life with his expertise! I highly recommend him, and will be recording another album with him again this summer!
I recently recorded 7 racks at 512 Studios here in Austin. Kevin was both sound engineer, as well as, main mixer for my masters. He provided very good technical services, bot more importantly, helped with insights and ideas to help the sound come to life. My tracks are very eclectic..ranging from blues, to country, to jazz/classical material...so it was essential help me navigate the very different soundscapes each track required to ensure their identity was both preserved and , better yet, enhanced.
Working directly and indirectly with Kevin has always been a pleasure. He really gets into the songs and strives to understand it all the way through. Amazing musician that can take musical thought and make it audible. Quick turnarounds on product and an all-around cool dude.
Kevin knows his way around the studio as an engineer, mixer, producer and a musician. He knows video too. Kevin is a killer drummer and the nicest guy you will ever meet. I can’t recommend him enough.
Interview with Kevin Abbenante
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common work I do for clients is to take what has already been tracked and turn that into a nice, clear and cohesive mix. Sometimes I have to remix previously mixed songs and my goal there is to enhance what has already been mixed and improve upon the song.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm very inspired by mixing engineers like Chris Lord-Alge, Eddie Kramer, Joe Chiccarelli and Al Schmitt. Their different styles and approaches to mixing have helped refine my own style of mixing. Drummers that inspire me are Josh Freese, Steve Judd, Luke Williams, Carter Beauford, Tony Royster Jr., Abe Cunningham, Danny Carrey, John Bonham, and many more!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I usually like to get any specific notes from the band as far as mix details they want in each song first. I will then go in and mix the songs by myself to what I envision plus any notes the band wants me to include. Once I do that, I get mix notes and corrections from the band and fix anything that needs to be fixed. I usually like the band to be with me at that point, but emails and Skype calls usually suffice.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I'm really good at making mixes clear and punchy. The way I eq, compress and pan makes everything in the track audible. Nothing gets lost or overshadowed in my mixes.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is making the song sounds the way it needs to after I'm done with the mix. I truly listen and analyze all elements of each song.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on Rock, Hard Rock and Country music. I have in my career worked on a plethora of music styles and am comfortable getting out of my comfort zone. I welcome all genres of music to mix.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Make sure you take the time to capture everything correctly when in the tracking phase. You don't want to try and fix things in the mix. That will only make things harder in the long run.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would really like to work with Deftones. I always have loved the sound of the records and I would absolutely love the opportunity to mix one of their songs!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started and continue to work as a tracking and mixing engineer at 512 Studios in Austin, Texas. I also have my own studio that I do a majority of my mixing out of. I have been a mixing and tracking engineer for about 11 years now.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I usually ask: .What is your timeframe to have everything done? .What is your budget? .What are some records you would like me to reference for sonic quality? .Where were the songs tracked?
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise that you will love the way your album sounds once you get it back from me. It will be professional quality and will compete with any major label recording. I will make sure of that!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both have their advantages and disadvantages. I like to do a hybrid setup between analog and digital to take advantage of what makes each platform great.