Grammy Nominated & Dove Award winning Chief Engineer at Sound Kitchen Studios in Nashville, TN.
I’m the Chief Engineer at Sound Kitchen Studios in Nashville, TN. I’ve recorded and mixed all types of artists and bands. From multi-award winning acts, to first time, independent, singer songwriters. I offer a very competitive rate for a professional, radio ready product. I’m extremely flexible and always have the ultimate goal of doing whatever it takes to make my client happy.
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Interview with Alex Maglione
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My client will be happy with their final product and the experience they had getting it there.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to live my childhood dream everyday. My Job doesn't feel like a job. I get to make music everyday.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: If the project isn't ready for whatever the next step is, don't force it to the next step... Especially when the you are working on a top level. I don't want a client waisting their money and time.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Neumann U47, Neve 1073, Tannoy SM-10 Gold Speakers, DBX 160VU, API 550b.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I was brought up in a family where my mom and dad were in radio and TV. I obviously fell in love with the audio side. My first job was running a board at WJOY-AM. After high school I went to Full Sail University and graduated salutatorian of my class. From there I came to Nashville to start my career. I'm in my 5th year of working professionally in music.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is organic. Staying true to the vocal or instrument I'm mixing or recording. I don't want to make something sound like something it's not or try to get something out of it that isn't there to begin with.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Dave Matthews Band. Their music is so organic and my style is exactly that, plus they are my favorite band!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: FILE MANAGEMENT. With out proper file management organization and working quickly is impossible.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: All types. Nashville is no longer just country. People come here from all over to make music. I work on Rock, Pop, Country, Gospel, R&B, Classical, and Big Band.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is my ability to hear whats "right" from "wrong". I grew up with a radio background so I have an ear for what the consumer likes to hear and what has "hit potential".
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A full quality sound. I take pride in and pay a ton of attention to what needs to be pronounced in each instrument or vocal.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I am the Chief Engineer at the renowned Sound Kitchen Studios in Franklin, TN, which is home to an SSL 4000G+ and an 80-channel API Legacy Plus. We also have an expansive mic locker with all of the industry standards plus vintage Neumann, Telefunken, and AKG tube microphones.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm inspired by some of the men and women I share common ground with who are achieving their goals and also making their dreams come true. Some of the engineers that inspire me went to the same university I went to, Full Sail University. Awarded Engineers like Leslie Brathwaite (Pharrell, Beyonce, Jay-Z) and Jordan "DJ Swivel" Young (Chainsmokers, Beyonce, Jay Sean).
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I record and mix full-length multitrack albums. That process includes everything from microphone and gear selection all the way through the final mix.