Alex is a Grammy®-nominated and award-winning producer, engineer and musician, whose scope of work encompasses a variety of genres from musical theater to heavy metal. Having worked with both industry giants, as well as independent artists, Alex's musicality, experience and passion reflects in every project he takes on.
I own a commercial recording studio in Brewster, NY. Having worked with a wide variety of artists, composers and songwriters, from world-renowned to independent, I approach each project with a high degree of care and dedication, no matter what the status of the artist is - a seasoned professional or someone working on their first release. My services include:
Production, Recording, Editing, Mixing, Arrangement, Musical Direction, Programming, Keyboards, Guitars, Music Business Consulting.
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12 Reviews - 3 Repeat ClientsEndorse Alex Salzman
Alex listens to artist's need and vision and does his best to satisfy them. A great communicator, a skilled mix engineer, and an overall nice guy!
Want to succeed? Use Alex. Mr. Salzman is the consummate pro - bringing way more magic and musicianship to any project. My highest recommendation? Alex now has a client for life. I will use him again and again.
Alex was just what I was looking for. He knows when to play and what to play. Will use again for sure! Total pro.
I've worked with Alexon several projects now and in each instance, he delivered a result that exceeded my expectations and even hopes! Alex is very communicative, responsive, budget and timeline sensitive, and - most importantly - quality oriented!
I highly recommend Alex and look forward to working with him again!
Once again Alex did a great job lining up a perfect vocalist and delivering a song that meets all my expectations. If you're looking for great work look no further than Alex!
Once again Alex did a great job with my song. He was able to line up a top-notch vocalist and master the final product to perfection. Am looking forward to working once again with Alex in the very near future.
Alex did a great job with my song. He was able to secure a wonderful singer who knocked it out of the park, and the mixing was perfect. He exceeded my expectations, and I look forward to working with Alex in the coming months.
Alex is gret to work with! He's professional and gets your mix to you fairly quickly. He takes your ideas and makes the end product really shine. He's a genius.
Alex was extremely professional, courteous, and helpful!
His work was top notch - from finding the right talent, to offering different ways to go about the project, and finally to delivering a grade A product in a timely fashion. I WILL work with Alex again and highly recommend you do too!
He somehow magically knows what I want to hear in a track. He is totally a pro in realizing the vision you see in a song. Such a great honor to work with him on my project. Highly recommended!
Working in the studio with Alex was such a great experience! With Alex you not only get a great engineer and producer, but a top notch musician and arranger…a seamless flow from basic track to finished mix, he gets five stars from me!
Alex really is incredible. He is talented on so many levels. I have never met someone that talented, ever…If you listen to the songs carefully you can hear a bunch of instruments coming in and out. That’s where Alex really shone through, getting the arrangement together so it made sense. He’s just a genius when it comes to that.
Interview with Alex Salzman
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I listen to a variety of music and often find my inspirations from many different musicians. My favorite productions come from giants like George Martin, Quincy Jones, Mutt Lange, etc. I also enjoy and respect work from modern producers like Greg Wells.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a commercial studio that features a large tracking room (25X30X30) and two iso-booths. It is nicely equipped with gear such as Avid ProTools HD, Aurora Lynx converters, K&H, Yamaha and Avantone monitors, preamps and outboard from Avalon, Vintech, Manley, Universal Audio, ADK, Ward Beck, TFPro and Audient, microphones from Neumann, AKG, Shure and ADK, etc. My large amp collection includes Marshall, Fender, Buddha, Soldano, Peavey, Backstair, VHT and Roland. The studio also features a grand piano.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Communication with the client is of the outmost importance to me. Being able to fulfill the artist's vision whether as a producer, arranger or mixer requires mutual understanding of what the artist wants to accomplish with his or hers music. After the direction is established I proceed to put the pieces together in pre-production, then record the basic tracks, vocals and overdubs. I prefer to do that consecutively, preferably without a lengthy break in between. Then I usually like to take a step back before mixing to re-evaluate and then proceed to mix.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring perspective and interpretation that the artist may not be aware of. It is very often artists get too close to their music and cannot hear outside the box that they maybe in. That's the main reason one needs a producer.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I have an ability to take a rough demo and often "under-written" song and through my musical and technical interpretation make it appealable to the listening audience.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work mainly on rock, pop, blues and jazz, although I have also produced new age and classical projects.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Pre-production is integral to a successful project.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Dave Grohl. I am not necessarily a big fan of Foo Fighters or Nirvana, but I think he's one of the most creative rock musicians these days and he's incredibly passionate about what he does, which I share with him greatly.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I am a classically-trained musician. I got into engineering and production when a band I was in got signed to Geffen and was given a budget to buy gear and record song demos. After two albums the band broke up but I continued on the production path recording local bands and artists. As my expertise and chops got better, I started getting better gigs. I've been playing music since I was 7 and producing for the last 25 years.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A piano (with a tuning hammer), an acoustic guitar, a Shure SM-57, an interface and a laptop...wait....is there power on this desert island? ;-)
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be passionate about what you do. Believe in yourself and your music. Try to convey a message in your songs.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Producers are people that make beats.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Are you available on these dates? Yes!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Creative collaboration and forging musical and personal friendships. Nothing gets me more excited than being able to listen to the final product and compare it to the original demo to see how far a song has come.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The bulk of my work is full production - from basic demos to a finished mastered product. I do, however, often work as a recording/editing/mixing engineer, arranger and/or instrumentalist.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What goal are you trying to achieve with your music? What artists inspire you? What other artists would you want your music to be compared to?
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Passionate and edgy. I find that music without passion is "muzak" and is not worth being heard. Even in my new age productions I find a way to add an edge to invoke a feeling, which is what music is meant to do.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will treat you and your music with the outmost respect and care, doesn't matter if you are an established artist or you are doing your first recording, as long as you treat me the same way. I will deliver a top-notch product possible and use all my skills to achieve that. I will never say "no" to any of your ideas without considering them.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I just finished proofing masters for the upcoming Ace Frehley release "Origins, Vol.1"
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. The sound of digital has come a long way since I started using the original "Sound Tools" back in the early 90's. The availability of incredible tools and ability to edit and try different things on the fly is second to none. With that said, I do sometimes mix though an analog console if budget allows for it, but even that has become almost unnecessary, as the analog tape and console emulations have become almost indistinguishable.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I have recently produced an album for a new artist "Ingersol". She is a supremely talented singer/songwriter from Philadelphia. She brought me about 45 songs to choose from for her debut release, which we narrowed down to 12. This album represents to me a perfect musical collaboration, she was joy to work with and did not blindly agree to all my ideas, as well as brought many of her own to the table. We spent three weeks in pre-production, writing and re-writing parts, lyrics and arrangements, trying new ideas, working on tempos, etc. Since she had a nice budget, I was able to bring in my favorite New York musicians to play on it. Really a perfect album all-around.