I'm a producer and engineer based in NYC with 10+ years of experience, in both DIY and large-scale studio settings. I specialize in synth and guitar-based dream pop and indie rock, although I work on R&B and electronic projects quite often too.
Depending on what you're looking for, I can co-write, arrange, record, and/or mix your music. I can also do processing and effects treatments - ie run your existing multitracks through outboard compressors, tape echos - or more specific work like editing, pitching, vocal comping, etc.
I usually work in Ableton Live or Logic Pro, though I’m familiar with both analog workflows and recording to tape. When I'm producing, I mostly play guitar, drums and keyboards. I often find myself working on projects where I have to produce the whole arrangement myself, so I've spent a lot of the last few years building a deep library of samples and software instruments.
Reach out to show me what you’re working on--I’d love to talk through how I can help.
Some highlights of my recent work:
* in 2019 I oversaw audio production for the David Bowie Is retrospective AR mobile app
* I graduated magna cum laude from NYU Tisch's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music , and worked there as a studio assistant for 2 years.
* my music has 1.5 million+ streams on Spotify, in November a song I produced for came out on Sub Pop records, received press coverage from Pitchfork, Stereogum, DIY Mag, Paste etc
* I’ve composed music, ambiences, and mnemonics for Maison Margiela, Virgin, Spotify and HBO
* I have a home studio in NYC where I can do 20-channel tracking and mixing
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
13 Reviews - 2 Repeat ClientsEndorse Alex MacKay
Great experience working with Alex! He communicates well, was easy to work with, and has great ideas. Hit all the revisions I asked for, never made me feel rushed, and sent off stems and files in a well-organized way. I'm very glad we worked together!
Alex is a very talented producer and makes fresh, inventive sounding tracks. He produced a track I'd written and took it somewhere I wouldn't have thought to go. I recommend working with him highly.
Alex is a fantastic person, and a great musician! He takes very good care of the artist's needs as a producer. He listens and replies thoroughly, his experience lets him easily come up with solid solutions and proper direction of the song. Communication was excellent and the whole process was great, will definitely work with him again!
This is my second time working with Alex and as always, I can't be more happy than what he delivered. He's now my go to guy whenever I have a special song that I need good production on!
Alex is an amazing songwriter musician and overall a super kind person, it was my first time finding collaborators on Soundbetter & as soon as I heard his sample I instantly felt in love with his sounds & contacted him with no hesitation. Alex offered lots of great interesting ideas & advice on my song & we had good constant communication throughout. I was extremely happy with our final product, and I hope I'll be able to work with him again soon! Thank you Alex!
Alex is like Bob Ross.. but instead of colours, he's mixing sounds in a way that makes my music shine and breath.
Happy little details everywhere.
I'm so glad i've found him through this website.
Alex Did a Great Job. Great to work with!
It's super nice to work with Alex, he understands what you are looking for and works hard for it. Thanks!
I'm really happy how Alex understood what Sound i'm searching for. He helped me out with his creativity and production skills and made the Song sound amazing.
It's really a pleasure working with Alex. Super easy to communicate with and he perfectly actualized my sonic imagination. Can't wait to work on more songs together.
Alex is very creative, kind and professional! He did a really good and high quality production. I’ll be working again with him in new projects very soon. Highly recommended.
Alex has mixed 4 EPs of mine and I've already locked him down to mix my 5th, 6th, and 7th: @mutedcircus
Not only does he know how to use his tools -- which is critical -- but he communicates well, can clearly explain what he's doing and why, and even gives guidance on how I can do better next time.
He also has a fantastic set of ears. Which means he can hear things closer to how they actually sound, not how we wish they would sound. And that, my friends, is why we use mixing engineers at all and specifically why I use Alex :-)
alex is a long time collaborative partner of mine. i have nothin' but respect for his methods & the integrity he brings to his work. dude really cares about producing quality music and ensuring good vibes throughout the process