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Grammy Award-winning Engineer with multiple #1 Billboard album credits who has worked with artists such as Buddy Guy, Keb’ Mo’, and Joe Walsh.

I’m Zach Allen, a Grammy Award-winning audio engineer, producer, and mixer based out of Nashville, Tennessee. I’ve had the privilege to work on multiple Billboard #1 albums and singles, and have worked in most genres including Americana, Blues, Rock, Pop, and Country.

I think it’s important to really understand what sound clients are looking for when working on their track. I enjoy helping artists bring their creative vision to life and take pride in giving my best to every production I have a part in, whether it is one song or an entire album.

Some of my most recent mixes are posted on here for you to listen to. If you like what you hear and would like to work together, please send me a message with information about the song such as the sound you are going for, and any references or notes you may have for the track.

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Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Zach Allen
  • Keb' Mo'
  • Keb' Mo'
  • Keb' Mo'
  • Ana Popovic
  • Tom Hambridge
  • Buddy Guy
  • Rhonda Vincent
  • Daryle Singletary
  • Justin Masters
  • Quinn Sullivan
  • Quinn Sullivan
  • Keb' Mo'
  • Taj Mahal
  • Johnny Lee
  • Canton Junction
  • Keb' Mo'
  • Keb' Mo'
  • Jennifer Holliday
  • Johnny Mathis
  • Toby Keith
  • Toby Keith
  • Toby Keith
  • Triumphant Quartet
  • Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
  • Gary Allan
  • Natalie Grant
  • Trailer Choir
  • Frank Bey
  • JW-Jones
  • VeggieTales
  • Larry Fleet
  • Larry Fleet
  • JW-Jones
  • JW-Jones
  • JW-Jones
  • Andrew Varner
  • Andrew Varner
  • Andrew Varner
  • Andrew Varner
  • Andrew Varner
  • Zach Allen
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  • Billy K Band
  • Jim Allchin
  • Deborah Allen
  • Kim McAbee
  • Altered Five Blues Band
  • Beyond the Ashes
  • Tempt
  • Creative Soul Artists
  • Creative Soul Artists
  • Creative Soul Artists

1 Reviews

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  1. Review by Eduardo O.
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    I worked with Zach on Nov/2018 and can't thank my intuition enough to have chosen him among so many other engineers in soundbetter.com (it's a really hard task to ask someone you don't know to work on your music).

    Zach answered all my questions with professionalism and dedication. He is a a nice person and an inspiring professional. During the process, Zach even gave me some feedback for the future and went the extra mile to deliver the great work.

    The final result was great and I couldn't be happier. I totally recommend him and will work with him again.

Interview with Zach Allen

  1. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  2. A: Musicality. I was playing guitar and studying music long before I learned what a mic pre is and how to EQ something. At the end of the day it is about triggering emotions with your music.

  3. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  4. A: Make sure your clients are happy.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: For tracking it really just depends what studio I am in. I love tracking on an API legacy like in Blackbird Studio D and Southern Ground, but I also love a good Trident 80B. What those Pres and EQs do to drums is spectacular. For mixing I mix in Pro Tools. Use an Apogee Symphony as my interface. I rely heavily on the UA plugs as well as the Metric Halo Bundle. My vocal chain is a Neve 1073 Channel Strip into a Distressor. Mic Depends on the singer and the type of song.

  7. Q: How would you describe your style?

  8. A: I just try to analyze each client and figure out the best way to make them happy. At the end of the day it's all about customer service.

  9. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  10. A: What are your goals for this song(s)? Tell me about the music? I like to know as much as I can about the music and a person's musical approach going in as that helps me get inside their head and allows me to achieve their vision for their music.

  11. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  12. A: I think the average person doesn't realize the time it takes to make something great in the studio. It definitely doesn't happen overnight.

  13. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  14. A: I work on music for a living. Enough said.

  15. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  16. A: 110% effort every time to make sure they are always satisfied.

  17. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  18. A: My all time favorite is The Beatles. However, since I listen to music all day everyday it has become harder and harder to continue to seek new music out. I prefer to keep all of my musical heroes at an arms length to keep the nostalgia in tact. To answer the question though, the next big thing, whoever that may be.

  19. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  20. A: I graduated from Full Sail University in 2007 and moved to Nashville immediately afterwards. I spent about 8 months doing various internships until I landed one at the World Famous Tracking Room in Nashville. A few months later I started assisting sessions and just built my way up from there learning everything I could from the Pros that would come in. I spent 6 years on staff, 4 as the Head Engineer and Studio Manager, before I went freelance in early 2014. I now do the majority of my tracking out of CTM on Music Row.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: That's kind of a weird question as desert islands generally don't have any power. :) A Pro Tools Rig, Neve 1073 Pre/EQ, Distressor, an SM7, and a good guitar.

  23. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  24. A: Answering all of these questions. :)

  25. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  26. A: Hire me, I promise you will be happy. If during the course of working on your song(s), I feel that something in the production or mix could be improved, I am never afraid to bring it up. I treat everyone's song that I work on like my own. That being said I don't submit work to my clients until I AM 100% happy with it.

  27. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  28. A: The beautiful thing about my job is that each day brings a new challenge. One day I could be tracking a band of session musicians from Nashville, the next day I could be programming a pop song, and the next day I could be tuning vocals, tracking horns, etc. Keeping my work fresh allows me to have plenty of energy and passion for each job I am assigned.

  29. Q: What's your typical work process?

  30. A: I always analyze the client I am working for and try to work at their preferred pace, not mine. I have tracked as many as 38 Nashville Demos in a day with a great session band, but I have also gone the other extreme spending 2 hours getting a vocal sound. The more versatile you can be, the more people who will feel comfortable putting their music in your hands.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: I really have done everything from Pop, Rock, Blues, Hip Hop, Southern Gospel, but being in Nashville, I have spent the most time working on Country.

  33. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  34. A: Depends on what you are going for. If you want it to sound more vintage, and if you are able to perform without the help of Pro Tools, go analog. If you want the max amount of flexibility, options, and ability for quick easy recall along with a more modern sound, go digital.

  35. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  36. A: In the past year I was the Recording Engineer on Keb' Mo's album "Oklahoma" that was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Americana Album category. I also recorded Kingfish's self titled album and Jontavious Willis "Spectacular Class" both of which were nominated for Grammys in the Best Traditional Blues Category.

  37. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  38. A: Here lately I've been listening to a lot of Jason Isbell, The War On Drugs, Bruno Mars, and The Black Pumas but also a ton of older stuff. My favorites are The Beatles, Tom Petty, Anything Motown, Pearl Jam and all the grunge bands of the early 90s, Michael Jackson, ok honestly I'm a complete music nerd and like just about anything. Some of my favorite Producers and Engineers are Rick Rubin, Brenden O'Brien, Quincy Jones, Dr. Dre, and a couple of current guys are Shawn Everett and Dave Cobb. I absolutely love what he they are doing.

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Mix will be completed within 7 days unless otherwise noted. Each mix includes up to 3 revisions. Additional revisions, high track count, or excessive editing may have an extra charge.

GenresSounds Like
  • Keb' Mo'
  • Chris Stapleton
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Gear Highlights
  • Neve Portico 2 Master Buss Processor
  • Neve 1073
  • Distressor
  • Apollo x6
  • Every Plug-In known to man
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  • THREE ALBUMS NOMINATED AT THE 62ND GRAMMY AWARDSNov 27, 2019

    Three albums that Zach recorded received a nomination for this year's Grammy Awards. They include “Oklahoma” by Keb’ Mo’ in the Best Americana Album category, as well as “Kingfish” by Kingfish and “Spectacular Class” by Jontavious Willis both in the Best Traditional Blues Album category. Zach has now received five total Grammy nominations.