Alastair McNeill

Record producer / Mixer

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Experienced award winning record producer and mix engineer. I can take your record to the next level, by producing and mixing. Recently winning the 2021 German critics award for Chris Eckman.

Hi-spec studio located in Ljubljana in a 17th century castle with a bar and restaurant. A short walk to the forest or to the center of town, ideally located as a creative getaway or hiring myself remotely.

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

Interview with Alastair McNeill

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

  2. A: The recent album for Chris Eckman, him winning the German critics award was a very nice surprise and the general feedback for the utmost audio quality of this record. I recorded, mixed and produced the record.

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

  4. A: A hip-hop project built on live band improvisations to tape, passing the material from full jams to loops, back to tape, to the computer for arranging for the MC.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Both. Horses for courses and it matters less and less. I've worked on entirely digital generative electronic must to doing everything to tape all the way to vinyl without it touching a computer. All paths are valid and we'll take whichever one suits.

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

  8. A: To give my all

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

  10. A: Freedom, challenges and the creative hurdles to overcome to see an artist shine.

  11. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  12. A: How much do you cost ;)

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

  14. A: I try to be clear and honest, but perhaps that I make a certain genre of music when in-fact i do it all.

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

  16. A: Whats the outcome you desire and what's been stopping you from doing it yourself?

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

  18. A: Write me and we can discuss your needs, we can tailor make any process that suits you. I'll be looking to deliver the highest quality work, but if I can help in one small part of your process it's also fine.

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

  20. A: Laptop, Heaphones, guitar solar panel and Microphone.

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

  22. A: I mixed my first record in 2008 and it was a success, because I'd already researched hard what it takes to make a record. Since then I've worked with many different artists, been on stage, been a pro musician, drummer, bass player, guitarist, synth guy and have the broader picture.

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: Stylish.

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

  26. A: All of them.

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

  28. A: Sure! - Be free!

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

  30. A: No usual, anything from Americana to Techno!

  31. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  32. A: The bigger picture

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

  34. A: Edge and a bold defined aesthetic, emotion and delivery of the songs point.

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

  36. A: There's no typical, the process will define the outcome and I like to design a process that fits the artist and gets the most fun and efficient workflow. Whatever the music needs is what I'll do.

  37. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  38. A: Starts with the acoustically accurate room, choice outboard, nice amps, big modular and unique fx processing from pedals and boutique modular gear.

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

  40. A: Ones that strive to take what we do to the highest professional level.

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

  42. A: An artist wants to make a record, I make that happen, I will typically record, or bring in remote recordings and start to build an aesthetic for the album. I play overdubs and experiment with sound design. I will mix the entire record and arrange mastering to deliver a world class record. I'm comfortable helping with writing and arranging if needs be depending on the artists wishes. I work a lot with vocalists to get the best out of their sound and performance, but equally at home. I do a lot of reamping, sending tracks into real space or through funky gear and pedals to get away from the same old sounds, also entirely comfortable in the digital realm!

Chris Eckman 'Drinking in America'

I was the Producer, mixing engineer, recording engineer in this production

Terms Of Service

50% fee upfront and 50% on completion.

It's possible to work on a day rate, or have an overall project budget.

GenresSounds Like
  • Chris Eckman
  • Richie Hawtin
  • Róisín Murphy
Gear Highlights
  • Bugbrand Modular
  • Elysia outboard
  • HEDD midfield 30's.
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