Since 1999, Alex has been involved in countless productions as producer, mixing engineer and programmer.
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Interview with Alex Trecarichi
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mostly, programming and mixing.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Pharrel Williams, Max Martin, Nile Rodgers
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It's HYBRID. Analog, digital, Mac, PC. Everthing works together. Main DAW is ProTools or Logic (it depends on the production I'm working on) with 2 Universal Audio Apollo Quad connected in digital to an Apogee DA16x. Apollo converters are used for analog inserts and sound's summed with an SSL Summing Mixer. The mix is converted with Lavry AD10, recorded at 2X sample rate on ProTools on the PC and played back thru a Lavry DA10. Clock is distributed by an Antelope IsoChrone OCX to get rid of jitter.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I listen to the rough mix of the song (or the album) I have to mix. It's important to understand the idea the artist had. Then I start fixing all technical issues: phase shifts, tuning, editing. My assistant helps me to save time and when the session's ready I start to mix.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Electronic-Pop songs. My clients usually call me to mix pop songs with heavy electronic arrangements
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: To get more punch out of a single instrument, duplicate the track use a linear phase EQ to isolate the band you want to add, squash it with a compressor and add it in parallel.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Fresh, bright, powerful.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I graduated at S.A.E. Milan in 1999 and started working as assistant at Psycho Studio. I became chief engineer in 2001, and in 2003 i became a freelance engineer. In 2011 I opened Monodynamic Studio.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: If I were on a desert island i won't need any gear. I just need my wife, some music and some booze. I'm not that NERD! :P
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: "Your job is not a job"
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: New, fresh, young ones. When you release your first album you can do whatever you like, You have no fans to disappoint, only new people to impress with your ideas and your music.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Keep your sessions clean and name the tracks! I prefer spending my time mixing your track rather than organize it to understand what the hell "UNTITLED TRACK" 1-150 are.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both as long as you know how to use it Some plugins just sound amazing but still can't emulate the hardware 100%, analog is still analog. BTW I still remember me splicing tapes at 3 AM to copy chorus A to chorus B, formatting ADAT Tapes, recording 1 kHz tone on DAT and making vox compos with mute automation and FUCK NO, i won't go back to that era.