Alex Yake // Engineer, Producer, Creative // 10+ Years Experience
Knowledgable in many different sides of the music industry and working professionally since 2012.
Mixing/Mastering: Commercial Music, Instrumental, R&B, Pop, Hip-Hop, Ambient, World Music, Podcast, A/V Post Production
Recording: Instrument, Vocal, Field, Orchestral, Drums, Band, Voice-Over, ADR. Proficient on most
Songwriting: Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop, Electronic Jingles
Live: Concerts, Festivals, Thearter, Speeches, Weddings, Parties, Set-Up, Break Down
I have a Bachelors Degree from Five Towns College (Business w/ Audio) and I have tracked, mixed, mastered various projects for 10+ years. I have worked on multiple songs spreading across different genres in various studios in NY and LA.
I have been working professionally as an engineer since 2010 but started tinkering way before. Some other qualifications consist of Tech and Mixing work at concerts, plays, graduations, or any live sound event. I also grew up as a musician and work on production/songwriting. I also have some experience in post production work and run a promotion company that does a range of live events for different forms of art and culture!
If you are looking for a well versed and experienced engineer then shoot me a call. If you have any questions or want to hear some previous work feel free to contact me!
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
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Interview with Alex Yake
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: - Finishing up a spiritual project (tracking, tuning, aligning, pre mix) - Finishing up a pop project (tracking, tuning, aligning, pre mix) - Mixing 3 hip-hop projects - Writing music (Personal projects etc...)
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How do you like to create? How long have you been recording? What is your style?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Communicate your exact needs and vision, write it down, and don't be afraid to ask questions!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Assuming I have the basics to record etc.. 1. Manley Cardioid Refrence 2, Teltronix LA 2A 3. Neve 1073 4. Maschine MK3 5. Sample Packs, VSTs, and AUs to infinty
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I Always wanted to entertain since grade school. I have been songwriting and producing since High School. I started recording and mixing professionally during my early college years (2010-2012). After 4 Years and numerous classes (Business, Audio, Internships, Music, etc..) I graduated with a Bachelors Degree (2014). I worked as a freelance engineer in various venues and studios in the Long Island/NYC area (2012-2018). Mainly engineering (studio or live) for independent and major level artist in both the studio and stage. I am currently located in Los Angeles CA continuing the dream (2018-Current)
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is laid back but focused. I like to build a real relationship with everyone I work with. If time allows, have good conversation with constant dialog to make sure everyone is feeling good about the project!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Artist: Ray Charles - R.I.P. Why: songwriting and perspective
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: There is no right or wrong, be creative, original, and tasteful with every element of your creation. If you genuinely vibe with your creation, you should be satisfied!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip-Hop, Rap, Pop, R&B, Indie
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: - Translation of artist vision for song/event - Communication - Cleaning/Repairing (Audio)
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: - I speak artist!!! - Musicality over technicality - Music experience (recording, performing, teaching) - All around a relaxed creative/personal experience!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Remote unless recording session
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Studio Mac with various plug-ins including: Waves, Slate, UA, Fab Filter, Sound Toys, Izotope, Auto-Tune, Melodyne, IK Multimedia, Kilohearts, Omnisphere, Komplete, Sylnth, Superior Drummer and more. Mics: Shure SM7B, AKG C-214, SM57, Blue Bluebird Interface: Saffire Pro 40, Scarlette 2i2 Monitoring: KRK VXT4s, Rokit 5s, Sony 7506 MIDI: Native Instruments Maschine MK3, Pre Sonus Faderport Keystation Pro 88, Kork Pad Kontrol External Gear: UA Satellite, Teltronix LA-2A (Printing Only)
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: All the greats. Love to dive in to old school and new school music production theory. In reality I learn the most from the people I work with, my clients, peers, and friends inspire me more then anyone!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Top 5 things I do: 1. Record 2. Mix 3. Live Sound Mixing/Setup 4. Event Production/Planing 5. Music Production