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Hey guys, my name is AJ and I'm a 31 year old producer and engineer from Boston. I used to play in a melodic metalcore band as the drummer and was the co-writer and producer for that project. I have been playing guitar for 20 years, drums for 17 years, piano for about 10 years and have been producing/engineering for about 6 years.
I'm hoping to help you all with anything you need, from mixing and mastering any style to producing and bringing your songs to the next level. I can program drums and bass to ensure your low end is tight and gives your track a reliable foundation, or turn your vocal tracks into a euphoric masterpiece. Don't hesitate to reach out, I'd love to talk about what you're looking for.
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3 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse AJ Pacella
It's a real pleasure working with AJ. He's so creative. He tried a couple different things on this song to show his range and creativity. He makes a song pop! Thanks!
AJ did a great job mixing and mastering my song and had great turn around time. Actullay, he did a little producing too (which I loved). He added an effect on my vocals in the bridge that sounds great. He really knows how to level keys just they way I want. Great job AJ. Thanks. I'll use you again 100%
I loved working with AJ. He's super talented, very creative and made my song sound so great. I have a few more songs that need mixing and mastering, so I'm definitely going to work with him again. Do yourself a favor and work with AJ. You won't regret it!
Interview with AJ Pacella
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am especially proud of The Unobstruct album because it’s how I learned everything. I was the producer, co-mixer and co-writer.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently mixing and mastering a 10 song album for a client
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Nope! Would love to meet some people though
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: No comment
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is that you’ll be happy
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like that I can work on my own system that I am comfortable with. So even though all the music is different my process stays the same and that’s special to me.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Let’s just say no one hears what it sounded like before I got my hands on it
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Not much. Just chat them up and get comfortable with talk to each other. Anything else just figures itself out automatically from there.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have a reference track ready, tempo of the song and all of your recordings as clean and lined up to the tempo as you can. I’ll do small edits for free but if it needs more I’ll discuss editing services.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My computer setup haha.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been doing this for almost 7 years and have planned on doing it for almost 20.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is punchy and loud.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would like to work with melodic dubstep artist Au5 because he is simply the god of sound design.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: You can’t polish a turd! Get the source sound right
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on rock and pop/edm.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Definitely my ability to hear problems and fix them. Anything from arrangement to tone and unwanted frequencies.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: 20 years of experienced ears that just don’t stop until it’s perfect.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Sleep, eat, mix, game/listen, eat again, game/listen again, mix forever.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It is basically a gaming rig with multiple speaker setups.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The list is massive but Joey Sturgis, Dave Pensado, Au5 and SeamlessR are a few honorable mentions.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I have spent most of my paid time mixing, editing and mastering songs. I have done plenty of programmed drum work as well, though a lot of it has been for myself.