Your music deserves to sound its very best and I am committed to helping you achieve your sonic goals in an open, detailed, and creative way.
My name is Alex, and I've been professionally recording, mixing and producing music for about 10 years. Based in Boston, I primarily work out of my recording studio The Bridge Sound and Stage, where I have an analog/digital hybrid setup for both recording and mixing. A detailed list of available equipment can be found on our website, and I'm more than happy to answer any gear related questions you may have!
I have an extremely diverse background in music both as a player and as a producer, but my strengths lie within bringing out edge, ambience and creative modulation in whatever I may be working on. I like to experiment with pedals and amps while mixing, I like to use hidden under layers to help drive dynamics, and I like to incorporate sound unique sound design when applicable. I alsoI love making things feel larger than life, dynamics, space, and I always offer a distinctive creative approach to whatever I'm working on, but what is ultimately most important to me is that your creative vision is realized.
While each project is different and has it's own special needs, everything I work on receives an expert level attention to detail, a unique artistic artistic approach, and an unwavering commitment to your own creative goals, whatever they may be.
Reach out and ask me anything, I look forward to hearing more about your art!
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Alex is the best, most professional mixer you could ask for. I've worked with Alex for over 7 years at this point. I met him while playing on a session for which I was very unprepared. But when I heard the final mixes from that day, Alex had stitched my takes together into an entirely new, very much improved part. We've made several records since, and he knows how to unlock the potential in any performance or sound, and how to do it with absolute precision and professionalism. No matter how good you are, he'll make you sound much better. A consummate professional, and a wonderful person.
Interview with Alex Allinson
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill would have to be my attention to detail. No stone is ever left unturned.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm especially proud of The Rupert Selections first EP "Baseball Practice," Which I produced, recorded and mixed. This was my first time working with them, and I have made several records with them since, but working on this EP was a special process that allowed my creative voice to truly shine.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: When delivering files to be remotely mixed, try to be as organized as possible. Having things labeled and organized in a cohesive manner can save more time for creative decisions.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: While I feel comfortable bringing a focused and unique perspective to any genre of music, my personal tastes typically lie with big, heavy and/or ambient arrangements.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a focused, unique and creative voice to each song that I work on. I like to explore, get my hands dirty and shake things up often.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to connect with artists first and get to know where their tastes lie, what some of their previous musical experiences were like, and what their overall sonic goals are. After understanding what the artists hopes to achieve and files have been delivered/organized, I usually take an overall levels and broad stroke approach to a mix to help all of the elements sit with each other. After that, I circle back around to spend time on any creative fine strokes I wish to incorporate.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My DAW of choice is Pro Tools, and my mixing setup incorporates a wide range of both analog gear and digital software. I love using analog compressors, particularly Distressors on drums, and my GML 8200 usually finds its way on to most mixes, but I have an extensive library of digital plug ins that I use as well. My workflow is flexible because each song that I work on is unique, and each mix should be distinctive of what the overarching sonic goal is.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Some of my favorite engineers and producers are Matt Bayles, Will Putney and Kurt Ballou. I love how all three manage to have huge, modern, powerful sounding mixes, while still retaining an organic feel.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently I'm mixing down a few records to start the year, but have some exciting new records that are in the pre production phase and are slated to start up late winter/early spring!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Ryan Lucht, whom I've worked with on a few different projects, is a good friend, talented individual, and I would definitely recommend him.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I work with an analog/digital hybrid setup! Both worlds have tremendous amounts to offer a workflow, and I've cherry picked different parts that work best for me!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My job is never done until your creative vision is 100% realized, regardless of any extra work that may be necessary.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: My favorite part about my job is how every day is different from the last. Some days I'll be in the studio mixing a record by myself, while others I'll have a full band here tracking all together. Also, I work with so many different genres my creative ear is constantly changing and staying fresh.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What have you been listening to lately?
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Excluding my mac or Pro Tools, I would take my Electrovoice RE20, LA2A, Empress reverb pedal, GML 8200 EQ, and an Empirical Labs Distressor.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I figured out that I loved recording and mixing music while tracking my high school band in my parents basement. Our set up was laughable, and none of the recordings sounded good, but I was more excited to tinker in the studio than I was to write or perform. After studying audio production at Boston University, I interned in various Boston based recording studios while freelancing in and around the city. While building my personal client portfolio I began working my way up the engineering ladder at a recording studio called The Bridge Sound and Stage, eventually becoming a co owner and chief engineer.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I like to take an aggressive approach to all of my mixes. That doesn't necessarily mean immediately slather distortion on every track and squash dynamics (although that can be fun), but what I mean by that is I set out really shake things up creatively and shape songs in an aggressive way. I'm not afraid to use heavy handed approaches to generate unique musical results.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Never lose sight of the overarching creative vision. It's easy to get wrapped up in an individual aspect of a mix, but in the end it's more important to focus on the entirety of a composition as a whole.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: While I offer a wide array of audio production services, I most commonly record and mix records.