Not everyone needs a tuba player, but quality engineers are hard to come by too! Work includes engineering on ZAYN's Mind of Mine and Ty Dolla $ign's Beach House 3.
After growing up in Denver, CO and attending the University of Colorado at Denver and earning a B.S. in Recording Arts, I moved to Los Angeles and have been working with multi-platinum and Grammy award winning musicians and producers for the last 5 years. As a staff engineer at the legendary Record Plant Studios I will bring pure professionalism to any project you desire. As an established tracking and mix engineer Alex can get your project to the next step. Budget should never get in the way of a finished project. Contact me and let’s build a relationship and make fantastic music.
Having worked under Grammy award winning mix engineer Dylan Dresdow as an assistant, I know what it takes to make a mix perfect. Creativity and quality is my promise to you. Let's make your next mix have the best bass, or your vocals so intimate that if feels like we are in the same room.
Credits include: Black Eyed Peas, ZAYN, Justin Bieber, Ty Dolla $ign, Sam Smith, Miguel, Tory Lanez, Skrillex, CHVRCHES, and The Vamps, just to name a few.
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Reviews (4)Endorse Alex Layne
Amazing guy - amazing mixer. Had the pleasure of working with Alex on my first single ‘Misery’.
Again he gave me a polished mix and master, he works very fast and I’m super satisfied with the work he does on tracks! Highly recommended!
Very professional and precise work on my track! Quick response and easy to work with, this is the guy!
I've known Alex for almost 3 years now; as a friend, collaborator, and former coworker. Not only is Alex is a talented engineer and capable musician, he's an all around solid guy and hard worker who will bring his best to anything he's a part of. The depth of his musical and technical knowledge will surprise you. Don't hesitate to work with Alex!
Interview with Alex Layne
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital with hardware inserts. Total cop out, but digital is faster and the recall is easier.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to mix and record music daily. I am surrounded by my passion and my passion happens to be my job,
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have a vision of what you want! it's much easier to have a house with the blueprint than trying to just start building it.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is my ability to adapt to the situation fast and make the most out of it.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise that I will always make them happy. We can make that song in to your dream. I am just the facilitator for that.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your sonic vision for the song? What is your reference? I'd like to know what they want so our starting point can be the same. Every song needs that to make the client the happiest.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Sam Ricci for production. An amazingly talented producer.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: SM7b, 1073, 1176, Pro Tools, and a Juno 106.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have a BS in Recording Arts from the University of Colorado at Denver. My middle school band teacher showed the class you could record music in to a computer with Pro Tools Free (yes, this was a thing, and it didn't even have an edit window!) From there, there was no going back and have been recording music ever since.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I let the song dictate how I approach it. If it is an uptempo banger, I get in to it, bring my own energy to the final product. If it's a slow ballad I try and get in to the head of the singer and songwriter. Let the music direct me on where to go.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If it sounds right, it is right.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: As a staff engineer at a world class studio I tend to work on Pop/Top40/Hip-Hop.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I am a classically trained brass player (Tuba and Trombone). I have an ear and eye for detail and work furiously to make sure my finished product it perfect.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I usually start by listening to a rough mix of a song or the stems as they come, along with a reference track from the client to see where they want the mix to go. From there I try to craft the mix the client wants.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Currently running Pro Tools HD Native rig with Antelope converters. My main monitors are Genelec 1031s with other small speakers and headphones for reference.Can never have too many tools at your disposal. I have access to hardware as well, however, that is an additional cost.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am inspired by those that bring a new idea to the mixing process. Dylan Dresdow, Rich Costey, Joe Barresi, and Butch Vig.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I focus on mixing. My philosophy is give the client what they want while adding my own experience to take it to the next level.