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Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences - March 25, 2021

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The meeting started with some small talk, with Alex talking about some of the places he has worked at recently, some of their Covid protocols, and some stories from his college experience at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He then went on to share some of his background and how he got to where he is now, a very successful freelance engineer. He then elaborated on his current focus on tracking, and his desire to transition more to mixing, which would give him a more balanced schedule. We transitioned into talking about some of the Grammy work Alex has done, and he showed us some of the track he worked on from his most recent Grammy win, Beck's "See Through" from his album Hyperspace. He shared some of the best rooms he has tracked in as well - at the top of his list was Studio 2 at Eastwest Recording Studio, which he said is the best room in Los Angels for recording drums!

Alex went on to show us some of his gear, including his favorite plug-ins and a couple of his favorite pieces of hardware. These included Oxford Gate and Waves Q-Clone (great for mimicking EQ curves of other popular plug-ins)! Alex then discussed that networking is the key to success in the audio industry. Your network completely determines your success, as the vast majority of your clients will be referred from people who you've worked with in the past. The night ended with Alex answering a ton of questions, ranging from his favorite albums, to networking tips, to some of his go-to recording techniques. Overall, the section learned so much about how to be successful audio engineers. Alex was so generous with his time and his knowledge - we thank you so much for joining us!

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