Producer, Engineer, Partner and Dad. I’m Alex Caminiti. I grew up in Homer, NY in the 80s and 90s, knew everyone in my class, biked around my town all summer, constantly listened to and played music and had an overall great childhood. I bought my Strat in 1997, my first — and one of the first “prosumer” computer/interface digital recording systems — in 2000 and have spent the years since making music, engineering, producing, mixing and filming.
I named my recording studio “Studio Zoot” after Zoot, the saxophonist in Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem (aka The Muppet Band), the leader and namesake of which was based on Dr. John. Throughout my life I have been fascinated with and inspired by America’s rich creative/musical/artistic culture throughout the past century. Theodore “Dr. Seuss” Geisell, Jim Henson and Shel Silverstein, in my opinion, are three of the most influential humans of my generation due to how they taught children with humor, sarcasm and “over kids heads” adult themes whilst making their art/literature/audio/video engaging and accessible to children and adults alike.
As a kid in the 90s, I thought MTV was the straight up raddest thing ever. Alternative Rock videos, far out animations/claymation and the constant flow of creativity. My mind was blown and it set me on my path of musical and artistic exploration.
AV with VIBE
Vibe: An emotional state or atmosphere felt by others
Listing off services is easy…
- in studio and on location recording
- editing, mixing and mastering
- multi camera live-in-studio and on location performances, interviews and talks/lectures
- extremely produced singles and albums
- pre-production or no production
None of the services Studio Zoot and Alternative AV offer are as important to me as how it is produced
I approach digital AV with an analog mentality
I want to help you produce music and video that is honest,
AV that sounds and looks real
AV that captures your playing, your songs, your ideas and your feelings
And conveys them in a real, human way.
Success, for me, is creating music and video that affects people
AV that can provider the listener/viewer a unique experience of connection
I am steadfast in believing in studio live performance are the best way to capture the basis of music
I believe that a room sound on the drums in any style of music gives the music a visceral sound that connects with people
I hold these truths to be self evident:
less is more
the process is the result
recording in tune instruments/voices sounds more real
than digitally fixing out of tune instruments
Real doesn’t mean better, it just means real.
From my point of view, you don’t have to label a tree as natural…
Yet everything unnatural edible things on grocery shelves are labeled as such.
When AV is experienced by listeners/viewers on an intensely visceral level…
It’s not magic.
Polished (mixed & mastered)
As the old Mercenary Audio T-Shirt and Mug said,
“Engineering — It ain’t rocket surgery”