About Affinity Recordings

Hi! My name is Daniel Zabolotny, and I founded Affinity Recordings in 2011. Since then, I’ve always made it a point to do more than just push buttons idly. No two bands I’ve worked with sound exactly the same because I don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach— I find the mix that best fits the sound. I’m not afraid to try new things with each mix, whether it’s a different song arrangement, a different vocal approach, or a different guitar tone.

When it comes to tracking, I take a very hands-on approach, helping musicians lay down their ideas and working in new ideas as well. Whether it’s something as simple as adding a small guitar or vocal overlay, or something more complex like rearranging a song, I always try to make bands achieve their maximum potential. My low overhead costs allow me to track everything perfectly, because I’m not rushing to move on to the next band. I pride myself on making bands feel comfortable at my studio, and I always make it a point to have fun when recording.

The same goes for mixing material recorded elsewhere— I always aim to get the best possible sound out of what I receive. Each mix gets built up with the same amount of care that I give my own recordings. Masters are done in a very careful manner as well, making sure that your material retains its unique dynamics while still getting the punch and loudness that is expected from a modern master.

Software/Equipment

  • Mac Pro (8-core, 8gb RAM)
  • Pro Tools 11
  • Pro Tools 10
  • Yamaha HS50 monitors
  • M-Audio Fast Track Ultra 8r
  • AKG K-702 Headphones
  • Audio Technica AT-4040
  • Shure SM7B
  • Melodyne
  • Comfortable house

Instruments available for tracking:

  • ESP LTD H-1001FM: fixed bridge, EMG 81/85 combo.
  • ESP LTD MH-1000ET: Evertune bridge, EMG 81/85 combo.
  • Schecter Blackjack C-1: fixed bridge, Seymour Duncan JB/59 combo.
  • Fender Jazz Bass