If you’ve discovered this web page chances are you probably know what I do already, but for those of you who don’t, I’m an electronic music producer and audio engineer. I have been making music professionally for about 25 years and I’ve been involved in many music projects of all types although mostly working with electronic music. I’ve worked as a tutor, engineer and collaborator with many DJs and musicians, working either as a tutor of a group lesson, or as sessions in the studio. Some of the producers I have taught have gone on to write amazing music for some of the world’s best independent labels.
Price:£50 – 2 Hour Session
Sessions can be block booked, or booked as we go, payment is either by direct bank transfer(UK) or PayPal.
Tues – Friday only
Afternoons 4 – 6pm (UK GMT)
Evenings 7 – 9pm (UK GMT)
Check the Calendar HERE
We can work either from a new project, or we can work on something that you’ve started and need help or direction with. We can work on any style of music it doesn’t have to be techno. I’ve made a lot of different styles over the years including Drum & Bass, Hip Hop, Breaks, Rock, Reggae, Ska and of course house and techno. I may not be an expert in every style, but there are many parallels in the production techniques that will help with all styles of music. We can concentrate on software and work “in the box” or we can get onto some hardware and recording. I have set up the studio to be able to deal with most possible situations.
Quite often people get into trouble with simply finishing music, either because they lack the experience to take the track forward or just hit a bit of a creative wall in some way. So far I’ve helped quite a few people out and it’s gone very well, just let me know before the lesson what you’d like to do.
If you want to send me files please use WeTransfer or Dropbox. Please make sure that you have bounced any 3rd party plugins to audio, or frozen the necessary track and that you have have included all the necessary audio files. Use the “Collect All and Save” menu in Live and the “Save As” and consolidate project functions in Logic and make sure you have ticked the relevant boxes for audio to be included. I’ll open the project on my computer, share my screen and we can go through it.
What You Need:
- High-speed internet, preferably on a cable connection, or if not possible decent Wifi.
- The latest version Zoom software installed on a laptop/computer ( Mac or PC ) with a mic & webcam, the mic does not need to be high quality.
- Live 10.1 ( or L11 if you have the beta) or Logic X 10.5
- Headphones. I use Beyerdynamic DT770, they work really well, comfort is really important. Studio monitors will cause echo through the mic.
This will give us all we need for a basic session. It may need a bit more setup depending on your studio, get in touch and we can always work something out. Please test Zoom and settings before your session, also please turn off the background noise cancellation in the audio settings as they interfere with the music, and turn on the advanced audio mode for stereo and high quality audio. For a first session I tend to start with just Zoom audio, and as we progress I set up an HD audio feed from ListenTo.
Working remotely with Zoom
You’ll need to set up a free zoom account, download the software and I’ll invite you to a meeting at the start of the session.
With a little bit of rewiring I’ve managed to set my studio up so I can demonstrate how to use hardware and software and you can hear the results in good quality real-time audio ( internet permitting ), you can ask me questions and I can show you how I would approach the answer. Generally sessions work best if you have an existing project in Ableton Live or Logic X that you can share with me, I can open it and share the screen and we can go over ideas and techniques together.
High Quality Audio:
It is now possible to send HD audio at 192kbps (and higher) using the ListenTo plug in by Audiomovers . Using this I can send you the master output of the DAW and you listen via a link in your browser, we continue to use Zoom for the conversation. It takes a couple of small tweaks at each end to get this working, but it is worth it, we can go over that during the session. it normally only takes about 5-10 mins to set up.
Zoom allows users to record their sessions, I am happy to allow people to do this, however we do have an agreement that it will not be used online or shared in any way. These are private sessions they are aimed to be helpful and educational and fun, but also private and exclusive to you. When using ListenTo it is not possible to record the audio from the DAW as this is outside of the Zoom framework, so I normally suggest using a screen capture instead. MacOS has screen capture built in from High Sierra up. For Windows there are other solutions. If you cannot do this yourself I can use screen capture at my end.
Ableton Live 10 & 11, Logic X
I’m a Beta tester and Crashologist for Ableton Live, I also beta test plugins for Arturia and Plug-In Alliance. My main DAW is Ableton Live 10.1 and spent many years using Logic Audio and now Logic X. I have lots of experience with those DAWs. For any other DAW such as Fruity Loops, Cubase, Bitwig, Luna, Studio One etc. I’m really not an expert at all and I can’t teach those programs as such, but some of the techniques can be cross platform.
Studio Design & Debugging
I have built and rebuilt my own studio several times over the years in different locations and always on a tight budget, I’ve picked up a lot of useful tips and tricks along the way. A studio is never finished! There are always issues that appear and I can help clarify what your next step needs to be if you are thinking of changing things around or building your own studio. Studios need to sound good of course, but there are always logistics to plan and they need to be comfortable if you are going to spend much of your time in there, I can help set a design plan into action to help you get the best out of your gear.
Writing & Arranging
The bottom line is always to get something finished. So why is it so hard to finish a track? It can be all sorts of things, monitoring, bad habits, lack of inspiration, there are so many reasons why we don’t finish projects. I am here to help with some workflow advice and methods I use to get results quickly and hopefully some tricks that get the creative juices flowing.
Drum Programming & Synth Programming
Drums are at the heart of dance music, we can learn how to create great sounding beats using the factory samples & sample packs with your DAW as well as creating more unique sounds and how to add groove and feel to spice up your grooves. I am a Grade 7 trained drummer as well as a programmer so I can really help with grooves.