Meet The Team

Here is the team of volunteers behind Pro Tools Expert.  Although first started by Russ Hughes, the blog is now run by a dedicated team of people in their spare time. Each member of the team brings their own skills and interests to the team. We are all joined by a common aim: to do what we can to help serve and support the worldwide Pro Tools community.


Russ Hughes, Founder and Editor

Russ founded the site in 2008 as a response to those who felt unable to use the AIR virtual instruments. Russ has a background in production, writing and technical support for many top artists; that background spans three decades - yes, he really is old!

‘My passion is to help remove the barriers to creative freedom by equipping users with knowledge so that the technology becomes transparent’. By day, Russ runs a marketing agency that specializes in social media. In his spare time (funny), he enjoys cooking, watching movies and looking after his dog, “Wurly.”


Mike Thornton, Deputy Editor

Mike has worked in the broadcast audio industry for his entire working life, some 35 years.  He has worked with Pro Tools since the mid 90s, growing up with it when it could record 4 tracks on a good day with a following wind! He has been recording, editing and mixing documentaries, comedy and drama for both radio and TV, as well as working the occasional music project.  Adding to all that, Mike has provided 24/7 Pro Tools support for 15 years, as well as being a broadcast audio consultant & trainer.

Regular readers of “Sound On Sound” magazine will also be familiar with Mike’s Pro Tools column.

For Mike, the line between work and hobby is a very fuzzy grey one, but to get away from technology he is building a live steam garden railway and does Codeword puzzles.


Neil Hester, Windows Editor

Neil is a long-time Windows Pro Tools user who works as a Broadcast Engineer at the BBC. He was previously the Research & Development Engineer for Carillon Audio PCs, which were sold through the Turnkey Music Store in London. He also built the machines and offered customer tech support for all kinds of audio software and hardware.

Neil is our Windows guru and will be helping the community with Windows-related Pro Tools queries. Neil has also worked for some of the top Pro Audio stores in the UK as a product sales demonstrator.

In his spare time, Neil has been in several bands and has some other musical projects in the pipeline. He also enjoys tinkering with electronics and builds/modifies vintage audio gear.


James Ivey, Hardware Editor

James Ivey, known to most as Jivey, joined the Pro Tools Expert team to offer help and advice for guitarists using Pro Tools and Eleven Rack. James is widely recognised as one of the leading authorities on Eleven Rack; as a freelance consultant, he travels around the world demonstrating the Eleven Rack at trade shows, dealerships and other events.

However, his skills do not end there.  Jivey is an accomplished drummer and studio owner - with an enviable collection of microphones.


Wolfgang Sussitz, German Editor

Wolfgang hails from Austria but now lives in London; he speaks several languages, including German. Wolfgang produces music and designs sound for new media, games, film, TV and adverts.

He translates the PTE blog and also contributes unique content for our German-speaking audience. Dividing his time between London/UK and his native Austria, Wolfgang also runs a research project focusing on music in episodic television.


Franco Pellegrini, Spanish Editor

Franco translates the PTE blog and provides content and videos for our Spanish- speaking audience. Franco is a songwriter and recording musician born in Lima, Peru. His passion for travel and his curiosity towards all kinds of music has allowed him to meet performers of different styles, merging these influences into his own creations. After living in Europe for several years, Franco has absorbed new experiences, music genres and instruments that made him the musician and lyricist he is today.

Franco’s music has been featured on network and cable television like MTV, the Sportsman Channel and Sony Pictures Television. Franco says that although he enjoys performing, his passion lies in the creative and technical process of sculpting a great song.


Philippe Faucher, French Editor

Philippe lives in Aix-en-Provence, France and runs the blog for our French community members. Having been previously part of the team at Avid, he now works at Webmedialab. 

Philippe enjoys tracking and mixing music for local bands in the south of France and also creates web content for some French companies. Philippe is an Avid-certified Pro Tools Operator and has been training official courses for CMI (the French Avid Pro School).

He wants to share his passion for music creation and music technology with anyone, anywhere and anytime. “Le chemin est le but”.

Adam Vass, Swedish Editor

Stockholm, Sweden and runs the blog for the Swedish community members. Adam works primarily as a director and recording engineer for dubbing but he also mixes alot TV shows. He has been working with clients such as Disney, Sony, Warner, etc. In his “sparetime”, he likes to cook, try new beers and relax with loved ones. 



Denis Kilty, Features Editor

Denis is a graduate of Commerce from University College Dublin and a final year undergraduate of the B.A. in Music production from Windmill Lane Recording Academy / Pulse College. Denis is a freelance music producer, songwriter, mixing engineer and composer for commercial games, TV and film. 

Based out of his private composition studio in south Dublin, Denis spends most of his time ghost writing and producing records with both Irish and international acts (US&UK), more recently moving into the area of computer game music as a focus. His work has been broadcast on RTE, SkyOne, SkyNews, E4, MTV and more, and his original music has been performed in major Irish venues like the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and the National Concert Hall Dublin. You can find more about him at his personal site

Denis enjoys writing features for Pro Tools Expert in his spare time, imparting his experience of not only the composing and writing, but also the business end of the industry. He also, like any true Irish lad, enjoys a good pint on the day off!