Mike is Editor of Pro Tools Expert and has been working in the broadcast audio industry for all his working life, some 35 years as a broadcast engineer at Marconi and then Piccadilly Radio & Key 103. He has been an OB engineer for Piccadilly Radio and then with his own sound OB truck Omnibuss Mobile.
He has worked with Pro Tools since the mid 90s growing up with it when it was 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 doing the occasional music project.
Regular readers of Sound on Sound will also be familiar with Mike’s Pro Tools column and Mike is also known as "Mr RX It" providing training and tips & tricks on iZotope's RX software and is becoming "Mr Loudness" with his popular loudness training resources.
Dan Cooper is Deputy Editor of Pro Tools Expert and is a London based Multi Instrumentalist, Arranger, Music Producer and Mixer who is also a graduate from The BRIT School Of Performing Arts. He has worked with countless musicians and songwriters across London and Kent from his studio at the end of his garden. Dan and his wife Georgie are a songwriting duo called GeorgieDAN.
Dan was born with Nystagmus, a condition that means he is partially sighted.
James Ivey is Technical Editor of Pro Tools Expert and an Audio Professional..... so his car insurance tells him.
If it makes a noise and you can record it then he is interested. James loves working with both new and experienced artists to produce, record and mix their work to the best it can be.
Eric first worked in multitrack audio recording in the 1970s and added video in the 1980s. He went on to operate a commercial studio in the 1980s. In the 1990s Eric shifted his focus to a career in IT. Eric has been using Pro Tools since purchasing a Digi 001 in 2000.
Several years later he traded that in for a Digi 002 Console. Now a proud owner of an Apollo Quad, an Eleven Rack, Focusrite OctoPre Dynamic and a modest collection of other gear.
These days his primary business is small scale video production but he still enjoys producing music.
A Pro Tools user since 2001 Julian has a background in live sound.
He has been working in education since 2006, during which time he has introduced many new users to Pro Tools. He is a Certified Pro Tools Instructor and is very familiar with the mistakes and misconceptions common to new users.
He plays piano, bass and guitar equally badly and is an avid collector of microphones and keyboard shortcuts.
Julian is our Audio Over IP specialist and as a result has learnt a whole new vocabulary of network terms and slang.
Paul Drew is a Producer/ Mixer/ Songwriter.
Paul is One third of DWB Music Ltd, who work out of studios in Surrey UK.
DWB and their writers have written, recorded and mixed music for various artist all over the world and sold in excess of 50 million records.
Alan started in Bristol, at Video Village, Bristol Post and BBC Bristol, and was lucky enough to work on some major productions, including with Aardman Animation and the BBC Natural History Unit.
Over the years Alan has been a dubbing editor, Foley / ADR recordist, rerecording mixer, sound supervisor, head of audio, technical director and now he runs his own company 8dB Sound Limited. He sat on the BSi committee that set up the LEQ(m) standard for theatrical commercials and trailers, and was for some time on the AMPS Council.
Alan has specialised in surround sound and digital audio, starting with Steinberg Pro12, AudioFile, Pyramix, Sadie, Akai, Waveframe, Sound Station and ProTools. He did his first Dolby Surround mix in 1993, and his first 5.1 mix in 1997.
Russ Hughes began his career in the music industry in the 1980s as a MIDI, synth and sampler programmer for many top bands, he went on to work in production as well as writing and is still happily getting royalty cheques a couple of times a year.
He started using Pro Tools 15 years ago and has been a passionate about helping others to get the best from it with this blog.
He founded the blog in 2008 and spent several years working hard to grow the largest independent Pro Tools community in the world.
Since then he has helped others to start and grow Logic Pro Expert, Ableton Live Expert, Reason Expert and more recently Studio One Expert. He is now Managing Editor of the entire group under the umbrella of Production Expert.