Here is the dedicated team of experts who work hard to serve the community.
Mike Thornton 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.
Stephen Fortner is our synth specialist for blog Synth Expert.
With over two decades of experience as a writer for leading music technology publications, Stephen Fortner brings a unique combination of talent, insight and a contact list to die for to the position. He began freelance writing for Keyboard Magazine in 1998, became its full-time Technical Editor at the start of 2006, and its Editor in Chief in early 2009. In that role, he was responsible for all editorial planning (print, website, and social media), staff and freelancer management, budget management, artist relations, and client/advertiser relations. He oversaw two major redesigns of the print magazine and website. He also grew the social media audience to over 100,000 followers, and his extensive relationships help secured monthly interviews with top musical artists. In fall 2015 he stepped into a contributor-only Editor at Large role at Keyboard to launch his own content and communications firm, Fortner Media.
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 Johnson 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.
Julian Rodgers has a background in live sound and has been a Pro Tools user since 2001.
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.
Alan Sallabank 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.
Kevin has been a recording engineer for over 25 years and a musician since he was 11 years old. He's been on the production teams for the top names in music including Kenny G., Quincy Jones, Michael Bolton, George Benson, George Lynch, and more. An experienced educator, Kevin is currently the co-director and instructor at The Blackbird Academy in Nashville. He has taught advanced recording at Belmont University, surround recording and lectured at the Danish Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen, Denmark, and was director and instructor at the Conservatory of Recording Arts for over 10 years. Kevin is also an experienced audio journalist and author who has worked as editors of Pro Audio Review and Audio Media USA, technical editor of the industry-leading Mix Magazine for 15 years, and is the author of The Blackbird Academy Foundations, a book on must-know audio and recording principles.