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.
Mike is known as "Mr RX It" providing training and tips & tricks on iZotope's RX software and is also known as "Mr Loudness" with his popular loudness training resources.
Apple Certified Pro Eli Krantzberg is an internationally known author and music software trainer for Groove3.
His instructional videos have helped demystify music software such as Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Sonar, BFD, Melodyne, and Kontakt for thousands of users all over the world.
Based in Montreal, Canada, Eli is involved in all aspects of audio production. In his studio he works with various artists, as well as on commercial jingles, corporate videos, and original music composition.
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.
Julian Rodgers is deputy editor of Pro Tools Expert and 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.
James Ivey is Technical Editor of Pro Tools Expert and an Audio Professional..... so his car insurance tells him.
James has been playing drums since the tender age of 7, performing his first paid gigs at the age of 8. From that moment on there was no stopping him. His parents brought him is first 4-track tape recorder at the age of 12 which gave him the bug for recording and ever since then he has been collecting and acquiring gear to make his studio and productions the best they can be.
James’ first job in the audio industry was with a pop video production company where he learned what the term deadline really means. Since then he has worked for studio equipment suppliers and installers as well as companies like Sibelius and later Avid.
James or Jivey is officially the teams gear junkie. If it makes a noise and you can play it or record it, he’s interested.
Audrey’s career began as a freelance FOH engineer; a position that afforded her the opportunity to work with a number of Madison area artists such as The Big Payback, Off the Porch, Reloaded, and Yid Vicious. Through her time at Audio for the Arts, Audrey has been recording concerts and performances for clients such as Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra, Madison Chamber Choir, and Perfect Harmony Men’s Chorus. The Big Wild Radio Show, The App Fairy Podcast, TDS, and Wisconsin’s 57 are a few of Audrey’s clients who rely on Audio for the Arts for their voice over and narration recordings.
Audrey’s interest in recording was sparked from her years spent classically training as a Soprano opera singer who tried (unsuccessfully) to record herself. A graduate of Madison Media Institute, Audrey started off as an intern and has filled other roles such as office manager, graphic designer, and accountant before becoming part owner of the studio and one of the chief engineers. In addition to her passion for helping artists realize their dream recordings, she holds a Telly award for music composition. In her spare time, she enjoys working, candlelit dinners, and putting sound effects to animated videos.
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.
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.
Emma is a Freelance Dubbing Mixer, Sound Editor and ADR recordist and has over 10 years experience in post production sound on a variety of projects from mixing documentaries and entertainment shows, short form commercials, short films and animations to ADR recording for dramas and feature films and sound editing experience on a wide variety of projects. Experienced in mixing to R128 and other broadcast specifications as well as providing mixes to both international and national broadcasters.
In her spare time Emma is a mentor with the Media Trust helping to support the next generation of filmmakers and creative talent and I am also on the council of Association of Motion picture Sound Engineers.
Credits include: Vikings, Rebellion, Ripper Street,Frank
Lucy J Mitchell is a freelance Sound Editor and Dubbing Mixer for TV, Film and Computer Games living on the Surrey-London border. Lucy has been working in the Audio Post Production industry for almost 10 years. She works on all genres and all areas of sound editorial; you name it. Lucy has both chaired and been part of panel discussions at BVE and The Media Production Show, and guest lecturer at 6th Form Colleges and Universities.
Lucy started her career at Envy Post Production as a Runner in 2009, whilst there was named one of the Top 30 under 30 in Broadcast Magazine's Broadcast Hotshot feature in 2013, Lucy eventually ventured into the big bad world of freelancing in 2015.
Credits include BBC's 'Top Gear' and 'EastEnders', Amazon Prime's 'The Collection' and National Geographic's 'David Attenborough's Rise of the Animals'.
Paul Started off his musical career as a session guitarist playing for bands like Roachford, McCabe, Artful Dodger. During this period Paul discovered his passion for Music recording/ music technology and producing. Paul is the D of DWB Music Ltd/ DWB MIXING.
Paul’s recent commissions include music for Sesame Studios, Channel 5′s Milkshake strand, CBeebies and the forthcoming Channel 4 series I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS fronted by Alan Carr.
His current CBeebies commission is the forthcoming 26-part series FEELING BETTER which he is co-writing with Ellie Wyatt. His 2017 international series commission is the television show Sleepless.
Chris spent his 20s touring the U.S. in a variety of punk and hardcore bands. In 2011 he moved to New York City, where he shifted gears to recording and mixing.
Most of Chris’ workload has been freelance and rock-based. He also worked as a remote editing and arranging assistant to a commercial composer whose portfolio ranged from brands such as Barclays to Trident.
Self/internet-taught, with an internship at a Grammy Award-winning studio thrown in, Chris now I produces and works out of a commercial studio in Rochester, NY.
Leslie Gaston-Bird (AMPS, MPSE) is a re-recording engineer and sound engineer currently based in Brighton, England. She has an A.S. in audio technology, B.A. in telecommunications and an M.S. in Recording Arts. She worked for National Public Radio at their headquarters in Washington, D.C. as a Broadcast/Recording Technician from 1991-1995 before moving to Colorado to become the Audio Systems Manager at Colorado Public Radio until 2002. During that time she was also the recording engineer for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
In 2002 Leslie transitioned to audio post production, working at Post Modern Company doing soundtrack restoration for films from the Sony/Columbia picture archives. From 2005-2018 she taught at the University of Colorado Denver.
In 2018 Leslie relocated with her family to Brighton, England where she continues to work as a freelance audio engineer.
Her credits include short features and documentaries like “Doc of the Dead”, “Infinity Chamber”, “Klocked” and “A Feral World”.
Andy Cherna is a longtime user of Logic Audio going back to his first bedroom studio with an Atari and Creator 1.1, his studio has since grown to a wonderful multi-room basement facility with tons of outboard gear, much of it DIY. He has also built up a mic and amplifier collection that rivals major studios. He is the owner of Diffusion Audio which is a Canadian musical instrument and recording technologies distributor. His habit of visiting Gerhard every year at NAMM with new requests for Logic’s environment parameters earned him the moniker “sysexguy” which he still uses today as his handle on many gear forums.
Andy’s main instrument is guitar but he is comfortable managing the technologies available in today’s modern recording environment. Logic Pro X is his DAW of choice.
Deryck studied at the Royal Ontario Conservatory of Music in Guelph learning percussion and played in many bands at an early age. He later moved to Toronto to pursue playing live, studio sessions and music production.
He began teaching audio production in 2003 at Harris Institute showing students the latest music production techniques using Logic Pro for the APP2 CAP course which involves various music production, remixing and sound design techniques. Since 2008 his focus has been TV Post Production, Game Audio Production, VO Audio Production and he has gained a lot of knowledge and experience from some of the best companies in North America, eg. S&S Post Productions, Marble Media, Cadesky Dyer Music, Platform Productions and Leader Media.
Deryck’s specialties include producing, remixing, mixing and teaching music production.
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.