Creating an audio mix that is pleasing to listeners is a true art form. The manipulation of the source signals' level, dynamics, and panoramic position, and the addition of effects such as reverb and delay, can have a huge impact on the overall feel of a song.
The Art of Mixing explores the many creative and technical considerations necessary to mix in today's music production environment, regardless of platform or format. This course teaches the different steps of the mixing process, including equalization, panning, dynamic processing (compressors, gates, expanders, and limiters), reverb and delays, as well as automation techniques and practical examples. The techniques presented apply to any Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), or digital or analog console.
1986–PRESENT: Recording Engineer & Producer
My work through the years covers a broad spectrum of musical styles from jazz and classical to hip hop and rock on all levels of the production process including tracking, editing, mixing and mastering. In addition, radio and audio production for film including surround mixing.
1990–PRESENT: Independent Consultant and Technical Engineer
I have contracted consulting and technical engineering services to Solid State Logic, the largest manufacturer of professional audio recording consoles, including installations and training for the most prestigious studios in the United States including The Hit Factory NY, Criteria studios, Right Track Recording, Electric Lady, Sony Studios, NBC NY and private recording studios for Whitney Houston, Reba McEntire and Mutt Lange.
I currently provide professional consulting for the design/redesign of private and commercial studios including acoustic treatments, equipment purchases, technical/practical training and streamlined workflow for composers, producers and artists to facilitate maximum potential.
2001–2010: Teacher at SAE Institute in NYC
Using my experience as a full-time working professional producer and recording engineer in the music industry, I was able to teach from a place of experience. The experience of teaching has helped me gain a deeper understanding of the art of engineering and how to convey that knowledge to others. Continuing to record and produce music independently allowed me to relate the most current trends in the music industry into the classroom environment. I gained certification as a teacher in the State of New York in 2003.
2006: Author of Editing Audio In Pro Tools
Authored a book entitled “Editing Audio in Pro Tools” published and distributed by Thomson Publishing © 2006. This book is an interactive guide to the art of editing audio for music production. By using real Pro Tools sessions that the user can load into their computer, the examples allow a direct interaction from book to computer for learning the methods and editing features of Pro Tools software.
2002–2004: Music Supervisor for Poitier Productions
Music Supervisor for Poitier Productions Inc. Worked on the independent film production of ‘The River Niger’ a Tony award winning Broadway play written by Joseph A. Walker. Conceptualized, developed and produced the entire music production process from budgeting to the licensing of songs and background music used in the movie.
2000–2003: Engineer for OLN Radio on the Sirius Satellite Radio Network
Recording engineer and producer for “Adventure Center”, a live call-in radio show dedicated to extreme sports recorded at the Sirius Satellite Radio studios in New York City. Post-production engineer for all shows on OLN Radio including the recording and production of promotional ads for OLN TV and the live radio production of the 2003 ‘Tour de France’.
1989–1993: Staff Engineer Electric Lady Studios
Electric Lady was a springboard for me into the world of full time independent audio engineering. The clients, connections and lessons learned here have served me throughout my career. At Electric Lady Studios, I learned the importance of vibe, personality and professionalism to enhance the technical side of engineering.
1986–1989: Staff Engineer Right Track Recording
Right Track Recording was a hidden gem in the realm of world class recording studios in NYC. This was my first real recording studio job and guided me from internship to becoming a staff engineer. The lessons learned here were from some of the best music producers and engineers in the world. The base of technical knowledge and professionalism in the art of engineering I learned here, from staff and clients, was invaluable.
1982–1986: Berklee College of Music Boston, MA
B.M., Music Production and Engineering