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This is where I'll announce the most recent additions to my web site and what I've been up to. If you've visited here before and want to know what's changed, take a look here first.

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2017
May onwards Editing and mixing with Max Shire on some film music that he has written.
February to July Mastering tracks for Brandin to go into a new film "Salt City". He is working on the soundtrack while making the film. These are being drip fed to me over time as they come ready. The film is due for release late summer 2017.
January to April Completing Paul Raymond's latest album which may come out later this year
January onwards Working with Mark and Steve on a new album for their band. Can't say anymore at the moment.
January onwards Plenty of teaching.
January to March Working with a recording artist to help prepare him in setting up equipment for his new studio in Kent.
All year Gigs with In Transit, Harry Spadge, Bar Trek, Spicy Old Cow and the Mayberries. As well as doing a couple of solo slots around the local area.
2016
September onwards Working on mixes for Paul Raymond's new album which is due to be finished in early 2017.
January onwards Video editing for the Nautical Institute. Taking audio, slides and video from Presentations and Interviews and producing finished videos for their Members site.
July/August Had our first and second gigs with In Transit, good gigs over in Burgess Hill. In Transit's Facebook page for more information.
June Finished Mixing and Mastering the album for Bob Stone. Due for launch on July 17th.
May Live work at Trading Boundaries for Son Yambu an excellent Cuban band in the tradition of the Buena Vista Social Club. Son Yambu's site.
February on Loads of teaching. Also playing bass and guitar with Tim and new band In Transit. Open Mics and gigs and some recording.
March and on Continuing to work with Mark and Steve of Vice Versa in helping them to produce their new album. Following the very successful release of their 4 album Vinyl retrospective - Electrogenesis 1978-80. VVAntholgy on Twitter.
January on Into the studio with Bob Stone. Recording gets underway at Eversfield Studio.
January and on. Working sporadically with Paul Raymond on a new album.
2015
All year Loads of teaching. Also playing bass and guitar with Tim. Open Mics and gigs and some recording.
December Cutting Crew at Trading Boundaries. On the Desk for the 3 Wise Men and a Virgin iteration of Cutting Crew. Doing old songs, songs from the new album and a whole load of party covers.
November Getting ready to record with Bob Stone. He has written 90% of his album. We are aiming to get into the studio to finish recording all the bits he can't get done at home.
October on Starting some video editing for the Nautical Institute.
October Mastering new EP for Tim Boat.
September Mastering Sea Dreamers album. Out soon.
June on Helping Dave H with the mixing process for the new Sea Dreamers album. Which will be out later this year.
May/June Setting up a studio set up for an American Songwriter down on the south coast.
March Sound engineer for Kiran Ahluwalia at the Nehru Centre in Central London. For her album launch at the Indian High Commission for ARC Music.
March and on Working with Mark and Steve of Vice Versa in helping them to produce their new album. Following the very successful release of their 4 album Vinyl retrospective - Electrogenesis 1978-80. VVAntholgy on Twitter.
February on Working with a songwriter to produce some tracks for his act.
January Rewind 50 was given a full release in January of 2015 and is available on iTunes and Amazon (amongst others). Here is the link to buy it on Amazon.
2014
Various Started building Guitars. A couple of Cigar Box Guitars, one at a Chickenbone John "Build a CBG Session" and one at home with a box I found in a Cigar shop and also a P Bass and just about to start on a Thunderbird bass.
November Mixing and Mastering 12 songs for Paul Raymond for his album "Rewind 50", celebrating his 50 years as a professional musician, from Chicken Shack to UFO. We mixed this in record fast time. Paul raised the necessary funds from a pledge campaign rather than the usual record label route and the pledgers have all received their albums. Mixed in Cubase 7 and mastered in Logic Pro using T-Racks Custom Shop plugins. It sounds fantastic and is going to be available to the general public very shortly. It's had great reviews already.
August Out of my comfort zone to Stage Manage one of the stages at "Making Waves on Broadway" a 2 stage festival in Haywards Heath. Some great bands including "Bryony Brookes", "U2 Tribe" and "Chicory Tip". Great fun and a very long day.
August/September Mixing a track for Yodaclub called Wasted, it has subsequently got airplay on BBC Introducing.
July and September Live sound for upcoming Irish band the "Young Folk". The Young Folk have released an album this summer and have been promoting it in the UK and Ireland.
July Recording, Mixing and Mastering guided meditations with atmospheric backing track for a Reiki healer for sale online and to their meditation clients.
Various Live sound for local band Eternal Optimists.
April Some recording for "Nia Coleman" a young classically trained singer with an awesome voice.
April and June Some recording for the studio owner at Woodside Studios.
All year Working with a Brighton based singer/songwriter on some of his songs with a view to recording (already started) and taking them out live. We've done a couple of gigs this year at a songwriters showcase and a few open mic sessions.
January/March Mixing some more new songs for Paul Raymond for his next album.
January/April Mixing some more songs for Brandin and his band.
January/October Recording the vocals for Mark and my EP, we have 6 songs written, just tweaking some lyrics and the arrangements as well as doing some recording.
2013
December
November You can now follow me on Twitter by clicking on one of the links on any of my pages. They are at the top of the page or in the left bar below all the page link buttons. Additionally, on my Advice and Tips page I have added a Tweets section that will carry any Tips tweets as I can get them on the site.
The Autumn A couple of recording and mixing projects coming up with a couple of existing clients.
August A little bit of mixing for Paul Raymond on his side project.
May to September Three projects for a Ghanian producer based in South London. For three different artists, programming and recording 8 to 10 songs per project. Currently in the mixing stages of 2 of them with the third likely to go on into the Autumn with some re-writes going on.
March to August Busy with teaching, a few new clients and some regulars too. Cubase and Logic are still the most popular DAWs with my clients.
February Paul Raymond Project - Mixing FOH for Paul at the gig to launch his new album at the Borderline on 1st February. This also included doing the sound for his support band Pig Iron.
"Hi Steve,
Its Rob Wolverson here, guitarist with P.Raymond Project. Thanks a lot for doing what you do last night, had some great feedback from the audience and that's the first time a live engineer has done my guitar sound justice, look forward to working with you in the future. "
"Hi Guys,
A big thank you for your sterling work on friday night. From my point of view it is vital to have good technical support so I don't have to worry about anything going wrong and you both handled everything like the true professionals you are. Steve, I've the been told the FOH sound was great, which is the most important thing." - Paul Raymond
February Teaching is taking off again after a bit of a break over Christmas. Clients including Mark White (ABC) and Holly Johnson (Frankie Goes to Hollywood).
February Synthesizers - A client is putting together a Eurorack Synthesizer system which I am going to be helping with.
February Paul Raymond Project - some more mixes in the pipeline for his next album.
2012
December Recorded Cutting Crew and the Tar Babies at Trading Boundaries for their 2nd Christmas gig, another good night.
October/ November Reconnecting with a couple of old clients who are getting writing again
September Mixing some tracks for Paul Raymond (UFO) for a solo project. We mixed 5 tracks and they sound awesome. He has an album deal for this project so hoping these will be released in 2013.
August Starting to do some work for Mark White (ABC) setting up home system and getting him back into recording after a break from the music industry.
June/July Recorded Steve Hackett Acoustic set at Trading Boundaries on June 30th. I mixed this and Steve loves it, now I'd like to get it released but that's up to Steve. Keep looking here for more news, or maybe you should ask him to release it....
May It has been confirmed that I will be recording Steve Hackett at Trading Boundaries on June 30th.
April Recorded Max Shire at Woodside Studios and will be mixing and mastering the 4 songs over the coming weeks.
March Got to together with Nick from Cutting Crew to finalize the mixes of the 5 songs that we hope may be released soon.
February UFO album "Seven Deadly" released. If you click on this link you will get to the All Music website showing the credits for the "Seven Deadly" album. I get credit as Engineer on this album (having recorded some of Paul's guitar parts).
January Hopefully got some more exciting projects to record at Trading Boundaries this year.
January Talked to Nick about the Cutting Crew mixes and hope to be getting together soon to finalise them.
January Recording John Wetton of Asia at Trading Boundaries. Steve Hackett will be making a guest appearance. AE Productions will be videoing the show as well.
2011
December Recorded Cutting Crew at Trading Boundaries when they were playing there along with local band The Tar Babies. I have done some initial mixes for Nick Van Eede and we are now waiting to see what happens next.
November Recorded Focus at Trading Boundaries where they were playing as part of their 2011 tour. Hoping this becomes their new live album.
October Introduced to a new local studio near East Grinstead and had two days of recording for a local band and am now mixing and mastering these tracks.
July onto September Helping Paul Raymond with Cubase with his home system as he writes songs for the new UFO album. We then moved onto recording his guitar parts for the album and sending them off to Germany for the producer of the album
April to June Plenty of teaching throughout.
February to March Got some tracks from a client to master this month. Also some more tracks from Brandin to finish his album and some tracks from a soundtrack album to master.
February Followed this up later in the week with a recording of Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash at Trading Boundaries. Roger Dean and Steve Hackett in attendance along with others. recording MTWA for another promo video for the same management company as Focus. They also manage Steve Hackett as well as many other artists. The great thing was Steve Hackett came over to talk to a couple of the cameramen and said how good the mix of Focus was, that it was better than the live album. Andrew thankfully was on hand to introduce me to Steve which was great. I left feeling very happy.
Spent some time mixing and mastering 3 tracks from the evening for the video.
February Good start to the month, visited Alvin Stardust to help him with some technical questions with his new recording system. Very knowledgable and a good guitarist.
2010
December Got to do the live sound for the Tar Babies at Trading Boundaries for one of their Christmas gigs. Big crowd and a good evening.
November Mixed and Mastered 3 tracks for a band in the south east for a local producer. The main singer/ writer being a BBC introducing winner.
October/November Returned home from holiday to receive an emergency call to fix some live tracks from the 70's band Focus who had performed at a local venue. They had major problems with the recording which I got sent to me. Mixed and mastered two tracks for a promo video. These were Hocus Pocus and Focus 3. (more on this later).
July to September Mixing and Mastering tracks for Taline Temizian. For another album to be out there on iTunes later in the year.
May to July Bit more Music Tech teaching, start work on mixing Brandin's new tracks for an album and also for producer Kay Asare.
2009
September I got involved in Managing a Project for a Charity delivering Music Technology, IT, Creative Writing and Web Design. I taught the IT and Music Technology course also. Amongst other things this kept me very busy until April of 2010.
July Spent a couple of days working at the BBC in Sheperd's Bush. Teaching 2 of their BBC Worldwide technicians how to use Pro Tools 8 with their new PT003. This was my first job for Audio Support.
April Recording and mixing 3 tracks for a local band called Sketch.
March Working on some videos for my band, as a side project just simple rehearsal stuff to give people a view of what we do.  I have to say it is really good getting to do some work in Final Cut. There is so much you can do in FC Express.
March One good thing about this year so far....Kristelle Graff's EP "The Girl from Nowhere" has just been loaded into Tunecore.com and will be available on iTunes UK/Europe, US and Australia/NZ in about 4 to 6 weeks time. She has had some CDs printed, I shall be getting a couple from her next week when I go to see her. You can listen to these tracks on MySpace. Follow the link on my links page.
January Mixed songs for a Mauritian band. Sounds great but work getting in their way. Which has slowed down them getting new tracks finished.
2008
November Went out on a location shoot with a cameraman to record sound for the day. Very interesting day with a radio mic and 416 on a boom trying to stay within 3 metres of the cameraman. I am used to location recording but this was interesting to work with a new company.
September Discovered that Max Shire put his first album on CDBaby so you can buy his tracks there. Also some recordings of Carmen that I was involved in about 4 years ago are now on iTunes as well. I think I should go hunting iTunes for all the albums I have ever mixed and see how many are on there....
September There are now 6 tunes on iTunes for Silvertown Girl. Apparently we are changing aggregator in the next couple of weeks so the initial three tracks will be down for a while but back again soon.
August It's all over now. Did the last Derek Acorah dates for Rainbow in Scotland. Three packed houses. I have always enjoyed my trips to Scotland.
July Max Shire has had loads of great reviews. He even had "Love Lost Again" reviewed in Sound on Sound in July 2008. "There are lots of positive qualities to Max's album, crisp recording, enthusiastic performances...".
July Got a call asking me if I would engineer at an outside event in Sussex. Approx. 800 people attended the Proms in the Park. Sorted out the kit list for the PA and all the gear with a local PA company and then did the sound on the day. Very lucky with the weather. Really busy day, non-stop for 13 hours, setting up, sound checking and then mixing. Good day.
May Had a trip to France to help an ex-pat songwriter with some mixing and make sure his set up was working as well as it could. Also to help a local inexperienced sound engineer with the set up for live gigs using an 01V.
April Spent some more time at the Trinity, 3 gigs to do the sound, a couple as technician and one to do the lights.... Yes, operate the lights, a new experience for me, but once you get used to the desk it's quite straightforward to do the basics.
February to April Working with Martin and Brenda on some more songs, 7 recorded now and mixing the last 4 in May, getting them ready to go on sale on iTunes.
January Finished 3 songs with Martin and Brenda, now see where they go... iTunes here we come...
January Spent 7 days working at the Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells as a Sound Technician. Got a call just before Christmas asking for help on their Medieval Baebes gig. Then they asked me to help out with their Christmas show. Good experience of seeing theatre life from the venue's perspective.
2007
December Another great review for Max at Room 13. They just keep coming in. How long before somebody picks this up and puts it out?
December The tour is over for another year. Very hard work, a lot of miles but some good new venues and made some new friends.
November The album that I have been working on with Max Shire is now circulating and getting good reviews from Independent sources. See Max's MySpace page for details.
November Started work on a 5 day project involving taking Soundbeam to some adults with profound learning disabilities in Kent.
September 6 Tomorrow, Friday 7th at 7.15 on BBC Southern Counties Radio a song that was wholly recorded and produced at my studio should be played. Sue Cope came in a few weeks ago and we rearranged "Thinking of You" that was originally recorded here nearly 3 years ago. We're not sure which version is going to be played. If you miss it you should be able to play it again (for a week) from the SCR website.
August Starting a project this week with a client in Tonbridge, Martin. He's written some songs and found a singer, Brenda, now we start recording. He's had a couple of false starts but he is now ready to go.
July Now have a copy of the masters from Max, he has a MySpace account with 4 of the tracks on. Follow the link above to have a listen.
April Busy, busy, busy... Mixing 14 tracks for a songwriter in South London, some really memorable hooks and some heartfelt lyrics. Should be finished in early May.
March Still mad out there. Just had a really good night at the Hastings World Music Night at St Mary's in the Castle on Hastings sea front. Apparently had up to 600 people in. I was there to Stage Manage the whole event, a new experience and great fun as well as getting the whole thing to work like clock work. The bands were great and made everything very easy to manage. The headliners were Gabbidon and Celloman. The support acts included Sambalanco and Meli Melo. My favourite of the night was Celloman and his band. It's also great to meet such nice people. Had a nice long chat to Ivan and his percussionist Joelle (I hope I spelt that right...).
February It's completely mad, no time to stop and think. Alongside the Derek stuff and fitting in lessons, I'm mixing an album's worth of material for a songwriter in South London and doing some work for Sound Architect down in Hastings again, some IT as well as music.
2006
December DA tour ends and the year comes to a close. It's been pretty busy, but I'm always on the look out for that really interesting project..
November Delivered the 500 copies of the Stoke Brunswick CD to the school prior to a big Christmas concert.
September Finished mixing and editing the choral album for Stoke Brunswick School. Nearly ready to go to the printers now all we need is a cover..
August I just re-mixed 4 tracks for Rainbow Productions which are going onto a dance/fitness album which is just to be released in the US. This is under the name of Alien Dance Machine with me as joint arranger.
June/July A couple of recording sessions of a local school choir. Which will be for a CD for later in the year. Sessions went really well, all the kit worked very nicely. Especially the UltraLite.
March LMU studios complete. Spent a day last week configuring 2 of the Yamaha DM2000s for 5.1 Surround. Running out into the Genelec speaker system. It's looking and sounding really cool.
January The Derek Acorah tour starts again. Including a stop at the largest theatre in Europe. The Edinburgh Playhouse.
2005 back to 2002 Highlights
November 2005 Spent a day recording a steel band up at the Jubal studios
June 5th 2005 I was on TV today apparently. Meridian news showed there footage of the Sound Architect film premiere from last week and I have even managed to be on screen for a couple of seconds... Ah fame... I didn't see it. Oh well. If anybody taped it please tell me...
June 2005 Finished mixing the Dr Ekei album for Noel at Jubal. All being well it's being mastered next week.
April 2005 Wow! What a week this was... I have spent a couple of hours this week in the company of Dames Judi Dench and Vera Lynn recording some poetry and an introduction to a charity CD.
Also spent all day on Wednesday with Anna Krantz helping her mix a demo track that her publisher wants to send to a couple of very big names in the States. The publisher likes the mix now so all we have to do is wait...
December 31st 2004 A very busy year is over. I have recorded, mixed, taught all sorts of students of all sorts of ages in all sorts of places. I have been around the country in some great theatres and been in front of some very large audiences. It has been a fantastic year, and I have thoroughly enjoyed myself.
February 9th 2004 Today was my first day as sound engineer on a national tour. I am covering for another engineer on some of the dates on this sold out tour.

Recent Music Industry Media Coverage

Tweets

OS X

Now up to El Capitan, as with all OS upgrades approach with extreme caution and do not upgrade without having a clone of your old system so you can go back if you have to.

Digital Performer 9

Now there is Digital Performer 9. More new effects and some great new features, only £150 to upgrade from previous versions. Windows and Intel Mac only.

Pro Tools 12

There's a new version of PT fully 64bit and with some new stuff waiting for you. Also it has different subscription possibilites. Buy it outright or pay a subscription. Also PT Free as well with limited functionality but an ideal way to get into it. You need to be connected to the internet though.

Sonar X3

There's a new version of Sonar out with some fantastic new features. If you are using PC check it out.

Windows 10

Just see what I wrote about Windows 8 and repeat!!

T-Racks

There's a new update and some great new modules. The Custom Shop version has moved onto Version 4.5. T-Racks main page

Logic Pro X

It's here at last, following 4 years of waiting there is a new version with some super new stuff. It looks like Garageband to a certain extent to make the switch over from Garageband less painful, but it still has the power under the hood and claims everything is still there for seasoned Logic users. Main downside is that Apple say you have to have Mountain Lion, which for some of you means you have to upgrade your hardware as well (Mountain Lion cannot be installed on some Intel Macs if they are considered too old). Also no upgrade path, but it's only GBP139.99 which is what you had to pay to upgrade to 9 from 8 so no worries there.

Pro Tools 11

Another upgrade for Pro Tools, watch out for compatibility with older hardware but a fantastic new upgrade. It requires Mountain Lion on a Mac and will only work with the latest Macs. Restricted compatibility on Windows too. You can try the trial version for 30 days, but you need an iLok.

Windows 8

Whatever you've heard about Windows from the advertising, I have not heard a single compliment from a user or expert. And compatibility will be an issue for a while as well.

Digital Performer 8

Now there is Digital Performer 8, for the first time this will be available for Windows as well. There are new effects and some great new features, only £150 to upgrade from previous versions. Intel Mac only.

Reason Rack Extensions announced.

This opens up Reason to manufacturers of VST style instruments and effects. Hopefully it will not affect the rock solid stability of Reason. This will be good news for those of you who love Reason but have always wanted to have the use of other instruments and effects.

Avid Sell M-Audio

Avid have just announced the sale of M-Audio to InMusic who own Alesis, Akai and NuMark amongst others. Apparently so they can concentrate on the professional end of the market. I'm not sure where this leaves users of ProTools M-Powered but I am sure we will soon find out. M-Audio get swallowed up then spat out - interesting.

Digital Performer 8 announced at NAMM.

In summary: Windows 32 or 64 bit alongside MAC OS X compatibility, more new plugins, Punch Guard and a new video engine make it very tempting indeed.

Another new audio interface from MOTU.

The Audio Express is a Firewire/USB 6 in/ 6 out interface in a similar box to the Ultralite. Don't forget they also have the 8 Pre if you need more inputs. Also the updated Ultralite, 828 and 896 Mk IIIs for added DSP processing.

Steinberg acquired by Yamaha

Yamaha have bought Steinberg from Pinnacle systems. More changes afoot regarding MLAN and hardware and software compatibility for Yamaha and Steinberg products, such as the 01X and Cubase.



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