BIO

I grew up in the little village of Upperlands, Co Derry, Northern Ireland. Music was a huge part of my childhood, and I was raised on Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. My Dad played bass guitar in a few bands, so there were always rehearsals going on in the house and band gear lying around. At 11 years old, my uncle went to college in England for 3 years leaving his Fender Stratocaster and Twin Reverb amp in my bedroom, and that was it, I was hooked.

 

At 16 I moved to England, working as an Electrician by day and a front man of a loud three-piece indie rock band by night. We recorded 2 EP’s and in 1993 at 20 years old, I landed a job as a tea boy / assistant engineer at the famed ICC Studios in Eastbourne, East Sussex. I worked at ICC until 2001, moving from Assistant Engineer to Studio Manager, and from cleaning the studios and making tea to producing and mixing albums.

 

I left ICC in 2001 to become a freelance engineer, still based in Eastbourne, East Sussex on the South Coast of England. Since then I’ve had the incredible privilege of traveling all over the world, working with so many talented musicians and producers, both live and in the studio.

 

I married Rachel in 1998, and we have 2 boys Robbie and Joe.

 

The Shack

After years on the road, and working out of town a lot, I finally built my own studio, at the bottom of the garden. The shack is where I do a lot of tracking and pretty much all of my mixing these days.

 

I love working in this room. It has plenty of natural daylight and air-con for those hot Eastbourne summers.

 

The studio is based around an Avid Pro-Tools HD Native system with extra fire power coming from two UAD PCIe cards.  

 

For mixing I prefer a hybrid system using all the benefits of digital but with the sound of analogue. A 36 channel Amek Big analogue desk complete with automation, dynamics on every channel and full snapshot recall, is the studio hub giving me 24 channels out of Pro-Tools via Avid D-A converters for analogue summing and allowing me to easily patch in some of my favourite analogue outboard gear, including the Roland RE201 Space Echo, Watkins Copycat and a great sounding 4 foot long Great British Spring Reverb.

 

Other outboard includes :

API mic pre's

Summit MPC 100A tube pre amp & compressor

Purple Audio MC77 compressor

Tubetech CL2A 2 channel tube compressor

Focusrite ISA215 2 channel Rupert Neve designed Pre amp & EQ

SSL stereo bus compressor

Trident MTA 16 channel pre amp with EQ

Warm Audio EQP-WA Pultec tube EQ

Universal Audio UA710 Twin Finity pre amps x 2

Focusrite ISA428 4 channel pre amp

SPL Vitaliser

Lexicon LXP-15 digital reverb

Yamaha SPX900 digital reverb

TC Electronics M300 digital reverb

 

Instruments include :

Fender 1987 Stratocaster

Fender 1972 Tele custom re-issue

Epiphone Sheraton

Shaftesbury 12 string Rickenbacker copy

Hofner Bass guitar

Taylor GS mini acoustic

Takemine acoustic

Roland JX3P synth

M-audio Oxygen 88 fully weighted keyboard

Korg volca sampler

Korg volca bass synth

1968 Vox AC30 amp

1974 Marshall Artiste amp

Fender 15W Vaporiser vlave amp

Line 6 HX Stomp amp modeler

Too many guitar effect pedals to list

 

Software includes :

Pro-Tools HD 2019

Logic Pro

Sonic Studio Soundblade SE

Too many plug ins to list

 

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