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About Mike Senior

Mike developed an interest in recording while studying for a Music Degree at Cambridge University, and worked as an assistant engineer at a number of London studios including RG Jones, West Side, Angell Sound, and Music By Design. Following an MSc in Music IT at City University, he landed a full-time job as in-house engineer at Great Linford Manor Studios, working with artists such as The Charlatans, Reef, Therapy, Nigel Kennedy, and Wet Wet Wet. In October 1999, he moved back to Cambridge and joined the editorial department of Sound On Sound magazine full-time, where he was Reviews Editor for six years and presided over the launch of the popular 'Studio SOS' and 'Mix Rescue' columns, and since turning freelance has also been instrumental in developing the regular Session Notes and The Mix Review features. He now devotes his time to recording, mixing, writing, and developing multimedia educational resources. His best-selling book Mixing Secrets For The Small Studio provides a complete mixing course based around the techniques of more than 100 of the world's most famous producers, and he has recently released a companion title Recording Secrets For The Small Studio.

Mike is one of Sound On Sound's more prolific authors, and you can read some samples of his work on the SOS site by following the links below (although for any articles published within the last nine months you'll need an SOS e-subscription to view them in full):

Recording Secrets For The Small Studio Mixing Secrets For The Small Studio Drum Compression (Sound On Sound magazine cover feature) Mixing Bass (Sound On Sound magazine cover feature) Steal The Feel (Sound On Sound magazine cover feature) The Ten Biggest Mixing Mistakes (Sound On Sound magazine cover feature) Recording Acoustic Guitar (Sound On Sound magazine cover feature) Use Reverb Like A Pro (Sound On Sound magazine cover feature) Kick & Snare: Advanced Recording Techniques (Sound On Sound magazine cover feature) Strings: On A Budget & In A Hurry (Sound On Sound magazine cover feature) Perfect Piano (Sound On Sound magazine cover feature) Recording Electric Guitars (Sound On Sound magazine cover feature)

Workshop features:

'Mix Rescue' reader remixes (58 articles):

'Session Notes' recording features (17 articles):

  • August 2017 - 'Camilla Francesca Bull: Recording A Classical Piano & Vocal Ensemble' (MP3 bp)
  • April 2017 - 'Kasimir's Abenteuer: Recording A Choir In The Studio' (MP3 bp)
  • December 2016 - 'Kasimir's Abenteuer: Recording An Audiobook' (MP3 bp)
  • August 2016 - 'Don Camillo Chor: Faking A Church Choir Sound In A Rehearsal Room' (MP3 bp)
  • June 2016 - 'Progressive Metal: Achieving A Modern Drum Sound Without Sample-triggering' (MP3 bp)
  • May 2016 - 'Zwiepack: Comparing Two Different Miking Approaches' (MP3 bp)
  • April 2016 - 'Hannes Keseberg: Faking A Big-ensemble String Sound With A Quintet' (MP3 bp)
  • January 2016 - 'Bolz & Knecht: Minimalist Guitar Duo Recording' (MP3 bp)
  • June 2015 - 'Spektakulatius: High-Speed Band Recording' (MP3 bp)
  • January 2015 - 'Brushes Held Like Hammers: One-Room Band Recording' (MP3 bp)
  • December 2014 - 'Nerve 9: Tracking Lead Vocals' (MP3 bp)
  • August 2014 - 'Duo Melodika: Baroque Music Duo' (Duo 1:MP3 bp; Duo 2:MP3 bp)
  • August 2013 - 'Impossible Colours: Multiple Mics For Electric Guitar Tone' (MP3 bp)
  • April 2013 - 'Impossible Colours: Tracking Psychedelic Rock' (MP3 bp)
  • February 2013 - 'Dunning Kruger: Writing & Recording Cello Overdubs' (MP3 bp)
  • January 2013 - 'Selwyn Jazz: Mixing A Jazz Big Band Recording' (MP3 bp)
  • October 2012 - 'Dunning Kruger: Rock Band Location Recording' (MP3 bp)

'The Mix Review' chart productions analysed (377 critiques):


Cockos Reaper tutorials:

Product Reviews:

Sound Library Reviews:

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