Having trouble with your mixdown? Need some help with arrangement or composition? Are you completely new to music production or are you looking to get that professional sound and really perfect your craft? Do you want to learn synthesis or sampling techniques? I can help you. I offer my 20 years of experience and knowledge to get your tunes to where you want them to be. I can guide you on your path to achieving that professional sound that stands up to the competition. From beginner to advanced I'm here to guide you on your journey.
I normally teach at my studio at Meanwhile House in Cardiff , just outside the city centre 5 mins walk from central station. Because of the current situation however we are limited to online classes. That doesn't mean a limited learning experience. I've figured out the best way to conduct online lessons through the use of "Zoom".It's a free and easy to use application enabling the use of screen share, remote access if required to demonstrate certain methods and the ability to share good quality audio from each computer. The ability to hear our audio crisp and clean is of great importance when teaching music production, this method using Zoom means we get just that. Its simple and strait forward!
We can cover:
Sampling and synthesis
effects - when and how to use them effectively, how they work.
compression and Sidechaining (Advanced compression techniques - Parallel,Serial and multiband along with the differences between the many variations of compressor models (FET,VCA,OPTO Etc), reverb, EQ (Static and Dynamic), Delay effects (Flanger, Delay, Chorus, Phaser Etc), Stereo imaging
Production tips and tricks that make the difference ;)
Layering - what is it, and how to do it properly
recording and mic techniques
Phase - In Drum programming/Layering/Recording and Multi mic recordings of the same audio source for example acoustic instruments.
Drum programming (Groove analysis, what makes an irresistible groove)
Arrangement and composition
The key to a solid and powerful low end
Mixing tips - how to achieve separation, clarity and depth in your mix
Breathing life into your music focusing on the finer details that matter
I focus on electronic music, that's my forte however I have experience with many other styles of music, if your unsure just drop me a message I'll give you a'n honest and genuine answer if I can help you. I'm a music lover through and through with a broad musical taste I'm open to working on so many musical styles, again if your unsure send me a message to see if we can work together no obligation whatsoever.
I offer unlimited Q and A between lessons via e-mail.
I am proficient with music production software and hardware. I have a great deal of experience with Ableton Live, Logic Pro X, Cubase, Pro Tools and Reaper.
I come from a musical family. I began learning to play a range of instruments from the age of 10. These include electric and acoustic guitar,bass,piano,trumpet, and I do sing too. All to varying degrees of skill level ,I'd have to say the guitar I'm most comfortable with out of them all.I've played in many bands over the 20 years I've been practicing music of genres spanning progressive metal, surfpop, classical jazz, improvisational trio, strait up rock and punk to name a few. I am a music lover.
Throughout my entire musical career I've avidly studied and practiced music production. This is where my real strength lies as a musician.I feel that I'm more than ready to pass on my knowledge from the past 20+ years i've spent perfecting my craft onto you.
I've been releasing electronic music for the past 9 years onto many labels across the UK and Europe to mention Big Mamas House records, Death Proof recordings,SOA Berlin,Data Tech, Raise Recordings,Stig,Club Weapons. I was featured in Big mamas House best of 2012 compilation. I've come a long way since then. Playing regularly as a DJ I've learnt what works and what doesnt in a club environment. I've played at many events around the Cardiff area including the well established Vaults and Jacobs among many others across the UK, london, bristol and Birmingham supporting the likes of Fritz Wentink, Viers, Kris Wadsworth and Dense and Pika. I've gained radio airplay on many online stations and podcasts including Fnoob techno radio and I'm proud to say BBC Radio. I'm an avid learner and always striving for a cleaner and fuller sound. The journey is never ending, one of the many reasons I love this profession.
My teaching method is tailored to you and what you would like to learn and achieve. We can structure our lessons or keep things relaxed and creative. I have my studio where I like to teach, however I'm more than happy to come to you if you prefer.(At this moment in time we are limited to online sessions until the government rules on lockdown have been lifted).
I'm relatively new to teaching, I've been holding one to one lessons for the past 6 months.So far I've held 1 to 1 lessons with 4 students who are still having lessons to this day. I've been encouraged by my pupils to keep doing what I'm doing and I'm thoroughly enjoying passing on my years of knowledge and experience to others. It's so rewarding to see people progress and enjoy themselves. If you'd like to talk about what you can learn or what you want to achieve through having lessons, let's talk it through. No obligation to take up lessons I'm here to answer any questions you have and your welcome to your first lesson on the house if you choose to go ahead.
Have a listen for yourself - I'm on Spotify and iTunes - "Tom Algorithm"
Perfect! 100% recommend Tom. He has been helping with music production on Logic Pro X and has been absolutely amazing. Not only does he know his stuff but he has accommodated me and supported my learning in a way that has allowed me to grasps thing I didn't have a clue about previously. Top guy and 5 star tutor! (He also set up online lessons for when we couldn't meet in person during Covid-19 lockdown...legend)
Andy's been a great student and still is! We're still having lessons, he's very keen to learn, interested in the subject and he's a fast learner. It's a pleasure to work with him.
Toms been awesome. Extremely knowledgeable. Improved my production massively. Definitely recommend for all genres.
Tom is a great teacher! He really helped me understand some of the more advanced features of Ableton Live and generally gave me deeper understanding of music production as a whole. Highly recommend!
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